The Complete Guide to CBD Skincare 2021
CBD has been making appearances everywhere, from Forbes to Vogue; its versatile properties have made CBD skincare the next big trend. But is it a trend that will last? Let’s look at the excitement circling cannabidiol products and uncover all you need to know about this revolution in skincare.
This article will cover what CBD is, the latest scientific findings, and why CBD in skincare is a good idea.
So, what is CBD again?
Before we dive into why CBD has made such an impact on the skincare industry, let’s take a brief detour to understand CBD properly.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of over a hundred compounds found in the hemp plant, known as cannabinoids. Among the compounds found in the cannabis hemp plant is THC. Unlike CBD, THC is the compound that causes intoxicating effects and is extracted from UK CBD products to ensure purity and safety. Therefore, CBD does not cause any psychoactive effects.
And, how does CBD actually work
The research is still in the early stages, but it seems that CBD attaches to the CB1 and CB2 receptors in your body. When this happens, it causes different reactions to occur. Further to this, it interacts with a system called the Endocannabinoid System (ECS), a complex cell signalling system in the body. The ECS works by regulating your mood, appetite, sleep, pain signalling, and immune and digestive systems.
You may be unaware that your body already makes its own cannabinoids (endocannabinoids). So, when you consume added CBD (phytocannabinoids), it could boost the ECS and balance your health in the areas mentioned above.
What does CBD do?
So, what is CBD oil good for? Below we have dived into a few of the excellent benefits of CBD and how it can improve your health and well-being. CBD oil benefits are extensive, from improving mood disorders to aiding athlete’s recovery; some people ask, what doesn’t it do?
Mood Disorders: 1 in 4 people experience a mental health issue every year, hence why it’s important to talk openly about mental health and possible prevention methods. With this in mind, CBD research has shown favourable results for aiding mood disorders, such as depression and anxiety. In 2019, a scientific journal was published outlining the results of a new study on how CBD affects anxiety. Remarkably, the evidence points towards CBD having a ‘calming effect’ on the central nervous system. The study resulted in 57 of the 72 adults reported having lowered anxiety within the first month of the study.
Inflammation: Within CBD research, there is evidence pointing towards its anti-inflammatory properties, hence why skincare gurus to fitness experts are all swearing by CBD. Many athletes experience delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) after a strenuous workout. This pain occurs due to an overload of inflammation to the muscles; while a little inflammation is needed to repair muscles, too much can have a reverse effect and cause further damage. For this reason, CBD has been ideal for reducing pain and unnecessary inflammation.
Sleep: One of the most researched areas for CBD and its properties is sleep. We all know how a lack of sleep can affect our day and overall well-being. From improved focus to a strengthened immune system, a good nights sleep can be the boost you need. However, sometimes it’s not so simple to get to sleep; whether you suffer from insomnia or anxiety. Luckily, CBD is showing exciting potential for aiding sleep issues.
Here at ULU, we crafted a unique blend of CBD and GABA, an essential amino acid, oil to improve sleep quality and quantity. Read more about how CBD and GABA can assist sleep.
Other CBD Oil Benefits could include:
● Increase appetite
● Natural pain relief
● Benefit heart health
● Lower blood pressure
● Alleviate addiction withdrawal symptoms
How can CBD be used in Skincare:
As you read, the benefits of CBD are vast, but how can it be used in skincare?
Well, the research is young and still expanding. When you search the internet for CBD, there are many varying opinions. That’s where we come in; we’re here to give you the facts, the research and how CBD could be useful.
What does the research say?
It’s beneficial to stay up to date with the latest studies and evidence surrounding CBD. Here are a few scientific journals and articles you may find interesting:
A journal published on science direct in 2006 demonstrated the relationship between the skin condition psoriasis and CBD. The study explored how CBD may aid the skin condition; the journal quotes, there is a ‘potential role for cannabinoids in the treatment of psoriasis.’. Promising, as although more research is needed, the study showed that CBD had a positive effect. Moreover, on 25th December 2019, an MDPI publication released and outlined the hopeful nature of CBD and its anti-inflammatory properties. As previously discussed, CBD’s ability to reduce inflammation is key for relieving pain, swelling, and boosting overall skin health. With this offering relatively new findings, it opens the doors for CBD and its uses.
The research is far more extensive in areas concerned with CBD’s effect on sleep or anxiety. In fact, in the same study we reviewed earlier, researchers also found that sleep scores improved for 66.7% of patients within the first month. As you can see, the current research shows the positive effects CBD could have on your overall health and well-being, including skin health. Additionally, while there is limited research around CBD skincare, we are sure to see new scientific studies arise soon enough. The American Academy of Dermatology Association asked their readers if they would try CBD skincare. The AADA audience reported (at the time of writing) that 45% of people had already tried CBD cosmetic products, 22% would like to try it, and only 6% said they would never try it. This interesting questionnaire further backs up the demand for CBD skincare and the need for new research.
