CBD Skincare: Beyond Anti-Ageing Products
CBD oil is undoubtedly the hottest new skincare ingredient. We’re seeing it everywhere, in lotions, potions, serums and masks. By 2024, it is estimated that the global CBD skincare market will be worth $959m. Far from being a flash in the pan, CBD skincare could soon be as commonplace in our beauty routines as toner and sheet masks.
Skincare trends always come and go. High tech skincare saviours like the Clarisonic have battled with low tech basics like jade rollers. But something about the CBD trend has more staying power.
CBD skincare doesn’t require you to upturn your entire routine or get out of bed at the crack of dawn to start your 18 step routine. CBD skin products are typically things we’re already very familiar with; they’re just more effective thanks to the addition of CBD oil.
What makes CBD skincare so effective?
As you’ve probably already guessed, we’re CBD skincare converts. So instead of touting the benefits of our products, let’s look at the components found within and why these are such effective products.
The skin has its own network of endocannabinoid receptors, so we can be pretty confident that it’s doing something. CBD skincare is particularly effective for treating conditions like acne and dry skin conditions like eczema. The oil content is also very nourishing, helping to protect the skin’s natural barriers. And finally, it’s soothing, so sensitive skin sufferers might want to pay attention to this too.
CBD and dry skin conditions
Eczema is a dry skin condition that affects around 15 million people in the UK. It is an inflammatory condition that results in dry, flaking, itchy and broken skin. The urge to scratch is often overwhelming and suffers may also notice small blisters within the rash.
The most common treatment for eczema is a corticosteroid to help fight the inflammation and reduce the itch. This is often applied alongside a secondary emollient like E45. If you’re avoiding petroleum-based emollients because of the danger to your health, you might be on the lookout for another powerhouse moisturiser that will help to create a moisture barrier.
Locking in moisture is one of the best things you can do to relieve the pain and the itch. This is where CBD based skincare products excel. As an oil-based product, you already know that this will create a moisture barrier. And the anti-inflammatory properties of CBD oil can help to reduce inflammation, relieve the itch, and stop the itch-scratch cycle that allows eczema to take control.
Look for a CBD skin cream that is loaded with soothing botanicals. The terpenes in CBD oil are also highly effective for reducing inflammation. Researchers at the NYU Langone Medical Center found that terpenes help to “lower inflammation and protect against oxidative damage in the dermis”.
CBD and oily skin conditions
On the other end of the skin spectrum, an excess of sebum can also cause a range of problems. Acne affects around 95% of people aged between 11 and 30 at some point. This skin condition is characterized by an excess of sebum and inflamed pustules. It can be incredibly painful and damaging to a person’s self-esteem.
There isn’t a shortage of creams and serums claiming to be able to clean away acne, but none of these tackles the root cause of the problem. CBD oil is effective in reducing sebum production and reducing inflammation. A 2014 study found that CBD oil was effective in inhibiting sebocyte lipogenesis. The study concluded, “CBD has potential as a promising therapeutic agent for the treatment of acne vulgaris.”.
CBD and ageing
Ageing affects everyone in different ways, and it’s something that most people want to put off or delay for as long as possible. The good news is that CBD offers some hope for those looking to keep their skin looking youthful for as long as possible.
All ageing is the result of oxidative stress. This can be made worse by environmental pollutants that are all around us. The biggest cause of oxidative stress is the result of UV exposure, so it’s worth heeding your Grandmother’s advice to slap on the sun cream, even in winter.
This damage happens on a cellular level, so you need a skincare product to match this. CBD is known for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidative benefits, so it can help to protect the skin. A rich moisturiser will also help to temporarily reverse the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by plumping up the skin.
How to introduce CBD into your skincare routine
CBD oil is a safe choice for any skin type. If you have an adverse reaction to any CBD skincare product, it is more likely that you are sensitive to the other botanical ingredients. Botanical ingredients are often used to add a natural scent to products, so this could be the cause of your sensitivity.
Introduce CBD skincare one product at a time. This will allow you to test how effective it is and determine if you are sensitive to any of the ingredients.
Our CBD skincare collection
We offer a boutique selection of CBD skincare products. This includes a CBD Bath Bomb, CBD Acne gel, CBD pain relief cream and CBD Eczema and Psoriasis Cream.
We created these products to be versatile and adaptable, so you don’t have to suffer from eczema to be able to make the most of this cream. It’s a deeply nourishing cream that would benefit anyone who suffers from any form of dry skin – perfect for soothing any dry skin in the winter!
If you have any experiences with CBD skincare, we’d love to hear about them in the comments below! Or head to social media to join the conversation.