Just a few years ago, not many people would have thought about using cannabis as an ingredient in beauty products. Today, however, there is undeniable interest in CBD and its promising properties, making it one of the most sought-after ingredients in the field of cosmetics. CBD, or Cannabidiol, is a natural chemical compound of the cannabis plant used in medical marijuana, which is completely different from the psychoactive cannabinoid THC, used in recreational marijuana.
When cannabis started becoming legal in many different US states, products including CBD started to pop up all over the country, including CBD beauty products used in make-up, hair products, and skincare products. So, how did CBD become such a star ingredient? Why are cannabis biotechs looking into ways to creating cannabis-based beauty products for a variety of hairstyles and skin? Are CBD beauty brands just a fad, or are they here to stay? Let’s look at CBD’s properties to understand why it has become the beauty’s industry hottest ingredient.
Cannabis skin products could prevent acne
Acne occurs when pores are clogged with excess oil, dead skin cells, or an excess of sebum. While sebum is helpful to protect your skin, it creates acne when pollutants are trapped inside a pore. As people are looking for natural treatments for cleaner and healthier skin, Cannabidiol (CBD) has become increasingly popular in helping reduce acne, thanks to its anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, and anti-inflammatory properties. Why? Because they help adjust the way the body creates sebum and help prevent bad inflammatory reactions in the cell.
Cannabis-based products could diminish signs of aging
While a certain amount of the aging we experience is due to the simple passage of time, our skin is also exposed every day to many factors that accelerate the aging process unnecessarily, such as pollution, stress, unhealthy diet, and sunlight. CBD-based products can combat much of this, as CBD is known for its antioxidant effects, its anti-inflammatory properties, its role in regulating sebum production, and for improving skin elasticity – all of which contribute to its overall anti-aging benefits.
CBD could help soothe sensitive and irritable skin
Sensitive skin is usually skin that is prone to inflammation, but it could describe just about anything, from slight dryness due to seasonal changes, all the way to chronic eczema. Because of its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, beauty products based on CBD are popular in treating skin rashes and other skin disorders.
CBD has gone mainstream, and with so many different properties useful in the beauty industry, many CBD-based products have been created to promote CBD as a type of ‘cure-all’ product. However, most studies about the effects of CBD have been carried out on its impact on a variety of health conditions, such as insomnia, nausea, and neurological disorder, rather than on skin disorders. Still, its promising antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-bacterial properties are encouraging companies to provide innovative skincare CBD-based products.