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The Basics of Skin Care and CBD

Cannabis-based beauty products are becoming more popular in the market, but not all moisturizers, creams, and cleansers are the same. Here’s a quick guide to understanding how hemp and CBD skin care products affect the body and how you may be able to incorporate them into your daily routine.  

CBD & the Skin 

According to Pediatrician and Cannabis Specialist Dr. Cheryl Bugailiskis, the skin, which is our largest organ, has a high concentration of cannabinoid receptors that maintain responses to pain and inflammation. Fascinatingly, the receptors in CBD are the same as those that are in our skin, making it an ideal candidate for skin care products. Not only this, but it contains vitamins A, D, and E, as well as essential fatty acids.

CBD has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that can relieve skin irritation, reduce redness, and prevent the signs of aging. It can aid in regulating lipid production, as well as histamine and skin cell proliferation that cause mild to severe skin issues, including acne, eczema, and psoriasis.   

Types of CBD Skin Care Products

There are three types of CBD which may be incorporated into a skin care product: 

1. Full Spectrum CBD

This is a cannabis extract that includes all cannabinoids. It combines the benefits of many parts of the plant and contains various vitamins, minerals, omega fatty acids, and terpenes. 

2. Broad Spectrum CBD 

These products contain all cannabinoids, except the psychoactive THC. It provides many of the same benefits as full spectrum CBD. 

3. Isolate CBD

This is pure CBD extract. It may be used to target specific issues or to prevent reaction with other compounds. 

Likewise, hemp seed oil is not the same as CBD oil. The former is pressed from the seeds of the hemp plant and can be used to create a lightweight moisturizer. CBD hemp oil is derived from both the seeds and stalks of the cannabis plant and tends to be more viscous and contain many more nutrients. 

Consumption vs. Application 

CBD interacts with the body in several ways. It may enter the bloodstream or be absorbed by receptors throughout your body. 

Consuming CBD causes it to enter the bloodstream and indirectly affect the skin, while using topical treatments tends to yield fast acting results. Transdermal treatments, such as patches or gels, can be used to target both the skin and bloodstream.  

When topical treatments are applied to the skin, they tend to saturate the outer layers of skin and may provide longer-term relief for chronic conditions. 

CBD vs. Traditional Treatments 

Acne is currently treated by a variety of antibiotics, retinoids, and other chemicals that sometimes cause more problems than they solve. In fact, retinoids cause the skin to become more inflamed before even showing signs of improvement. 

Similarly, the most popular treatment for psoriasis and eczema is corticosteroids, which lead to skin thinning after long term use. Doctors may also prescribe calcineurin inhibitors that affect the immune system and require users to avoid strong sunlight. 

Using CBD products in skin care may help avoid the negative side effects of current skin treatments and provide more direct and fast acting relief. They also utilize the body’s natural endocannabinoid system to work with your body, rather than against it. 

We offer a variety of hemp CBD products, such as creams, toners, cleansers, moisturizers, tattoo creams, butters, and more. Contact us at TerraVida to learn more about how hemp and CBD skin care products can improve your life. Be sure to check out our blog for more information on the latest cannabis news.

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