The world of CBD skincare

There’s a buzz in the beauty business about cannabidiol (CBD) from the cannabis plant; not the kind that makes you high, but the strain that can alleviate pain if taken internally.

It’s now being used in body and hair products due to its anti-inflammatory and pain relief properties and is said to be able to treat skin problems including wrinkles and acne. Sales have literally doubled in the past year!

Celebrity Olivia Wilde uses the product to help her neck relax before going on stage; Morgan Freeman and Whoopi Goldberg have been using CBD for a long time to treat painful conditions; Jennifer Aniston says she uses CBD to combat stress, and Victoria’s Secret model Alessandra Ambrosio says CBD oil “Helps me sleep when I’m anxious”.

So, ESTEEM has been researching more about how CBD oil helps when used topically on the skin and hair.

What is CBD oil?

First discovered as an aid for epilepsy and medicinal purposes, CBD is from the cannabis plant, but with the THC taken out so there are no highs! It is made from the leaves and flowers of the hemp plant, as opposed to the seed oil, which is known as hemp oil.

Is it legal?

Yes, if it has less than 0.03% of THC content then it’s classed as hemp oil and not cannabis.

Is it safe?

Yes, as far as we are aware, but as yet there are no studies or regulations to indicate the correct dosage, so if you are going to use it buy it from a reputable company.

What’s so good about it?

CBD is a natural source of omega-3 and 6 essential fatty acids. Slathered on the skin it accumulates in the upper skin layers to reduce pain, inflammation, redness, irritation and signs of ageing, and by regulating oil production in the sebaceous glands it can also help with acne and eczema.

How does it work?

The human body produces its own cannabinoids; CB1 for movement, emotions and mood, then CB2 for inflammation and pain. Researchers originally believed that CBD attached itself to the CB1 and CB2 receptors, but they now believe that CBD directs the body to use more of its own cannabinoids.

Which products?

• Eye creams – to reduce puffiness, from MGC Derma

• Hair products – to help stimulate hair growth when applied to the scalp, from Malin + Goetz

• Body lotions – to sooth achy joints, from Lord Jones

• Serums – to smooth fine lines and tighten skin

• Bath salts – to relax muscles

• Lip care – to treat dry sore lips, from The Body Shop with hemp seed oil

• Mascara – as a creamier replacement to beeswax used to adhere the mascara to the lashes

• Oil – for muscle aches, from Holland and Barrett.


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