The cosmetics industry has always been quick to incorporate the latest and greatest ingredients into what seems like a revolving door of beauty and skincare products. The recent explosion of everything cannabis in North America has, of course, not gone unnoticed, and cosmetic brands around the world are scrambling to get in on the action with all sorts of CBD infused cosmetics.This time however, unlike many fads before it, CBD oil could actually offer a lot of benefits to one’s skincare regime, and it’s not surprising that cannabidiol, or CBD, is turning into the skincare industry’s latest super ingredient.
What is CBD oil?
The cannabis plant is filled with over 100 different compounds, including CBD. Unlike Tetrahydrocannabidiol (THC), the component famous for providing the mind-alteringeffects of cannabis, cannabidiol or CBD is known as the anti-THC and delivers no psychoactive properties.Because it’s not psychoactive, CBD is breaking boundaries all over the medical community and now in the skincare industry as well. There is lots of promising, if still early, research promoting CBD as beneficial when used to treat anxiety, pain, inflammation and to help control seizures in epilepsy patients. While additional clinical research is still ongoing to conclusively determine the benefits of CBD, and which combinations or concentrations work the best, CBD oil is already being sought after for many of its reported medicinal effects.
CBD oil as a skincare revolution
Due to its reported moisturizing and anti-inflammatory properties, the possibilities of using CBDoils in products has skincare formulators going crazy. Cannabis and CBD oil infused skincare products are being used to treat acne, eczema, dermatitis, rosacea, psoriasis, broken capillaries, sunburns, wrinkles, other signs of agingand lots more. CBD oil infused products have also been found to help soothe sensitive skin and skin prone to outbreaks. While more clinical research needs to be completed to fully understand what CBD truly delivers, cosmetic brands have already begun to roll out ‘natural, cannabis-infused’ skin care products in full force.
Are cannabidiol infused skincare products available now?
CBD infused skincare is becoming a growing part of a wide range of consumer cosmetic products. You can find anti-aging creams, hydrating serums, facial cleansers, anti-acne treatments, soaps, masks, deodorants and even mascara that has been infused with cannabidiol and hemp oil. These products are marketed for use within a daily skin care routine and as part of the ‘natural beauty movement’. Mega brand Esteé Lauder Origins released a cannabis oil facial mask called ‘Hello, Calm’, while Milk Makeup is selling Kush High Volume Mascara that contains cannabis seed oil. MGC Derma has a CBD Brightening facial cream and Radical Skincare is promoting their Rejuvafirm CBD Facial Oil. There are also a ton of other products out there containing all sorts of cannabis extracts to help consumers elevate their skincare game to the next level.
What you’ll want to look for in a CBD skincare product
CBD oil, especially when looked at in terms of skin care, is often marketed interchangeably with hemp oil, even though the two are not the same thing. CBD oil is concentrated cannabidiol while hemp oil (or hemp seed oil) contains only trace amounts of cannabidiol. What consumers see advertised as hemp oil is usually made from hemp seeds and not the entire plant. Hemp seed oil is still an amazing natural moisturizer that’s full of nutrients, bioactive compounds and fatty acids, but what you really want to find are products containing full spectrum hemp oil, or CBD oil. These oils have been extracted from the entire cannabis or hemp plant, including not only the seeds, but also the flowers, leaves and stems. These full spectrum oils are not only rich in vitamins A and E, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, antioxidant flavonoids and pigmentation treating chlorophyll, but also contain much higher concentrations of valuable cannabidiol. This means that full-spectrum hemp oil products that are rich in cannabidiol are the way to go.
Is CBD legal and safe to use?
It’s difficult to find a plant that’s currently more controversial than cannabis. There are people on both sides of the fence, some adamant that cannabis is a miracle cure, while others insist that it’s a dangerous psychoactive drug. Regardless of which camp you fall into, it’s tough to deny that even the regulated scientific community is becoming increasingly accepting of the medicinal properties of cannabis. Canada has legalized recreational use of cannabis and 31 U.S. states legally allow medical cannabis with a prescription. While studies and testing are still relatively new, it’s become apparent that the plant offers many beneficial medicinal properties.
That being said, cannabis remains illegal in lots of countries. However, due to its non-psychoactive properties, CBD is much more accepted and infused products are far less regulated than anything containing THC. Even in the U.S., The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently approved Epidiolex, a CBD-rich oral medication that helps control seizures in epilepsy patients. Even when made from industrial hemp, CBD oil regulations vary widely from place to place, so you always need to do your research. Before purchasing or using any products containing CBD oil, it’s best to speak with your doctor or health care professional for more information.