CBD’s excellent skin-healing properties are beneficial for the delicate skin of your lips too.
More and more, research shows the complexity of our body systems, including our largest organ, the skin. For example, we've recently discovered that our skin has its own endocannabinoid system.
The cutaneous endocannabinoid system carries out many elaborate functions of the skin, and cannabidiol can play a role in healing and protecting your skin.
What Does Lip Balm Do?
Silky. Luscious. Soothing.
All words that describe the feeling of a great lip balm.
Lip balm provides a barrier that prevents moisture from evaporating from your skin as quickly, especially in dry or cold conditions. It also provides a shield from the sun and wind.
It may interest you (or gross you out!) to know that one of the first mentions of lip balm is Lydia Maria Child in her book The American Frugal Housewife, first published in 1828, where she mentions a home remedy for chapped lips, earwax.
Lydia states that while the remedy works for some and not for others and that some people may laugh at this odd treatment, she happens to know that it can be quite beneficial.
A more appetizing form of wax is used in natural-ingredient lip balms today, namely beeswax. The chief role of a wax in lip balms is to help the balm stick to your lips long enough to do some good.
Beeswax also has components that are antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and regenerative. In addition, it draws moisture to your skin and has a softening effect.
Lip balm generally contains plant oils. Some oils, such as jojoba oil and rosehip seed oil, reduce wrinkles and improve skin elasticity. Some are directly involved in improving the strength of cells or in helping your skin produce collagen. Others protect your skin from sun damage.
Lip Balm Basics
Whether you use lip balm as prevention or cure, or just a sensuous part of your self-care routine, there are a few things you want to look for in a good balm.
The skin on your lips is thin and sensitive, prone to drying out when you’re dehydrated or malnourished.
A good lip balm contains skin-friendly oils, such as jojoba and hemp seed, that absorb readily into the skin and don't clog pores. In addition, a wax ingredient will help the balm stick to your skin so it doesn't vanish immediately and will be there long enough to do its job.
If you feel stinging, tingling, or burning when you apply lip balm, it's a sign that one or more of the ingredients in the balm is irritating your skin, according to dermatologists. Given the delicacy of your lips, it's probably a good idea to discontinue the use of a product that is causing these symptoms.
Keep in mind that a lip balm may be perfectly fine to use under normal circumstances but be irritating for chapped lips.
What is the benefit of CBD lip balm?
Studies have shown that CBD has potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects.
CBD protects and encourages the growth of vascular cells and is responsible for faster wound healing, this makes it an excellent choice for healing the damaged skin of chapped lips.
Antioxidants, such as CBD, help to minimize oxidative stress. While temporary oxidative stress caused by exercise or mild infection is natural and even helpful to your body's processes, prolonged oxidative stress causes premature aging and contributes to various diseases.
Studies have shown that CBD modifies the level and activity of both antioxidants and oxidants, bringing balance to the system.
Skin is able to readily absorb CBD, which then reduces inflammation by decreasing the activity of the cells causing the disturbance, bringing relief to many irritating skin conditions.