CBD for Your Skin. Yay or Nay?

Many of us are devoted to our daily skin care regimen. We begin each morning with a gentle cleanse then slather on serums, hydrating lotions, firming creams and of course sunscreen. And come nighttime, we’re back with more cleansing, exfoliating and moisturizing. 

With emerging science and innovative product launches, there are always new ways to spend time and money on one’s skin care routine. 

As cannabidiol (CBD) has exploded in popularity, companies are adding this natural compound to body creams, bar soaps, eye serums and more. Is it worth the hype?

Well, first let’s understand what CBD is and what it does. 

CBD is one of more than 85 compounds found in industrial hemp that provides benefits impacting physical and mental wellness. It has been touted for relief of a variety of health issues, including pain, anxiety, stress and insomnia. 

CBD is similar to compounds the human body produces naturally, called endocannabinoids, which help regulate physical processes from stress to sleep to metabolism. Some think CBD activates the endocannabinoid system in a way that provides the same kind of stress-relieving effect as endocannabinoids. 

So if CBD may help reduce pain, anxiety and other health issues, can it also be beneficial for our skin? 

The jury’s still out. On one hand, CBD is believed to have anti-inflammatory properties that could help calm the skin, so it’s no surprise it appears to be essentially everywhere and people find using CBD topically improves their skin. 

But on the other hand, studies of CBD oil for use in treating skin conditions like acne and eczema are only now underway. The benefits people experience with CBD products might be attributed to other ingredients. For concerning skin problems, seek care from a physician.  

The good news is CBD-infused skin care products are considered safe, so you be the judge. But before you fill your vanity with the latest CBD hydrating masks and lip balms, be on the lookout for products that include hemp-derived CBD rather than plain old hemp seed oil to ensure you get the beneficial cannabinoids.  And, check out how the products are made since quality is key when choosing any CBD product – topical, oil or edible. 

With Half Day CBD, all products are American-grown, pesticide-free and rigorously tested for potency and safety.  Half Day’s salve and other topicals feature blends of CBD and botanicals, such as shea butter and eucalyptus leaf oil, known to help soothe and protect skin and ease inflammation.

We’re encouraged to see more research is underway to better understand how CBD oil works on the skin – and we look forward to reviewing the results. Until then, whether you incorporate CBD into your daily routine through a topical product, oil or gummy, you can feel good about taking steps to help improve your well-being.