Common Questions About CBD Skincare Products Answered!
We all know that the CBD industry is relatively new! And whilst the average UK consumer is just starting to become familiar with CBD oils, CBD skincare is still a bit of a mystery. So, today we’re answering some of the most common questions about CBD skincare products.
1. Do CBD skincare products actually work?
Short answer: Definitely, they do! But see long the answer below.
Long answer: With inflammation at the root of almost everything – from chronic pain to ageing – CBD extracts and oils can ease aches, soothe stress and prolong your skin’s health. But it really depends on the problem you’re trying to solve. CBD skincare products do work on a wide variety of skincare issues, but CBD is not a ‘cure-all.’ A better question might be:
2. What do CBD skincare products help with?
Short answer: inflammation, redness, signs of stress and ageing, acne, eczema, and cell-renewal.
Long answer: Studies have shown that CBD can have powerful anti-inflammatory effects. And inflammation affects more than just redness or swelling of the skin – it also plays a role in skin dryness, acne and signs of ageing. Therefore, using CBD oil in skincare is a clever and natural way to help with all of these issues. And of course, when CBD is combined with other essential skincare ingredients, such as natural herbs and extracts, omega oils and vitamins, the overall product will have an ‘entourage effect’ – allowing your skin to benefit from the combined overall effect of premium ingredients.
3. Are CBD beauty and skincare products legal?
Short answer: Absolutely!
Long answer: In the UK, any product containing CBD is completely legal – as long as it contains less than 0.2% THC (the chemical compound found in marijuana that gets you ‘high’.) So, as long as you’re not buying a product that contains THC, then this is legal.
4. Do they work better than ordinary cosmetics?
Short answer: Well, it depends!
Long answer: Once again, this depends on what problem you’re trying to solve. However, if you’re looking to achieve rejuvenated, restored skin and maintain a youthful glow, then yes! CBD skincare products will work better than ordinary ones. This is because, as we’ve already mentioned, CBD works to reduce inflammation, signs of ageing, and helps to stimulate skin cell renewal. And when combined with premium ingredients, you’ll receive all of the benefits of an ordinary skincare or beauty product, with an added boost from CBD.
5. Is there anything I should look out for?
Short answer: A trustworthy company, high CBD-concentration, 0% THC.
Long answer: When looking for CBD skincare products, you want to make sure you’re buying from a trustworthy company! There are a lot of CBD retailers out there. And many of these retailers have been criticised for spreading misinformation about their CBD products. So, make sure to check the ingredients, as well as making sure that you’re not buying something that contains THC. You’ll also want to make sure that you’re buying a product with a high-concentration of CBD to actually receive any benefits. We recommend never buying a skincare or beauty product with less than 1% CBD concentration.
6. What about hemp oil beauty products?
Short answer: Hemp oil skincare and beauty products do not contain any CBD!
Long answer: It seems the CBD world is a bit of a terminological minefield! So, let us explain! CBD oil comes from the leaves, stems and flowers of the hemp plant. However, hemp oil comes from the seeds of the plant – which do not contain CBD. So, if you’re buying a product that advertises ‘hemp oil’ this will not naturally have any cannabidiol in it. Of course, hemp oil can still have some benefits for your skin and hair, however you won’t get all of the benefits that come from CBD unless you buy a product that specifically advertises it as such. So, always remember to check the exact ingredients!
7. Are there any side-effects?
Short answer: No! Using CBD oil in skincare usually does not have negative side-effects.
long answer: As with any skincare or beauty product, there is a very small risk of an allergic or adverse reaction to any of the ingredients included. However, this risk is very low. The overwhelming majority of people who use CBD skincare products have not reported any unpleasant side-effects. To avoid any unwanted surprises, always test any skincare or beauty products you buy on a small patch of skin first!
8. What types of CBD skincare products can I buy?
Short answer: CBD balms, creams, serums, exfoliants and body oils!
Long answer: Using CBD oil in skincare has become more and more common – with the global value of the CBD skincare market currently sitting at a massive $234.1 million. This means that there are almost as many CBD skincare products on the market as there are ordinary skincare ones. These include CBD balms, exfoliants, serums, creams and body oils among many others!
Happy CBD shopping!
As always, it’s important to stay informed when buying any kind of CBD product. So, you should always make sure to do your research:
- Think about the skincare issue you’re trying to solve and make sure that it’s something that can be helped by CBD.
- Make sure to research the other ingredients in the product to understand their benefits
- Always research the company you’re purchasing from. Read reviews online and check that the company are willing to give product information freely. (At ULU, we have our products independently lab-tested so you can be confident of their purity and quality.)
- Always make sure the product you’re buying contains 0% THC.
- Be wary of lower-concentration products – yes, they’re often cheaper, but anything with less than 1% CBD concentration probably isn’t going to have many benefits.
