Hemp CBD for Natural Beauty
By Sarah Elizabeth Scott
There are many beautiful things about hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD). For example, it’s vegan, cruelty-free, ecologically sustainable and isn’t harmful to the environment. Best of all, it can be a great addition to one’s skin care routine. Beauty with CBD is much more than skin deep.
We frequently hear about CBD’s anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiety and anti-seizure properties. Equally important are its antioxidant, anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and immunosuppressive properties—making it a viable and natural plant-based product for skin care, as well as many common topical medical skin conditions. It’s no surprise that CBD may possess skin-healing benefits.
The primary reason full spectrum CBD is viable for skin care is because of our naturally occurring human endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS consists of many cannabinoid receptors which receive and transmit signals causing an immune system response.
A large portion of our endocannabinoid receptors are found in our skin. Like a key going into a lock, cannabinoid receptors in the skin are activated by putting cannabinoids on the skin.
Topical products matter
What we put on our bodies goes into our bodies. This is important to note because cellular health is the backbone of healthy skin. The main pathway by which topical pharmaceutical drugs, or anything we put on our skin, reach internal systemic circulation is known as the transcellular pathway, or transdermal. This transdermal route is how the active ingredients in CBD are delivered across our skin and into our bodies.
When seeking CBD topical products, look for those that have as few excipients (fillers, diluents, coloring agents, preservatives) as possible. Too often, more excipients are found in a drug or product formulation than active ingredients.
When considering the prevalence of skin conditions, it becomes clear that natural, safe and effective treatments are required. The American Academy of Dermatology reports that 50 million Americans are affected by acne, 7.5 million have psoriasis, 28 million have atopic dermatitis, and many others suffer with eczema annually.
Plant Based Beauty with CBD
The real beauty surprise with full spectrum CBD topicals are that they are antimicrobial and prevent bacteria that cause breakouts. Additionally, researchers have found that CBD inhibits oil production and has anti-inflammatory effects on oil-producing glands. CBD oil may help treat acne due to its anti-inflammatory properties and ability to reduce sebum production, the oily secretion of the sebaceous gland of the skin.
Many others suffering with psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, and eczema are experiencing positive results with topical hemp CBD products.
Besides all the other natural health benefits of full spectrum CBD, hemp derived topical balms also contain an array of other essential nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, proteins and fatty acids. Each supports skin cell growth that help keep skin soft and supple.
Additionally, like vitamins C and E, CBD’s antioxidant properties protect the skin’s collagen and elastin against damage from the sun and free radicals and is therefore credited with anti-aging properties.
CBD salves are great for use as a pre- and post-makeup moisturizer, facial redness reducer, and as an after-shave balm. Additionally, other popular uses of CBD topical oils are for therapeutic post workout massage.
When using CBD topically for massage, there are unlimited benefits to the skin. CBD contains omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids for example, gamma-linoleic acid that leaves skin feeling soft and moisturized. When used in massage, pure hemp-derived CBD oil can also help with inflamed muscles and several skin conditions such as eczema, acne and psoriasis.
CBD can always be used in combination with other essential oils for specific desired effects. For example, it gives a cooling effect when used with peppermint and is a deep skin moisturizer when used with shea butter.
As with all products, Mother Nature should always be at the heart of anything we put on and in our bodies. While the results are promising, more human studies exploring the effects of CBD on acne, psoriasis, atopic dermatitis and eczema are needed. All in all, the ever-growing body of evidence suggests that CBD oil and salves are good for every part of us, inside and out.
Sarah Elizabeth Scott, the Texas Hempress CBD Consultant, is a medical exercise and fitness coach who founded Hemp Doctors USA in 2014. Scott can be followed on Instagram at HempDoctorsUSA; CBDAskTheExpert; and TexasHempress.