You’ve spent considerable time, energy, and money researching the perfect skin regimen.
And you’ve probably found something that works well for you among all the serums, exfoliators, blemish removers, creams, and cleansers you’ve experimented with.
But what if you could take your existing skincare products and enhance their effectiveness further by infusing them with a single ingredient that has been shown to possess remarkable benefits for the skin?
According to the latest research, the hemp-based compound known as CBD may be precisely what you need to take your skincare to the next level.
Where Does CBD Come From?
Cannabidiol, known by its more common name CBD, is just one of over one hundred cannabinoid compounds in hemp.
Unlike its well-known counterpart, THC, cannabidiol does not produce the psychoactive results usually associated with marijuana use, so taking it will not result in the feeling of being “high.”
The over-the-counter CBD you find at nutrition shops and online stores doesn’t come from marijuana. Federal and state regulations require these CBD products to be sourced from industrial hemp, which has a much higher concentration of CBD than THC. CBD products must contain less than 0.3% THC to be sold over the counter. This amount of THC is so low that you couldn’t get high even if you took the entire bottle.
How Does It Work?
Researchers have conducted an array of studies to determine how CBD works. They’ve found that it and other cannabinoids interact directly with the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). This biological system controls several processes, including how we respond to stress, pain management, sleep cycles, immune function, and skin homeostasis.
CBD is absorbed quickly through the skin for topical applications and activates ECS receptor sites in target treatment areas.
Researchers have observed CBD’s therapeutic and protective effects for skin conditions characterized by inflammation, itching, acne, eczema, and infection.
How Much CBD Do I Need?
You’ve likely seen varying potencies and strengths if you’ve spent any time exploring CBD oil products.
CBD oil is usually designated with a number ranging from 750MG to 12,000MG. These numbers are used to identify how much total CBD, in milligrams, is concentrated in the bottle. A 30-milliliter bottle of CBD oil containing a total of 750 mg of CBD has 25 milligrams of CBD per one milliliter dropperful dose. Alternately, a bottle with 12,000 mg of CBD includes 400 mg of CBD per dropperful.
To quickly calculate how much CBD is in a one milliliter dropperful of CBD oil, you can take the total concentration and divide it by 30.
In the example above, to calculate how much CBD is in a single dropperful of 12,000MG CBD oil, you would use the following formula:
12,000 mg / 30 milliliter = 400 mg of CBD per milliliter dropperful
Skincare therapists who use CBD in their practice recommend using between 500 milligrams to 2500 milligrams of CBD per ounce or two of product. When applying CBD-infused skincare topical at these concentrations, you’ll deliver around 25 to 125mg of CBD to your skin per application.
Start with a small amount of CBD (e.g., 100 mg to 250 mg added to your skincare product infusion) and add more over time only if you need it.
While CBD has a very low incidence of side effects, some people may be sensitive to highly concentrated cannabinoids, so it’s best to start low and go slow.
Discontinue use if you experience any redness, itchiness, or undesirable side effects.
How Do I Add CBD To My Skincare Regimen?
CBD is a versatile natural medicine blended into oils, balms, salves, creams, capsules, foods, drinks, and many skincare products.
Pre-mixed topical skincare products containing CBD can be purchased directly. But what if you’re partial to the products you currently use? No problem! You can easily create your own CBD infusions explicitly suited to your personal skincare routine.
The easiest way to infuse your preferred cream, mask, or other topical is to use high-potency broad spectrum CBD oil made with a skin-friendly “carrier oil.” MCT oil is one of the more popular carriers used to blend CBD, and it’s great for the skin. Coconut-derived MCT oil has antioxidant and antibacterial properties, which means it’s perfect for acne and stressed-out skin. It is commonly used for infusions into creams and other skincare products because it emulsifies — or dissolves — easily into most viscous ingredients.
Add CBD oil to your skincare product to make your infusion and mix for 30 to 60 seconds. Voila! You’ve just created your unique custom CBD blend using your favorite skincare product! Now you’re ready to enjoy the added benefits and bask in the glory of perfected skin.
You can even add CBD oil to your shampoo, conditioner, or body wash.
How Do I Use CBD?
CBD can help to reduce common skin concerns like redness, itchiness, burning sensations, inflammation, and dry skin.
Some clinicians have also prescribed and suggested it for more advanced dermatological conditions such as eczema, atopic dermatitis, psoriatic plaques, and acne.
Clinical studies show that CBD can be applied liberally and as needed. It takes a few minutes to one hour to be absorbed into the skin. The peak effects of CBD for transdermal application last for about 6 hours on targeted areas. Some users report immediate benefits when using CBD, while others find consistent use over days or weeks yields the best results.