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If you’re interested in skincare, then the chances are you’ve already noticed the huge public interest in CBD-infused skincare products. And we’re sure there are some frowning faces out there questioning, “Is it safe? Doesn’t it come from drugs?”.
Well, we’re here to shed some light on the situation for you and answer some of the most common questions hitting the internet.
Hopefully, this post will help you make the most informed decision possible. Don’t just jump on a bandwagon without doing your research first!
Firstly, CBD is nothing new, scientists have been studying the substance for a while now. And the findings generally concur that it’s quite the remarkable, naturally derived product capable of easing several skin issues.
In fact, it’s become so popular that in January 2021, experts predicted that the CBD skincare market would be worth an enormous $1.5 billion by the time 2025 hits (and it’s already worth around a third of that).
So, whether you’re a little curious, completely clueless, or already sold on its benefits, here’s all you need to know.
What is CBD?
Short for cannabidiol, CBD is a chemical compound that’s found in cannabis plants (both hemp and marijuana). Not to be confused with THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), CBD isn’t remotely psychoactive.
Outside of the skincare realm, research has found that CBD can be effective at relieving anxiety, insomnia, inflammation, and pain. In fact, one study even found links to a reduction in cognitive decline in patients.
What’s the difference between CBD and THC?
In short – significant.
Unlike THC, CBD is entirely free of psychoactive or intoxicating effects. This means, the typically associated effect of getting “high” is not something you need to worry about – there isn’t any chance of that with CBD.
Sourced from hemp stems and stalks, CBD is a restorative ingredient; one that’s used in a wide variety of topical and ingestible products. Though it can be sourced from cannabis plants, the legal versions you’ll encounter as product ingredients come exclusively from industrial hemp.
How can CBD help acne?
What you might not know is that hemp-derived CBD takes things one step further, thanks to its impressive anti-inflammatory properties.
If you suffer from acne, you will likely have noticed your skin often feels tight, uncomfortable, and sore. This is typically due to the inflammation that acne causes. Often, this soreness can be exacerbated by the drying ingredients used in many acne treatments.
As CBD is known to soothe and calm your inflamed skin, it can help to:
- Reduce redness
- Make your skin feel less tight
- Visibly reduce breakouts
All in all, not only is CBD effective at working to provide relief for your skin, but it’s actively working below the surface to reduce the problem.
Though it’s less well researched, there’s also some evidence that suggests CBD can help to reduce excess oil production in the skin, due to its potent balancing effects. Though the results are yet inconclusive, it’s worth taking into consideration!
Does CBD have an anti-ageing effect?
Like most plant derivatives, CBD also contains antioxidant properties. Which means, yes – it can help reduce the signs of ageing.
Through topical use, products that contain CBD work to counteract free-radical damage to the skin caused by external factors, including sun damage and harm caused by air pollutants.
This effect, in combination with CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties, can help to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, redness and dull skin.
However, don’t be too hasty to buy the first CBD product you see. There are a lot of other antioxidant ingredients that work similarly, and the research isn’t yet there to support CBD as the best one for the job.
Can CBD help sensitive skin?
As you might have guessed, CBD’s balancing and soothing effects make it an ideal ingredient for anyone with sensitive skin. Since it works to calm and normalise your skin from the inside out, it can reduce redness and help prevent your skin from reacting to external and environmental factors.
Since most skincare enthusiasts agree that keeping your skin in check is a benefit to everyone, that makes CBD a safe bet for most people.
How do I choose the right CBD skincare product for me?
Like most skincare ingredients, not all CBD is created equal.
Full-spectrum CBD oil contains all the compounds found in hemp. This means it’s not only full of the nourishing ingredients you want; it also contains trace amounts of THC (though not enough to have any discernible effect).
Broad-spectrum is the next step down in quality. Products with broad-spectrum CBD contain no psychoactive ingredients whatsoever. They do, however, contain other aspects of the hemp plant, including flavonoids and terpenes – elements largely associated with taste and smell.
If you want products with only CBD and nothing else from the hemp plant, you’ll want to target CBD isolate products. This pure form is the best for your skin because it’s free of any compounds that can clog pores, but retains all the antioxidants you need.
CBD isn’t to everyone’s liking. We don’t want anyone to feel pressured in any way to try something they are not comfortable with. However, it is quite impossible to deny its benefits for your skin. Since everyone’s skin is different though, it’s up to you how beneficial you think these products might be for you.
As long as you know what you’re looking for, you can make an informed decision.
If knowledge is power, misinformation is paralysis. It is our sincerest hope that this post has helped equip you with the insight you need to decide what is right for you.