Have you noticed that more and more skincare products are adding CBD into the mix?! It’s hard to go down a cosmetics aisle these days and not notice that CBD is just as trendy as terms like hyaluronic acid or age-defying.
The beauty is that CBD can be added to your everyday skincare routine. This means you can enjoy the added benefits of CBD without having to add another product to your morning or evening routine. But what does CBD even do for your skin?
Let’s start off with the basics first.
What is CBD?
CBD is short for cannabidiol and is one of more than 110 cannabinoids found in the hemp plant. CBD, unlike THC, does not create a psychoactive effect. You can learn more about CBD in our CBD 101 blog post.
So what can CBD do to support your skin health?
Research from a 2005 study showed that CBD as a topical can be helpful in reducing itchy skin. The best way to support this is by using a topical directly on the area. This will allow it to absorb quickly in the area you are needing the relief.
It’s important to note that itchy skin can come from a variety of internal and external reasons. It’s important you find the cause of the itch before treating it.
Acne affects people of all ages. Having a clear face can increase your confidence and the way you show up in the world. Acne has been shown, through research to be an inflammatory condition. This lines up well with CBD research and its suggested effect on inflammation.
A 2014 study showed that CBD can help calm the skin. It can adjust the way the body creates sebum, which is the waxy, oily substance the skin makes.
CBD is also known to have antibacterial and antifungal properties which can also support the skin.
Wrinkles and Anti-Aging
CBD has antioxidant properties. Antioxidants are great at removing potentially harmful oxidizing agents. They protect your cells against free radicals which can play a role in many diseases. Oxidative stress breaks down collagen which doesn’t allow your skin to repair naturally. By using a skincare product with antioxidants in it, you can help prevent or correct the fine lines, wrinkles, and loose skin the oxidizing agents create.
Some other points to consider…
Remember that hemp seed oil and CBD are not the same things. They do come from the same plant but from different parts of the plant. Hemp seed oil does have some great benefits as well but CBD is a more active ingredient. You’ll see both hemp seed oil and CBD in skincare products on the market. Hemp seed oil is a great hydrator – but because it doesn’t include CBD it doesn’t have the rest of the benefits.
Remember that CBD doesn’t always say CBD on the label. For example, our labels say Full Spectrum Hemp Oil. You might also see hemp extract oil or hemp CBD. When reading labels it’s important to check the amounts of CBD, THC and other secondary cannabinoids to truly understand what’s in the product. Remember to always ask for 3rd party lab test results if they aren’t readily on the website.