Where to buy CBD Skincare?
It’s not difficult to find CBD skincare nowadays – every drugstore has shelves of it. From facemasks to serums and moisturisers, there is something for everyone. However, the sheer volume of CBD cosmetics can be misleading, as not all CBD oil gets created equally. Unfortunately, as hemp oil is still a new ingredient, there is little regulation for it. Therefore, some brands have misled their audience with their marketing. Interestingly, a CBD skincare company is not allowed to make definite claims about what CBD does. That’s why here at ULU, we are transparent about our belief in CBD but always keep you updated on the latest news, science, and discoveries.
Hemp Seed vs Hemp Oil?
Another hurdle in the CBD skincare market is differentiating between the different terminology and ingredients. Many brands claim they have CBD hemp oil in their products when, in fact, they have hemp seed oil. They may come from the same plant, but they are different ingredients!
CBD oil commonly gets referred to as hemp oil, but not all hemp oils contain CBD. If you’re confused, don’t worry because you’re not alone! Let us explain. Cannabidiol is extracted from the flowers, leaves and stalk of the hemp plant, whereas hemp seed oil comes from the seeds. Hemp seeds contain little to no CBD; therefore, it’s essential to know which is in your skincare product.
Cannabidiol labels can be misleading:
Due to the lack of regulation of CBD oil, the labels and dosages can be misleading. One study describes how researchers tested 84 CBD products from 31 companies. They reported that only 26 came back as containing the same amount of CBD stated on the packaging. These statistics are disappointing and highlights the need for more research and regulation. Luckily, it’s not all bad, and there are ways to combat misleading marketing:
We advise looking for transparent, trusted brands that third-party test their products for purity and potency. Our quality guarantee outlines how we ensure our product is trustworthy and of high quality.
● Check the ingredients: In the UK, CBD should be hemp-derived, and any THC should be untraceable. Remember, hemp seed does not contain CBD and will offer different benefits.
● Go for organic! Organic products will be better for your skin and the environment. Here at ULU, we are certified organic, which means our CBD extract is pesticide and herbicide-free.
● Choose full-spectrum CBD – this will provide you with all the beneficial cannabinoids that the hemp plant has to offer.
Can CBD treat skin conditions?
We cannot make any definite claims about what CBD may do, but the research suggests it could aid some skin conditions. Rosacea, eczema and psoriasis are among some of the skin conditions that are under review. The evidence indicates that CBD can help hydrate dry skin, regulate oil production and reduce pain from these conditions
Possible benefits of CBD on skin conditions:
Anti-inflammatory: the anti-inflammatory properties of CBD may reduce pain, redness and swelling, especially when associated with acne.
Manage oil production: using CBD face creams could limit the amount of sebum produced by the skin – the oily substance that often causes acne. Along with its ability to manage inflammation, this could be key to reducing breakouts and finding a rosacea treatment.
Eczema treatment: Due to its ability to hydrate the skin, reduce inflammation and irritation, CBD may help soothe eczema and psoriasis.
Anti-ageing: CBD is an antioxidant and helps to correct the damage caused by free radicals; this helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines, dullness and wrinkles.
CBD in skincare is looking like an encouraging option for those of you looking for skin healing products. With the potential to regulate oils, hydrate and reduce inflammation, it seems to target the key areas of struggle.
Read more about how CBD is impacting the skincare market.
How to use CBD skincare?
Using CBD skincare is much like any other cosmetic product; you can even apply it daily. Unlike CBD oils and capsules, CBD skincare is applied topically and gets absorbed through the skin. Be sure to read the instructions before using your chosen product. We also advise doing your research on CBD and hemp seed oil as both have skin caring properties, but their benefits differ. Based on the condition of your skin, you may benefit from one more than the other.
CBD – Is it the revolution in skincare?
There is some positive evidence for having CBD in skincare and the vast benefits that cannabidiol may offer. From rosacea treatment to its hydrating properties, these are vital benefits that consumers are looking for in their products. A CBD skincare company may just be the answer! However, with this in mind, it’s good to be aware of the obstacles that the CBD skincare industry is facing. So, in conclusion, if you see a CBD skincare company making definite claims about their CBD, it’s probably best to stay clear and look for a reputable brand – like ourselves! As we discussed earlier, it’s a good idea to buy from a brand that third-party tests their products and is transparent about their manufacturing process. We hope this guide to CBD skin products has empowered you with new knowledge, and you feel ready to approach the CBD skincare industry!