Does CBD Skin Care Actually Do Anything?

Does CBD in skin care make a difference? Does it actually do something, or is it just a fad? Don't worry, we used to wonder about this too.

And, if you've heard before that most of the CBD that goes into your skin doesn't make it to your bloodstream…. Well, you'd be right.

So why would you spend your hard-earned money on topical CBD?

Turns out, there's a whole world of action happening right in the skin itself, and it's definitely not just a fad - it's a game changer.

How CBD Works in the Skin

CBD & The Endocannabinoid System

See, there is an endocannabinoid system (ECS for short) all over the body, in almost every major organ. The ECS is involved in helping the body maintain homeostasis, or, balance. Different types of endocannabinoid receptors in different parts of the body serve different functions.

CBD, one of the cannabinoids found on the hemp plant, seems to play a modulating role in the ECS, interacting with it in a variety of ways - including inhibiting the degradation and re-uptake of your body's natural cannabinoids, thereby increasing their availability in the system.

In the skin in particular, there is a rich network of endocannabinoid receptors. CBD applied topically is absorbed into the skin's dermal layer, where it works in the ECS to help regulate oil production, increase skin cell turnover, and reduce inflammation - calming the symptoms of many irritating (and embarrassing) skin conditions.

Dr. Tina Alster, M.D., clinical professor of dermatology at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, DC, told the Dermatology Times:

"Topical CBD is safe and works effectively for all skin types. The products are easy to administer. Sufferers of serious medical skin conditions and those who are seeking innovative skincare options can benefit from topical CBD use.

Anti-inflammatory properties associated with CBD are beneficial in treating such dermatologic conditions as acne, psoriasis and eczema due to reduction of dryness, irritation and redness. CBD-containing creams, oils, gels and serums not only moisturize and soothe the skin but are also showing encouraging results in relieving pain caused by certain skin disorders.

… In addition, CBD-containing products are rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids which improve overall skin appearance and provide a more youthful glow."

In addition to helping balance and brighten the skin, CBD is a rich antioxidant, meaning it can help combat free radical damage and signs of aging, helping skin to look more youthful and restored.

Although the FDA has yet to place its stamp of approval on CBD, and it's undeniable that more formal research is needed to fully understand how CBD works in the body and what the results are, the body's natural endocannabinoid system and mountains of anecdotal evidence suggest that CBD could be a powerful ally for maintaining healthy, balanced skin - and a fabulous ingredient to incorporate into your skin care routine.

Success with CBD Skin Care

Getting on a CBD Regime That Works

Given CBD's need to interact with the body's endocannabinoid system and help restore balance over time, the most important component to finding success with CBD is regular, habitual use. Using CBD over time allows it to work with the ECS to restore balance and reduce symptoms of inflammation and irritation.

In addition, it's important to use a trustworthy product with a COA (Certificate of Analysis) from a third party lab, so you can ensure you're getting a high quality hemp extract free of residual solvents or microbials.

CBD is a new industry with a bit of a wild west vibe - you want to be sure you're purchasing high quality products that have professionally-extracted, U.S. grown hemp and high quality ingredients. And, it goes without saying that it's important - especially in today's extra-sanitary climate - that your product is manufactured in a clean, reliable manufacturing facility where you can be sure you're getting a consistent, sanitary, shelf-stable product.

We recommend using CBD in a complimentary formulation - not just a filler lotion or balm with little stand-alone value - that is:

  • Non-comedogenic (won't clog pores)
  • Rich in antioxidants, vitamins and omegas
  • Is functionally infused with other skin superhero ingredients (like hyaluronic acid, or non-oxidizing Vitamin C, hemp seed oil or aloe vera)

Finally, it's important to use a product formulated with clean ingredients and without common fillers and preservatives that can be inflammation-promoting, drying or aggravating. By restoring skin with nourishing, non-toxic ingredients you can amplify the effects of the CBD and deliver multi-purpose skin care in one solution.

Jihi's Functional, Luxurious CBD Skin Care

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