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Is CBD Beauty Worth the Hype?

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You’ve probably heard of CBD (AKA cannabidiol) as a non-opioid solution for chronic conditions such as pain, anxiety, and even epilepsy. But that’s not all this cannabinoid can do. While we always advise you to pause, take a breath, and do a little research before diving into any “miracle” ingredient, research does support many of the purported benefits of CBD. It’s not just for internal conditions–it could be an integral part of your beauty routine, too. As a way to reduce inflammation and relieve skin conditions, CBD could be your newest skincare ally.

What’s the deal with CBD beauty?

Cannabis products are enjoying a new surge of popularity, as more states legalize it for medicinal and recreational use. Hemp products like CBD are getting more attention right along with them.

You may be familiar with CBD’s more controversial cousin, THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), which also has known therapeutic uses (when used appropriately under the supervision of a trained licensed health practitioner), but today, we’re focusing solely on CBD. CBD is one of more than 100 cannabinoids sourced from the cannabis plant. CBD is commonly used as a therapeutic medicinal product, but it’s also made its way into skincare as as staple in herbal and luxury beauty products.

Will CBD get you high?

While CBD is related to THC, it doesn’t offer the same euphoric effects. Usually sourced from industrial hemp, CBD has only trace amounts of psychoactive THC, if any at all. These trace amounts depend on the plant species/strain, sourcing, and method of extraction (most CBD products on the market are CO2 extracted).

What CBD beauty can do for your skin

The most powerful benefit CBD offers for beauty and skin health is its anti-inflammatory properties. Inflammation is at the heart of many skin issues, so using CBD beauty products may calm your skin and improve signs of aging, acne, and redness. It could also help if you’re having a hard time with skin conditions such as psoriasis or eczema.

But there’s more to CBD oil. It’s rich in amino acids, essential fatty acids, and antioxidants, as well as vitamins including A, D, and E. So even if you don’t struggle with inflammation, CBD could offer a big dose of bioavailable skin nutrition, and protection from free radicals.

How CBD beauty fits into your routine

CBD is available in practically every type of skincare and beauty product. Some popular products include moisturizers, lotions, balms, massage oils, mascara, and other makeup and hair care products. They range from regular to high end, with varying quality as well.

If you’re considering adding CBD to your beauty routine, think about where it might be most helpful. If you’re battling acne on your face, you might look for a CBD moisturizer or spot treatment. If you struggle with skin rashes or other widespread skin issues, perhaps go for a CBD massage oil or body lotion instead.

What to look for in your CBD beauty products

Though the FDA has started to become involved with cannabis-derived ingredients, much of their attention has more to do with how it’s marketed and sold, rather than its quality. In terms of quality and purity, CBD isn’t well regulated at this time, so what you get isn’t always what’s promised. And as with any other majorly hyped product, there’s always a good chance you’ll run into products that are less than ideal.

It’s a good idea to read reviews and check for testing certificates/certificates of analysis to verify that the products are what they say they are and can deliver the potency and purity they promise. If you can’t find that information on the company’s website, or if they won’t furnish it upon request, take your business elsewhere!

CBD oil could help improve your beauty routine, offering a way to soothe inflammation, protect against free radicals, and support healthy moisture. Just be sure you’re choosing the right products, and being careful about the quality of CBD you’re investing in.

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What’s your take on the CBD beauty trend?

Have you incorporated it into your aesthetics or skin wellness practice yet? We’d love to know your experience! Please share in the comments below.

About the author:

Amelia Noble is a researcher with the CBD Awareness Project. When she’s not working, you can find her playing board games. 

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