CBD has become the skincare buzzword of 2021. You can buy moisturisers, sun creams, cleansers and many more products that contain CBD. What’s the hype all about? We’re going to delve deeper into the science behind CBD for your skin and understand how and why you should implement it into your skincare routine.
What is CBD?
CBD, cannabidiol, is legal to take, buy and sell in the UK. You can buy it in many different forms, such as oil, powder, and cream. It is completely plant-based as it is derived from the hemp plant. You can buy varying strengths of CBD products but they will not get you ‘high’, as CBD is non-psychoactive. That sensation is caused by another cannabinoid called THC, which is illegal at a concentration above 0.2% in the UK.
Is CBD good for my skin?
CBD is a natural anti-inflammatory. This is good news if you are planning to incorporate it into your skincare routine. Reducing inflammation can reduce visible redness and tenderness in your skin. CBD may also be able to help reduce signs of ageing; inflammation causes skin ageing so the natural anti-inflammatory properties of CBD can help here too.
If you struggle with dry skin, then applying CBD may be able to help. Researchers in 2014 found that CBD is a highly effective sebostatic agent. While this sounds complicated, it simply means that it lubricates and waterproofs the skin. Keeping your skin hydrated is very important for preventing visible ageing. Combining CBD with another moisturising serum like hyaluronic acid should lead to healthy, glowing skin.
Dirt and pollution on our skin can cause breakouts and acne. Research in 2016 found that CBD had anti-fungal and anti-bacterial effects on skin. This means that CBD can act as an additional barrier to keep your skin looking great all day. Use it after cleansing your skin to help your skin feel clean and refreshed all day long.
Because CBD is a natural product it should be safe to use on sensitive skin. However, it is always best to test CBD-infused products on a small area of skin first to check you don’t experience an adverse reaction.
Can CBD help with skin conditions?
There is some evidence that CBD can help improve some skin conditions such as acne and psoriasis. A study in 2019 found that using CBD on skin could reduce skin inflammation of people who had psoriasis. This study also found that CBD could reduce acne scarring by improving skin hydration and elasticity. Eczema is another skin condition caused by inflammation so incorporating CBD into your skincare regime may be able to help.
What type of CBD is best for skincare?
You can apply some types of CBD to your skin directly and you can ingest other types. It appears that a combination of both can help you experience all the benefits of CBD for your skin. Taking it once a day as a plant-based supplement is a great way to keep you feeling healthy and improve your skin from the inside out. You can simply add a sachet or a few drops to your morning smoothie or evening herbal tea.
Is it important to use organic CBD?
At Mee CBD, all our products are organic for a reason. Buying organic CBD guarantees that harmful pesticides and toxins have not been involved in the growing process. It also ensures that the process of extracting CBD from cannabis plants doesn’t use harmful chemicals. If these chemicals end up on your skin, they could cause irritation or an allergic reaction. Make sure you buy high-quality CBD with third-party lab reports to prove the percentage of cannabinoids.
Summary: CBD and Skincare
CBD is growing in popularity in the skincare market. Its natural anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties make it a great choice for preventing redness and breakouts. If you have psoriasis or acne, it may also be able to help. Taking CBD as a supplement as well as applying it to your skin is key to getting the best of its natural goodness. Make sure to use organic CBD to stop you from using any harsh chemicals on your skin, and if you try out products from the Mee Organic range, we’d love to hear your feedback!
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