For more content related to CBD beauty products, read our article on CBD lip balm!
And for more information about buying CBD, check out our CBD buyers’ guide.
The Difference Between CBD Oil and Hemp Oil
Let’s be honest. The CBD world can be a bit of a terminology minefield. Even a quick Google search brings up all sorts of terms related to hemp and CBD – ‘hemp’ ‘hemp oil’ ‘hempseed oil’ ‘hemp CBD’. If you don’t know the difference, it can all be a bit confusing! And if you’re looking to buy a CBD or a hemp product, you’ll need to know the difference. So, in this post you’ll learn all about the difference between CBD, hemp and hemp oil!
Is hemp CBD?
The short answer is no. CBD is not hemp. However, it does come from hemp. In fact, CBD comes from the leaves, flowers and stalks of the hemp plant. CBD stands for ‘cannabidiol.’ It’s a naturally occurring chemical compound found in only the leaves, flowers and stalks of the hemp plant.
Is CBD oil the same as hemp oil?
Also, no. CBD and hemp oil are very different. Hemp oil comes from the seeds of the hemp plant, whereas CBD oil comes from its leaves, stalks and flowers. These are the only parts of the hemp plant where CBD is found. This means that hemp seeds do not contain any CBD, and neither does UK hemp oil.
What about hempseed oil?
In the UK, hempseed oil is just another name for hemp oil. As the name suggests, hempseed oil is made from the seeds of the hemp plant. Therefore, hempseed oils also do not contain any CBD.
So, what are the benefits of CBD oil vs hemp oil?
In addition to coming from different parts of the hemp plant, CBD oil and hemp oil have some other important differences! In fact, they both have entirely different uses and benefits.
CBD acts as a boost to your endocannabinoid system (ECS.) The ECS is a cell-signalling system within our bodies that regulates areas such as sleep, mood, memory and fertility among many others! It also directly affects inflammation and associated inflammatory conditions like joint inflammation, arthritis and skin rashes.
CBD effectively boosts your ECS. And this is why the benefits of CBD are so widespread. It’s also why many people are able to use CBD for things like:
- Pain relief
In fact, a study published in Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research 2018 showed that 62 percent of cannabidiol users declared that they use CBD to treat a medical condition. The top three conditions were pain, anxiety and depression.
Read more about the types, uses and benefits of CBD!
However, as hemp oil (otherwise known as hempseed oil) contains almost 0% CBD, it does not benefit the endocannabinoid system. And this means it doesn’t come with all of the benefits of products which contain CBD.
Are there any benefits of hempseed oil?
Hemp oil has been shown to have a number of health benefits, though much different to those of CBD oil.
Hemp seeds are a great source of Omega-6 (found in vegetable oils) and Omega-3 (commonly found in oily fish.) These are known as essential fatty acids. They are also a good source of protein and vitamin E, as well as containing other plant-sourced minerals, such as phosphorus, calcium, iron, sodium, magnesium, sulphur, potassium and zinc.
Studies have shown that due to hemp oil’s balance of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids, when applied to the skin, it can reduce dryness and eczema. However, hemp oil does not have any proven effect on issues such as stress, anxiety or insomnia.
The tricky marketing tactics behind hemp oil
The CBD industry as a whole is relatively new to the UK. It seems that almost overnight there’s been an influx of new CBD companies and products – each with their own claims! It’s like a new country has been discovered – and the race is on to grab as much valuable land as possible. (By any means necessary!)
If you ask the average UK consumer, it’s doubtful that they would know the difference between CBD oil and hemp oil. Someone may hear about the benefits of CBD, hear that it comes from hemp, and visit the first hemp retailer that they come across.
And it seems many UK companies are capitalising on this confusion. Many hemp oil sellers rely on their customers not knowing the difference between hemp oil and CBD oil when it comes to making a sale! And when hemp oil doesn’t come cheap, you want to be sure you’re aware of what you’re buying.
How can you make sure you’re buying the right product for you?
Misinformation is everywhere when it comes to the CBD and hemp industry. And whilst many reputable companies are trying their best to clear up confusion, there are many more who only want to perpetuate it!
So, when deciding which product is right for you, it’s important to consider a few things:
Consider your reason for buying
What are you using the product for? What health benefits are you looking to receive? Hemp oil has many cosmetic uses, however if you’re looking for something with wider health and wellbeing benefits, you’ll want to purchase a CBD product.
Read the packaging carefully
If you’re looking for hemp oil, make sure it says this on the packaging. If you’re looking for a CBD product, make sure the packaging actually contains the word ‘CBD.’
