As the beneficial and therapeutic effects of cannabis continue to be realized, an influx of hemp lotions and CBD creams have started to hit the market. Long gone are the days of hemp products being associated with a hippy lifestyle or the smell of ‘marijuana’; instead you can find boutique products with sleek packaging. And, as these products only contain CBD, you can use them without fear of leaving you feeling ‘high’ or hazy.
What we put on our faces and bodies should be just as important as what we put in it, making it essential to find good quality products with the best ingredients. But with beauty trends rapidly changing, it can be difficult to know why to buy into the next big super ingredient.
With CBD beauty products getting so much exposure lately, we delve into why this natural super ingredient actually lives up to the hype.
A good anti-aging cream is often considered the holy grail of beauty products, as it should help rejuvenate, moisturize and refresh skin. But with so many different ones out there it’s hard to know what will actually be effective.
Ranges of CBD skin care are thought to have some great anti-aging properties, as CBD is rich in vitamins, minerals and fatty acids that all go a long way in helping to rejuvenate skin.
Studies have shown that CBD is a powerful antioxidant, allowing it to both prevent damage to and regenerate our skin. Antioxidants are innately involved in the prevention of cellular damage, which includes aging. They work by interacting free radicals – atoms that come from harmful substances like smoke and pollution – and stopping them from negatively affecting skin cells.
Hemp is also crammed full of goodness, naturally containing antioxidant vitamins A, C and E, all of which are skin superstars as well. Vitamin A, otherwise known as retinol, aids the growth of healthy skin, and vitamin E is a powerful moisturising agent.
CBD creams can also promote anti-aging through its influence on the endocannabinoid system (ECS). It is essential that the body is able to properly replace dead skin cells with new ones in order to maintain healthy skin, and the ECS is thought to play a vital role in this reproduction. As CBD works by influencing the ECS, applying CBD serums to the skin can potentially help improve the life cycle of skin cells, in turn promoting a more youthful and radiant appearance.
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Whether on your face, lips or hair, a good hemp cream or CBD salve can have amazing moisturising benefits. As it contains both a range of vitamins and fatty acids it can have multiple hydrating effects including repairing dry and flaky skin and protecting hair from split ends.
As CBD enhances the skin's lipid bilayer, it can help to both prevent dryness and provide a good barrier against moisture loss. Due to its extreme hydrating nature, it has been shown that topical hemp creams can drastically help those who suffer with dermatitis issues like eczema or psoriasis. When used for these conditions, it also has the added bonus of anti-inflammatory and skin-soothing properties, which will help with fast relief and to stop further irritation.
3. Pain relief
Whilst this isn’t technically a beauty benefit, it’s obvious the better you feel on the inside, the happier you’ll feel on the outside. CBD bath salts can be an amazing form of pain relief, as it can work as a natural painkiller, muscle relaxant and anti-inflammatory. Double that with the soothing sensation of a nice warm bath and you’ve got the recipe for a night of relaxation, with effects reportedly lasting for hours afterwards.
Another one to look out for is CBD body lotion; ideal to be used on days you (accidentally!) forget to put sunscreen on. Not only will you benefit from the added moisturising effects helping with the dreaded post-burn skin peel, but the CBD-infused cream should also offer temporary pain relief.
Acne can be caused by a number of different factors but one major concern is thought to be the overproduction of oil by the sebaceous glands.
The Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids that are thought to be found in the ideal proportion in CBD oil can help with oil regulation and have also thought to be effective in calming sebaceous glands. For those with acne, the idea of putting oil onto an already oily face might feel counterintuitive, but it’s actually beneficial. Having the right amount of fatty acids will actually help your body regulate oils properly rather than harsh chemicals that strip your hair of oil, causing it to overproduce in an attempt to rebalance.
In fact, a study into the anti-inflammatory and antibacterial effects of CBD on acne has had promising results, indicating that using a CBD topical cream has the potential to be a therapeutic helper in the reduction of acne.