Hemp clothing is not only good for the environment; it can also help the quality of your skin and reduce signs of ageing, say researchers in Poland.
Using a Polish variety of hemp called Bialobrzeskie, the researchers employed 15 female volunteers aged 52-79 to wear cannabidiol (CBD)-enriched hemp fiber clothing for six weeks (12 hours a day), and noticed marked skin improvement as a result. The Bialobrzeskie variety naturally contains phenolic acids in its chemical composition, giving it inherent antioxidant and antibacterial activity, the researchers at the University of Medicinal Sciences and the Natural Fibers and Medicinal Plants National Research Institute, both in Poznan, noted.
The skincare market globally could be worth approximately $3.17 billion by 2028 and CBD has growing acceptance for use in cosmetics for its apparent anti-ageing qualities, the researchers said. However, there is little data currently about the use of CBD in functional textiles and ways the cannabinoid could help curb the ageing process.
Through the study, the researchers found such clothing improved the hydration and lubrication of the skin in the volunteers and helped to keep skin properly moisturized and glossy. It also enhanced the skin barrier, or protection, function.
The volunteer subjects said the clothing remained comfortable, with no irritation or allergic reaction to the fabric reported. In addition to wearing the clothing for six weeks, the fabric was washed a total of 20 times, and most of the applied CBD microcapsules remained on the fabric surface.
Good for Earth, Too
While such fabric could help with skin conditioning and lessen the effects of ageing, the production of it is also environmentally friendly and in line with the European Union’s European Green Deal’s targets and requirements, the researchers added. Two key components of that are no net greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and economic growth no longer coupled with resource use.
Hemp cultivation using raw materials allows for sustaining biodiversity in agriculture, the researchers said.
“[This] is important for the protection of the ecosystem, reduction of water and pesticides consumption if compared to cotton, absorbing CO2 from the atmosphere, and supports a wasteless bioeconomy,” they concluded.
The full study can be viewed here.