Make sure the company is reputable
Is the company you’re buying from reputable? You should only ever buy from companies who have all of their products tested by third-party labs. This is so you can verify that you’re buying exactly what it says on the packaging! And if any CBD or hemp company is difficult to get in contact with, or doesn’t want to give information freely, then this should be a major red flag!
Read user experiences and reviews
To determine whether a product will work, read case studies, reviews and user experiences. Of course, you should consider whether these are trustworthy if they come from a retailer website. However, you can use your best judgement for this!
For more information, we’ve created this handy guide to help you learn more about how to buy CBD safely and legally online. We’ve also written a post about red flags to look out for when buying CBD.
Summary – stay informed
Here at ULU, our mission is to help U love U! And that means helping you to stay informed when it comes to all things CBD. It’s important to make sure you understand the product you’re buying, as well as the benefits that come along with the product. And even more importantly, make sure you trust the retailer you’re buying from. That way you can avoid any unpleasant surprises!
4 Essential Tips To Help You Buy CBD Online
Buying CBD online can be a bit of minefield. There are so many companies out there, and it’s not easy to find out a lot about them or know their reputations. At the moment CBD oil is not regulated in the UK. Meaning that it’s entirely down to the consumer to find a safe, high-quality oil. You could spend hours on the internet finding out all about the market (trust us, we have…) and come out blinded with “science”. Some of it invented, or at the very least, spun. So to save everyone a lot of time and effort, we’ve put together five essential tips to help you buy CBD online
1. Do your research
As stated above, this is still an unregulated industry. This means that companies could label almost any product as ‘CBD Oil’ and sell it as something that it’s not. Manufacturers could also lie about the cannabinoid content of the product. One product tested from a high-street pharmacy contained no CBD at all in a recent trial.
So, when you buy CBD online make sure to do your research into the company you’re purchasing from. You should only ever buy from CBD companies who:
- Use independent third-party lab tests on all their products
- Are willing to disclose the results of these lab tests publicly.
That’s why here at ULU, we remain completely transparent with our customers. We use third party testing on all our products, and you can find the results of our most recent lab tests here.
Lab reports will not only verify that the oil you’re buying is in fact CBD oil. But they will also determine what amounts of cannabinoids every bottle contains. As well as helping you avoid a scam, these reports also guarantee safety.
Some reports detail what other compounds can be found in the oil. Sometimes, fertilisers and pesticides used in the growing process manage to find their way into the oil. And these may show up on the chromatograph.
As a general rule of buying CBD online, never buy from a company that doesn’t publish results from a third-party lab test or seems in any way hard to contact. At ULU, we’re here and available to answer your questions at any time.
We’ve also created a guide to buying CBD oil – with 7 red flags to watch out for.
2. Make sure it’s not hempseed oil
When you buy CBD online, make sure you’re not buying hempseed oil! That’s because CBD oil and hemp oil are not the same thing.
In the UK, CBD oil must be made from the industrial hemp plant, a type of the cannabis sativa plant that contains less than 0.03% THC. This law is in place to prevent production and sale of illegal drugs: in other words, marijuana.
While hemp leaves contain cannabinoids such as CBD and are used to make oils, the seeds of the plant do not. Hemp seeds contain only trace amounts of cannabinoids, meaning they have no value in CBD oils at all. However, hemp seeds are not entirely useless – they contain plenty of unsaturated fats and essential fatty acids. Essentially, they are great health supplements. Hemp seeds can be cold pressed to make hempseed oil, which is sold as a food supplement much like CBD oil. What it isn’t though is a cannabinoid-rich supplement.
This is another reason why lab tests are important – first you need to know that the product contains any CBD at all. But otherwise, you can simply check the label to make sure it is CBD hemp oil and not hempseed oil.
3. Make sure there’s a low THC content
When you buy CBD online In the UK, it is illegal for these products to contain more than 0.02% THC. THC is the part of marijuana that contains psychoactive properties – the ones that get you high. However, other countries have more relaxed laws surrounding marijuana. This means that, when you buy CBD online from other countries, the product could be created from marijuana extracts – not hemp. So, these products can contain higher amounts of THC.
THC is the psychoactive compound in marijuana, which is why it is illegal in Great Britain. While a sublingual CBD oil will not get you high in any case, that’s probably not what you’re after.
The internet is an open marketplace. So it’s possible that you might stumble across a high-THC CBD oil being manufactured in somewhere like America. It’s unlikely that these companies will ship to the UK. However, if they do, you could face legal consequences. The oil would likely be confiscated at the border, and the authorities might come knocking on your door. The lab reports should tell you all you need.
4. Know what you want and have realistic expectations
CBD oil has a number of different uses and ways to take it. It’s not a universal miracle cure, that’s one-size-fits-all. However, many people have reported that it promotes relaxation, concentration, good sleep and pain loss. So know what you want to achieve and therefore which CBD product you’re after buying online.
