In the skincare world, popularity tends to be short lived; ingredients may be trending one day and fall out of favor the next. When you hear about the incredible benefits of so many different components, then those same "miracle workers" seem to fall into disfavor so quickly, it can be confusing. For the everyday consumer, it can be a daunting task to read through the advertising gimmicks and identify what will actually make an impact on your skin.
If you follow beauty trends, you'll know that CBD has become the latest buzzworthy ingredient in skincare and selfcare products. According to Forbes, the global CBD cosmetics market is estimated to be valued at over $580 million - and is expected to hit $1.7 billion by 2025. CBD, or as its formally known, cannabidiol, is definitely enjoying its time in the spotlight - but in this case, its fame deserves to last longer than 15 minutes. Beyond its trendy inclusion in self-care products, CBD may have incredible benefits for the skin that make it deserving of the hype.
What is CBD?
The acronym CBD stands for cannabidiol. According to Harvard's health blog, it is the "second most prevalent of the active ingredients of cannabis." But wait! Just because it is a component of marijuana, it DOES NOT mean using CBD in topical skincare (or ingested products) will make you high.
Cannabidiol comes from the hemp plant, a cousin of marijuana. As we discussed in one of our earlier blog posts, it is a "naturally occurring molecule found in the cannabis sativa plant." It does not contain any psychoactive capacity because it lacks marijuana's tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), and according to a report from the World Health Organization, "CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential."
So why is CBD skincare taking the world by storm?
We know CBD doesn't make you high. And perhaps you've heard of the impact it can have on one's anxiety and mental health. But what exactly does it do for your skin?
CBD may help with a number of skincare concerns, most notably blemishes, because CBD helps calm down inflammation and also control sebum production (when sebaceous glands get clogged it’s a recipe for pimples and cysts). Let’s explore some of these potential benefits:
- Blemishes & Inflammation
As blemishes stem from an inflammatory condition, anything that helps to reduce inflammation and soothe the skin can assist in reducing the severity of active breakouts and managing redness/irritation that often co-occurs. Rather than dry out current breakouts, you can use CBD to soothe the skin.
CBD may also help prevent blemishes it in the future. In a study from the Journal of Clinical Investigation, researchers found that CBD "inhibited oil production and also had anti-inflammatory effects on oil-producing glands."
Are blemishes a thing of your past? You still might want to consider putting a quality product with CBD on your bathroom shelf. Cannabidiol also boasts antioxidant properties - exactly what you're looking for if you want to look younger and manage aging concerns. CBD may help counteract free-radical damage and reduce the root cause of many skin diseases -- inflammation.
Lastly, CBD’s intensely soothing properties may help calm down dry or sensitive skin issues like dry patches, redness and irritation.
Why we utilize CBD
The effectiveness of CBD fits right in with our beliefs about skincare. The Mox philosophy is rooted in ensuring our products only contain what will actually work - no "fluff" or fillers like water, wax, oil and preservatives.
Our goal is to create 100% active and functional formulas. Adding CBD is a no brainer alongside other proven Mox ingredients like fat-soluble Vitamin C, plant extracts and minerals. We believe CBD has a range of powerful, beneficial properties for all skin types, and because it interacts with the biological endocannabinoid system of the human body, products containing it are primed for impact.
How we source our CBD
Managed by two Coloradoans, Bob Reifsnider and Peter Murane, we pride ourselves on sourcing locally and sustainably. Our CBD comes from Colorado Hemp Farms. So when you choose to try our products, you're supporting local businesses while simultaneously taking great care of your skin.
Even if you're not quite sure about CBD, it is one of the skincare trends that is here to stay. The beauty of CBD lies in its versatility and also low toxicity. In fact, many health care professionals are beginning to describe CBD as the Aspirin of our generation because, like Aspirin, it offers numerous benefits with low toxicity.
Whether your skin concerns are about acne, dryness, sensitivity or aging, cannabidiol may help improve your skin's condition and support a healthier look. So give it a try – we believe your skin will thank you.
This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.