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Can CBD Help Your Eye Bags?

September 03, 2019 5 min read

Approximately 1 in every 7 Americans take some sort of CBD-rich product.  In fact, according to the most recent Gallup poll, about 14% of the U.S. population uses CBD products daily.  Since the 2018 Farm Bill made industrial hemp legal, and CBD is mainly extracted from hemp, we've seen the number of cannabidiol products skyrocket since then.

As we learn more about the potential CBD has and what benefits it might offer, we see more products formulated to help with something more specialized.  The massive array of CBD Topicals, for example, aren't formulated to alleviate discomfort universally; there are CBD topicals for feet and hands, very specific areas of the body, and even sheet masks for the face.  The sheer variety can make it difficult to choose a product for your needs; and at the same time, it can also be a difficult situation differentiating between a plethora of brands all trying to sell the same things while remaining unique.

So what gives?  Is it possible for CBD Topicals to help alleviate discomfort on an issue-by-issue basis?  Let's say for the sake of this article, can CBD Topicals help with something like eye bags?

what causes bags under the eyes?

First of all, what causes the dreaded eye bags or puffy eyes we dread seeing when we wake up in the morning?  There's like not just one reason, so we'll touch on the most common causes as follows:

  • Genetics
  • Inflammation
  • Dehydration
  • Aging, in general
  • Sinuses and allergies
  • Fluid retention from too much sodium in your diet
  • Stress and/or anxiety
  • Lack of genuine rest or regular sleep

If you're not sure exactly what's causing your bags, it be a combination of these causes that you can discover through some observation.  Keeping a sleep journal to notate how much sleep you got or when you were struggling to sleep is an excellent start.  Turn it into a good diary too while you're at it as this will also keep track of what you are consuming to see if food proves to be the culprit.

It can be a huge struggle trying to figure our the root to your eye bags - fortunately, there's potential that CBD may be able to help no matter the initial cause.

how do cbd topicals work?

Before we can answer if CBD topicals help with eye bags, we first have to look at how CBD topicals work!  The human body (and most other mammals) has what's known as the endocannabinoid system, or ECS.

Making up the ECS are the endocannabinoid receptors, CB1 and CB2, that are placed across different areas in the body.  The ECS also contains endocannabinoids that utilize both these receptors and enzymes.  In the 1990s, we identified the ECS as a complex cell-signaling system because of the role these CB receptors seem to have.

CBD is almost identical, on a molecular level, to the endocannabinoids we naturally produce; so when these endocannabinoids bind to receptors throughout the body, its effects largely vary depending on where the receptors are located throughout the body.  For example, by interacting with the CB2 receptors in your immune system, it triggers a natural response for other receptors in the body to better regulate inflammation.

So how to CBD Topicals work?  Well, there just happens to be CB1 receptors all across the skin.  On the epidermal layer of the body, it's easy to see that cannabinoids that interact with these receptors would cause different results.

CBD creams and other topicals are useful alternatives to products that contain THC, as well as over-the-counter steroid-based topicals that provide more temporarily relief at the expense of elasticity and melatonin production that would otherwise retain the healthy aspects of the skin.  Becoming more popular among a group of aging CBD users, topicals are often used for everything from inflammation to joint pain.

can cbd topicals help with eye bags?

Now that we know a little more detail about how CBD Topicals work, we can answer the more pressing question on everyone's minds - is it going to help with bags under the eyes?  In short, yes, but there are some things to keep in mind.  CBD Topicals may help with eye bags and puffy eyes, but not every CBD Topical is the same.

In fact, CBD can come in many different forms, including salves, balms, gels, patches, lotions, creams, ointments, and even a pure oil form.  Most of these forms are easily absorbed when applied to an affected area directly; however some forms are easier to absorb than others.

Furthermore, relief is rarely immediate.  Depending on the severity of your discomfort, frequency of use and dose amount vary the efficacy of the product, ranging between 1 and 48 hours before feeling said desired relief.  Consistent and regular dosing is recommended here as to best avoid the long wait before its effects are felt.

Consistent, regular use on an as-needed basis throughout the day is what most users find Topicals to perform at its best.  Thanks to CBD's inherent abilities to act as an analgesic and anti-inflammatory, using this to treat localized discomfort works a whole lot better than a Tincture or Gummies would.  So try it out!

the other ingredients involved

It's not just CBD that's making the topical effective for your puffy eyes.  The efficacy of the product depends greatly on what other active ingredients are formulated with it.  While CBD has its own beneficial and medicinal properties, the hemp plant contains over 400+ other cannabinoids, some of which carry their own benefits.

Outside of hemp, your skin needs other vitamins and nutrients to keep it at its best.  Once again, this is where Envy's CBD Topicals shine.  In addition to our Full Plant Extract CBD containing all the necessary cannabinoids to ensure ultimate comfort, each of our products also possess its own collection of emollients all geared towards softening and restoring your skin back to its natural beauty.

For the purposes of eye bags and other aesthetically-centric facial issues, just our Face Cream alone possesses the following:

  • Organic Aloe Vera. Anti-inflammatory agent
  • Vitamin E.Protection against free radicals
  • Vitamin C.Increases collagen production
  • Vitamin B5.Softens skin
  • Avocado Oil.Moisturizes dry skin

Carefully selected, each of these additional, natural ingredients play a role in the reduction of your puffy eyes.  They either help with inflammation, maintaining the reduction of puffiness, moisturizing of the skin, or a combination of all three.

the bottom line

When it comes to eye bags, puffy eyes, or any aesthetically compromising issue your face or overall skin experiences, look to CBD Topicals as an alternative to finding relief.  While CBD Tincture oils and Gummies may provide total, whole-body relief over a period of time, applying CBD and its vitamin-rich emollient mixtures directly to the affected area has its benefits.


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