As a spa or wellness professional, you've heard of CBD by now. But did you know it's not just a buzzword in the health world, but in beauty, too? The emergence of the ingredient is undeniable, but does CBD offer any substance, and, can it truly elevate your beauty routine? For many people, CBD can offer support for a healthy beauty routine and step up your beauty game.
What is CBD?
CBD is short for cannabidiol. It’s a cannabinoid, one of more than 100 sourced from the cannabis plant. It’s typically sourced from industrial hemp, which, unlike marijuana, has only trace amounts of THC. CBD is a therapeutic drug and won’t get you high, but it is known for properties that can support a healthy beauty routine, including being powerful for fighting inflammation and free radicals. Most commonly, CBD is used for health therapies, including pain relief, emotional support, and even alleviating symptoms of epilepsy and side effects from cancer treatment. But the lesser-known fact is that it can be used for beauty treatments, too.
What’s the Point of Using CBD in Beauty Products?
CBD has a lot to offer beauty routines. CBD oil is rich in Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which are known for their healing fats. These fatty acids can help protect your skin against sunburns, while also tightening and smoothing skin, protecting it from environmental stress, and helping to keep it hydrated.
CBD can fight inflammation in the skin that can cause overproduction of oil sebum. It offers regulation for oil production, making it a good choice for people who suffer from oily skin or acne. It's also effective for reducing skin inflammation, which can help alleviate conditions like redness and irritation, or more serious skin conditions such as psoriasis or eczema.
What Do You Need to Know About Using CBD Beauty Products
CBD beauty products can add anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties to your beauty routine. But is it legal? And, is it safe to use? Yes. CBD is considered safe to use. It is a drug, but according to the World Health Organization, it has a good safety profile, is well tolerated by most users, and has little to no risk of addiction, dependency, or abuse. Few people experience side effects from CBD, and typically, this is not from topical applications typical of beauty treatment—usually it’s from ingesting CBD and interacting with existing medications.
CBD products sourced from industrial hemp are legal at the federal level. That means if you’re using CBD oil extracted from hemp, you should be fine, legally speaking, in just about every state. Some states have exceptions, but these are rare. Look for labeling such as hemp extract, full spectrum hemp, or phytocannabinoid rich hemp oil when searching for hemp CBD beauty products.
How can you use CBD in beauty? There’s an endless list of products that contain CBD, ranging from eye and face creams to bath bombs and mascara. You could replace your entire beauty routine with CBD products, but it’s a good idea to prioritize what’s important for you and your clients. For example, if you’re dealing with facial redness and irritation, a CBD face cream or night cream could help. CBD is new to the beauty scene, but it has a lot to offer. Think about how you can use CBD’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties to work in your beauty routine.
About the Author: Amelia Noble is a researcher with the CBD Awareness Project. When she's not working, you can find her playing board games.