CBD is one of the most buzzed about ingredients at the moment and perhaps it’s also one of the most misunderstood. Due to its increasing popularity and common misconceptions, we’re here to unpack what CBD really is and how you can incorporate it into your skincare routine.
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol, or CBD, can be found in the different varieties of cannabis that exist which include hemp, sativa and indica – the latter two remain controlled substances in the UK due to their high concentration of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the compound that gets you high. Hemp on the other hand is low in THC but high in CBD which is what you’ll find in the wide range of cosmeceutical products available now.
How does it affect the skin?
CBD offers a three-pronged skincare approach by tackling signs of ageing, providing antioxidant properties and working as an anti-inflammatory. When it comes to its antioxidant abilities, CBD provides the skin with a missing particle that a free radical can bond with, therefore stopping it from causing DNA damage. In terms of its anti-inflammatory properties, inflammation and skin ageing go hand in hand, so CBD’s ability to combat oxidative stress takes care of both of these concerns. On its own, Hemp Seed Oil is moisturising and rich in fatty acids, making it a strong ingredient but, if you’re on the hunt for CBD skincare, make sure you’re checking the INCI list to check that your choice of product actually contains CBD and not just hemp.
What type of products can it be found in?
You’ll most likely find products like moisturisers or serums backed with CBD as these types of formulas are able to keep its efficacy so that your skin can truly feel the benefits.
BABOR’s Cleanformance range offers two CBD products that we are big fans of. The Phyto CBD Cream provides the skin with vital hydration, Ceramides, Shea Butter as well as Prebiotics and Probiotics that help to strengthen and support a weakened skin barrier. Key ingredient Cannabidiol pairs with Hemp Oil and Hemp Extract to instantly soothe signs of damage and stress while minimising inflammation.
The Cleanformance Phyto CBD Serum is a powerful formula that balances microbiome levels while ensuring that the skin’s moisture reserves are sustained and increased after the initial application. CBD, Hemp Oil and Hemp Extract get to work on nourishing and soothing tired complexions, quickly alleviating any signs of redness and roughness.
Another brand that likes to harness the power of CBD is Kiehl’s. Their Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil Herbal Concentrate targets blotchiness, blemishes and discomfort almost instantly. This unique formula has been inspired by the brand’s apothecary heritage and contains cold-pressed hemp-derived Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil and Green Oregano Oil which work together to relieve discomfort and maintain a strong skin barrier.