As consumers embrace the many potential benefits of CBD, there’s been a steady, predictable increase in the number of industries adding various hemp-derived products to their inventories. If you’ve been following the latest skincare trends, you’ve likely noticed that CBD-infused serums, toners, moisturizers, and body care products are popping up just about everywhere. But are they beneficial? Maybe. Are they good for your skin? That depends.
As you’re browsing CBD skin care options, you’ll inevitably find beauty brands charging top dollar for various lotions and potions that contain little (if any) CBD. You’re also likely to find brands adding CBD to products made with ingredients suspected of damaging ecosystems, harming wildlife, and interfering with healthy skin function. Neither option is particularly helpful or all that great for your skin.
With that being said, adults of all ages are claiming favorable results using high-quality CBD-infused products for an impressive number of skin concerns. That’s why we’re dedicating this space to answering frequently asked questions, product recommendations, and CBD skin care facts.
What Is CBD? Does It Cause Intoxication?
Many people are initially hesitant to try CBD skincare products because of concerns about intoxication. Most find it helpful to know that cannabidiol (CBD) is one of more than 100 non-intoxicating cannabinoids produced by cannabis plants. When CBD oil is extracted from the stalks, stems, and flowers of naturally cultivated hemp, you don’t have to worry. Hemp plants produce only trace amounts of THC, the cannabinoid that causes the type of intoxication marijuana is known for. Hemp-derived CBD products are incapable of causing intoxication, even when ingested in excessively large amounts.
How Do CBD Skincare Products Work? How Could Topical Use Benefit My Skin?
When you savor a CBD gummy or swallow a capsule, the cannabidiol is processed through your digestive system before entering your bloodstream. Once the cannabinoid is circulating throughout your body, it interacts with the receptors of its largest regulatory system, your endocannabinoid system. The impact of that interaction seems to depend on which essential processes are restored to balance (homeostasis) through ECS support. Although results can vary from one person to the next, most CBD users responding to our survey report favorable results for better sleep, relaxation, discomfort after physical activity, and more.
When applied topically, CBD interacts with the ECS receptors in your skin. Although most of the evidence supporting the cannabinoid’s many possible skin benefits is based on lab results and a small number of clinical trials, many people are reporting an impressive list of potential skin benefits, including help with the following skin concerns.
Supporting Barrier Function
Cleansing, sun exposure, cosmetics, and numerous other environmental factors can damage your skin’s protective barrier. Once barrier function is compromised, your skin can lose its ability to retain essential moisture. The resulting dehydration can cause visible irritation, roughness, peeling, flaking, and premature skin aging. Current investigations show that CBD mimics the effects of natural skin lipids, an effect believed to help improve barrier function.1
Balancing Oil Production
Many skincare products made to help keep oily, blemish-prone skin clean and clear are made with harsh detergents and other ingredients known to cause dryness, flaking, and irritation. When any product in your skincare routine causes unnecessary dryness, oil production kicks into overdrive. Based on what the research shows so far, CBD helps balance oil production, an effect that could help reduce the frequency or severity of blemishes and breakouts.2
Excess oil can cling to the surface of your skin and bind with dead skin cells. If the accumulated debris clogs your pores, any bacteria trapped beneath the blockage can trigger a blemish-inducing inflammatory response. Current research suggests CBD helps calm inflammation through its interaction with CB2 receptors and several other molecular channels, a benefit researchers believe could also be helpful for other inflammatory skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis.3
ECS receptors populate nearly every type of skin cell, including the receptors regulating moisture retention, collagen synthesis, pigmentation, and skin cell turnover.4 CBD’s ability to interact with these receptors gives the cannabinoid a distinct advantage over many of the chemicals commonly used as anti-aging skincare ingredients. Unlike alpha-hydroxy acids, retinol, and others, CBD has an impressively low risk of side effects and is more likely to soothe irritable skin than cause discomfort.5,6
Could Everyone Benefit from a CBD Skincare Routine?
CBD has many potential skin benefits. But hemp-derived CBD skincare products are not ideal for everyone. If you have a medical condition or take medication, please consult your health care provider before committing to a purchase. The cannabinoid is known to interact with several medications. However, you may find it at least somewhat reassuring to know the risk of interaction is much lower when using CBD topically because the cannabinoid is absorbed into your skin, not your bloodstream.7
What CBD Products Should I Add to My Skincare Routine?
Your skin doesn’t need a time-consuming chemical-laden, 20-step routine to be healthy, youthful, and vibrant. Instead, consider switching to gentle, plant-powered CBD products that are kind to your skin. Our BOTA™ CBD Skin Care line is made with an impressive combination of plant oils and extracts selected to complement the many potential skin benefits of our pure, potent, hemp-derived CBD. Each of the following steps builds on the benefits of the step before.
Start with a Gentle Cleanser
The “squeaky clean” feeling you’ll get from many cleansers is never ideal. If your skin feels tight after washing or looks flaky once it dries, pay attention. Your cleanser could be too drying. Consider switching to a plant-based soap or cleansing oil that cleans without stripping. Rinse with cool to lukewarm water and pat your skin dry with a soft towel.8
Balance with a CBD-Infused Toner
After cleansing, restore your skin’s delicate pH balance with BOTA™ Balancing Micellar Toner. This refreshing skin hydrator is made with a proprietary blend of witch hazel, sweet almond oil, avocado oil, and honeysuckle; a botanical often used to calm inflammation, soothe irritation, and help clear congested pores.9 After toning, your skin is more receptive to the active ingredients in your serums and moisturizers.
Apply a Hydrating CBD Serum
Serums deliver high concentrations of antioxidant vitamins and other active ingredients to cells far below the surface of your skin. BOTA™ Age-Defying Hyaluronic Acid Serum features 200mg of CBD, plus the hydration-boosting power of hyaluronic acid, a moisture-binding skin lubricant. The meadowfoam oil, manuka oil, and ginger root were added to help with collagen production, inflammation, and moisture balance.
Finish with a CBD-Infused Moisturizer
Serums boost hydration; moisturizers keep that hydration from evaporating from the surface. By day, keep your skin smooth, supple, and radiant with BOTA™ Age-Defying Daily Face Lotion, a lightweight formula featuring manuka oil and ginger root. To take advantage of the increase in skin absorbency during sleep, apply BOTA™ Age-Defying Night Cream or De-Stressing Nightly Face Cream.
Could Your Complexion Benefit from BOTA™ CBD Skincare?
BOTA™ plant-powered skincare products are made without artificial fragrances, parabens, and other potentially harmful ingredients that can cause more skin reactions than they solve. Instead, every BOTA™ toner, serum, facial moisturizer, and body care product is made with plant oils and extracts, selected for specific skin concerns, then enhanced with the many potential skin benefits of pure, potent full spectrum CBD.
Like CBDistillery®, BOTA™ is part of the Balanced Health Botanical (BHB) family, a company committed to quality, ongoing consumer education, and the #CBDMOVEMENT. To learn more about CBD skincare, visit BOTA™ to read their Complete Guide to Natural Skin Care. For information about the many possible benefits of supporting ECS function with CBD, visit CBDistillery® to download The Ultimate CBD User Guide. All BOTA™ and CBDistillery® products are US Hemp Authority® certified, third-party tested, Leaping Bunny certified, and backed by our 60-day satisfaction guarantee.
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