ADD A LITTLE GREEN TO YOUR ROUTINE: CBD & SKINCARE
I know I’m not alone when I say there have been times where I have had such an obnoxious zit on my face I didn’t even want to go out in public. No amount of makeup was going to cover it, nor would makeup allow it to breathe and heal. Everyone gets zits (and if you don’t, lucky you), yet so many people are ashamed to be seen with one.
Our society has made it almost to be something of an embarrassment for when our skin has its off days. I know people with severe acne who are spending hundreds of dollars on treatments, steroids and antibiotics daily to try to clear up their skin. It breaks my heart knowing that people wake up and don’t want to step outside because they feel a breakout defines them. If you have found something that works for you, continue doing what you're doing. I do want to stress how important taking care of our skin is, and being kind to ourselves on the rougher days. I think about how many chemicals our skin goes through and wouldn’t it be wonderful to find something helpful that is also botanically derived?
Cue in CBD and skincare, two things that may seem quite unlikely to go together but are actually becoming a major dynamic duo in the beauty and wellness industry. CBD is a cannabinoid that promotes and regulates homeostasis and balance in our bodily functions. It is packed with vitamins A, C and E. It has anti-aging and anti-inflammatory properties. It has also been said to help with sun damage. Generally, you will find there to be a low risk in topically applying CBD to your skin.
I personally have integrated CBD products into my everyday skincare routine and I see no looking back. I recall my first experience using a cannabis cream on my face and I kid you not, it literally dissolved the inflammation of a blemish on my face within three minutes. How does it work? I am so glad you asked! To protect our skin, our sebaceous gland produces sebum, an oil that keeps our skin moisturized. Breakouts occur when our glands overproduce sebum. Our sebaceous glands do in fact have cannabinoid receptors in the face. (Not familiar with cannabinoid receptors? Read here) How CBD interacts with the receptors in the sebaceous glands is that it balances the sebum production. Remember--CBD, when interacting with the cannabinoid receptors in our bodies, bring our bodily functions into balance, regulating homeostasis. CBD also reduces inflammation aka see ya later swelling and redness! I don’t want to say CBD oil will erase all of your acne for good, but there is a high chance it will noticeably start to reduce it. You may even see scars from acne start to fade.
Is this the holy cream we’ve all been looking for? Maybe, maybe not. CBD oil is not currently approved by the FDA. Also, there are some gray areas having to do with cannabis, CBD and hemp products. What is the difference, you ask? Well, there are two ways CBD products can be produced. They can be CBD products derived from hemp or CBD products derived from marijuana. Aren’t those the same things? They are both from the cannabis plant, but have a slight difference. Hemp is the common and legal term for cannabis that contains less than .3% THC, and marijuana is the common and legal term for cannabis that contains .3% and more THC. Hemp is federally legal in 50 states. Marijuana is not legal in all 50 states, but hopefully that changes sooner than later. With this being said, any CBD skincare products derived from hemp you will be able to purchase online or in-store in all 50 states. CBD products containing THC will only be found in dispensaries in legal states.
Whether you want to keep your skin hydrated overall, spot treat acne, or just use less chemically-dependent products, give this plant an opportunity to be a part of your healing process. Don’t be afraid to add a little green to your routine!
Below are some CBD products to give a go.
*Also a kind reminder* Our external body, or in simpler terms, our looks do not define us. Let your light shine from within. To me that is the truest beauty!