Many of us have heard the stories. CBD is huge right now. It’s amazing. We should put it in everything. From CBD Mac ’n’ Cheese to CBD tooth picks, the ubiquity of CBD happened almost overnight. Thanks to this, there are plenty of crazy, CBD-infused products. But skincare is one industry that can greatly benefit from utilizing this power ingredient.
The combination of skincare and CBD may be one of the most interesting disruptions and innovations to the industry in quite some time. But what if you don’t know much about CBD, or even skincare for that matter. Where do you begin? With bloggers and influencers pulling attention in every direction, what’s true and what isn’t? My team and I have spent years researching the CBD space and leveraging the knowledge of our experienced compound pharmacist. And we want to share what we know about this complicated space, and how you can find the best quality products that truly work.
What is it?
What is CBD you might ask? CBD, or cannabidiol, is a naturally occurring molecule found in the cannabis sativa plant. It interacts with the already-existing biological endocannabinoid system of the human body. This system includes endocannabinoid receptors that can absorb the CBD compound. Essentially CBD relaxes things. So skincare products with CBD not only deliver on typical skincare benefits as expected, but they also have the potential to deliver added benefits like reducing inflammation and alleviating irritation. CBD Skincare can now impart soothing and calming effects in an active ingredient that is naturally recognizable to the skin.
Why put it in skincare products?
Many skincare issues boil down to some sort of irritation — anything from blemishes to dry skin to eczema. In fact, almost all skin diseases and conditions involve inflammation of the skin cells. Since CBD is directly absorbed through the endocannabinoid system, it can help calm these conditions and irritations in the skin.
The human body is inherently designed to receive the CBD molecule, so it seems almost intuitive to add CBD to skincare. But that’s not the story of this ingredient and its power is just beginning. Due to federal legalization, it is being research more extensively. Studies continue to show that it has a wide variety of exciting, and potentially beneficial, properties including blemish relief and the exfoliation of dead skin cells.
An emerging finding shows that CBD has antioxidant properties. Antioxidants help prevent done by free radicals in the human body whether found in the skin or inside the body. Because of this, and numerous additional benefits still being explored, this unique active ingredient can absolutely support the health and wellness of your skin.
Tips for first-time buyers
There is complicated jargon associated with CBD. So we thought we could cut through the buzzwords. Here are some tips to ensure you are purchasing a good quality product — not a bottle of snake oil.
1. Look at the ingredients panel located on the back of the bottle or outside of the box. Identify active ingredients besides CBD oil. Great skincare products need to be rich in quality nutrients, and CBD is best served when coupled with other anti-aging ingredients. Ingredients are listed by weight. If the first ingredient is water, this is likely a weak formula.
2. CBD is not the same as hemp oil. In fact, many hemp oils contain no CBD at all. So if you want a skin care product with CBD make sure it lists CBD in the ingredient deck. Furthermore, pay attention to the actual dosage: 100 MG or more of CBD is going to work harder for you than a skin care product with a token amount of the ingredient.
3. Check the source. As CBD is still trending and new, it has been difficult to regulate. However, name brand stores like CVS, Bed Bath and Beyond, and others are now offering CBD skincare products. These are a safer bet to get started, because these retailers typically have a stricter vetting process.
4. Go organic. The hemp plant pulls everything up from the soil, including bad things like pesticides and heavy metals. Buying organic eliminates this risk. Insist on CBD derived from organically grown hemp plants. Colorado hemp growers are industry leaders in this regard. At Mox, we use a potent dose of CBD isolate sourced from reputable and local Colorado companies to provide a high level of quality and consistency to our customers.
5. Beware of homemade brands. It is difficult to know where the CBD is sourced and even more difficult to know what else is in the products. Smaller brands also have a harder time making a product consistently from batch to batch. If the product can only be found on its own website, or in its own local stores, it may be hard to determine.
Skin care is about listening to your body, seeing the results in your own skin, and finding what works for you. When it comes to good skincare, overnight results can be deceiving. Your products should be healing the skin, not covering up unhealthy skin temporarily. We know at Mox, best results are often seen after a few weeks of using a healthy regimen. Don’t be afraid to expect more from your skincare.
If a product isn’t working, move on.