In recent months, you've probably started to notice new CBD skin care products popping up left and right claiming CBD's best benefits; from supporting the skin's inflammatory function to helping control oil production. But you might be wondering, should CBD and skin care even be combined in the first place?
With all of the fake CBD oil on the market, it's important to not trust just any ol' CBD product. CBD and skin care make a great match, but it's making sure you've chosen the right CBD that will really get you the most bang for your buck. Keep reading for a closer look at CBD skincare benefits, more on why CBD and skincare compliment one another, and things to look for to avoid a fake cbd oil product.
What are the Benefits of CBD in Skin Care?
Rich in Antioxidants
CBD's antioxidant's work against free-radicals (the unstable atoms that cause damage to healthy cells, proteins, and DNA) to reduce the appearance of inflammatory based skin conditions and common issues like wrinkles.
As CBD comes from a plant, it's no surprise that it's rich in antioxidant nutrients. A study by the National Institute of Mental Health showed that CBD was in fact, a more potent source of antioxidants than Vitamins C and E.
Supports Healthy Inflammatory Function
CBD may play a role in supporting the proper inflammatory function of the skin. CBD has been shown to positively effect TRPV-1 and GPR55, both skin receptors related to inflammation and pain signaling.
Regulation of Oil Production
In a 2014 study, CBD was deemed a "highly effective sebostatic agent". In simple terms, CBD was found to regulate the production of the skin's oil and termed a "promising therapeutic agent" by the Journal of Clinical Investigation.
Supports Relief from Pain
Perhaps CBD's most thoroughly researched benefit is its ability to provide pain relief. Researchers surmise that CBD's effect on pain is related to its interaction with the endocannabinoid system (ECS). The receptors within the ECS help cells process and respond to outside stimuli. In acting as a secondary line of defense for our receptors, CBD helps to support healthy inflammatory function for greater response to pain signals.
How Does CBD Absorb Through the Skin?
When CBD is applied topically to the skin, it's absorbed deep into the epidermis, but it does not reach the bloodstream. For this reason, topically applied CBD won't provide the mental benefits that orally-ingested or smoked CBD has become synonymous with; it has it's own unique set of skin benefits.
Topically applied CBD stimulates the cannabinoid receptors that reside on the skin's surface, which contribute to pain signaling, aging, and more. By nature of the composition and function of our skin, it tends to be good at blocking substances from entering. Therefore, with our skin's low absorption rate, it's important to purchase CBD topicals with high, potent CBD concentrations.
For example, with a single dollop of our 2000MG CBD Cooling Rub, you're getting nearly 70MG of CBD soaking into your ache or pain. Whereas, if you were to use a CBD bath bomb, you'd be getting a diluted 70MG of CBD in a 75 gallon bath tub. See the difference?
Is CBD Good for Skin Care?
Whoever tells you CBD in skin care is a cure-all is lying. With CBD quickly climbing towards the height of its popularity, be wary of any broad claims that CBD is the singular answer to all your skincare needs. CBD and skincare make a great match, however, CBD can't pull all of the weight by itself. It's important to look at the components that make up the product, including the ingredients and the type of CBD being used.
The best CBD skin care will feature high-quality CBD paired with a set of natural ingredients. For example, take our CBD Night Serum (150-1000MG). With up to 1000MG of CBD, the skin is benefitting not only from CBD's high antioxidant content, but the combined value of jojoba seed oil, green tea extract, and vitamin C.
CBD Extract Type
Every CBD skincare product will feature a specific type of CBD, with some featuring a higher quality extract than others. Identify straight away if the CBD product you're using features an isolate, broad-spectrum, or full-spectrum extract.
- Isolate: Cannabidiol (CBD) completely isolated by itself.
- Broad Spectrum: All of the plants cannabinoids (CBD, CBG, CBD, etc.) with NO THC.
- Full Spectrum: All of the plants cannabinoids (CBD, CBG, CBD, THC, etc.)
At Neurogan, we're big believers in full spectrum and broad spectrum CBD for the basis of superior hemp products. These two extracts offer the entourage effect, the synergistic effect that hemp can have when all of the cannabinoids, vitamins, essential oils, and terpenes of the whole plant work together. By choosing a CBD skin care product with isolated CBD, you could potentially miss out on the benefits of a broad or full spectrum product. It's true, recent studies have shown that the more cannabinoids there are working together, the better.
Tips for Finding the Best CBD Skin Care
If you're set on having CBD in your skincare, there are a few important steps to take to make sure you're picking the best CBD skincare product for you:
1. CBD Skin Care vs. Hemp Seed Oil Skin Care
Just because you see "CBD", "hemp", or "cannabis" on the label, it doesn't mean that it contains any CBD at all. These products often just contain hemp seed oil, which comes from hemp, but doesn't contain any active cannabinoids. Though hemp seed oil is in fact, wonderful for the skin (and commonly used as a carrier oil), it contains zero CBD. Here is the difference between CBD oil and hemp seed oil:
- Hemp seed oil: oil pressed from the seeds of the hemp plant
- CBD oil: an active cannabinoid found in the leaves and flowers of the hemp plant
Unfortunately, due to CBD's buzzy status, a lot companies have been founded upon the principle of tricking customers into buying hemp seed oil that they think is CBD oil. Just last year, we tested 12 top-selling amazon "CBD oils" to reiterate this point. If you are buying a CBD for skin care, first and foremost, make sure it is actually CBD.
2. Check for CBD Terminology
When you're reading through the ingredient list on a CBD and skin care product, there are certain words to look for that will help you identify whether or not it is a real CBD product, including:
- Full-spectrum/Broad Spectrum hemp extract
- Hemp CBD
- Phytocannabinoid-rich hemp extract
- Hemp extract oil
3. Purchase CBD Skin Care with 'Dwell-Time'
When you're purchasing CBD for skin care, be sure to buy products that include dwell time. Dwell time means that the product is either a thick lotion or balm that can be placed onto the skin in concentrated amounts and soaked up into the epidermis over time. Avoid buzzy products like CBD bath bombs that do not have skin dwell time and will not provide you with the topical CBD experience you're looking for.
Learn more on the truth behind CBD bath bombs, here.
4. Check for Third Party Lab Results
Often times, CBD and skin care products feature vague descriptions. They say they feature CBD, but what kind? Where was it grown? How was it created? What kind of CBD is it? How much CBD does it contain? If a brand's website can't help you answer these questions, then third party lab results can give you a more complete view of the CBD product.
Third party laboratory testing is a form of 'blind testing' in which the product is sent to a laboratory and tested for its true content. CBD third-party lab testing will let you know how much CBD is in the product, what type of CBD is in the product, and more.
To learn more about how to read third party lab results, check out our helpful blog here.
CBD and skin care make a great match if you're looking to support your skin routine with an anti-oxidant and vitamin rich product. However, as we've pointed out, just because there is CBD in skin care, it doesn't mean it's high-quality. Take the time to research the product you're purchasing in order to get the results you're looking for. While you're at it, check out our thoughtfully crafted, premium line of Neurogan CBD skincare.
Please reach out to us with all of your questions and we'll be happy to help.