CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a buzzword that's finding a welcome home in the wellness and beauty world. However, the oil offers a slew of health and beauty benefits that may make the ingredient far more than a passing fad. Interested? Here's what you need to know about CBD and skincare:
First: What is CBD?
The ever-disputed cannabis plant produces a multitude of compounds, one of which is the Tetrahydrocannabinol that gets you high. The other common cannabis compound is CBD. This one doesn't have the same effect on your mind as THC, so you don't have to worry about getting stoned for the sake of beauty. With anti-inflammation properties, calming effects, vitamins, and essential fatty acids, CBD can actually have powerful health benefits.
What are the beauty benefits of CBD?
While more research is necessary to determine the best combinations and concentrations, studies suggest that CBD can relieve itching and soothe inflammation. That means products infused with the oil can help treat skin conditions like dryness, acne, rosacea, psoriasis, eczema, and sunburn.
Kerriylnn Pamer, co-founder of CAP Beauty, explained the benefits of these healing properties to Net-A-Porter: "Living in our modern world, almost everyone has an issue with inflammation, and CBD is a very powerful antioxidant that addresses that issue and offers protection from UV rays and environmental pollution."
Allure noted that CBD oil can also reduce pain and swelling, meaning it works wonders as a massage lotion on your achy joints and sore muscles after a long day at work or intense exercise.
How can you add CBD to your routine?
The easiest way to try out the beauty benefits of CDB is to buy in. Try purchasing a product infused with the oil. There's no shortage of options, with several cleansers, oils, serums, eye creams, body lotions and lip serums made with the on-trend, anti-inflammatory ingredient.
Important side note: Cannabis is still illegal on a federal level and there aren't any concrete or uniform rules surrounding CBD yet. For now, Net-A-Porter advised researching your state's laws on hemp and CBD oil distribution, talking to your health care provider and only purchasing products from trusted and established brands.