CBD oil is a famous skin care products marketed for many skin concerns, from acne to wrinkles. But what's exactly CBD and what are the real properties and benefits for the skin?
What is CBD oil?
CBD, which means cannabidiol, is the non-intoxicating component of marijuana or hemp plants. Its extract is commonly mixed with an oil like olive, hemp or coconut, all of which enhance application and skin hydratation.
It is also important to know that CBD oil is not the same thing as hemp seed oil, which is another great ingredient for skin.
Is CBD oil safe?
CBD oil in skin care is not psychoactive. It won’t get you high because it doesn’t have the mind-altering properties of marijuana’s tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content. It’s extracted from the flowers and leaves of the hemp plant.
Later in this article, we will describe the different form of CBD you can find in the market.
What are the benefits of CBD for acne prone-skin?
Research has established that acne is an inflammatory condition. We know that anything you apply to skin that can reduce inflammation and help soothe skin (that's where anti-inflammatory properties of CBD comes in) is likely to visibly reduce breakouts and acne-related redness.
Studies also shows that CBD has the potential to decrease excess sebum (oil produced by your skin) production, possibly due to its balancing effect on the production of skin’s oil.
Is CBD oils suitable for sensitive skin?
Thanks to its soothing properties, CBD oil can help to calm, balance and normalise the skin. It can improve issues linked to skin sensitivity, including redness and reactivity. Since all skin types are affected daily by environmental stressors, CBD’s soothing mechanism can help everyone’s skin to stay healthy.
Does CBD oil work for anti-ageing?
As CBD comes from a plant, it also has antioxidant properties. The component is good to neutralise free-radicals (which can be responsible of wrinkles appearance) but CBD is not the only one with this benefit.
By counteracting free-radical damage and reducing the look of inflammation, CBD oils or creams can help to diminish issues like wrinkles, skin dullness, and unhealthy skin tone (usually redness).
There are plenty of other antioxidants that can make the same claims so CBD is not the only or "best" antioxidant to apply on your skin. However, the more of these ingredients you give to skin, the better.
For a healthy and glowing skin, you should also increase your intake of food with high level of antioxidants like berries, dark green vegetables (kale, spinach, brocolis), green tea...
How to choose your CBD oil?
- Make sure “Cannabidiol” is in the ingredient list.
- Check if the brand can provide a certification from a third party on the clarity and the percentage of CBD.
- Different terminology car be used for CBD oil (even none of these terms are regulated):
- Isolate means pure CBD, no other cannabinoids or substances like flavonoids or terpenes.
- Full spectrum contains everything from the hemp plant alongside the CBD, including antioxidant components and possible trace of THC (under 0.3%).
- Broad spectrum is the same as the previous one without any trace of THC.
We prefer to use Full or Broad spectrum, as they contains more antioxidants which is good to counteract free radicals and fight the signs of aging.
The only difference between Full and Broad spectrum is the possible trace of THC. But, neither blend has the ability to invoke a 'high' feeling. Nevertheless, if you experience THC sensitivity or if you require to participate in work-related drug testing or if you are simply apprehensive, we recommend to choose Broad spectrum.
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