CBD isn’t just a buzzword in the health space—in fact, CBD has made quite an impression on the beauty industry. In addition to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, CBD is somewhat of a miracle worker—especially when it comes to skincare. From sunscreen to serums to chapsticks to cleansers to creams, CBD is infused into literally everything.
If you think I’m being dramatic, just take a look at the stats. According to Statista, the global cannabidiol cosmetics market amounts to more than $17, 619.2 million. What’s more? It’s expected to grow at least 3.5 percent each year. (That’s like a lot of beauty products.)
With numbers like that, it’s hard not to wonder what’s so special about CBD-infused beauty products. If you’re interested in finding out but are unsure of where to start, here’s a super-quick-to-read guide on the benefits of adding CBD beauty products into your routine.
First of all, what is CBD?
CBD, more formally known as “cannabidiol,” is a naturally-occurring chemical compound that’s found in cannabis plants (AKA marijuana and hemp). CBD is one of the primary active ingredients in cannabis—the other, is, of course, THC (or tetrahydrocannabinol).
Unlike its partner THC, pure CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid. Which means, NO it doesn’t make you high. Instead, CBD has been proven to help with alleviating chronic pain, inflammation, and anxiety, among other things.
What does CBD do for your skin?
There’s a ton of research that praises the anti-inflammatory properties of CBD. (This is why CBD is often used in acne-fighting products—it’s like an anxiety-reducer for your skin.) CBD also has the power (read: potential) to reduce excess sebum production, which means CBD may be effective in fighting acne.
Can CBD help with sensitive skin?
As you’ve probably gathered by now, CBD is widely known for its anti-inflammatory properties (that’s why it’s great for acne, aging, and redness). These soothing properties are what make CBD the (potentially) ideal ingredient for people with sensitive skin.
Remember: CBD isn’t FDA-regulated. So, if you’re prone to skin irritation or rashes and are planning to try something new, you should definitely speak with your dermatologist first.
How do you choose the right CBD skincare product?
There are millions of CBD skin products out there, so it’s important to know what to look for to ensure you’re not getting some cheap, slimy version of the real thing. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
1. The ingredient list should definitely read “cannabidiol.” Hemp oil isn’t the same thing as CBD oil—CBD oil uses the whole plant, whereas hemp oil comes from the seeds alone.
2. Make sure the brand lists the total cannabidiol content—it’ll most likely be listed in milligrams. If it’s not listed, that’s an indicator that the product is illegitimate.
3. Look for stable packaging. Anything that looks cheap (i.e. clear bottles) or exposes the ingredient to a lot of light or air is a sign of a low-quality (ineffective) product.