CBD oil and skincare? Really? Yes!
What is CBD
What is CBD? In case you have missed previous blogs, I will give a brief description here. CBD (Cannabidiol) is a compound and one of the key ingredients in cannabis and is non-psychoactive, not like that other, much talked about compound – THC. It is very safe and therapeutic.
With all the controversy surrounding CBD, you might be asking “Where do beauty products fit in?”
Is CBD Beneficial?
Let’s look at the benefits associated with CBD: it’s anti-inflammatory, aids in providing relief from chronic anxiety, acne, supports sleep and stress-free living, and is used in the management of several medical conditions and diseases such as cancer, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, arthritis, and Multiple Sclerosis.
Main Ingredients in CBD
In addition to these benefits, CBD contains vitamins A, C, E, and Omega 3 – fatty acids (which all aids in soothing, calming and combatting wrinkles), as well as B complex vitamins which include riboflavin, thiamine, potassium, phosphorus, iron, niacin, zinc, calcium, and magnesium. Who knew? It is also a source of protein containing all 20 amino acids including the 9 essential ones our body can’t make on its own (Histidine, Isoleucine, Leucine, Lysine, Methionine, Phenylalanine, Threonine, Tryptophan and Valine). Why wouldn’t we want to use it in our beauty and skincare products?
What to Look For When Buying CBD Oil Products
Not all CBD products are created equally.
There are certain qualifiers you should check for when purchasing a quality CBD product, whether it is for medical reasons, beauty, and skincare products or health wellness.
The Ministry of Hemp gives the following guidelines:
(1) Research the vendor’s production methods – they should have a website or someone who can give you the information you are looking for. They also suggest using the ethanol or CO2 extraction method.
(2) Know where your hemp (CBD source) comes from. In the US, for example, farmers are required to get certification from state departments of agriculture.
(3) Note how much THC is in the CBD oil and make sure it does not exceed the recommended 0.3 percent.
(4) Make sure the manufacturer uses the whole plant or Full Spectrum – this means the CBD not only contains Cannabinol but trace amounts of other cannabinoids including THC (up to 3%).
(5) A reputable company will provide recent lab results or quality customer service. Check their websites or ask questions if you cannot find the answer.
When in doubt, ask questions!
Jessica Richards is a California native and the founder of Shen Beauty in Brooklyn. Ms. Richards started carrying Lord Jones body lotion this past year and uses the lotion for pain management. Lord Jones is also planning to launch a CBD-based face care line this year.
Others getting on the beauty and skincare bandwagon include:
Khus & Khus (a skin and body care line by Kristi Blustein) includes a face serum with a unique formula containing European Eco-Certified CBD oil. It is good for a host of skin conditions – acne, eczema, dermatitis, dry skin, ageing, fine lines, psoriasis, and pigmentation.
Husband and wife Claudia and Zander in Northern California have founded a company called Vertly, which carries a plant-based topical line of lip balm as well as a couple of lotions. I am personally looking forward to trying one of their lip balms – the peppermint.
Cannuka founders, Michael, and Kelly Bumgarner have created a natural product line using the unique blend of CBD and Manuka honey from New Zealand with plans of adding more health and wellness products soon.
These are just a few companies that are using CBD in their beauty, skincare products, and health wellness.
Becky Adam, the founder of Lovebud, based out of California likes to call it the ‘superfood’ of skincare due to the vitamins and omega fatty acids previously mentioned. She created Lovebud for her own skin and stands by her products.
Actress Olivia Wilde, known for her role as Dr. Remy “Thirteen” Hadley on the medical drama television series House (loved that show!), is big on the benefits of CBD body lotion and has used it for pain management with her neck.
Others exploring the benefits of CBD are Ilde Pekar, a Hungarian facialist who believes “skincare is health care’ and Boy Smells is using cannabis mainly for the scent and have created the Kush candle, a blend of cannabis, suede, white musk, tulip, and amber. I think we could say that this does fall under Health Wellness because there have been studies conducted on fragrance therapy.
If you are wondering if CBD is available in Canada, we are waiting for legislation that is supposed to come down in August of this year, previously scheduled for July. If the product has hemp seed oil as an ingredient there are no issues or if you have a Medical Marijuana license.
Some available products only use hemp oil, which is legal in mostly all the states (again, there is controversy surrounding this statement), while others use pure CBD oil.
Beauty and skin products include Bath Salts; Eye Serum, Facial Serum, Lip Balm, Body Lotion, Moisturizing Face Lotion, Hair Treatment, and Body Wash.
For example, Cannabidiol Life, whose motto is “Planting The Seeds of Health & Wellness,” has an anti-ageing skin serum that has received a lot of positive reviews from happy users. Made with natural, organic ingredients, this serum is reasonably priced considering the hundreds of dollars we use to keep our skin from ageing. Its special formula claims to smooth wrinkles and tighten the skin. This company also carries other natural products such as a Body Butter and a Lemon Grass Balm.
As you can see, CBD is changing the face of beauty and skincare, giving us natural products that are not chemically laden.
Disclaimer: This article does not constitute a legal endorsement. It is up to you to make sure using CBD oil or medical marijuana is legal in your area of residence, whether for medical or recreational purposes.
I hope you have enjoyed this article on CBD oil and skincare. Please comment and let me know if you have tried any products and what your thoughts were. Were you impressed, would you recommend them? Would you try them?
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