CBD & Skincare - What’s all the Buzz about? - Lumoir

CBD & Skincare - What’s all the Buzz about?

CBD is all the rage right now! When it comes to CBD-based beauty products, CBD (an oil extracted from the hemp plant) has been praised for treating insomnia, de-stressing the mind and preventing skin breakouts. While the actual benefits of CBD are still being debated, theoil is confirmed as a rich source of vitamin D and can help with anti-inflammation.

Cannabidiol (a.k.a. CBD) lately is an active compound extracted from the hemp plant, cannabis sativa, which has been creating quite the buzz in the wellness and skincare fields (but rest assured, CBD is non-psychoactive, which means there is no actual “buzz” associated with this botanical extract). It turns out, CBD is a phytocannabinoid, a potent antioxidant with many health and skin benefits.

What benefits can CBD skincare offer?"I always say CBD offers a three-pronged skincare approach - it's anti-ageing, anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory," saidSamir Juneja,who left behind a career in pharmaceuticals to start CBD of London. "In terms of an antioxidant on the skin, it provides a missing particle that a free radical can bond with, stopping it from going on to cause DNA damage. As for anti-inflammatory properties, we know that skin ageing and inflammation go hand in hand, and CBD helps to combat oxidative stress." 

Hailed as a 'miracle molecule', this (non-psychoactive) ingredient comes from the cannabis plant but, there's nothing vaguely hazy when it comes to CBD's abundant health (and beauty!) benefits. Extracted from the leaves and flowering buds of the cannabis plant, the pale yellow oil has a 'green', grassy smell and a mild nutty flavor - it's neither delicious nor awful, just... 'meh'. The oil can be ingested (mix a few drops into smoothies or dispense directly underneath your tongue), or applied topically to help soothe stressed-out skin and enhance its defenses.

So, what does it actually do? 

Balancing Skin and Redness:Ideal for sensitive or irritated skin, cannabinoids are excellent for calming chronic skin conditions such as eczema, as well as for balancing oily, congested complexions. 

Fights Acne:CBD is highly 'sebostatic', meaning that is helps to regulate skin's sebum synthesis which leads to fewer pimples, spots and blackheads. The Cannabis plant contains 60 different types of cannabinoids, which have been shown to improve acne, according to Dr. Alexis Granite, Consultant Dermatologist at Cadogan Cosmetics, who toldMarie Claire.

Byrdie has said, “If you’re looking for an ingredient to soothe irritation and reduce redness, as well as potentially combat acne, CBD looks extremely promising. Charlotte Palermino, co-founder of cannabis education website Nice Paper, who is in the midst of creating a CBD skincare line herself, echoes its abilities as an acne fighter, and also shares studies where it shows potential for soothing psoriasis and even helping slow down signs of aging because of its neuro-regenerative and antioxidant properties.

When buying a beauty product, look for these words in the ingredients list, which indicate there’s actual CBD in the formula:CBD, hemp CBD, full-spectrum hemp extract, phytocannabinoid-rich hemp oil, hemp extract oil. Those are all synonyms for CBD.

Now on the market, you are able to get CBD in forms of bath bombs,face masks, lotions, oils, serums and even tinctures - all of which are meant to give you an all new glow! So, don’t be afraid to lather on the CBD!