CBD isolate, on the other hand, is completely separated from terpenes and other cannabinoids, so you won’t experience the Entourage Effect and its subsequent benefits.
Broad Spectrum CBD
Broad spectrum falls somewhere in between, but typically excludes traces of THC. It’s typically a more stable, controlled way to consume CBD, as the chemical makeup within the hemp plant can vary between different grow batches.
Hemp Seed Oil
Then there’s hemp seed oil, which is also proving to be a heavy hitter in the beauty industry, but is more than likely riding on the CBD trend’s coattails, as it typically doesn’t contain CBD or THC. (More on that, below.) However, hemp seed oil is rich in fatty acids, which does make it ideal for skin care products.
In order to be effective, acne-fighting products need to be a Lady-Gaga-level triple threat in fighting irritation, sebum production, and healthy moisture retention. Multiple studies show that cannabidiol is strong enough to regulate all three. CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties can work wonders on muscle pain when you vape or smoke it, but applied topically, CBD can significantly reduce irritation caused by acne, psoriasis, and eczema. It’s also a strong antioxidant that can kill off acne-causing bacteria.
While CBD is powerful on its own, it can also be combined with different chemicals and application techniques to boost its powerful effects. Facialist Ildi Pekar offers CBD facials that combine oxygen therapy, electric stimulation, and CBD oil to reach the highest possible glow-up. Electrostatic polarization massage helps the cannabidiol seep deeper into the pores to improve the skin. Clients drop a whopping $400 per session and return monthly to reap the facial’s rejuvenating rewards.
Hemp snobs all over the country swear by Verte Essentials’ CBD-infused skin care line that includes micellar water cleansing pads, rosewater sprays, and vital oils. I spoke with Romany Pope, the co-founder of Verte Essentials, and asked what consumers are looking for when they’re looking to add CBD to their skin care routine. Pope says, “[Cannabidiol] is slowly being accepted back into society—in the 1920s, hemp was used regularly in everyday life, from newspapers to cannabis tinctures for digestion.” The allure to CBD-infused products can be more about demystifying a hype and participating in the plant’s deep culture than its scientifically-proven benefits.
Even though CBD has so many amazing benefits for skin care, the wild world of CBD is still in its formative stages. Catherine Loverich, owner of New York delivery service The CBD Cloud, warns:
Since the CBD industry is expected to exceed $1 billion by 2020, it’s important to be aware and literate so that you can find products that work well for your skin. CBD is being touted as a magic potion that cures all skin care ailments, but it’s still important to be on the lookout. With this freshly dropped knowledge on that THC-free good green, we hope that you’ll go forth and glow accordingly with all that CBD has to offer.