Cannabidiol is anything but a new ingredient! CBD has been used for hundreds of years. The first know use of the hemp plant was by the Egyptians. And it was the ancient Egyptians who went to great lengths to make sure that their appearance was youthful and beautiful! But it wasn’t just beauty that drew them to CBD. They used this to relieve pain from inflammation as well as labor pains during birth. It is even recorded in their lengthy documents that success using Cannabis to treat sore eyes and cataracts. But is CBD the next best thing in skincare?
Your Skin and CBD
The topical use of CBD can be a potent ingredient. Your body already produces it’s own naturally occurring cannabinoids called endocannabinoids. Their purpose is to support your skin’s endocannabinoid system, a complex process that helps keep your skin in homeostasis—a state of steady internal equilibrium. When this system becomes disrupted, it will also be disruptive to your skin. We have all been there: irritated, oily, dry, pimply skin that is out of balance. We are still learning all the benefits of CBD used as a topical. Yet, any ingredient that naturally balances your insides will most definitely have an advantage to how our skin looks on the outside.
Benefits of CBD for Your Skin
Anti-Aging. Since CBD is a powerful antioxidant, we know that it can protect our skin from all the horrible environmental damage of pollution and UV rays. That part of our skin that gets damaged will show signs of aging, so by adding CBD to your face cream, you can reduce these aging processes and work toward skin that can stay youthful longer.
Soothe Irritation. Dry, red skin is one of the most irritating things we can experience on our faces. Putting just any lotion on when this is present can make things worse. Putting cream on with all the benefits of phytocannabinoid can help even the most sensitive skin types begin the process of returning to a balanced state.
Balance vs. Oily & Dry. Our skin needs hydration, but too much oil in our t-zones is a problem for all of us. CBD has the benefit of reducing all that excess oil, and removing the excess oil means fewer breakouts and blemishes.
Fighting Acne. Studies have shown that CBD is effective at reducing the production of sebum, the substance that causes acne. This common culprit of our skin can be significantly reduced with CBD is added into our skincare products.
Is CBD Lotion Safe?
There is a difference in CBD. Full-spectrum CBD oil contains all the compounds found in hemp, including trace amounts of THC (the psychoactive ingredient that causes the high.) Broad-spectrum CBD oil includes a range of cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids derived from hemp, but has no THC. And since the 2018 Farm Bill was passed, cannabinoids derived from industrial hemp, containing less than 0.3% THC, are legal. Being legal doesn’t make it safe to use, but it is good to know that you are not breaking any laws when using. Safety comes down to the ingredients. Like any product you would purchase to use on your skin, you want to check the labels to make sure that all of the ingredients listed are safe to use, especially if you have sensitive skin. Some products may contain harmful chemicals or perfumes. Use the same evaluation you would focus on when deciding what to put on your skin.
What To Look For
If you don’t see cannabidiol listed as an ingredient on the back of a CBD product you are purchasing, then there is a good chance you are not going to get any of the benefits for your skin. Read the label! If you see cannabis seed oil, hemp seed oil, hemp butter, or cannabis extract, you really cannot be sure that these will ingredients will be giving you all the great benefits that real CBD can offer you.
How Much CBD Will Make a Difference?
Keep in mind that higher potency is not necessarily needed for your skincare needs. CBD is a beneficial ingredient to help with pain relief and anxiety, so these lotions will have to have higher doses to be effective.
Whatever product you decide to use on your skin, make sure that there is a fully transparent label with testing from a third-party lab. Testing is one of the best ways to have confidence in all the new products coming into the marketplace. You always want to be sure that the product is safe and that it contains precisely the label claims it contains.
For more detailed information on CBD and Skincare, check out the CBD Training Academy Skincare course. The more information you can arm yourself with, the more confident you will feel.
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Maria Bereket is a speaker, trainer, and marketing professional based in Southern California. She has been teaching small business owners how to compete in a digital economy through social media marketing courses and consulting for over 15 years. She recently taught a class on The CBD Buyer’s Journey and Instagram for CBD Businesses with the CBD Training Academy.