Have you ever walked into an art gallery and stared at all the incredible paintings hanging on the walls? Before a masterpiece becomes a masterpiece, first you must have a clean canvas. The human face is much like a blank canvas that’s waiting to be turned into a masterpiece. But what happens if your ‘canvas’ is damaged, wrinkled, discolored, or rough? How can you restore your youthful glow and reduce future damage by healing and protecting your skin? This is where the importance of CBD-infused skincare comes into play, and it’s taking the beauty industry by storm!
What is CBD
CBD seems to be everywhere, but what is it exactly?
Cannabinoids (CBD) are the compounds found in cannabis that contain many health properties ranging from nausea relief to anxiety support. Although most plants in the world contain some percentage of CBD, hemp, a variety of cannabis, has continued to be the primary source for extraction. Unlike marijuana, which has high levels of THC, hemp only contains 0.3% THC, making it legal to grow in all states.
Benefits of CBD in Skincare
The beauty, skincare, and cosmetics industry raked in almost $50 billion in sales in 2019 with CBD-infused products accounting for over $580 million of those sales. Despite the lack of federal research on CBD, there is some evidence showing why adding CBD to skincare products is invaluable. Beauty magazines from Allure to Self are marketing CBD-infused products because of the long list of benefits consumers are experiencing, making these lotions, cleansers, serums, and oils one of the better alternatives to expensive and invasive facial treatments.
CBD in Skincare Reduces Inflammation
CBD is known for its anti-inflammatory benefits, which is why it’s one of the fastest natural compounds on the market. CBD interacts with our endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is a complex internal system that plays a role in regulating inflammation, mood, and hormones. When skin is puffy and inflamed, it often means there’s something more going on in the body. Skin inflammation can be caused by a variety of factors, including immune system dysfunction, an infection, or an allergic reaction. When CBD is applied to the face, it’s quickly absorbed into the system where it rushes to the aid of the ECS. Once the body is strong enough to fight off whatever is attacking it, facial skin can return to its normal appearance.
CBD in Skincare Reduces Free Radical Damage
You hear the term ‘free radicals’ all the time in the world of beauty and skincare, but what exactly does it mean? Basically, everything around us is comprised of molecules. Molecules are comprised of atoms which are made of pairs of electrons. When an atom is missing an electron, they become free radicals. Free radicals can damage your skin by trying to steal an extra electron from atoms in your facial tissue. When atoms are stolen from your skin, it causes damage to our DNA that can speed up the aging process. Free radical damage may appear in several forms from changes in skin color to wrinkly skin.
So, what is the superhero that fights these free radicals? Antioxidants! These gifts from above are compounds that donate an electron to a free radical so the free radical doesn’t take the electron from the skin. Well-known antioxidants are either consumed or applied to the skin, and they include vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin E. Thanks to new research, we’re finding that CBD has immense antioxidant properties that keep our skin strong and refreshed, reducing the chances of free radical damage when CBD is applied to the face daily.
CBD in Skincare Reduces Acne
For those of you struggling with blemishes, good news! There is some evidence that CBD may clear up acne. CBD has the unique ability to adjust how we create sebum. Sebum is an oily, slightly waxy substance that’s made by the skin to protect it from the outside world. Although sebum is a vital part of healthy skin, it tends to trap dirt, dead skin cells, and pollutants inside our pores thus creating acne. By reducing the amount of sebum in the skin, it reduces your chances of storing unwanted particles under the surface of the skin.
CBD in Skincare Reduces Scarring
Some research has credited CBD oil for helping to reduce scarring caused by acne. This is a huge PLUS for those of us who didn’t take great care of our skin when we were younger. Researchers from Modena in Italy found that topical applications of CBD led to significant improvement of the skin after only three months. This was most likely caused by the antiproliferative (cell changing) and anti-inflammatory properties of CBD.
Research CBD Skincare Products
There are plenty of CBD-infused products out there, so it may take some time to find the best ones. Because CBD is an unregulated market (as of now), there are two main challenges you might run in to:
- CBD potency may not be accurate
- CBD may contain heavy metals or pesticides that could harm your skin
How do you navigate these challenges to ensure you’re not only getting your money’s worth, but you’re also keeping your skin from additional damage? Here are some tips to guide you through your shopping journey:
- Find a CBD company that follows Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP). Companies that have GMP certificates, like those who partner with Zelm Labs, are heavily scrutinized by third-party auditors, keeping them accountable for the quality of products they produce.
- Ask for a COA on your product. What is a COA? Great question! COA stands for Certificate of Analysis and they’re provided by third-party testing facilities. COAs will show the actual CBD potency in the product, along with a list of any contaminants that may be present.
- Read the ingredients. Avoid any products that contain unnecessary fillers, preservatives, artificial fragrances, or added coloring. These items may cause irritation, discoloration, or increased scarring.