CBD Skincare: What are the benefits of CBD oil?
CBD. It’s in peanut butters, tinctures, soft-gels, chocolate, juices, and pretty much everywhere else, including skin care! Given CBD’s soothing and balancing properties, it may become the magical beauty and skincare ingredient you have spent all your life looking for.
Let’s get down to the nitty-gritty of it. What are the benefits of including CBD in your skincare routine? Is it really worth it? How does it respond to sensitive or dry skin? Well, buckle up, because we’re going to tell you all about it.
But first, a brief introduction to CBD:
As we mentioned in this article, CBD is one of many natural phytocannabinoids, terpenes, and bioflavonoids found in the cannabis plant. This means it’s found in both hemp and marijuana plants. And no, CBD will not get you high like THC does. It actually has been shown to counteract THC’s intoxicating effects.
“I find that people haven't fully started taking advantage of the power of CBD, in every form. [...] If you can get your hands on CBD oil, or any other form, you will truly appreciate it. It's a cannabinoid [...] that does not interact with the human body the same way THC does [...]. There are no psychoactive elements whatsoever, only beneficial.”
- Arkady Kaats, Editor In Chief and Founder of Cannabis Sensei
There's a good reason for CBD showing up more and more in skincare products. You see, your body produces its own cannabinoids called endocannabinoids because they’re produced by the body and not plants. By adding phytocannabinoids like CBD to your skincare routine, you’re adding a whole new angle with an ingredient that interacts with the endocannabinoid receptors found in your skin.
“Endocannabinoid receptors are present in nearly every organ system in our body, and they work primarily to restore balance to a system when it has become unbalanced.”
- Wendy Askew, expert in cannabis medicine & physician at Dr Rogers Centers
With all this, it’s no surprise that CBD has quickly found itself in everything, from food & drinks to pet care & beauty products. In fact, different parts of the hemp plant have found their way into other goods such as hemp seed oil, rope, paper, plastic and even concrete by processing other parts (seeds & stalks) of the plant!
Now that we’ve covered hemp / CBD 101, it’s time to talk some more about the specific benefits CBD and all the other cannabinoids & terpenes can bring to skincare.
The main benefits of hemp extracts (CBD & CBG in particular) in skincare:
- It’s soothing, calming, and non-irritating
- It has antioxidant properties
- Aids in maintaining skin balance & health
- Can help regulate sebum production
- Can help soothe dry skin, especially if paired with right ingredients
CBD is a game-changing ingredient that’s nothing short of magical. It may help prevent signs of aging, it soothes & calms sensitive skin, helps balance the skin’s oil production and aids in maintaining overall balance and health. All of this because you already have an endocannabinoid system with receptors throughout your entire body.
So now to the big question. Can CBD really help you maintain smooth and balanced skin?
The short answer: yes!
Let’s dive into some of the positive effects of incorporating CBD into your skin care routine:
- Maintaining Healthy Silky Smooth Skin
- Taming Sensitive Skin
- Balancing skin and assisting with uneven complexion
For Maintaining Healthy Silky Smooth Skin
Like we mentioned above, CBD is a powerful antioxidant, which can help maintain your skin’s silky smooth feel by lessening the signs of aging and protecting the skin from potentially damaging external factors (like UVA/UVB rays, wind, and pollution).
CBD is one of many ingredients with antioxidant properties but it has gained traction because of the many other health benefits that have been associated with it all the while helping you keep your skin firm & healthy.
CBD can also help modulate the skin’s sebaceous glands, thus balancing and reducing oil production and helping obtain a smoother & clearer complexion.
For Sensitive Skin
Soothing, calming, and balancing properties: all things sensitive skin desperately needs and CBD brings to the table. With that said, with sensitive skin it’s very important to consider the quality of the hemp extract being used (lab tests for contaminants) and the ingredients it is being paired with in the topical products you’re using. We recommend sticking to products with clean labels that avoid using chemicals or any artificial ingredients that could disturb your skin.
For Balancing Skin & Soothing The Complexion
Many people have introduced CBD-infused beauty products into their skincare routines to balance out their skin, assisting with dullness & dry skin, keeping their skin silky smooth, and to help soothe & maintain the skin’s overall complexion. The result is clear skin that looks younger and is more supple and healthy. Our CBD creams incorporate some of the best oil based ingredients which contain Vitamins E, K, A, and C, and essential fatty acids to deliver the best possible results.
Now to the most important part. How should you introduce CBD oil into your skincare? Easy:
A CBD product you definitely need
If you’re not big on the whole 5, 10, or even 25-step skincare routines out there today, we’ve got just the thing: the only CBD skincare product you will ever need: our Leafwell Botanicals Full-Spectrum Body Cream. Made from the highest quality full-spectrum hemp extracts, this cream is combined with lightweight dry oils that are quickly absorbed into the lower layers of the skin (leaving no greasy residue!). It’ll leave your skin feeling relaxed, moisturized, and supple thanks to a mixture of shea butter, sweet almond oil, mango seed butter, jojoba seed oil, tea tee oil, lemongrass oil, rosemary leaf extract and of course, hemp extract as the active ingredient.