CBD Skincare: What’s All the Fuss & Should I Be Applying It on My Face?
CBD has officially gone mainstream now that Sephora has a whole section dedicated to it. But what exactly is CBD skincare, what does science say about it, and what can it do for your skin? (Oh, and will it get you high?) We break it down.
You’ve maybe heard about a new beauty ingredient in town that’s taking the world by storm. She’s called CBD, and she’s maybe a little controversial, but get strapped in, because you’ll be seeing a lot more of her soon.
What is CBD?
Well, let’s take it all the way back. CBD is short for cannabidiol, which is one of more than 100 chemical compounds that are found in the cannabis plant. You may or may not have heard of CBD’s way more famous sister, THC. THC is the main psychoactive component of cannabis, the one that can give you a feeling of being “high.” Unlike THC, CBD does not have any psychoactive effects and is 100% legal to use in all 50 states. Hooray!
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People have been using CBD for a while now, but as marijuana laws continue to ease around the United States, people have been able to test and study the positive effects of both CBD and THC. CBD, and more specifically, CBD oil is one of beauty’s newest IT ingredients.
People have realized that CBD oil (whether you drink it, vape it, etc.) is wonderful for pain relief, anxiety and depression, sleep issues, and inflammation. On top of that, CBD is apparently excellent for the skin. Of course, since CBD skincare is relatively new on the scene, a lot of these studies are still in the works, but preliminary findings have shown CBD to have an overall positive effect on someone’s health.
How is CBD beneficial for our skin?
I went into Sephora a few weeks ago and saw that they had an entire CBD section filled with products infused with its oils — serums, mascaras, facial creams, the whole thing. But what is it supposed to do?
Our skin has cannabinoid receptors all throughout our skin cells, which act as little antennae to pick up CBD or any cannabis derived compound. CBD, as luck would have it, is also a known analgesic (aka pain killing machine), so if you’ve got tired, sore, and stiff muscles (hi, that’s me!), you may benefit from using CBD body lotion to get rid of that second day squat soreness. Also, if you’re a person who gets a period every month, rubbing a little CBD lotion over your lower stomach and back can help a lot with uncomfortable cramping. I personally love to use Lord Jones High CBD Body Lotion after my really tough workout days. It’s pricey, but it WORKS.
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CBD (applied topically) is a known anti-inflammatory and powerful antioxidant, so it’s going to protect your skin from all those nasties like dust, dirt, and pollution. Mood! Studies have also shown that CBD/hemp oil can help those with eczema or atopic dermatitis, due to its high fatty acid content.
ANDDDDD (this is the one that blew my mind) studies have also shown that CBD can help regulate the production of oil in the skin, which would be the ideal situation for those of us with oily/acne-prone skin. Honestly, once I find a CBD oil or serum that I love, ya’ll will be the first to know because I NEED to try one.
Do you plan on slathering some good ol’ CBD skincare all over your face? Have you tried it already? Let me know in the comments!