CBD Skincare: What You Need to Know

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By Noah Chen

CBD is making a splash in the world of skincare products. In 2019, the CBD cosmetics market hit a value of $580 million, and it’s expected to reach $1.7 billion by 2025. Most CBD topical products are soaps, lotions, and moisturizers infused with the cannabinoid, which may have healing properties on the skin. But what is driving this growth, and is CBD skincare really the next golden child of the cosmetics industry? Is the hype overinflated?

There are people praising CBD as the next big thing for skincare, but others warn it’s just a fad. The truth is somewhere in between, but the fact is that CBD could play a role in making complexions glow around the world.

Where can I find CBD?

CBD is showing up in a variety of skincare products, including:

  • Lip balm
  • Moisturizers
  • Soaps
  • Bath bombs
  • And more

While these products have a variety of cosmetic and recreational uses, the CBD is most often there for its health benefits.

What makes it good for your skin?

For every article hailing CBD as the savior of troubled skin everywhere, you can find one questioning if CBD has any benefit whatsoever. A common claim of CBD sellers is that it has anti-inflammatory properties and may help treat skin disorders like psoriasis.

Past studies back up these claims, but even those researchers admit they don’t fully understand the effect of CBD. More research is necessary.

What seems to drive the opinion that CBD has an anti-inflammatory effect is how it reacts to the natural receptors for cannabinoids in our bodies. We know these exist, and a reaction takes place when cannabinoids like CBD get introduced into our bodies. We also know that some of these receptors live in our skin cells. So, it’s an understandable conclusion that some kind of interaction will take place if you apply a CBD-infused skincare product.

Every skincare product is not equal

While there’s a plethora of CBD skincare products on the market, many of them make wild claims. Several companies have consequently received cease and desist letters from the FDA.

Even more worrying, quality control is not up to snuff on many of these products. A team of researchers measured the CBD value of over eighty CBD products, from thirty-one companies, and found less than half of them contained the listed amount of the cannabinoid. Several even contained more THC than what’s considered legal (0.3 percent) within hemp.

Knowing this means being careful in which skincare products you buy. Take the time to do your research and shop only with companies who are transparent in their ingredient list and where they source their CBD from. You also want to stay away from companies who make claims that CBD is a cure to any ailment. We still don’t fully understand what CBD does.

Which CBD product is right for you?

If you’re interested in trying out a skincare product infused with CBD, there are many topical options. You can go for a lotion or balm. Even soaps today can have CBD in them. Skincare products and hemp are a natural pair. Hemp oil is full of antioxidants and fatty acids that are great for your skin and work well in tandem with the other ingredients in these products.
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