CBD has become one of the hottest skin care trends of 2020. But is there evidence to back its ‘too-good-to-be-true’ claims? Is it THE godsend everyone keeps raving about? Here is a little guide to CBD skin care. Consider it the CBD 101, all you need to know.
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of many chemical compounds (known as cannabinoids) found in the cannabis plant. It is a non-psychotropic, meaning it does not ‘get you high’. CBD doesn’t have the mind altering properties found in other cannabinoids, like one you may have heard of: THC.
How Does CBD Interact With Our Bodies?
Our bodies have an endocannabinoid system (ECS). It’s another system that works without us always knowing, similar to the digestive system or the nervous system. The ECS’ main function is to maintain homeostasis, or balance, in the body. It works as a signaling system that helps regulate functions and processes such as sleep, mood, and appetite, amongst others.
The ECS interacts with cannabinoids via receptors - think about the perfect match of a puzzle piece! Cannabinoid receptors (found throughout our body, even on our skin) have a specific shape that fit perfectly with certain cannabinoids. This works both for endocannabinoids, ones produced within our body, and phytocannabinoids, plant produced ones, such as THC or CBD.
In the case of CBD, it mimics the interaction of endocannabinoids. Ultimately, this triggers a set of different reactions, in the brain and the rest of the body.
What Are The Main Benefits of CBD?
This year, especially, CBD has been recognized for its calming properties. However, its benefits go way beyond that. Specifically for the skin, it can do much more than just relax...
CBD For Your Skin:
Acne-Prone Skin: CBD hasanti-inflammatory properties that soothes the skin and boosts inflammation-fighting responses in cells. It also regulates sebaceous glands by reducing their overproduction. This makes your skin a less welcoming environment for those spots!
Sensitive Skin: CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties can do wonders for sensitive skin, reddened skin, and skin suffering from conditions like psoriasis or eczema. It soothes the inflammation caused by these conditions and smoothes out the skin by regulating the production of healthy sebaceous cells.
Ageing Skin: CBD’s antioxidant properties help your cells in detoxify oxidative reactive species (ORS) and keeping your skin smooth for longer. ORS can ‘rust’ your skin and thus signal signs of ageing because ORS makes it harder for detoxification to occur and renew your skin cells. CBD also has a ratio of 3:1 ofOmega 3 and 6, which increase the production of collagen in the skin, keeping it firm and healthy.
The Bottom Line: CBD is also apowerful antioxidant, more so than vitamins C and E, making it a good ingredient to treat any skin type. CBD’s antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-ageing and regulating properties make it a highly functional ingredient.
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What Do The Labels Say?
INCI compliant: the International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients (INCI) is the labeling method all cosmetic products must use in order to comply with industry standards in the EU. In the INCI, ingredients are listed according to scientific terms. This meanscannabis sativa, or another wording for the hemp plant, the plant species it is derived from, might be labelled. This not not necessarily mean the product contains CBD. It might contain other compounds from the cannabis plant, however. Although this may be confusing, this does not mean that your product contains cannabis as you know it - it is simply a way of labeling. Our products state ‘cannabidiol’ in the listed ingredients for your transparency.
Measured CBD content: high quality CBD products will often mention the quantity of CBD included in the product (usually in mg). Be careful of some products that have extremely high quantities, there is a plateau of the amount of CBD that can be effectively absorbed in the skin. Sometimes, more is not always better. Our products are functionally and consistently made to provide reliable results for healthy skin.
Third-party certification: Not all CBD is created equal. Guarantee that your CBD skincare is legit by buying from brands willing and able to show that the CBD used is triple-tested or verified by third parties (usually labs). This helps to confirm that the CBD included in the product is pure and of quality.
Terms - Isolate or Spectrum:There are usually one of three terms: CBD isolate, full spectrum, broad spectrum. Broad and full spectrum mean that the extract includes other compounds in the plant. Since we harness the power of CBD itself, our products only use CBD isolate. This means that there is absolutely 0 trace of THC found in it. CBD isolate is also the only way, other than synthetics, to guarantee it is compliant with regulations.
As a brand, we believe in the power of CBD and other plant-based ingredients to heal and maintain healthy skin. CBD is a key active ingredient in all of our products. Combining the benefit of CBD with other plant actives offers you efficacious, functional products. Each product looks after your skin in particular ways: Check out our range and how they may be helpful for your skin concern, or if you’re just looking to try out the wonders of CBD skin care.
Daily Defence Serum- This serum contains algae-derived actives Marine Cell Shield AP and Marine Blue Vital C as well as CBD. CBD’s antioxidant and anti-ageing properties work together with the same properties in these actives to create a powerful barrier that protects your skin against outside pollutants and maintains its youthful appearance.
Night Repair Face Oil- Our best-selling product. The CBD and bakuchiol active work together with other superstar ingredients such as blackberry oil (rich in antioxidants) and arnica oil to renew the skin overnight. This is particularly great for acne-prone skin but works just as well on any one.
All-in-One Wonder Balm- The CBD found in this wonder balm works with coconut oil and cork oak-derived active to create a very soothing balm. Infused with a strong sense of palo santo and mixed with arnica oil, this balm is, as the name suggests, a truly all-in-one - works for sore muscles, redness reduction and a myriad of other calming functions on the skin.
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