From health food stores, to coffee shops, to pharmacies, it’s hard to go to any consumer space these days without encountering CBD in some form. And for good reason, too. CBD (short for cannabidiol), one of the two main active compounds in the cannabis plant, has proven effective in treating symptoms of epilepsy, anxiety disorders, insomnia, chronic pain, inflammation, and arthritis, with more and more studies being conducted all the time.
But what about all those CBD beauty products you’ve seen? From creams to cleansers, you might wonder if topical products are worth exploring too, or whether they’re right for you. Research suggests that CBD can be highly effective in treating a variety of skin concerns, such as acne and premature aging, and makes an especially good choice for people with sensitive skin. Read on to learn how different CBD products can help you achieve your skin care goals.
CBD face wash
Everyone knows that a great skin care routine begins with a clean pallet. CBD face wash is an ideal cleanser for its ability to regulate sebum. Sebum is the oily substance our skin produces in order to protect our skin and hair from moisture loss. Scientists believe that sebum may also have an antimicrobial or antioxidant role in protecting the skin barrier. However, the overproduction of sebum, which then mixes with dead skin and other dirt on our face, can lead to clogged pores, oily patches, and acne breakouts. CBD works by interacting with our bodies’ natural endocannabinoid system. Many of these receptors are found in the sebaceous glands, where sebum is produced. Clinical studies have shown that CBD has a regulating effect on these glands, resulting in a better balance of sebum.
CBD cleansers are also great for sensitive skin, as they have never been shown to cause any negative skin reactions. In fact, if a CBD product seems to cause a reaction, the other ingredients are the most likely culprit. Many face washes for acne-prone skin are packed with harsh ingredients and acids. For people with sensitive skin, it’s better to choose a more gentle cleanser. J’TANICALS’ Deep Sea Rebalancer is a lightweight, water-based gel cleanser that’s perfect for oily skin, mild acne, and sensitive, blemish-prone skin.
CBD oil for skin care
Maybe you’ve heard of CBD oil being popular as a natural sleep aid. CBD oil can also work wonders for the skin because of its high concentration of antioxidants. Many people use facial oils primarily to fight the appearance of aging, particularly wrinkle prevention, and this is exactly what antioxidants do best. The telltale signs of aging skin are caused by the presence of free radicals, organisms in the body that can cause cell damage. Antioxidants help fight against free radicals to combat the inflammation and oxidative stress that can wreak havoc on our skin. To give you an idea of just how powerful CBD is in this way, it’s been found to exhibit 30-50% more antioxidant activity than Vitamins C and E.
J’TANICALS’ Floral Collagen Magic is a high-quality face oil containing not just hemp extract, but the natural anti-aging retinol alternative bakuchiol, which helps reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and hyperpigmentation. In combination with antioxidant-rich CBD, its tightening and collagen-stimulating properties make it a great choice for an anti-aging face oil.
We’ve already discussed that CBD acts as a great acne prevention method because of its sebum-regulating capabilities. But while excess sebum causes blocked pores and oiliness, if our skin isn’t producing enough sebum, our skin can become dry and cracked. Sebum helps prevent moisture loss and contributes to the pH balance of our skin, serving as a defense against bacteria, viruses, and other microbes. So it’s important that CBD doesn’t only decrease sebum, but that it keeps the sebaceous glands producing sebum regularly as well. That’s why CBD moisturiser is so effective for keeping our skin in balance.
When combined with other gentle ingredients, such as the liquorice root extract in J’TANICALS’ Probiotic Safeguard Moisturiser, CBD moisturiser can soothe the inflammations that lead to irritated skin and redness, and even improve conditions such as rosacea and psoriasis.
What to look for with CBD in skin care
As effective as CBD skin care can be, not all products are created equal. The excitement surrounding the hemp plant in recent years has resulted in a huge wave of new products that use the allure of cannabis to sell products of questionable quality and effectiveness, a phenomenon commonly known as weedwashing. Many companies sell beauty products with hemp seed oil, a substance derived from the seeds of the cannabis plant that does not contain any active ingredients. To get any of the antioxidant, sebum-regulating, soothing benefits of CBD, it’s important to look for products made with hemp extract, an active substance made from the leaves and flowers of the cannabis plant.
J’TANICALS uses natural cannabis oil extracted from the finest hemp in Switzerland, which is grown and monitored under the strictest quality regulations (and yes, it’s legal!). Check out the full J’TANICALS shop to find some of the highest quality CBD skin care available. If you’re looking for an answer to skin concerns of any kind, in need of an effective but gentle product for your sensitive skin, or you’re looking to replace conventional, synthetic products with more natural solutions, CBD skin care is a great choice for you.