The best CBD Oil skincare brands can do a lot for your face – and more! Here’s how they can benefit you – internally and externally
By Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi
Rose, gold and coconut have all been been promoted heavily as ingredients in beauty products that boast many benefits. And with good reason! These have anti-inflammatory, hydrating and soothing effects. But now, there’s a new ingredient that beautistas are becoming a bit obsessed with: CBD oil.
CBD oil skincare is trending for good reason. According to research done by Fraîcheur Paris, consumer interest from the United States, Ireland, Canada, and the UK occupy front positions when it comes to CBD oil. This ingredient’s popularity has risen continuously from 2014, reaching its peak in 2022. And that’s set to rise further.
CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a chemical compound derived from the cannabis sativa plant. CBD is actually most well-known for its many potential health benefits that go well beyond the scope of regular hemp seed oil. For example, CBD has shown promise for relieving stress, providing a good night’s sleep, and alleviating the symptoms of joint pain and arthritis.
Ingrida Cerniauskaite, the CEO of Fraîcheur Paris, estimates that in 2021 CBD Oil will become the hottest skincare ingredient, by far. She states: “CBD oils display exceptional anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, which means they can be used in the skincare industry to treat a variety of skin disorders and even reduce ageing signs. In fact, they have something to offer to each skin type, so it’s an ingredient worth trying. This is why we project a significant adoption of CBD oils in the skincare industry in 2021.”
So, what exactly are the benefits of CBD oil to your skin?
The benefits of CBD oil skincare products
- Reducing acne
- Helping to deal with psoriasis
- Soothing eczema
- Removing redness and inflammation
- Diminishing dullness
- Fighting signs of ageing
CBD oil skincare products are easily absorbed, easy to use, and it’s rare that anyone presents an allergy to them. They’re also almost always vegan friendly. It’s best, of course, to go for organic, non-GMO products.
As you probably know, CBD oil is also available to be taken orally. This could deliver the same skincare benefits mentioned above. And depending on the potency, CBD oil supplements can also:
- Fight depression and anxiety
- Minimise seizure activities, such as epilepsy
- Reduce stress
- Help facilitate better sleep
- Act as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory
- Ease side effects of cancer treatments
- Reduce chronic pain
- Help people with schizophrenia avoid the side effects of antipsychotic medication
All in all, this is great stuff, and we need to kill off any stigma still adhering to this incredible, natural oil!
But…will it make me feel ‘high’?
A lot of people think that anything cannabis related is going to make them feel, well, dopey. But the plant has long detached itself from its ‘stoner’ reputation, since it has been used for medical purposes for many years.
So, in short, if you’re wondering whether putting CBD oil on your skin will trigger a high, never fear! Cannabidiol (CBD) belongs to the cannabinoid family, but the compound that is known for its psychoactive effects is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). You won’t find THC in any skincare products.
That being said, it may be contained in some of the oral supplements, below.
Some people may want that – a higher THC component is recommended for those with chronic pain, or who are suffering from cancer, for example. Be sure to check the label!
Is CBD Oil skincare the same as hemp based skincare?
No. Hemp based skincare comes from the extraction of hemp seed oil, which is a different product altogether. There are the three main distinctions between CBD oil and hemp seed oil:
1. CBD oil has more potential benefits
Hemp seed oil is rich in some vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids (EFAs), and as such, it can offer some basic nutritional benefits. Perhaps one of the most common advantages of taking hemp seed oil comes from its omega-3 and omega-6 composition, as it contains the ideal ratio for a healthy diet. However, it’s important to note that hemp seed oil lacks the therapeutic potential of CBD as mentioned above, since most hemp oils contain zero CBD.
2. The oils are not made in the same way
There are also some important distinctions in the way CBD oil and hemp seed oil are processed. The latter is usually made through cold-pressing hemp seeds to create a dark, thick oil that is highly concentrated and nutrient-rich. CBD oil, on the other hand, is made from different processes such as ethanol or CO2 extraction, which draw from the whole hemp plant and create a final product that contains more beneficial plant compounds, like cannabinoids and terpenes.
3. Governments view hemp oil and CBD oil differently
As it never has any psychotropic effects, hemp seed oil is legal to buy or sell pretty much anywhere. With CBD oil, the laws are a bit trickier and vary from one state to the next. As a rule of thumb, CBD oils are legal if they contain less than 0.3% THC content.
Is it legal everywhere?
It depends from country to country, and in the United States, state to state. In general, CBD products must not contain more than 0.3% THC, according to the US law. In Europe, this percentage varies in each nation. The EU law allows consumption of CBD products containing no more than 0.2% THC (except for Croatia, and Slovenia). Canada is pretty open about the use of CBD oil skincare products and supplements, As for the legal status of CBD in the rest of the world, each country has different rules and regulations, which you can check here.
How To Use CBD Oil Based Skincare
Just apply CBD oil directly on your skin.
CBD oil can also be diluted in a carrier oil before applying it. Coconut oil is particularly used to improve the skin’s hydration and reduce symptoms caused by dryness such as itching, redness, irritation, eczema, and psoriasis. Hemp seed oil complements the anti-inflammatory effect of CBD oil and protects your skin against damage by UV radiation, harmful chemicals in cosmetics, and other environmental pollutants.
You may experience mild irritation at the site of application. If you’ve got sensitive skin, do a patch test before applying CBD oil.
For a patch test:
- Wash a small area of the skin of your upper arm, preferably at the inner side of the elbow joint, and pat it dry with a clean towel.
- Apply a small amount of pure CBD oil.
- If you are planning to use a mixture of CBD oil, carrier oil, and essential oil, test the same on a separate part of the skin and at a different time.
- Cover the parts with a bandage. Leave it in place for about 24 hours. Make sure the bandage doesn’t get wet.
- If you develop redness, itching, burning, or irritation at the test sites, you can assume that your skin is sensitive to the oil. It is advisable to avoid applying CBD oil on the skin if the test patch exhibits these signs.
- If you do not experience any unpleasant symptoms at the sites, you can safely apply the oil on the affected skin.
To use CBD oil for acne, apply it topically and leave it on for about 2 to 3 minutes and wash it off with warm water. Similarly, you can also apply CBD oil on any patches of the skin affected by eczema or psoriasis and receive relief from symptoms like itching and crusting. The soothing and anti-inflammatory properties of CBD oil provide relief from these symptoms and restore normal health of the skin.
Note that regular use is important for continued skin health, and you need to use CBD oil regularly for a few weeks to notice an improvement in your skin symptoms.