CBD is taking over the cosmetic world

CBD is taking over the cosmetic world

CBD is everywhere and in everything you can possibly think of,  whether it be chocolates,  drinks,  candles, or clothes. And the buzzy product is now taking over the beauty and skincare world.  There is an abundance of hemp-infused items turning up in beauty supplies shops everywhere,  from serums and sunscreen to chapsticks,  creams and cleansers. 

The global market for  CBD  cosmetics is estimated to be valued at over $580 million, with North America leading the way, according to a recent  Market  Watch report.  And it's expected to reach  $1.7  billion by 2025,  Grand View Research projects. Fair to say, sometime soon, the CBD pattern is not going to die down. 

If you're still contemplating hopping on the CBD bandwagon, but are unsure where to  begin, here's a guide on all CBD skincare things: 

What is CBD, first of all? 

Cannabidiol is a  naturally occurring chemical compound present in cannabis plants  (e.g.,  marijuana and hemp),  commonly known as  CBD.  It is one of the two main cannabis active ingredients, with THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) being the other. 

Pure CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid,  unlike THC, which means it doesn't make you feel high.

Why is your skin good for it? 

"Cannabidiol,  known for its therapeutic effects,  provides some significant antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits that can be helpful in the treatment of skin problems such as inflammation,  dryness, and free radical injury,"  says Ildi Pekar, an aesthetician based in  NYC  and creator of her own iconic skincare line.

In the battle against acne, CBD can also be successful as it helps to decrease sebum development in the skin.  Furthermore,  studies show that cannabidiol could also be useful in treating eczema and psoriasis. 

While research on the advantages of CBD is somewhat limited,  topical usage is usually considered healthy.  Dr. Adarsh Mudgil, a double-board-certified dermatologist and founder of  Mudgil  Dermatology,  says, "There is definitely no risk in trying to use a CBD- infused product you prefer. If you happen to get a CBD topical substance reaction, it's typically not from the  CBD itself, but some other botanical-like ingredient,"  the skincare expert says.

How to choose the best formula for CBD skincare? 

Using full-spectrum CBD  oil, wide spectrum CBD oil, or CBD extract,  all cannabidiol-infused products are formulated. 

"All the compounds present in cannabis, including trace quantities of THC, are contained in full-spectrum CBD oil. On the other hand, broad-spectrum CBD oil includes a number of hemp-derived cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids, but no THC,"  states Ed Donnelly, CBD specialist and founder of AmourCBD. 

In the meanwhile, Pekar states, "CBD isolate is the purest form of CBD.  It does not  contain any other compounds you find in a hemp  plant."  The aestheticist adds, "This type of CBD oil is best for facial skin as it is pure, does not obstruct pores and is packed with skin-rejuvenating antioxidants." 

Look for products on the packaging that contain "cannabidiol", "hemp extract", "broad-spectrum  CBD", "full-spectrum CBD" or "hemp CBD." Also, remember that the same thing as CBD oil is not hemp seed oil or cannabis Sativa seed oil. "CBD oil is derived from the hemp plant's leaves and seeds. Compared to hemp seed oil, it's a smoother and lighter oil that seems to be greasier," states Pekar.

Determining the amount of CBD in a substance is another important move. "For example, in order to be successful, if you are looking for lotions and oils for pain relief or anxiety,  the percentage of CBD needs to be higher," says Pekar. 

However, the most important thing to remember is the nature of the commodity that you are buying.  About 60 percent of online CBD products are mislabeled, according to a 2017 report released in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Therefore, "make sure that you trust the company and trust that the item is secure and that it contains just what the product claims it contains," says  Donnelly. Pekar states, "It's safest to only  look  for  goods  that  have been checked in a third-party laboratory."  When purchasing a CBD commodity, here are a couple of other items to bear in mind.

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Source:, "Everything You Need To Know About CBD Skincare", by Noma Nazis, Dec 30, 2019.