It seems like everyone is jumping on the bandwagon and using CBD in skin care. You can find CBD almost everywhere and in nearly any form. But what exactly is this “miracle” compound? Is it something that you should consider trying? Extracted CBD oil has been shown to reduce inflammation and puffiness associated with eczema and rosacea.
It is said that CBD diminishes signs of aging by smoothing out lines and wrinkles. Furthermore, it acts directly on basal cells to regenerate your cells. Natural fatty acids found in the oil can regulate oil production which cuts down on acne. Some advocates say that CBD oil tightens the skin, minimizes pain caused by itching, swelling and overall discomfort. And last but not least it’s a potent antioxidant.
What is CBD
Cannabidiol, more commonly known as CBD, is one of the many active compounds found in cannabis. Essentially, CBD is a non-intoxicating cannabis-derivative. This means that it interacts with receptors throughout your body without causing you to feel “high” or sedated. Unlike THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) which produces a psychoactive effect.
With the recent legalization of marijuana in California and several other states, it has opened the door for companies to experiment with various uses of the cannabis plant. CBD has shown to have beneficial effects on health and is becoming a mainstream ingredient.
Is Using CBD in Skin Care Legal
Today CBD is considered to be an investigational new drug by the FDA. Since it’s considered a drug, there are issues around shipping it. Approximately 30 states have legalized its shipping and the rest have not yet approved it. Hemp, along with hemp extracts is completely legal to ship in all 50 states. To be perfectly clear, CBD that is extracted from hemp, specifically, has a minuscule amount of THC and therefore is 100% legal.
Today, there are over 50 clinical trials studying CBD’s effectiveness.
As a drug, CBD is a promising choice for controlling pain, depression, anxiety and inflammation. In 2018, the FDA approved a CBD solution for the treatment of certain forms of childhood epilepsy (seizures). This has opened the door to studying CBD’s effect on dozens of other ailments.
When used as a skin care ingredient, CBD can help combat inflammatory skin conditions, skin sensitivity, dryness, and acne. Its powerful anti-inflammatory properties can help to soothe skin and support natural healing. This explains why CBD products can be helpful for people dealing eczema, rosacea, and acne. CBD is an extremely powerful antioxidant; in fact, it’s even stronger than vitamins C and E. As a refresher, antioxidants help to protect collagen and DNA from sun damage.
Products Using CBD in Skin Care
While CBD is well tolerated in most skin types, be sure to look for it in a form that best suits your skin. For example, if you have skin that is very dry, you may want to consider a rich, moisturizing blend or if you have oily to combination skin a lightweight serum would be ideal.
For a relaxing, fully-body experience, consider trying this CBD-infused massage oil. Having your massage therapist use this type of oil may help with muscle soreness and stiffness. A CBD sleeping mask in combination with a CBD eye serum might just be the ultimate combination for overnight rejuvenation.
Is Using CBD in Skin Care a Good Idea
The short answer is–it doesn’t hurt. Does it work? Probably, it’s very promising and has proven results, but we still have to wait and see. Before I can fully commit to recommending it, I need some questions answered. For example, if I have a 1 oz. bottle of anti-aging serum, how much CBD oil needs to be in there to make it effective? If I have a client with oily skin does the percentage of CBD need to go up or down?
Until it’s regulated, there are several questions that consumers need to be asking: How much CBD was used in the formula? Where is the CBD oil coming from? Are there organic sources and non-organic, etc.
In the meantime, I see a hole that needs filling in the product realm, so I’m going to be working on my own CBD formula to fill the gap. Stay tuned!