How CBD Is Revolutionizing Skincare

by Edie Horstman

What is CBD Oil?

Both a supplement and a natural remedy, CBD — otherwise known as cannabidiol — is reshaping the beauty and skincare industry. It has evolved into a bona fide skincare trend. By incorporating CBD into its products, CoSo Health & Beauty is offering a luxurious yet accessible spin on what has been a niche category.

Unlike marijuana, cannabidiol is a non-psychoactive derivative of the cannabis plant. In other words, while tetrahydrocannabinol is psychoactive, CBD is non-intoxicating. CBD is known to deliver mental and physical benefits without THC’s typical side effects. Plus, CBD comes in many forms: you can drop CBD tinctures under your tongue, whip CBD-infused butter into savory dishes or incorporate a CBD-infused sheet mask into your skincare routine. CBD oil is available in all states where medicinal and/or recreational marijuana is legal.

CBD for Youthful Skin

A powerful internal and topical compound, CBD has wide-ranging benefits for your health and your skin. Whether you enjoy hydrating with serums, treating yourself to relaxing face mask sessions or taking daily supplements, CBD can be an integral part of your beauty and wellness regime. As a naturally anti-inflammatory product, CBD oil can be used topically to treat a variety of skin conditions. It smoothes wrinkles, prevents pimples and alleviates dry skin.

CBD contains many nutrients — including vitamin E — that help improve and protect the skin. Because it is rich in antioxidants and essential nutrients, it has shown the potential to enhance skin repair and reduce the appearance of scars, wrinkles and skin discoloration. CBD shows potential to slow the aging process by improving the production of collagen, thus acting as a protective agent against free radicals. While its unique properties have positioned CBD as major contender for anti-aging, its benefits are not limited to age-related conditions.

CBD to Fight Acne, Dry Skin and Eczema

Studies show CBD oil has a high potential for reducing eczema and psoriasis by encouraging the death of abnormal cell death. The interaction between the endocannabinoid system and cannabinoids like CBD can help reduce inflammation and relieve symptoms of inflammation-related conditions. For those with chronic or acute acne, it can help regulate the skin’s oil production, thus reducing pimples.

CBD binds to a special set of receptors in the skin known as TRPV-1 receptors, where it can help manage feelings of heat, itchiness and pain. In essence, CBD has a soothing effect on the skin. Just as other natural oils are used in skincare, the natural fatty acids and antioxidants in hemp seed oil help alleviate dry skin and eczema. Hemp seed oil also acts as an emollient to smooth rough cells on the skin's surface while offering moisturizing benefits.

CBD Botanicals and Carriers

Once CBD is extracted from the flowers and buds of hemp plants, it is diluted with a carrier oil, i.e. hemp seed oil. CBD must travel through the bloodstream to reach its target, whether that’s your brain, immune system or another location in — or on — the body. To do so, an extract or carrier oil is needed.

When cannabinoids break down, they are stored in fat (as opposed to water). In other words, cannabinoids are fat-soluble and are best combined with fat to increase absorption. However, not all fats are created equal — especially when paired with CBD oil. Popular carrier oils include fractionated coconut oil (otherwise known as MCT oil), olive oil, avocado oil, hemp seed oil and grapeseed oil. When it doubt, choose beauty products with full-spectrum CBD oil that are paired with high-quality botanicals.

Edie Horstman is a certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, wellness blogger, and freelance writer. She works with health-focused brands, co-creating content in the digital marketing space. She lives in Denver, Colorado.