CBD for Skincare

Scraping just the surfaces of this new field, CBD for skincare has involved in almost all aspects of human health and benefit. CBD has grown radically in such a short time. Be it oral supplements, injections, cure for progressive diseases or cosmetic benefits, CBD showed promising results. As for the latter, it gained much popularity mainly because of its natural course of mechanism.

CBD is known to have anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidizing and regulatory mediator of our body. Just like many skincare products aim to use natural ingredients like hyaluronic acid and collagen, the discovery of the endocannabinoid system has opened new windows for cosmetologist to entertain more vigorous and effective methods.

What You Need To Know About CBD For Skincare

This brings us to discuss the correct application and use of CBD in skincare products. Considering the still skeptical presence of cannabis-infused products in the market, there are strict policies and restrictions that you need to look out for.

The CBD that is used in skincare is CBD oil. Now, CBD oil is not the same as hemp seed oil. Although both are used in combination for cosmetic benefits there are a few distinguishing properties of CBD oil that make it an important ingredient.

CBD oil has higher concentration of cannabidiol as compared to hemp seed oil hence has greater anti-inflammatory properties. This being said the CBD oil is prepared by extraction of CBD as powder from the hemp plant and then mixed in oil like coconut or olive which makes it even more effective. Hemp seed extract only has traces of CBD with other extracts as well. So before purchasing any CBD products, look out for these things:

  • Make purchases from a CBD skincare company that you can trust. Many companies often have false packaging and incorrect labels. Many companies often give amounts in milligrams with breakdown of its use which proves legitimacy of the brand.
  • The ingredient listed for CBD should be “cannabidiol” as compliant of the International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients (INCI).
  • If the brand is cooperative enough, you can ask for third-party certification for purity and claims.
  • CBD products are not sold in clean jars or bottles because exposure to sunlight can make CBD less effective.
  • Be aware of terms like:

CBD Isolate: Pure CBD with no other cannabinoids like flavonoids or terpenes.

Full spectrum CBD: Contains all extracts from hemp plant including CBD, traces of THC (below 0.3%), cannabigerol, etc.

Broad spectrum CBD: No detectable THC but same composition as full-spectrum.

All of these precautions confirm use and extraction within proper parameters and maximize efficacy of CBD.

How CBD Is Beneficial For Skin?

Acne-prone Skin

Acne can be triggered by many factors including excessive oil secretions, allergies, sensitivity and most importantly, inflammation. Acne has been declared as an inflammatory condition. What better cure could we have for that than CBD? CBD is being widely used as an anti-inflammatory due to its mediation of the T-cells in the skin which release cytokines and inflammatory chemicals.

Also, keeping in mind the sensitivity of the skin, CBD oil is a gentle ingredient for the skin. CBD skin care for acne also regulates sebum production and balances skin oil. However, there is still a need for more strong and conclusive studies.  

Wrinkles and Anti-aging

Often used in combination with Vitamin C, hyaluronic acid and aloe vera, CBD provides an extra punch to treat aging. The presence of anti-oxidants in CBD is a main contributor in this aspect. This combination also treats wrinkles and dark spots.

Aging is a result of oxidative stress in our body which is brought about by RONS (reactive oxygen and nitrogen species). To reduce accumulation of RONS, CBD oil for wrinkles plays an important role and actually slows down even reverses the effects of aging.

Sensitive Skin

CBD is also known to have soothing properties so suits best for people with sensitive skin. The face is especially sensitive to irritants and chemicals. CBD with its natural skin-repairing properties helps minimize skin issues along with addressing other skin conditions as well.

Also, skin that is regularly exposed to pollutants and environmental factors can also benefit from the soothing effects of CBD.  

Decrease Hormonal Conditions

Many hormonal conditions are a cause of poor skin. Be it dark spots, scaly skin, redness or inflammation, CBD indirectly addresses all such skin conditions by targeting hormones that regulate skin functions. Working holistically, CBD has been associated with hormonal activity as it gradually regulates and adapts the body to external conditions.

Often termed as an adaptogen as well, CBD trains the body to develop unspecific resistance against stressors. This is often brought about by interaction with hormones. Furthermore, patients with PCOs often suffer from skin issues due to hormonal imbalances.  

Eczema, Psoriasis And Other Skin Diseases

The most important aspect of skin care is tending to severe skin diseases like eczema, psoriasis and rosacea. The compromised immune system along with various skin issues like swelling, pain, redness and secretions worsens the situation.

CBD targets not only one but many aspects for such patients including pain, swelling and inflammation and also the anxiety and depression that comes along. CBD for skin inflammation is popularly used because of CBD’s role in regulating the hyper sensitivity of T-cells reducing inflammations and blocking pain stimulators to reduce pain.

In addition, CBD is also being used for scarring. The hydrating and skin-repairing qualities of CBD allows skin to heal easily. CBD for skin healing is still under study and is often used in combination with other ingredients.

CBD has become a promising participant in skincare routines. Cosmetologists recommend that when using CBD as serums, moisturizers and creams, use them in the same order as you would in a skincare routine. However, it is also recommended not to use too many CBD-infused products together or they may have a totally opposite effect. Nevertheless, always consult your dermatologists before using any CBD product to confirm legitimacy and application.

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