We have discussed at length on this blog the various benefits of CBD in helping to reduce stress, tackle pain and inflammation and improve sleep. But now, the skincare world is catching on to the benefits of CBD too. Increasing numbers of topical CBD products are flooding the market today, from lip balms and nail creams to face creams, serums and body butters.
Figures show in 2018, the global skincare CBD market was valued at $633.6 million but is expected to rocket to $3,484 million by 2026. But how exactly can CBD impact the health of your customers' skin? Is it safe to use and who are products suitable for?
How does CBD Skincare Work?
CBD works directly on the human body's endocannabinoid system (ECS), a chemical communication system which aims to maintain and balance the body. The ECS regulates a number of processes including inflammation, sleep, pain management and digestion, among other functions. This is how CBD is believed to help relieve problems such as chronic pain, inflammation, insomnia and depression.
CBD binds to ECS receptors which can be found in almost all skin cells, which is why CBD is proving a successful skincare ingredient. Applied topically, CBD can help support the skin's own immune system, tackling pain, redness and swelling quickly and easily. Studies show that CBD applied topically in skincare may help to tackle many common skin problems and the list is pretty impressive. The benefits of adding CBD to a skincare routine include:
- Boosting hydration
- Reducing inflammation
- Protecting against free radicals
- Soothing irritation
- Controlling oil production
- Tackling signs of ageing
With such a list of benefits, it's not hard to see why CBD skincare is such a rapidly growing sector of the market.
Is CBD Skincare Safe? (And who should be using it?)
Unlike the THC that is found in cannabis, CBD does not have any psychoactive effects so it is safe and legal to use. Because they are applied topically, CBD skincare products do tend to have a higher CBD dosage than products that are designed for consumption. This helps to ensure maximum effectiveness. Topical products cannot enter your bloodstream. Due to the fact it is a naturally occurring product, CBD skincare has the added benefit of being suitable for all skin types too.
Types of CBD Skincare Products Available
Bath bombs, bath salts and bath fizzers - these products usually contain a blend of mineral-rich Epsom salts or aromatic oils blended with CBD to soothe the senses, calm you down and help you unwind after a long day. Tired and achy muscles react well to the CBD, which can also help lead to a better night's sleep. CBD bath bombs are said to fizz well in running water, leaving you well moisturised, relaxed and smelling great.
The moisturising properties of CBD combine with other natural ingredients such as cocoa butter or vitamin E to help keep lips soft and nourished.
Given its ability to help relieve pain and tension inside the body, a CBD muscle rub is a natural progression for tackling achy limbs and joints. There are lots of CBD infused muscle-soothing products on the market today, available as rubs, balms, gels or oils. Typically, nourishing natural ingredients such as coconut oil or shea butter are mixed with CBD to create a truly effective muscle rub.
Facial creams, oils and serums
CBD helps to hydrate skin, refine pores and renew cells, all while protecting from the environmental damage that can lead to dull, lifeless and prematurely aged skin. It's no wonder then that CBD proving an immensely popular ingredient in facial oils and moisturisers as people seek to achieve soft, youthful, glowing skin.
Body butters and balms
CBD infused body butters and moisturisers can not only soften the skin but also serve as a barrier cream, making them ideal for extra dry or irritated skin. CBD tackles inflammation and redness inside the body and can do the same to skin when applied topically, tackling redness, irritation and even conditions such as eczema.
Cleansing is one of the most important parts of a skincare routine and should be carried out at least once in the morning and in the evening to keep skin clean and fresh. CBD has antioxidant properties which can help to give the skin a boost and help to reduce and prevent the damage from free radicals so they can be a fantastic addition to a cleansing routine.
CBD's anti-inflammatory properties can work around the eyes too, helping to reduce puffiness and smooth the look of fine lines and wrinkles which often show first in the delicate under-eye area.
Its intensely moisturising properties make CBD an ideal addition to hand and nail creams. Our hands go through a lot in a day, so intense moisture is often needed to help keep them soft, supple and youthful.
Not only will a CBD infused foot cream help to nourish and soften dry and cracked feet, but it can also ease and relieve the aches and pains of daily life including damage from high heels and long walks.
Tattooed skin requires moisture, healing and infection prevention, all of which CBD can help with thanks to its ability to help the skin regenerate and heal.
Beard balms and oils
A CBD beard oil or balm will help to minimise irritating itching and dandruff, protect beard hair from the elements, keep it moisturised and healthy and keep it looking neat and tidy.