It’s hard not to notice the major influx of CBD products on the market, CBD treats for dogs, CBD vapes for relaxation, CBD supplements for aching bodies, CBD cocktails and gummies for anxiety, and CBD... skincare? This ingredient has officially moved its way up from being somewhat of a taboo topic, to a wellness remedy, and now a beauty buzzword. So what's all the fuss about it? And is CBD really the next best thing for beauty and skincare?
If you're considering hopping on the CBD bandwagon or you just want to learn more about what it can do for your skin, look no further as we have created a no-BS guide for everything you need to know about CBD skincare.
So, What Even is CBD?
There are a lot of assumptions surrounding CBD and most of these assumptions are totally false. So let me start by saying this, CBD does not get you high. It may be buzzy in the world of health and beauty, but it won't actually get you buzzed. According to a report from the World Health Organization, "In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential…. To date, there is no evidence of public health-related problems associated with the use of pure CBD."
Cannabidiol, or CBD, is one of the two naturally-occurring chemical compounds found in cannabis plants, the other being THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the compound that causes the ‘high’ people associate cannabis with. The cannabis plant has two main species: marijuana and hemp. CBD is found in both plants but most CBD products, such as ours, are derived from hemp plants because they contain higher concentrations of CBD and less than 0.3% of THC, whereas marijuana contains less CBD and higher concentrations of THC.
Let’s look at the three different forms of CBD
CBD isolate is the purest form of CBD. Meaning, there is no interference of other cannabis compounds such as flavonoids, terpenes, and of course THC. CBD isolate is also refined, so it has no discernible taste or odor.
Soign Beauty proudly uses CBD isolate in its Beauty Oil and Eye Cream. All of our products are 3rd party tested from verified lab facilities.
Full-Spectrum CBD means everything that occurs in the hemp plant alongside the CBD, including trace amounts of THC and other cannabinoids such as CBG (cannabigerol) and antioxidant compounds. Full-spectrum CBD products contain some THC, but usually at low quantities of less than 0.3% in order to not be considered active.
Broad-spectrum CBD is very similar to full-spectrum CBD in that it contains additional cannabis plant compounds; however, broad-spectrum CBD products contain zero traces of THC whereas full-spectrum products contain less than 0.3%.
I know, this is all very interesting and great, but now let’s start talking about the fun stuff. Here are some of the benefits of CBD and the reasons you need to incorporate it into your skincare routine ASAP!
CBD can help combat wrinkles and reduce the signs of aging.
Unfortunately, as we grow older, so does our skin and it starts to show signs such as red skin tone, skin dullness, and, of course, wrinkles. Oxidative stress can play a big role in the aging process and it even plays a part in the development of a range of conditions.
Oxidative stress is an imbalance of free radicals and antioxidants in the body, which can lead to cell and tissue damage. Our body’s cells produce free radicals and our bodies produce antioxidants that are meant to neutralize these free radicals. In general, the body is able to maintain a balance between antioxidants and free radicals but if the body cannot process and remove free radicals efficiently, oxidative stress can occur. Because aging is characterized as the progressive loss of tissue and organ function over time, your body’s ability to produce these neutralizing antioxidants can decrease with age.
Oxidative stress can also result in chronic inflammation. Infections and injuries trigger the body’s immune response and immune cells start to produce free radicals in order to fight off invading germs. These free radicals, however, can damage healthy cells and will lead to inflammation. This inflammation will normally go away once your immune system eliminates the infection or repairs the damaged tissue, however; oxidative stress can actually induce the inflammatory process leading to more free radicals and ultimately more oxidative stress, creating this cycle.
How does CBD come into play here?
CBD has been noted for both its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which are vital for counteracting the effects of oxidative stress, especially when considering the fact that inflammation and oxidative stress basically “feed off” each other. In a study using human keratinocytes, researchers showed that CBD was able to penetrate the cells and balance the oxidative stress response. On top of this, they found that CBD had a protective effect against the peroxide-induced reduction of polyunsaturated fatty acids in the cell membrane, a.k.a., CBD can help protect your skin’s membrane integrity.
CBD, like other antioxidants, interrupts free radical chain reactions, capturing free radicals or transforming them into less active forms. Of course, there are lots of antioxidant skincare products out there but CBD exhibits much more antioxidant activity (30–50%) than vitamin C for example and cannabidiol has been shown to prevent oxidative damage as well as or better than other antioxidants.
CBD can help treat acne.
Acne is the most common skin condition in humans and it is affecting the quality of life of millions worldwide. There are many factors that can influence acne, one of which is excess sebum production. Sebum is a waxy, oily substance produced by our skin to help protect it from the outside world. Unfortunately, it can mix with dead skin cells, dirt, or other pollutants and become trapped inside a pore. This clogged pore then becomes acne. According to a 2014 study, CBD can actually regulate oil production within the sebaceous glands preventing sebum-producing cells from creating too much of this oily substance. This study also mentioned the previously discussed anti-inflammatory ability of CBD which prevented inflammatory cytokines from activating. Cytokines may trigger acne, so reducing them may help prevent further breakouts.
A 2016 review of the cannabis plant also highlighted the antibacterial and antifungal effects of CBD which may help in reducing infections from dirt and other pollutants on the skin.
On top of all this, CBD has also shown positive effects on the appearance of acne scars. Scars are basically just damaged skin and a 2019 study looked into CBD treatment for both healing and soothing scar tissue and stated that it “significantly improved the skin parameters” of tested scar tissue patients.
CBD can help with dry skin and itching.
The secret to having great skin? MOISTURIZER! Whether you have two steps or ten steps in your skincare routine, moisturizer will always be a major key to having healthy skin. When it comes to hydrating the skin, CBD’s anti-oxidant property plays a major role in boosting skin hydration. CBD contains two kinds of fatty acids, Omega-3 and 6, both of which can stimulate collagen production in the skin, thereby boosting younger and healthier-looking skin. As mentioned before, CBD can regulate oil production in the sebaceous glands to ensure it does not produce too much sebum, but this regulation also means it will boost oil production for those struggling to retain moisture creating a fool-proof solution to dry skin issues.
A 2019 study notes that CBD may be useful for treating some common symptoms of skin conditions, such as dryness and itching, and, again, the anti-inflammatory properties of CBD may be particularly useful for reducing potential triggers of eczema, dermatitis, and psoriasis. Other research shows that CBD can soothe itching, blocking the sensation through the nerve endings. Given the ability of CBD to soothe skin and reduce the appearance of irritation, it can be incredibly useful for people with sensitive skin.
Ready to make CBD part of your life? Soign Beauty urges you to learn the facts and rethink your beauty routine because your skin deserves CBD!