CBD oil (cannabidiol), one of the extracts of the cannabis sativa (hemp) plant, has become widely popular since the legalization and normalization of cannabis with the 2018 Farm Bill. It seems, these days, that CBD oil is widely available in all kinds of products for relief from anxiety and other ailments, in addition to its uses in health and beauty products. So what does this seemingly cure-all substance actually do? Does it have real benefits in your beauty products or is it just a fad? First, let’s talk about what it is and where it comes from before we make a decision.
As I mentioned earlier, CBD oil is an extract of the cannabis sativa plant. Unlike its other extract, commonly referred to as THC, CBD oil is non-psychoactive (meaning, it cannot get you high). People have heralded the many benefits of the hemp plant for years, however, it wasn’t until recently with the 2018 Farm Bill, which removed hemp from the controlled substance list, that we really began to see it become more normalized.
One of the biggest benefits of CBD oil is that it is an effective anti-inflammatory, both topically and internally. The topical benefits are why we are seeing CBD oil pop up in a variety of beauty products, such as creams, foundations, serums, and mascaras. Its anti-inflammatory benefits make it a useful addition to skincare products because, they claim, it can help with everything from imperfections, dark circles, and wrinkles. Although none of this has been proven through long-term research, yet, consumers seem to be sold on it. Researchers hope to show the benefits it will have to skin conditions such as dry skin, psoriasis, and eczema. CBD oil has also been added to salves and balms used to soothe sore muscles.
While there are many skin creams and serums that now include CBD oil, it can also be found in eye makeup, such as mascara. Because it is high in fatty acids and it is also vegan substitute for beeswax, it is said to improve the quality and volume of eyelashes. CBD oil is also seen in hair products for the same reasons. In foundations, it claims to help even out imperfections.
So, what do you think? Here to stay or just another beauty trend that will fade away? We have yet to see the long-term researched benefits, although we know that it has been used for many years before it was deregulated. Now that researchers are able to study its uses, we will find out if cannabidiols have a beneficial place in the beauty industry. With so many options out there on the market, one word of caution is to be careful about what you put on your skin! Some companies that sell these products are more reputable than others. Do some homework before you decide to add anything to your skincare routine. As always check your shelf life and maintain sanitary practice. And, as of yet, there is no magical fountain of youth. Whatever you do, love the skin you’re in!
By: Sara E. Goodwin