Why You Should Be Integrating CBD Into Your Daily Beauty Routine
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a natural compound present in the Cannabis Sativa plant. CBD is a buzzworthy extract used in therapeutic supplements and beauty products. Although many people think of CBD oils, gummies, and tinctures used to relieve pain, troublesome sleep and other chronic symptoms, CBD also has use in skin care. Topically applied cannabis infused creams, oils, balms, and salves are absorbed through skin for restricted alleviation of soreness, pain and inflammation without entering the bloodstream and without any psychoactive impacts.
In 2012, Israeli scientists identified more than 1,200 human genes affected by CBD, has been shown to regulate the expression of 491 genes, 165 in skin. (1) Cannabidiol has been shown to activate both the cannaboid and PPAR Gamma receptor in skin, which is probably responsible for its claimed skin benefits.
Reported skin benefits include:
- Improved moisturization
- Improved skin barrier
- Skin soothing/anti-inflammatory
- Acne/oil control
- Treating psoriasis/atopic dermatitis
- Enhanced skin repair and cell regeneration
- Anti-aging effects
- Stronger hair follicles and overall healthier hair
- Reduced stress, anxiety and their direct effects
- Improved skin health and appearance
- Reduce the appearance of dark spots
“Our data demonstrate that the topical application of CBD regulates over 160 genes in the skin. This likely affects wound healing, pigmentation, aging, acne and more – all important considerations for companies developing skincare products” Dr. Bridget (Keenan) Early, Scientific Sales Manager at GeneMakers. So, does CBD offer beauty benefits, and should you consider using it in your daily routine?
The Effects of CBD in Beauty Products
Research indicates CBD can offer antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. That means it can fight free radicals that can be bad for your skin health. And if you’re experiencing inflammation, CBD beauty products could offer a calming effect.
Beauty Tip: Use Healthy Healing Gel or your preferred CBD infused skin care product, under the eyes to eliminate bags and decrease darkness. The potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties are a game changer!
There’s also research that suggests CBD can decrease oil production upon topical application, which can cut back on acne thanks to its ability to adjust sebum production. Sebum is a waxy, oil substance that helps protect our skin. When it combines with dirt and dead skin cells it tends to clog pores and initiate acne.
Research by Olah et al., 2014, found that CBD prevented human cebocytes (the cells that produce sebum) from producing too much sebum. (2)
When used topically, CBD can cut down on pain in joints and is a natural way to quickly alleviate sore muscles without any negative side effects or potential for addiction. It also reduces swelling and inflammation. That makes CBD a good choice for massage oils.
Overall, CBD beauty products could cut down on oxidative stress. It offers a lot of the same properties as retinoids, but unlike retinoids, does not cause inflammation as the skin acclimates to treatment.
What to Know About Using CBD Beauty Products
Does CBD get you high? Definitely not. CBD is related to THC, the psychoactive cannabinoid found in the marijuana plant. But CBD and THC aren’t the same. CBD is typically derived from industrial hemp, not marijuana, and has only trace amounts of THC. It doesn’t have nearly enough THC to get you high. For many CBD beauty product users, the ability to enjoy the therapeutic benefits of CBD without the high of THC is a major part of the appeal. At Seaflora Skincare, we take it a step further and only incorporate CBD Isolate into our products so they are 99.9% THC free, and have each purchase tested at a Health Canada approved lab.
Although recreational cannabis is legal in Canada, there is still regulation. CBD in Canada must come from licensed producers registered in the country to be considered legal. That’s why it’s important to consider where your CBD beauty products are coming from, and only purchase from retailers that use extracts from licensed producers. Seaflora Skincare only purchases CO2 extracted CBD Isolate, from Organic Hemp from local Licensed Producers.
Who Should Consider Using CBD Beauty Products?
CBD beauty products can offer therapeutic benefits with little to no risk of side effects or psychoactive experiences. It is safe for all users when topically applied, and can be a good choice for people who want help with:
- Antioxidant support
- Natural and Organic pain management
CBD beauty products can be a particularly good choice for people who are considering more serious options, such as Accutane for acne. As a low risk beauty product, CBD could be a way to find relief without having to risk any side effects.
Of course, it’s also important to note that in typical CBD beauty products, CBD isn’t the only ingredient. So while CBD might be a good fit for you, other ingredients in the product might not work well for you. Make sure you’re reading up on additional ingredients included in any CBD beauty products and steer clear of ones that you typically don’t tolerate well or are known to be toxic.
If you’re curious about using CBD beauty products, consider products from reputable online retailers that work with licensed producers like Seaflora Skincare Inc. And of course, read reviews to consider the experience others have had with particular beauty products. If they do not display how much CBD is in the product, or if they do not say what kind of CBD they are using (isolate, full spectrum oil, etc.) they may be unsure of what they are doing and are best avoided.
Amelia Noble is a researcher with the CBD Awareness Project. When she’s not studying CBD, you can find her playing board games.