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Celebrate the Holidays with Healthy Hacks for Beautiful (& Healthy) Skin

dual image: adding CBD tincture to skin cream & a woman looking in a mirror & applying skin cream

Hacks have always intrigued me. How do people come up with some of these things? Some of them are truly amazing, and some simply make you say, “Of course — that’s so simple!” 

Thinking of these hacks, I realize I have some tips of my own I would like to share with you. They are more in that “of course” category, but helpful nonetheless.

So many people have asked me why I never added a topical line of CBD to my product offerings. My simple answer is that I have sensitive, Irish skin (read: thin and dry) and haven’t tested any product that was acceptable to me. 

The salves were too greasy and messy. and got all over everything. The lotions were too expensive. I could never find quality CBD at a reasonable price, with a dose I can control and quality natural ingredients in a lotion that absorbed well. 

So, I developed a hack! 

My Healthy Skincare Hack

I take my favorite CBD, Perfect Balance tincture and add the specific dose I want to my favorite body lotion. Right about now you are saying to yourself:  “of course, that’s so simple!” 

Let’s take it one step further and say that I use my CBD tincture on my face as well before I put my moisturizer on, like you would use a serum. It is clean, organic CBD in MCT oil – that’s it! It works great for red splotches and irritations that my fair skin is prone to. 

So until I come up with a CBD topical skin care line that I’m happy with, use my hack. It’s RN-approved and good for your skin.

Do CBD bath Bombs look interesting to you? It’s the same concept.

Take your favorite bath bomb or bubble bath and add your own CBD tincture to it. There are advantages to this. Over the counter CBD bath bombs are very pricey and contain low quality CBD isolate. In essence, you might as well not have any CBD in them at all for the benefit you would get. Save your money,  and add a quality broad spectrum CBD tincture to your bath water for a soothing and relaxing soak.

Read the Labels Before You Buy.

It’s important to carefully scrutinize all the ingredients listed on the label before you drop a couple of Benjamins on CBD-infused facial creams or bath bombs. Don’t assume that it’s a high-quality product just because it contains CBD. 

Slick marketing campaigns are touting CBD as a miracle compound for the skin, with healing properties that range from relieving pain to soothing rashes and eradicating acne. The most alluring (and profitable) CBD-related promises pertain to anti-aging and beautifying the skin. But is there anything substantive behind all the hype? Can CBD really protect, heal and restore the skin? As a nurse, I want to know what, if anything, does science say about all this?

The Science Behind Our Skin & Aging

Human skin is a complex, multifunctional, protective barrier for the body. 

diagram showing the layers of the skin

The skin has three layers. The outermost, called the epidermis, is like a fortress wall, a strong-yet-flexible barrier made up of constantly-renewing skin cells that protect the body. Next is the dermis, which has nerves and capillaries. Most of the body’s sensory cells (those that feel pressure, heat and cold, touch, vibration and pain) are found here, as well as sweat glands, hair follicles and sebaceous (oil-producing) glands. 

The dermis is also where collagen and elastin are made, substances that support the epidermal outer layer and give it that youthful, spring-back-when-pinched quality so coveted by more mature individuals like me. 

The deepest layer, known as the hypodermis,  attaches the skin to the rest of the body. Composed mostly of fat, connective tissue and water, it helps to insulate the body from temperature extremes and cushions bones and joints. Vitamin D and essential hormones are synthesized in the hypodermis.

The many different cells contained in all three layers of skin work together in a complex, interconnected, delicately-balanced neuro-immuno-endocrine network that is regulated by the endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS promotes healthy skin renewal and barrier function.

The ECS regulates numerous physiological functions that can also soothe the skin’s sensory nerves, reducing pain and inflammation.

One researcher documented how the ECS influences the production of sebum (the skin’s natural oil), increasing it to keep the skin’s waterproof barrier intact or decreasing it, which helps to keep acne at bay. A recent report by scientists in Experimental Dermatology noted that an imbalance in the cannabinoid signaling may promote atopic dermatitis, acne, psoriasis, itch, pain, hair growth disorders, sclerosis and cell mutation. The report goes on to explain how skin barrier imbalances can delay wound healing.

Let’s face it — as we age, everything slows down and becomes less efficient, including our skin’s ability to generate the fresh new cells that give us that healthy, youthful look we took for granted during all those summers on the beach, when the only sun block we wore was a bikini.

As we get older, our cellular functions start to slow down. And when this starts showing up on our faces, we take notice.  it can be truly sobering. There’s even a scientific term for time’s cruel ravages upon the body: especially if we experience inflammaging, the continuous, low-grade inflammation associated with aging. 

A 2019 article in the journal Cosmetics linked many skin conditions with such inflammation, and suggested that natural, anti-inflammatory compounds might help. That’s where CBD comes in. 

I’m thoroughly comfortable recommending my “CBD tincture skincare hack” to you because I use it myself. But only if the CBD you use is as clean and organic as our Perfect Balance tincture. 

Here’s to happy holidays, healthy skin and a peaceful joyous New Year.

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What the World Needs to Know about CBD by Jeri Schulz MSN, RN

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For me, my world is healthcare and more specifically, nursing. Nursing is the caring profession and the most trusted profession for more than 18 years according to Gallup Poll. Not only am I a seasoned nurse but I have been a manager for over a decade and have a finger on the pulse of what not only nurses but physicians and other healthcare providers are being asked by their patients. So what are patients and their families interested in asking their healthcare providers? Well, many of them are asking about medical cannabis and CBD. What the world needs to know about CBD can be found right on my website.

They have seen it all over the internet and have heard friends and family talk about it so, as we ask them to do, they consult with their medical professional. The problem is that the majority of nurses, physicians, and other healthcare professionals do not have education about the endocannabinoid system and cannabinoids and so, do not know how to answer their patient’s questions. If they are not familiar with cannabis and have not independently done literature reviews to educate themselves then their answer is the standard, “there is not enough research yet so I wouldn’t recommend it”. This is unfortunate for several reasons:

  • The patient may benefit from adding cannabinoids whether in the form of medical marijuana or CBD or both, and the healthcare provider is missing an opportunity to help their patient.
  • The healthcare provider is not addressing their patients concerns and questions and so leaving the patients and their families to fend for themselves in an unregulated arena of CBD.
  • The healthcare provider is uneducated and unprepared to address a growing swell of information on how cannabinoids and their health potential and doesn’t have a clear direction on how to obtain the information needed.

As a manager with years of being a nurse advocate, I know that nursing is mentally, physically, and emotionally draining work that is not for the faint of heart. Nurses in particular need support and would themselves benefit from zero THC CBD. They suffer from pain, inflammation, insomnia, and anxiety as much if not more than the average citizen. With the nursing population getting older and a shortage looming, we need to take care of the experienced nurses that are taking care of everyone else.

The Tulip Tree CBD Solution for Health Care Professionals

Our products have zero THC and are grown in the US using organic farming practices.

We provide broad-spectrum CBD with all of the complementing cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids. We test all of our products and then send them out for third-party testing to ensure that we are providing an accurate dose, free of heavy metals, molds, or solvents and we post that on the website. The packaging is easy to open in individual units for safe, clean, and accurate dosing, everything a nurse or healthcare professional would want in a product for themselves and their patients. This is what the world needs to know about CBD!

Tulip Tree offers individualized products and dosing guidance for our customers based on their needs as well as education about hemp, CBD, and all related topics so that our customers can make educated decisions about products. We support the nursing profession with education and support as well as product discounts so that they can benefit from our products as well as educate their patients about CBD.