CBD is the newest advance in the health and wellness industry. There are CBD tinctures, gummies, balms, creams, and many CBD skin care products. So what’s the big deal with CBD? In addition to known applications such as helping cancer patients to tolerate chemotherapy, CBD appears to have many benefits ranging from reducing anxiety to soothing sore muscles. The benefits depend on the application of CBD and this blog will concentrate on the benefits of CBD for skin care.
Let’s start with the basics. What is CBD? CBD is short for cannabidiol, a naturally occurring compound found in the leaves and flowers of the marijuana and hemp plants. Unlike its cousin compound THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), CBD is not psychoactive. Our own bodies naturally produce endocannabinoids that help regulate many functions, including sleep and inflammatory response. The receptors that respond to our own endocannabinoids also respond to phytocannabinoids like CBD. This means CBD can be used to boost the benefits of our own endocannabinoids.
Why should you use CBD in your skin care routine? There are several properties of CBD that make it an optimal skin care ingredient:
* CBD is an anti-inflammatory that reduces redness and fights acne breakouts.
* CBD is an antioxidant that combats the physical signs of aging.
* CBD has soothing properties that make it ideal for people with sensitive skin or Rosacea.
* CBD acts as an emollient to smooth and moisturize rough skin.
The most important aspect of adding CBD to your skin care routine is to ensure that the products are of the highest quality. CBD is not well regulated, and many online sources of CBD products have been found to contain little or no usable CBD. But fear not… a few simple questions will allow you choose CBD products wisely:
* Was the product tested by an independent laboratory? Analysis reports conducted by the company selling the product cannot be trusted. The 3rd party lab should be accredited by ISO (International Organization for Standardization), the analysis should have been performed no more than eight months ago, all contaminant tests should be passed, and the cannabinoid content listed on the product should be consistent with the analysis report.
* Does the product contain a maximum of 0.3% THC? Anything above this level is illegal in Arizona and may have psychoactive properties.
* Other questions you can ask include the type of CBD (Full Spectrum CBD, Broad Spectrum CBD, or CBD Isolate), the method of extraction, and the reputation of the manufacturer.
Skin Care By Design obtains the highest quality CBD directly from the manufacturer.