CBD has generated a lot of buzz recently for its usage in a wide range of innovative applications, from pet care to chocolates to beauty products. For decades, people have been lauding the benefits of CBD, a compound found in hemp and cannabis. However, it’s only recently that its uses have become more mainstream, as CBD and marijuana have become decriminalized or legalized in countries around the world.
With these legal obstacles conquered and additional research being conducted, we are finding more CBD-infused products appearing on the market, including serums, masks, and face creams, and many retailers are struggling to keep up with the high demand for these products. If you are intrigued by the next big trend in beauty, check out the Guide to CBD & Beauty here and keep reading to discover five reasons why we are confident it will be CBD.
CBD is all-natural
CBD, or cannabidiol, is an all-natural ingredient derived from the Cannabis Sativa plant. Although this is the same plant that gives us marijuana, there is little to no THC content in CBD. As a result, you can’t get high or buzzed from using CBD, and there are no mind-altering effects, though some users note that they experience a calming sensation.
CBD is packed with vitamins, antioxidants, and omega-3 proteins. Hemp seeds are also a great source of folate, thiamine, riboflavin, iron, and zinc. These seeds are such an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids that some vegetarians and vegans have been using them for years as a substitute for fatty fish in their diets.
In countries like the United Kingdom, where marijuana is still not legalized, CBD is allowed to be openly sold on the market. In China, CBD infused products have been legal since 2015, which is big news for a nation that is only behind the United States in terms of amount spent annually in the beauty market.
CBD is versatile
Perhaps one of the main reasons why CBD has flooded every corner of the market is due to its inherent versatility. CBD can be used in an edible form, such as in oil, drinks, or confections. It can also be used topically in creams, lotions, serums, and soaps.This variation allows for consumers to experience this compound’s benefits in whatever manner they’re most comfortable with.
The benefits of CBD are now reaching beyond the niche of the beauty sector to mainstream stores like CVS and Walgreens. Today, high-end stores and luxury brands like Sephora, Barneys, and Nieman Marcus are also jumping on the bandwagon and dispelling any previously held stigma that the ingredient may have had.
CBD receptors are already present in your skin
CBD is absorbed by the skin quickly due to the natural receptors for cannabidiol that have always been present there. These same receptors control our skin’s inflammation levels and regulate how our cells react to a product. If you are susceptible to acne, skin blemishes, or have sensitive skin, you’d do well to try CBD-infused skincare products. If you have a complexion that alternates between dry and oily (usually common in teenage skin) you can benefit from the hydration of CBD without adding additional oil.
CBD may slow down aging skin
Aging is inevitable, but it doesn’t mean that we have to accept the consequences without a dedicated fight. CBD is high in antioxidants that may help keep the signs of aging at bay by increasing elasticity in the skin and decreasing dullness. The anti-inflammatory properties of CBD and its effect on overall wellness, including stress, anxiety, and depression, may also help to open the gates to the fountain of youth.
Your skin has natural CBD receptors, so oils, lotions, and serums containing CBD may be more effective than other ingredients commonly touted on the market, such as vitamin A or C. CBD oil assists in ensuring skin is both healthy and hydrated. As such, many people notice the benefits of CBD beauty products almost instantly, and the products continue to promote skin protection and faster healing.
CBD is anti-inflammatory
CBD extract may soothe red, itchy skin caused by excessive dryness while also being anti-inflammatory. In addition, CBD is one of the first new and effective means to help fight teenage or adult acne in recent decades by reducing the production of lipids from sebaceous glands. Though still in the early stages of research, laboratory studies continue to show that CBD-infused products are multifaceted and may effectively treat acute and chronic cases of dermatitis, psoriasis, and eczema. It may also calm down flare-ups of rosacea, which is a common concern for middle-aged women in particular.
CBD is considered a safe and effective product to use on your skin by most dermatologists, and if you do have any ill side effects, this is likely due to other ingredients found in the cream, lotion, or serum. However, it’s always best to read the fine print. Look out for words including cannabidiol, broad-spectrum or full-spectrum CBD, hemp CBD or hemp extract. In the United States, the FDA has stated that cannabidiol must be listed as an ingredient for any products that claim to contain CBD.
Cannabis Sativa seed oil and hemp seed oil may appear interchangeably on some labels, but these ingredients don’t have the same anti-inflammatory benefits and are heavier and greasier than their CBD counterparts. Similarly, ensure that you research the CBD percentage in the product, particularly if you are wanting it for the analgesic or anti-inflammatory properties in which you would want a higher amount for effectiveness.
Companies like The Body Shop have incorporated hemp into their products for decades. However, with the trailblazing legalization of marijuana and CBD around the world, high-end and high street cosmetic brands are taking note of the healing properties and benefits of CBD. We wouldn’t be surprised to find healing and nourishing CBD-infused products finding their way into your everyday beauty regime before long.