With recent figures showing pollution levels at an all time high in recent months, I think we’re all waking up to what London Mayor Sadiq Khan is calling the air pollution crisis. A simple walk through London will show the buses, lorries and cabs clogging the capital with air that’s making it very hard to breathe. In 2010 nearly 10,000 residents of London were estimated to have died prematurely due in part to the city’s toxic atmosphere. Like many, you may be wondering what can you do to protect yourself from something that cannot be seen by the naked eye – turning to the Cannabis Beauty industry may be the answer.
Anti-pollution skincare is on the rise and for good reason…free radicals! There is much evidence that points to a clear link between accelerated ageing and environmental pollution. This where free radicals and pollution is linked, it’s the atmosphere that surrounds us which contains aggressors like; smog, dust, UV Rays, exhaust fumes – these generate free radicals that exist in the atmosphere which are responsible for damaging our skin!
Here’s why understanding free radicals matters. Simply put free radicals are tiny particles that have unpaired electrons, making them chemically unstable. The free radicals in the air are on the hunt to pair with other electrons making them more stable, they achieve this by snatching electrons from other atoms – like the ones in human cells. Here’s the scary bit, by pairing with our own DNA the free radicals accelerate the ageing process! They are responsible in part for; brown sagging skin, colour changes, dark spots and even weakening/breaking down collagen production leading to wrinkles.
You may be asking what you can do to protect yourself? The answer could be from the ‘miracle’ compound CBD (cannabidiol). First and foremost, CBD has significant ability to fight the proliferation of free radicals due to its powerful anti-oxidant properties. When free radicals in our system are looking to pair up, our body doesn’t always have enough anti-oxidants to stabilise them. This is where CBD comes to the rescue…as a powerful Anti-oxidant, CBD works as protection by providing the missing particle for the lonely Free radical to pair with, therefore stopping it from attacking your DNA structure. Cannabidiol has been found to be more powerful than other anti-oxidants like Vitamin C and E. The evidence for CBD protection against free radical damage is so strong that the US government has a patent towards that effect.
In terms of recommending anti-pollution products I would always look for creams and serums which improve the skin barrier function. Look out for products packed with anti-oxidants like CBD, Retinoids and Vitamins A, C and E which act to protect superficial skin layers against pollutants. CBD of London’s Vitamin Skin Reviver Night Cream has a perfect combination of cannabinoid rich CBD oil and an advanced vitamin complex for ultra-nourishment and protection against free radicals (found here – https://www.cbdoflondon.co.uk/product/vitamin-skin-reviver-night-cream/)
Current research into how CBD works as an anti-aging compound is promising but there is a lot more to discover. What we do know is that there are 3 main areas of ageing understood, where CBD could lead to anti-ageing breakthroughs; free radicals, inflammation and decreased cognitive ability. In the next blog post we will take a deeper look into CBD and inflammation.