CBD Beauty Products Taking the Makeup Industry by Storm
Most people may not be aware but CBD has been used as a superstar ingredient in makeup products for quite some time now, even before the FDA approved Epidiolex, to treat childhood epilepsy.
Cannabis-infused lip balms, makeup products, lotions, essential oils, salves, and sleeping masks are categorized as topicals. CBD is also known to successfully relieve inflammation and soreness. On average, these products contain no THC to very low traces. This is an attractive selling point to consumers who have no interest in products that contain psychoactive effects.
More research is being conducted for additional products in the beauty and wellness industry, including lubricants and patches.
These topicals work by binding to the system of receptors identified as CB2. The CBD doesn’t reach your bloodstream because they target specifically the CB2. There’s a wide array of CBD topicals to choose from.
Acne and other skin problems are normally the results of inflammation. This is where cannabinoids become useful. Their natural anti-inflammatory properties can decrease pain, soreness, and swelling. The addition of natural ingredients to CBD-infused acne treatments can clear your skin while giving your skin a younger looking glow.
For painful swelling and soreness, CBD-infused beauty products offer instant relief, perhaps better than ibuprofen or aspirin can. Although there are no comparative studies to support this claim, the industry has collected hundreds of anecdotal evidences where individuals claimed that they no longer felt pain after 10 minutes of applying the topical to the affected area.
Aside from binding to CB2, the cannabinoid in the product also binds to the network of receptors called TRPV-1. These can be found on your skin and CBD specifically targets them to give you a soothing feeling. CBD works well with antioxidants and natural fatty acids, which are the main ingredients in most beauty products. This mixture of ingredients helps patients who suffer from eczema and dry skin.
Milk Makeup is one of the preferred brands of young women and it just dropped a new line called Kush Mascara. This decision was prompted by its corporate initiative of manufacturing full vegan products. As a result, beeswax has been dropped as the main ingredient in their mascara. The company has now turned to other alternatives, which includes CBD oil.
One positive side-effect of using CBD is pain relief, along with its soothing properties makes it an ideal ingredient for people who suffer from anxiety. A few examples of products that contain CBD as an ingredient are Vertly lip balm. This product can be used on the lips or as a spot treatment for other parts of the body. Lord Jones lotion reportedly works well to treat pain in the joints, other skin conditions, and sore muscles.
The FDA approval on Epidiolex will blow the floodgates wide open. Now, beauty product manufacturers can make bolder claims to lure in a new market.
DIY beauty products are very popular due to consumers wanting natural products that are customized to their liking. CBD beauty products are no different. Here’s a quick DIY guide on making your own CBD lotion. You need:
- 1 teaspoon Vitamin E oil (or almond oil)
- 1 cup of Aloe Vera Gel
- 2 tablespoons cocoa butter or shea butter
- 7-10 grams of ground cannabis
You need to decarboxylate the cannabis for at least 25 minutes. You can do this by spreading the cannabis on the baking sheet and stuffing it into the oven (preheat it to 240 degrees Fahrenheit). Mix all the ingredients in a pan over low heat for about 20 minutes.
You can use a 4 oz. glass jar that you can buy from any dispensary. The lotion will be quite thick and won’t dispense using the typical lotion pump. Store the lotion for future use.
Unlike with medical marijuana, the research into the efficacy of CBD-infused beauty products is scarce so take any claim with a grain of salt. There’s a lot of gray areas and CBD is not regulated by the industry. With that said, it should also be noted that there are anecdotal claims from people who’ve used them and have experienced great results. When in doubt, talk to your doctor.