CBD is the latest buzz word in the beauty world (figuratively speaking, of course). Because it’s associated with Cannabis, CBD gets somewhat of a bad rap. However, it can be very beneficial to the body in many different ways and has become a very popular ingredient in skincare and cosmetics. So, let’s see what all of the buzz is about!
What is CBD?
CBD is a chemical found in marijuana. Unlike THC, CBD is non-psychoactive which means it doesn’t produce a high, nor give you the munchies, though you can find CBD oil in many foods, drinks, tinctures, and now beauty products.
Benefits of CBD for Skin
CBD is an antioxidant known for its ability to reduce inflammation. Adjunct professor of epidemiology at the Colorado School of Public Health, Robert Dellevale explains: “The body has two CBD receptors that we know of: CB1 and CB2. When applied to skin, CBD interacts with these receptors to turn down the inflammatory response. This happens by decreasing the interleukins, which are chemicals that are like the immune system’s fire alarm that calls the fire department in an emergency. CBD may decrease the loudness of that fire alarm.”
CBD is also known to control excess sebum production and neutralize free radical damage. It can soothe psoriasis and eczema and even calm rosacea. It’s best for dry, sensitive, or aging skin, but really anyone can use it. All of these benefits make it a well sought-after ingredient to put in face oils, serums, creams, lotions, and masks.
Although Dieux Skin’s Deliverance is packed with powerful ingredients, the serum is more like calmness in a bottle, having completed one of the first clinicals on what dose of cannabinoids works to calm skin. It specifically targets irritation, the appearance of fine lines, and uneven skin tone.
This body lotion from Lord Jones is the real deal. Not only is it hydrating and moisturizing, it helps soothe the skin and leaves a cooling effect after you apply it. Our Chief Queen, Tiffany, rubs it on her feet before and after a night of dancing on tables and venue hopping in heels!
A face oil is great for the winter months because it adds an extra layer of moisture while you sleep. This Prima face oil is formulated with a blend of botanicals and naturally occurring CBD to soften, brighten, and hydrate skin.
Similar to Prima’s face oil, Saint Jane’s Luxury Body Serum brightens and hydrates the skin but can be used all over your body. It’s perfect for red, dull, and unevenly textured skin.
CBD Safety Risks
The 2018 farm bill legalized the use of hemp derivatives in cosmetics because they were deemed safe. However, most CBD products are not FDA-approved because there’s not a lot of research about its long-term effects and scientists still don't know the ideal dosages needed to treat certain skin conditions. So, dabble with caution. As with any new active product you would like to introduce into your routine, always conduct a patch test on a small area of your body to see how your skin reacts to CBD products.
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