CBD oil has been touted as the cure for issues ranging from acne to anxiety. Over the past couple of years, it has probably become one of the most controversial skin care ingredients because it’s derived from the hemp or marijuana plant, but what exactly is it and how exactly is CBD a game-changer for your skin?
CBD oil is a powerful skin care product that can help several different skin conditions, including reducing acne (goodbye, maskne!) and signs of aging. It’s gentle enough for sensitive skin, which makes it a great addition to your skincare routine if you’re looking to try something new.
Is CBD oil all that they claim it to be? Does it really help improve your skin?
What is CBD Oil?
The technical term for CBD is cannabidiol. It’s derived from the hemp or marijuana plant, but it’s non-intoxicating. CBD is actually a powder that’s combined with a carrier oil and it’s often mixed with coconut oil, hemp oil, or olive oil.
CBD can also be combined with alcohol to create a tincture. This is a great product, but it’s not great to use on the skin. The alcohol can be too drying, so make sure to use CBD oil and not a CBD tincture that has alcohol in it.
When used in skincare products, CBD oil can’t get you high; it doesn’t contain any THC. It’s extracted from the stalks, stems, leaves, or flowers of the hemp plant. These parts of the plant are so low in THC that they can’t even be detected in a test.
Hemp seed oil is not the same as CBD oil. Hemp seed oil has many skin benefits, but hemp seed oil only has small amounts of CBD in it, and sometimes it doesn’t have any CBD, so make sure to watch out for this!
What Does CBD Do For My Skin?
Our skin has cannabinoid receptors, and they are responsible for telling our brains when we experience pain, itching, or another external stimulus. CBD oil interacts with those receptors on our skin. When applied topically, CBD can help the body regulate itself, which can help to reduce eczema and other skin conditions.
Acne can cause inflammation in the skin. CBD oil is a natural anti-inflammatory, so it can reduce inflammation when used topically. Using CBD skincare products can make breakouts look less noticeable because it calms inflammation.
CBD can also reduce oil production in your skin and may help balance its production. Excess oil production can lead to acne blemishes by clogging pores, so CBD can also help reduce new acne blemishes from ever even forming.
CBD oil is high in antioxidants. These antioxidants neutralize free radicals, which can reduce the signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles. CBD also reduces inflammation, which can reduce wrinkles and improve your overall skin tone.
If you suffer from sensitive skin, you have to be careful when using new skincare products because many active ingredients cause redness or irritation. CBD oil, however, is soothing for your skin. It can soothe your sensitive skin and reduce redness.
CBD oil can reduce dryness and even itching associated with dry skin. Since CBD naturally reduces inflammation, it can improve dryness from dermatitis, eczema, and psoriasis.
How to Choose CBD Products for Skin
Since CBD skincare is so popular right now, there are some brands that are jumping on the bandwagon and not producing high-quality products. Here are some things to look for when choosing CBD skincare products:
- Look for Cannabidiol oil in the ingredient list. Hemp seed oil or hemp seed extract is not the same thing and doesn’t have the same properties as CBD oil.
- The bottle should state how many milligrams of CBD is in the bottle or in one use.
- Check to make sure the product has been tested. The brand should have a third-party certification for purity.
- Products with CBD oil should be stored in airtight containers. Air and light can reduce effectiveness. Lotions, creams, and serums should be stored in airless containers.
- CBD isolate means that there aren’t any other cannabinoids, flavonoids, or terpenes in the product.
- Full-spectrum CBD means that there could be trace amounts of THC or CBG, another cannabinoid, in the product.
- Broad-spectrum means that there isn’t any detectable THC in the product.
Green Goddess CBD Oil Facial
If you’re feeling nervous about trying CBD in your skincare routine, you can go with a professional and get a CBD facial at a medspa. In this way, you’ll be able to test out the effects of CBD and ask an aesthetician about the best products out there as well as how to actually apply them.
At Bella, we offer an exclusive Green Goddess CBD oil facial, which uses medical-grade CBD oil with no THC. It’s great for all skin types, but it’s especially good for acne-prone skin, inflamed skin, dry skin, and those with fine lines or damage from the sun.
First, the skin is cleaned. Then, the skin is exfoliated with diamond microdermabrasion. Finally, you’ll get a CBD and sweet almond oil mask to hydrate and nourish your skin. Bella is Atlanta’s first medspa to create and give a CBD facial treatment and you’ll definitely be in great hands!
Don’t worry, there are no hallucinogenic effects with this treatment because no THC properties are included!
Have you tried CBD for your skin? I’d love to know all about your skincare routine and how CBD has improved your skin! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask away in the comment section below!