CBD and Cosmetics

Evidence based

We all know how important it is for you to take care of your skin. Many people are surprised when they first learn that CBD can be used topically as well. But it actually presents one of the most effective delivery methods around, at least when it comes to combating skin problems! In recent years, many cannabidiol-based cosmetics such as facial moisturisers, scrubs, cleansers, serums, soaps, balms, lipsticks and shampoos have come onto the market.

 

The use of CBD in natural cosmetics is becoming more and more popular among women, and many brands are launching products that include this raw material. At first glance, CBD is a very versatile natural ingredient! But what is behind all the hype? When something becomes fashionable it can be tempting to go for it, but the important thing is to know if it suits your needs. If in doubt, it is best to seek professional advice.

 

To mark Women's Day we put together this guide to CBD and cosmetics. Read on to learn more about:

 

- Skin diseases and dermatological problems

- Factors to consider about CBD products

- Does the product contain as much CBD as it should?

- What are the effects of CBD?

- Massage and CBD

 

Skin diseases and dermatological problems

The skin is the largest organ of the body. It covers and protects our body, keeps the body fluids inside the body, preventing dehydration, protects us against bacteria and viruses that can cause infections, helps us perceive the outside world, and whether it is hot or cold, wet or dry, regulates body temperature and makes vitamin D when it gets sun.

Anything that irritates, clogs or inflames the skin can cause symptoms such as redness, swelling, burning and itching. Allergy, irritants, your genetic make-up and certain diseases and immune system problems can cause rashes, hives, and other dermatological problems. And skin problems such as eczema, psoriasis or acne can also affect your appearance.

There is growing evidence of the potential of cannabinoids for the treatment of inflammatory skin diseases, including atopic dermatitis, and for the treatment of autoimmune diseases such as scleroderma, which involves inflammation and fibrosis. (1)

The use of CBD is safe, as it does not create dependence and there are no proven risks of abuse. However, when choosing the right product for you, we believe it is important to understand that not all brands are of the same quality, and it is essential that you choose one that you trust.

Factors to consider when choosing the right CBD product for you

To find a good cannabidiol cosmetic, it is best to look at the information provided by the brand on the label. A good starting point is to see if it specifies the exact amount of CBD in it or not. Not all CBD products have the same concentration of CBD - if it doesn't specify how much it has, then it has only trace amounts.

Another important aspect to consider is that the company is certified and adheres to accepted best production practices. (2) You also need to check what kind of ingredients the CBD is combined with and what kind of oil is used as a carrier, be it hemp oil, coconut oil, olive oil or sunflower oil. In many cosmetic products, cannabidiol is combined with ingredients that can inhibit its effects.

What are the effects of CBD?

CBD products can have soothing, moisturising and nourishing effects on the skin while protecting it from harmful environmental influences. They are especially popular with people with dry skin, although in general they are perfectly suited to all skin types. 

Cannabidiol contains several antioxidants, vitamin E and fatty acids. Not only that, but it can also have a beneficial effect on cell regeneration, inhibiting collagen loss and preventing premature skin ageing. Precisely for this reason, it is also widely used in anti-ageing cosmetics. (4)

Massage and CBD 

The CBD trend is not only visible in cosmetics, but has also reached beauty salons. There are anti-stress treatments that combine CBD oil, arnica and hot stones. Their effect is deep relaxation! CBD oil has been valued since ancient times for its extraordinary anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. Used in massage, it can help relieve muscle and joint pain, inflammation in certain areas of the body and even chronic pain. (5)

At Medterra we are aware of today's busy and stressful lifestyles. Our CBD Analgesic Cream with Arnica and Menthol was designed as a care product for people with a heavy workload, and stress and pain due to poor posture in front of the computer. You can apply the cream to the upper body (from the sacrum and upper buttocks to the head, back, arms and neck) using long, deep movements, with pressure points in key areas of stress.

 

To sum up

 

The use of CBD to maintain healthy skin or treat common skin conditions is increasing year by year, due to scientific evidence supporting its analgesic, anti-inflammatory and skin dryness reducing properties. (6)

At Medterra we have created a line with CBD to help reduce skin redness, balance sebum and moisturise skin in the case of flaking or itching. We recommend you visit our Topical Creams section here to see what our products can do for you. We have options for more specific conditions, such as Eczema Soothing Relief Cream, Psoriasis Moisturising Relief Cream, or Acne Protective Face Cream. If you are trying to combat dry skin, we invite you to try our powerful CBD and Manuka Honey Healing Cream which helps to deeply nourish the skin.

 

Medterra's topical creams take the efficacy of CBD even further and are formulated with some of the most advanced skincare ingredients available. If you love natural skincare, pay attention and choose products free of ingredients such as silicones, paraffins, and sulphates which can irritate the skin. Finally, don't forget this detail: the purer the CBD and the higher the CBD content in the formulation, the more effective the cosmetic will be. If you're ready to break free from common skin problems and get your glow, make topical CBD part of your skincare routine!

 

 

References

 

 

  1. Fundación Canna. Cannabinoides y Enfermedades inflamatorias de la Piel. Eduardo Muñoz, Doctor en Medicina y Cirugía, Catedrático de Inmunología del Departamento de Biología Celular, Fisiología e Inmunología de la Universidad de Córdoba https://www.fundacion-canna.es/cannabinoides-y-enfermedades-inflamatorias-de-la-piel
  2. Authority, H. U. S. (2020, octubre 1). Compañías certificadas. US Hemp Authority. https://ushempauthority.org/certified-companies
  3. Septiembre 2020. Full-Spectrum vs. Broad-Spectrum CBD: Which One Is Right for You? https://www.healthline.com/health/full-spectrum-vs-broad-spectrum-cbd
  4. Toth, Adam, Biro, Olah. (1 de marzo 2019). Señalización cannabinoide en la piel: potencial terapéutico del sistema cannabinoide". PubMed Central (PMC). https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6429381/
  5. Eskander, J. P., MD. (2020, 1 de mayo). Cannabidiol (CBD) como tratamiento del dolor de espalda agudo y crónico: una serie de casos y revisión de la literatura | Eskander, MD, MBA | Revista de manejo de opioides. WMP LLC. https://www.wmpllc.org/ojs/index.php/jom/article/view/2748
  6. National Library of Medicine. 2006. Cannabinoids inhibit human keratinocyte proliferation through a non-CB1/CB2 mechanism and have a potential therapeutic value in the treatment of psoriasis https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/17157480/