Topicals for Winter Hydration
The last of Autumn is quickly slipping away, and the Winter season is not far. In some parts of the US, there will soon be much colder temperatures and perhaps even snow. Winter sports enthusiasts can look forward to hitting the snowy slopes for some skiing, sledding, and snowboarding, while others would rather go ice skating or snowshoeing.
Whatever the case, the exposure to the elements, as well as coming home to the heat or fireplace in your house, can dry out the skin quickly, leaving it itchy, tight, and uncomfortable. Even if you stay mostly indoors, skin can still get flaky and chapped around the lips and edges of the nose, causing much irritation. Chapped, tight skin can also limit the enjoyment of the outdoors.
At Strength of Hope, we make sure every single one of our topicals is great for the skin, but what you might not know is that many of them are great for skin hydration as well.
This blog will go into our favorite topicals to rehydrate and reinvigorate your skin. It will also cover how these same topicals can help with sore muscles and joints after a long day of winter sports.
What benefits may CBD, in addition to our premium essential oils and natural compounds, have for the skin? We’ll get started with that below.
Your Skin and CBD
Did you know that the skin is the human body’s largest organ? You might be surprised to know that your skin even has its own immune system. It protects the body from infection from viruses, bacteria, and other harmful substances using several kinds of skin cells.
You might have heard of the endocannabinoid system, which has only recently been discovered. There is currently much ongoing research around the endocannabinoid system, but there is some evidence that the endocannabinoid system may help regulate many body functions. Endocannabinoid receptors are found throughout the body, including in the skin.
Some recent studies suggest that our cutaneous (related to the skin) endocannabinoid system may help regulate and balance skin cell growth, skin cell survival, and skin cells’ immune competence.
This could mean, according to the conclusions of this study, that “the targeted manipulation of the ECS (aiming to normalize the unwanted skin cell growth, sebum production, and skin inﬂammation) might be beneﬁcial in a multitude of human skin diseases.”
A clinical trial was conducted in 2019 around CBD-enriched ointment, skin disorders, and scarring. Twenty patients with skin disorders that included psoriasis and atopic dermatitis were included in the trial. The patients were instructed to apply CBD-enriched ointment to lesioned skin twice daily for three months.
According to the clinical trial, “the results showed that topical treatment with CBD-enriched ointment significantly improved the skin parameters, the symptoms, and the PASI index score” (or rating of severity for psoriasis.)
The same trial also concluded that “The topical administration of CBD ointment, without any THC, is a safe and effective non-invasive alternative for improving the quality of life in patients with some skin disorders, especially on the inflammatory background.”
This is the first of many clinical trials, and research is just the beginning, but the promising results are exciting in the world of skin disorders.
What does this mean for your skin? It means that while CBD shows promise for helping with various skincare issues, how and why CBD may help the skin scientifically is yet to be proven.
So far, it is believed that CBD and other phytocannabinoids interact with the cannabinoid system. Still, CBD should not be used as a substitution for a dermatologist, nor is it intended to treat any skin disorder or disease.
Is CBD Safe?
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), CBD is generally safe and well-tolerated in humans, and no physical dependence effects have been reported.
Much more research is needed into the long-term side effects of CBD.
If you would like more information about CBD, possible side effects, and medication interactions, please visit the FDA’s website and speak to your doctor.
Soothe Tight Skin and Muscles with these Topicals
Are you looking for some Strength of Hope topicals that moisturize and soothe the skin from winter conditions? More on that below.
Our CBD Spray is blended with our premium CBD Oil as well as essential oils and natural ingredients that help moisturize the skin. It is also useful for rehydrating skin after a minor burn from a fireplace, the stove, or otherwise. Each one-ounce bottle comes with 100 mg CBD as well as MCT Coconut Oil, Hemp Extract, Lavender, Peppermint, Geranium, Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Arnica, and Vitamin E.
Our CBD Spray is excellent for many areas of the body that could use some extra hydration. The formula is paired with Vitamin E, which is an antioxidant and may even help reduce UV damage to the skin. If applying to the face, first spray on a soft cloth before gently applying, making sure to avoid the eyes.
CBD Spray is useful as a soothing addition to your nighttime routine and helps to relax sore muscles and joints from the day’s activities. Want to learn more about our CBD spray? Check out our detailed blog here.
Strength of Hope CBD Roll-On is a simple way to take care of skin, joint, and muscle discomfort on the move. The smooth, roller ball applicator is small enough to stash in your glove compartment or wherever you might need it to apply throughout the day. Try our CBD Roll-On for topical, targeted relief of soreness, to promote skin hydration, and for a dose of aromatherapy throughout the day.
Each bottle of Strength of Hope CBD Roll-On comes with either 100 mg or 300 mg CBD per container, as well as several different essential oil blends. You can choose from a 100 mg bottle with Arnica, Lavender, and Tea Tree, a 300 mg bottle with Lavender and Tea Tree, or a 300 mg bottle with Peppermint. Each bottle also includes Vitamin E, which also may have anti-inflammatory properties.
Strength of Hope CBD Balm is just as relaxing for the joints and muscles as it is hydrating and soothing for the skin. Our CBD Balm is our most potent topical, coming with either 100 mg, 250 mg, or 500 mg CBD per container and a choice of essential oil blend. You can choose from a Balm with Peppermint, or a Balm with Peppermint & Arnica, or a Balm with Lavender and Tree Tree based on your skincare needs. Tea Tree is incredibly useful for problem skin and may help kill bacteria.
Like all our topicals, CBD Balm is also blended with Vitamin E, which may help protect the skin from sun damage and wrinkles. The rich formula is great for sinking deep into the skin and can help provide a barrier between the skin and winter conditions. After a day of snowshoeing, skiing, or other winter sports, it also relieves discomfort from tense, sore muscles and is the perfect way to relax into the evening.
Want to learn more about our topicals and how they work? Check out this handy blog.
Questions About CBD?
Our “Learn” tab is an excellent resource for information about hemp, CBD, and our products. For beginners to CBD, you might start with a brief introduction to Hemp and CBD. You might also be interested in the differences between Hemp Oil and Hemp Seed Oil. For a quick overview on how to look for a quality CBD product, you might check out this blog.
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