By Emily Ledger
There is no denying that the global CBD skincare industry is booming. The cannabis derivative is being infused into all kinds of products from moisturisers and primers to serums and even lipglosses! But what can CBD actually do for your skin?
Cannabidiol – better known as CBD – is believed to have a huge array of potential health benefits. The compound has been to be effective in treating some forms of epilepsy as well as in helping to soothe anxiety. However, millions of people around the globe are also adding CBD to their health and wellness routines.
Increasingly, the cannabinoid is becoming a staple in beauty and skincare products. CBD has been found to have a number of properties that could potentially make it helpful as a skincare ingredient. For example, evidence suggests that it is an effective anti-inflammatory and antioxidant which may help to fight breakouts and even prevent ageing.
CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties have led to its use in topical creams to help treat skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema. Beauty experts believe that this quality can also help to reduce spot inflammation and decrease healing time.
It is thought that CBD, at the very least, has the ability to soothe your skin and protect it against irritation.
Julie Winter, COO and founding partner of CBD For Life claims:
“The anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties of CBD naturally help improve irritating skin conditions including rosacea, eczema and psoriasis”.
Most people suffer from the odd breakout, many of which are caused by an overproduction of sebum. Sebum is produced as a protective layer on the skin. However, sometimes pores can become blocked when too much sebum is produced. This is one of the causes of spots. CBD is thought to have the ability to regulate the production of sebum and prevent overproduction.
The ingredients contained in CBD also give it potential as an anti-ageing ingredient. Dermatologists claim that, being an antioxidant, it has the potential to protect the skin from foreign free radicals. It is also thought that antioxidants can help to reduce the signs of ageing.
Cannabidiol has been found to contain a large variety of vitamins, which can benefit the condition of your skin:
Dermatologist Dr. Debra Jalimen explains that “it’s rich in Vitamins A, C and E”:
Vitamin A is known to stimulate the cells responsible for producing the tissue responsible for keeping the skin healthy and firm.
Vitamin C can stimulate the production of collagen. It is an essential nutrient to aid the skin’s healing process.
Vitamin E is an antioxidant that blocks free radicals from the body. As such, it can help to aid anti-aging formulations.
Many products containing CBD also use Hemp seed oil as the carrier oil for the extract. Hemp has some great benefits all of its own and been has used in the beauty industry for decades.
Until more detailed studies are carried out, it is hard to say for sure just how effective CBD can be. However, there are a lot of people backing its potential as a non-toxic, gentle ingredient in beauty products. Just take a look at big beauty brands, like Sephora and Boots increasing their catalogues of CBD beauty and skincare.
The number of CBD skincare products on the market is constantly growing – for example, take a look at this list of products. In fact, Prohibition Partners have estimated that the CBD beauty market could be worth $910 million by 2024. As we begin to learn more about this ingredient, and its effect on the skin, we may be surprised at just how much can be benefited by the Cannabis plant.