For example, you can use E-liquid in vaping machines, but it isn’t suitable for sublingual use (where you put some drops under the tongue). Other products are designed specifically for direct application onto your body, for example after a work-out. Yet more can be added to food.
If you’re not sure which CBD product could work for you, check out the ULU guide to CBD products, uses and benefits. ULU’s website can also help you find your way to the exact CBD product that you need. And let you know how to take it.
Ready to buy CBD online?
Now that you understand more about how to buy CBD online safely and legally, why not shop our range of ULU CBD products?
A Guide to Buying CBD Oil – 7 Red Flags to Watch Out For
The CBD is one of the fastest growing industries of the modern age. It seems that almost overnight, CBD has exploded in popularity, with a whopping 6 million users in the UK alone. However, this rise in popularity has come with its own risks. Hundreds upon hundreds of companies selling CBD products have been created to deal with the rise in demand. And recent studies have disputed the reliability and trustworthiness of many of these new companies. So, to help you stay safe and informed, we’ve put together this guide to buying CBD oil, complete with 7 red flags to watch out for!
Understand the difference between CBD and THC
Many people confuse CBD oil with THC, the product in cannabis that gets you high. CBD oil is not designed to get you high, but instead to help with relaxation, sleep and in some cases pain management. We should also note that any products sold in the UK containing above 0.2% THC are illegal.
So once you’ve decided you would like to purchase CBD oil, where do you go for the best quality? Of course, we’d love you to shop at ULU, as we prioritise quality and transparency in everything we do! However, here are some important general rules that are useful for everyone to bear in mind when buying CBD products.
Do your research
Firstly, it’s important to do your research. Many companies are claiming they have the best CBD oil on the market but this isn’t always the case. With the way that the law stands at the moment, they can claim more or less what they like, so it’s definitely a case of ‘buyer beware’.
And high price doesn’t always help determine the best product. Many products on the market are labelled incorrectly so it’s important to focus firmly on the company itself: its manufacturing process and lab reports to ensure you’re getting the best product out there.
At ULU, all of our lab reports are carried out by independent third-party testers. You can read our lab reports right here!
Be wary of low price tags
While everyone loves a bargain, buying cheap CBD oil is a false economy. Producing a pure, full spectrum CBD oil that is extracted in the optimal way is expensive, which is why many of the reputable CBD manufacturers like ULU charge a higher price for their products.
If you purchase premium quality oil from a reputable vendor, you might pay a higher price, but you will also be safe in the knowledge that you’re getting the best quality product for your money.
Check the concentration
The other thing to check is the precise concentration of CBD oil in your product. This should be stated on the bottle, with the actual amount stated in milligrams, but you’ll need to divide this by the number of servings in the bottle to know how much CBD oil you’ll get each time you use it.
In terms of buying CBD oil there are many options, online, social media and dedicated retails outlets. One of the cons of buying from shops is that they are often a third-party seller so it can be hard to get hold of lab reports and check the authenticity of the product.
7 red flags to look out for when buying CBD:
1. Just pay delivery. Be very careful – this is often a bit of a con, and you could end up with monthly charges, or multiple shipping charges. That doesn’t just apply to CBD: it’s a well-known scam for all sorts of consumer products.
2. Only available to buy on social media. Often these sellers can’t provide details on authenticity and lab results, so be wary. If it’s cheap, there’s usually a reason.
3. No Lab results available: these are the key to ensuring you have the best quality product. If these aren’t readily available it’s time to shop elsewhere. Don’t take the risk.
4. Bad Reviews: As with any consumer product, check reviews before you buy! And always remember to check independent review sites as well as the seller’s website. There’s plenty of information out there.
5.It’s a miracle! Be wary of such outlandish claims: very few products provide miracles. Actually, make that none.
6. Ask a friend. CBD is definitely a business area where the marketing has got ahead of the facts, so when choosing a product, ask people you can trust.
7. Difficult to contact. If you have any questions or concerns and the seller you’ve chosen isn’t available to talk, isn’t willing to inform you, or doesn’t seem entirely transparent in their product information, this is a major red flag. That’s why the ULU team are happy to get back to you straight away with any questions you have. We’re real people at the end of a phone in the UK, rather than a faceless pharmaceutical conglomerate.
Stay informed when buying CBD oil
In summary, to stay safe and informed online, and to make sure you get the best possible CBD oil, you should always:
- Avoid THC
- Research the product and the retailer
- Be wary of low price tags – remember, if it seems to good to be true, it probably is!
- Check the concentration of CBD and divide this by the number of servings in the bottle
- Look out for red flags such as sellers who are hard to contact, sell exclusively through social media, and don’t get their products lab-tested by third-parties
And if you need any more information, check out our ULU guide to buying CBD online.
Happy CBD shopping!