CBD: THE NEW SKINCARE TREND
Over the past year, CBD has become one of the hottest—yet perhaps most misunderstood—trends in beauty, nutrition, and wellness. Heck, even Celebs are hosting CBD events!
But what is CBD exactly, and why is it suddenly appearing in all of your favorite skincare products?
THE CBD BASICS
Short for cannabidiol, CBD is a non-psychogenic chemical compound within the hemp or cannabis plant. (When ingested, CBD doesn’t provide a high as does psychoactive tetrahydrocannabinol, aka THC.) CBD and THC are both cannabinoids—of which 113 or more are known—which work on cannabinoid receptors within the body’s endocannabinoid system. (For in-depth look at the endocannabinoid system and taking CBD supplements, read check out lots of information at Ensohara CBD.)
First discovered in 1940 by organic chemist Roger Adams, its chemical structure wasn’t completely understood until 1963. Studies on THC have largely overshadowed those on CBD. However, CBD research has rapidly grown over the past decade, especially in work carried out in several Spanish universities.
CBD FOR YOUR SKIN
CBD-infused skincare products are a recent development exploding on the beauty scene. But does it live up to the hype? To evaluate, we spoke with our very own Dr. Jacqueline Nguyen (DrJ), a board-certified clinical pharmacist , consultant, and speaker on the use of CBD.
WHAT SKIN CONDITIONS DOES CBD ADDRESS?
Studies on cannabinoids such as CBD for skincare are still in their infancy. However, a 2018 review found topical cannabinoids to be beneficial for acne, rashes, dermatitis, itching, and psoriasis. DrJ tailors her recommendations based on studies in addition to anecdotal evidence she gathers in the field with her patients.
HOW TO FIND QUALITY CBD SKINCARE PRODUCTS
To begin, DrJ says that dispensaries are typically a safe source to purchase topical CBD products since they’re under tighter regulations. At any rate, whether you’re buying from a dispensary or beauty retailer, she strongly recommends taking a closer look at the label.
FOR STARTERS, VERIFY THAT CBD IS AN ACTIVE INGREDIENT.
Make sure that the product clearly lists CBD as its primary ingredient. DrJ points out that “hemp seed oil/extract” and hemp-derived “cannabis sativa oil” aren’t the same as CBD. “Hemp has a lot of vitamins and omega-3s,” she says, so it still has moisturizing and nourishing properties. However, hemp contains only trace amounts of CBD at most, so they’re not one and the same. Along these lines, if CBD isn’t one of the first ingredients listed, it’s not potent enough to work its wonders on your skin.
GET TO KNOW THE BRAND TO ENSURE ITS SAFETY AND ORIGINS.
It’s worth investigating the company behind the product, especially if you strive to maintain a “clean” or non-toxic regime. “Brands will advertise if they’re green or organic,” DrJ says. Trusted purveyors will be transparent with their sources and methods of production and check for Super Critical CO2 extracted CBD. She advises checking that a brand’s CBD products are backed by clinical studies and have been thoroughly tested.
Also, DrJ notes the following on hemp-derived CBD: “Hemp absorbs what’s next to it, so it shouldn’t be produced in or near toxic areas.” Unfortunately, she cautions, “the FDA doesn’t overlook truth in advertising.” The bottom line? Even with due diligence, there are no guarantees.
HOW TO INCORPORATE CBD INTO YOUR SKINCARE ROUTINE
DrJ says that serums are usually the most potent topical CBD source beside tinctures. But again, always refer to the ingredient list. She recommends starting with a small quantity of a high-potency CBD product. You can then adjust the amount based on your skin’s response over time.
Looking to up the ante on your CBD game? You might want to try a facial mask such as Ensohara’s new CBD Mask, which DrJdeems a “full-face experience all about detoxification and relaxation.”
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO NOTICE BENEFITS FROM CBD SKINCARE PRODUCTS?
DrJ says that clients use the CBD facial mask and see “glowing skin, less puffiness and redness, and a more even complexion. After one application of the CBD mask, you’ll feel that the skin is more hydrated and any inflammation will be reduced.” She recommends continuing an at-home CBD regimen to gain even better, more lasting results within a week or two. Similarly, while DrJ can only speak to anecdotal evidence, she says you can expect to see visible improvements in your skin within a matter of days.
IS IT POSSIBLE TO HAVE AN ADVERSE REACTION TO TOPICAL CBD?
“There are always potential sensitivities. But in all the cases I’ve read through that I speak about, there were no indications of contact dermatitis or adverse reactions,” says DrJ.
IS CBD IN SKINCARE JUST A FAD?
DrJ is confident that CBD skincare is here to stay. As for what’s next? “Prescription-grade CBD is also now available and it’s up to three times stronger than over-the-counter CBD,” she says. Experts are developing specialized creams for acne, psoriasis, and more by incorporating additives based on the dermatological concern at hand. Lastly, she adds, “More research is also being done on other cannabinoids [for skincare], such as CBG (cannabigerol) and CBDA (cannabidiolic acid).”
More research is needed to better understand the therapeutic potential of CBD and other cannabinoids for skin. Also, stricter federal oversight would be great to take out the guesswork and give consumers the good faith they deserve.
Thus far, the benefits of CBD—for your skin and otherwise—are widely championed. At the end of the day, skincare should be enjoyable, experimental, and tailored specifically for you. Once you’re confident with your treatment of choice, feel free to relax and let CBD’s zen properties work their magic.