CBD oil has been touted as the latest miracle product for clear, smooth skin. As an increasing amount of research is being carried out on the skin benefits of CBD, it is quickly becoming clear that this oil is here to stay. In this article, we explore the benefits of CBD oil for your skin and how to use it on your face for a natural glow.
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What Is CBD Oil?
CBD oil, also known as cannabidiol, is a compound found in marijuana or hemp plants. Typically extracted from the plant in powder form and mixed with carrier oils like olive or coconut oil, CBD oil doesn’t contain tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which gets you high.
Skin products that contain CBD oil will usually list cannabidiol on the ingredient label. This indicates that the product actually contains CBD oil. Find out more about CBD oil in this handy buyers guide.
Using CBD to Combat Acne
Research indicates that acne is caused by inflammation. While an acne flareup can be triggered by a number of factors, such as diet or stress, applying soothing topical treatments that reduce inflammation will usually reduce the redness associated with acne flareups.
That’s where CBD oil comes in. Studies show that CBD oil has anti-inflammatory properties for the skin, soothing and calming the acne-prone skin to reduce breakouts. As more research is carried out, evidence is suggesting that CBD oil may actually help to decrease excess sebum production in the skin. Too much sebum (also known as oil) can make the skin greasy and lead to breakouts. By reducing the production of sebum, CBD oil could, therefore, balance the natural oils in the skin and regulate oil production.
Using CBD Oil to Get Rid of Wrinkles
Studies suggest that CBD oil may contain powerful anti-aging properties. CBD oil is packed full of plant-powered antioxidants that counteract the damage caused by free radicals. This, in turn, diminishes the appearance of fine lines, reduces inflammation, and gives the skin a useful glow.
Using CBD Oil to Soothe Sensitive Skin
For those with sensitive skin, CBD oil may potentially soothe sensitive skin. As an anti-inflammatory, CBD oil can calm skin irritation and reduce the symptoms of common skin disorders such as eczema, dermatitis, and psoriasis.
Studies also indicate that CBD oil may also contain antibacterial and antifungal properties making it a useful treatment against mild skin infections too.
How to Use CBD Oil on the Face
If you fancy adding CBD oil to your skincare routine, there are a couple of ways to do this. Here’s a closer look.
Apply it topically
You can apply CBD oil directly on the skin if you have a problem area such as a dry patch or some skin irritation. Before applying anything to the skin, always start with a patch test to make sure your skin doesn’t react. To do this, firstly clean and dry the skin on the inside of the elbow and apply a small amount of CBD oil. Cover the patch for 24 hours and then remove the covering and check for signs of skin irritation such as burning or itching. If there is no reaction, it’s likely that the oil is safe to use on your skin.
To apply CBD oil, apply it directly on to clean skin and leave for a couple of minutes before rinsing in warm water.
Alternatively, you can add a drop of CBD oil to your usual moisturiser and apply it to the skin as normal.
If you prefer to take CBD orally to feel the benefits from the inside out, then simply add CBD oil to your food or beverages. Since CBD oil loses some of its impact when it is heated too much, the best way to get the full benefits of the oil is by adding it to smoothies or juices. Add 1 to 2 teaspoons to your usual smoothie or even to your homemade salad dressing and let it work its magic.
Use CBD-infused beauty products
If you’re new to CBD oil and want to start off slowly, an easy way to introduce it in your skincare regime is by purchasing some CBD-infused products such as night creams, serums, or face mists. This lets you test it out on your skin gently and without fear of breakouts or reactions.
Good quality CBD oil that is properly extracted can have significant benefits for the skin. As research in the area continues to grow, CBD looks set to become a staple in skincare routines across the globe.