Cannabidiol or CBD as it’s most commonly known has fast become the hottest ingredient to hit the UK. Over the past 12 months, CBD has crept its way into almost every industry and you can now get hold of everything from luxury CBD e-liquids and vape pens to sheet masks, chocolate, and even self-tan!
With the craze on CBD products showing no signs of slowing, today we’re shedding some light on one area of the industry that has grown traction rapidly over recent months - CBD skincare. If there was ever an industry to take off, it’s this with many of the most well-known household brand names offering their own take on what makes a must-have CBD skin product, including the likes of Kiehl’s, Sephora and NYX who have all got cosmetic CBD products of their own!
But, why has CBD skincare become such a hot commodity? Today, we’re going to take a look at the benefits of CBD skincare, what products to look out for and how you can tell the high-quality stuff from the products that are best left on the shelf!
First of all, what is CBD skincare?
You may have seen the term topicals floating around, and CBD skincare falls under this category. Topicals are products directly applied to the skin, much like your run of the mill moisturiser. But CBD skincare goes that one step further and brings with it a wealth of potential benefits when used correctly.
CBD is the non-intoxicating cannabinoid found within the marijuana plant, and unlike its close relative THC (the one that gets you high), it has become a go-to powerhouse for a range of ailments, including a number of skin conditions here in the UK and beyond.
CBD skincare varies widely and can contain either CBD isolate (pure CBD), full-spectrum CBD (all aspects of the hemp plant including CBD) or broad-spectrum CBD (containing no detectable THC). Depending on what type of skincare solution you’re looking for will determine what type of CBD skincare product you opt for as some may be derived from CBD oil, or hemp seed oil – both beneficial to the skin, but certainly not the same product.
CBD oil-based skincare should possess high concentrations of the cannabinoid in question, CBD, whereas hemp seed oil, although very beneficial for the skin, only contains trace amounts (at best) of CBD. So, it’s worth always checking the labels before parting with your hard-earned money.
So, whether you’re struggling with dry skin, acne, psoriasis or eczema – CBD’s much researched anti-inflammatory properties seem to lend themselves to the topicals department, making CBD skincare a must-have product for anyone looking to up their skincare game.
How does it work?
We know that CBD can offer a number of potential benefits when consumed in a capsule, dropped under the tongue or inhaled through a vaping device. But, how does it work when we’re not consuming it in this familiar way?
It all comes down to our endocannabinoid system (ECS), which plays a vital role in the way we receive and respond to all cannabinoids, including CBD. Our body is built with a very clever, very effective system that works tirelessly to restore internal balance in the body. This could be anything from regulating body temperature and mood to ensuring infections are fought off and dealt with immediately. Our ECS basically keeps us ticking over in almost every department, which is why cannabinoids like CBD have such vast medical potential!
The ECS comes equipped with cannabinoid receptors known as CB1 and CB2 receptors (yep, that’s right the human body comes prepared to receive cannabinoids!) and when consumed, CBD, THC and other cannabinoids like it attach to these receptors, allowing them to take effect on the body.
So, what happens when we’re not taking CBD internally? Well, our ECS extends beyond our internals, with many of the most important components of the system being present in the layers of our skin. This is important to ensure skin health and keep important functions such as skin cell production running smoothly. When we use topicals containing cannabinoids, they work directly with the CB1 and CB2 receptors on the skin to offer a wealth of potential benefits.
What are the benefits of CBD skincare?
Although human studies into the benefits of CBD skincare are still in their infancy, there is strong research that suggests that CBD does, in fact, have a wealth of potential when it comes to our health. In 2018, a change in UK law meant that doctors are now legally able to prescribe medical cannabis in certain cases, showing massive growth and highlighting the real potential that cannabinoids have to offer.
So, with his in mind – how can CBD skincare really benefit us? From facial moisturiser and CBD lip balm to face masks and CBD muscle balms – CBD skincare has grown and expanded immensely recently to cover every aspect of your skin routine so you never have to go without again.
For those of us looking to treat specific ailments with CBD topicals, here is a rundown of the potential benefits on offer (specific research can found here):
Amongst the most well-researched benefits of CBD are the cannabinoids anti-inflammatory properties which have been instrumental in assisting with a range of conditions, including common skin ailments like acne and eczema.
Acne has been thoroughly researched over the years and has been deemed as an inflammatory condition, and as a potent anti-inflammatory compound, CBD has the potential to reduce acne and improve the look and feel of the skin.
Over in the U.S. cannabidiol has become a patented antioxidant thanks to years of in-depth study into its potential. Antioxidants are critical for our bodies in order to neutralise harmful toxins, and whilst we create a certain amount of our own, we need to rely on foods and other sources rich with antioxidants to get by. Antioxidants in CBD can help to counteract harmful free radical damage in the skin, reducing the appearance of inflammation.
It’s thanks to the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of CBD that we have now got such a wide range of effective antiaging skincare. Combined, these qualities work to reduce the appearance of puffiness, wrinkles, fine lines and redness in the skin for a rejuvenated look.
Perhaps not what you first thing of when you consider CBD skincare, but these products have become all the rage with athletes and fitness enthusiasts thanks to its powerful anti-inflammatory abilities. As it turns out, there are a range of CBD topicals out there perfect for post-workout muscle relaxant, ideal for sore and tight muscles to soothe aches and reduce inflammation for a quicker recovery!
How to pick the best CBD skincare
Like with all things CBD now, with such great variety comes great responsibility and when it comes to picking the best products in the market, it pays to do your research. However, there are some helpful tips you can follow to ensure that what you’re getting is going to be the most beneficial for your needs, and of the highest quality.
1. Shop around
It goes without saying, but with so many CBD companies out there boasting to be the best, it pays to shop around! Here at the CBD Club, we stock a number of different brands who specialise in CBD topicals, including a number of luxury products for those looking for something extra special.
You can find out more about the brands by checking out their own websites or take a look at our range here.
2. CBD balm vs. CBD moisturiser?
It’s important to get your head around the different products on offer, and how each can benefit you in different ways. Our range of CBD moisturisers are perfect for everyday use to aid skin smoothness and appearance, however, if you’re looking for something more specialist to target a problem area, it may not be the best solution.
Our range of muscle balm is one of our most popular skin products thanks to its ability to relieve muscle soreness, perfect for those who suffer from ligament and joint pain or are active and are looking for the ideal post-workout solution.
3. Always check the label
Typically, CBD oil and hemp seed oil are advertised as one and the same, but as previously mentioned the two offer very different benefits, with the latter containing next to no CBD at all. So, if you’re looking for a CBD specific treatment, it’s important to check for the following:
- Does it state how much CBD is contained within the product?
- Does it state full-plant extract?
- How much THC is present? In the UK it should always be less than 0.2%
- Are lab reports available? If not, ask!
Shop our luxury CBD skincare range today!
Here at CBD Club, we value transparency and high-quality CBD products, which is why you can find only the most reputable brands available on our website. We like to keep up with what people want in this fast-paced industry, so you can find all your skincare needs in our online store.