Though the temptation is strong to ask ‘is there anything it can’t do?’ when someone reels off the potential benefits of CBD oil, it appears that this wonder product is gaining particular traction in the beauty industry. Indeed, the CBD skincare market is estimated to be worth $1.7 billion by 2025, and with those serious numbers and a raft of celebrity and scientific endorsers, we’re moved to join the chorus.

The plaudits keep on coming. Beauty royalty British Vogue recently suggested that ‘’CBD offers a three-pronged skincare approach – it’s anti-ageing, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory’’, and when you put it like that, we’re sold. If you’re looking to use it within your skincare regime, then read on; here are 5 IDEAL ways to incorporate CBD oil into your beauty routine.

MOISTURISE 

Both CBD and hemp seed oil boast fatty acids by the bucketload, meaning it’s a really worthwhile ingredient to add to any moisturising routine. In fact, a review by the American Academy of Dermatology (published 2017) found a link between CBD oil and reduced dryness of the skin.

CBD oil application can promote a balance between the nutrients responsible for nourishing your skin. Therefore, prolonged and dedicated use of CBD oil in your skincare routine, particularly in balm form, can not only help to moisturise, but also relieve peeling, cracks and even wrinkles. Simply apply after cleansing your face in the morning and last thing at night, especially to dry areas.

USE TO COMBAT ACNE

Acne has afflicted us all at one time or another, and despite this being a common skin condition, it’s one whose outbreaks can be hard to fend off. Acne occurs when overactive oil gathers and clogs the pores. As this build-up occurs, bacteria inside your hair follicles multiply and this leads to inflammation and ultimately, acne. As if those pesky spots weren’t bad enough, continued inflammation over time and the unrelenting urge to fiddle with it can lead to acne scars.

CBD has been said to fight acne in a couple of different ways. Firstly, the product may have an effect on regulating your body’s sebum production. With your glands controlling the body’s output of oil effectively, pollutants have fewer places to accumulate. What’s more, CBD oil boasts anti-inflammatory properties, helping to control and reduce the appearance of flare-ups. 

To reap the benefits, find CBD serum and apply prior to moisturising each evening.

CBD FACE MASK

Facemasks containing CBD oil have been appearing on shelves of pharmacists and beauty stores across the country in greater volume in the last couple of years and it’s easy to see why they’re so popular. 

Applying a CBD infused mask a couple of times a week can bring a rejuvenating, revitalising extra push that your skin needs, and also contribute to that sense of relaxation and occasion which putting on a face mask always seems to bring. Who knew a ganja inspired glow up was possible?

TOPICAL APPLICATION

CBD is brimming with antioxidant properties; not surprising considering its all-natural, plant-based origins. Some even believe that via topical application of CBD oil as part of your skincare routine, you can tackle the damage caused by free radicals and contribute to reduced dullness of complexion and ultimately, look more youthful.

Look out for shops stocking tissue repair serums containing CBD (which has the potential to reduce inflammation in a particular region when applied topically) alongside other anti-ageing ingredients, such as hyaluronic acid and aloe vera extract, for best results.

REDUCE STRESS & ANXIETY

Skincare shouldn’t all be about topical application and focused completely on the face. Instead, a more holistic approach to looking youthful is the best path to smoother, more glowing skin.

CBD has a role to play here, too, for its potential stress-reducing quality. It’s well known that unhealthy levels of stress can have a profound impact on our health, and this is often realised aesthetically via our skin; causing dryness and breakouts, equally.

Since CBD is said to have an impact on your brain’s chemical receptors respond to already present serotonin, the essential neurotransmitter that controls your mood, happiness, and social behaviour, it can be a useful tool in a more all-encompassing approach to stress relief and reduction. Seeing as the product has also been suggested to assist a good night’s sleep (another key factor in achieving better skin), it seems a no brainer to include CBD oil in your skincare routine.

THE BOTTOM LINE

Though studies regarding CBD oil’s effectiveness in skincare are still ongoing, early signs are certainly promising. This is largely due to its anti-inflammatory properties, as well as it’s potential to combat stress. That said, do consult with a dermatologist or your GP prior to making big changes to your skincare routine should you be hoping to tackle a medical condition.