Your lips are sensuous and wonderful. They can be stretched into a smile to show the world your happiness, they make kissing enjoyable, and they also happen to be ground zero for absorbing the nourishing properties of CBD.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is known for its ability to ease anxiety and reduce muscle pain when taken internally, but what happens when it is applied topically to our skin? CBD works seamlessly with an existing system in the human body, called the Endocannabinoid System (ECS). Your body is packed with endocannabinoid receptors - they live in the nervous system, the immune system, in your gut, and on your skin. And those luscious lips of yours? They happen to contain the highest concentration of endocannabinoid receptors on your entire face.
The skin on your lips is a little bit different from the rest of your body, mainly in that it does not contain any hair follicles or sebaceous glands. The sebaceous glands on the rest of your body are responsible for producing oil, which keeps your skin soft, supple, and properly moisturized. Without the presence of that natural oil, your lips are highly susceptible to drying out. The skin on your lips is also much thinner than the rest of your body. This makes your lips characteristically soft and supple (perfect for steamy makeout sessions!) but also much more vulnerable to the elements and other irritants.
Nobody likes the feeling of cracked, dry, or even bleeding lips, which is why lip balm is such a key aspect of any skincare routine. But regular lip balms can only do so much to provide hydration and protection for your lips. Enter: CBD-infused lip balm. The addition of CBD in your lip care routine will not only keep your lips nice and moist, it will also act as a high-performing healing agent. Think of it as medicine for your lips.
Here are 3 concrete ways that CBD heals your lips:
1. It eases pain: When CBD comes into contact with your lips, it immediately begins to interact with the cells there. Most of the endocannabinoid receptors in your lips belong to sensory nerve cells, which are responsible for registering pain. If your lips are cracked and hurting, CBD will bind to those receptors to help soothe the pain away.
2. It’s anti-inflammatory: Painful swelling, itchiness, or raw red lips can also be addressed by CBD’s powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Inflammation in the body occurs when your immune system is working to fight something off. Whether the body is combating bacteria, toxins, stress, or an imbalance in your diet, it will send more and more immune cells to the problem area - and it’s the presence of those immune cells in the epidermal layer of your lips that causes pain, itching, redness, and swelling. CBD works with the endocannabinoid receptors in your immune cells to decrease the inflammatory reaction.
3. It helps your skin repair itself: In addition to soothing inflamed lips and reducing pain, CBD lip balm is also a powerful way to heal and rejuvenate your lips. The skin cells on your lips also contain endocannabinoid receptors, and when CBD interacts with those cells it encourages them to regenerate and remain healthy. That means applying a CBD-infused lip balm will help dry and cracked lips shed old, dead skin cells and replace them with new, healthy ones.
Whether you opt to use a CBD lip balm or not, it’s important to look for a lip balm that contains natural, nourishing ingredients like shea butter and coconut oil. It’s also crucial to apply lip balm regularly; after showering or washing your face, before leaving the house, and before bed are best for maximum moisture and protection. Another important way to give your lips the love they deserve is by drinking lots of water and keeping a humidifier in your home (this is also helpful for keeping the rest of your skin and body properly hydrated). Your lips will thank you for taking good care of them - and so will the next person you kiss ;)
This post was written by Faye Lessler, a California born, New York City based advocate for holistic sustainable living. Faye is the author of sustainable lifestyle blog, Sustaining Life, and is passionate about making an ethical & eco-friendly lifestyle easier and more accessible for all. Faye is also a freelance writer and the Events + Talent Manager for the Ethical Writers & Creatives. Faye has been featured in Glamour and NY Magazine and has collaborated with sustainability leaders Eileen Fisher, Patagonia, and Klean Kanteen.