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All You Need to Know About CBD Skin Care and Its Benefits

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The recent legalization of CBD has attracted a lot of attention. It has gained popularity in both topical CBD skin care and edibles. CBD claims to help with a variety of issues such as anxiety, insomnia, pain management, and the list goes on.

Currently it is not regulated by FDA and the information on the web is vast and overwhelming. 

CBD is the non-intoxicating part of the plant with enormous medicinal potential. As a skincare enthusiast, I am interested in exploring it’s topical benefits. Which can help with certain skin conditions.

The global CBD skin care market was valued at USD 633.6 million in 2018. And it’s expected to expand at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 32.9% from 2019 to 2025. So, it is safe to assume that it is here to stay. 
With respects to the benefits of CBD infused personal care products. The market is currently driven by growing awareness and it’s legalization. We are now always trying to find more natural ways to treat out conditions. Opposed to the using the traditional chemical filled products. 

What is CBD?

CBD is also known as cannabidiol. And it has none of the high effects of marijuana. They extract CBD from the hemp plants as opposed to the seed itself. Which is the cousin of the marijuana plant. CBD is a natural occurring substance. Many companies infuse CBD in various oils and skin creams to impart relaxation and calm. 
CBD is not psychoactive unlike its cousin THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) 


Is CBD good for you?

This is purely subjective. Studies show extreme high doses of CBD ingested can cause liver damage (tested on mice). The effects of topical CBD are still too early to tell.
Dr. Adarsh Mudgil; a double board-certified dermatologist and founder of Mudgil Dermatology, suggests there are likely no side effects to using CBD topically. The chances of you having a reaction due to CBD in a product are very low. You have a higher chance of reacting to the other ingredients before CBD.  
Find more information on this here.

Is CBD skin care safe during pregnancy?

You should not use CBD-infused products if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Also, it is always good to side with caution if you have underlying health conditions. Currently, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved topical CBD for the dosage, formulation, or method of delivery.


Always check with your doctor before taking any medicines. As well as vitamins and herbs while you are pregnant or breastfeeding. This includes any topical applications as well.

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What conditions has CBD Skin Care helped with?

Interesting fact, the human body produces its own endogenous compounds. Which is like the natural compounds found in the cannabis plant such as THC and CBD. 
The skin has its own endocannabinoid system to which the CBD Cannabinoid binds. Thus many companies claim it to be effective in a wide range of skin problems. 
CBD has anti-inflammatory properties. Which may help with conditions such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, and aging. 


Psoriasis is your body multiplying your skin cells at an accelerated rate. Unfortunately it is a long-term (chronic) disease with no cure currently. But, treatments are available to help manage the symptoms.
It appears as red and patchy skin covered with thick silvery flakes. Also, it may be accompanied by sore and stiff joints, dry, itchy, and irritated skin. It is noncontagious and cannot be passed down to another person. Even with no family history of psoriasis, you are still at risk. But, if either of you parents has it, your risk of getting it is about 10%.
There is a study where 5 out of 20 patients with skin conditions had psoriasis. Each patient: instructed by doctors, applied CBD-infused ointment twice daily for 3 months. The study concluded that there were significant improvements to the psoriasis symptoms.
Topical applications are a non-invasive treatment. So, if you are suffering from this chronic condition, this option may work for you. But, do some more digging if possible and talk to your family doctor.
You can find more information on this here.


Eczema is also sometimes called atopic dermatitis. The above-mentioned study also consisted of 5 patients with atopic dermatitis. It concluded the same results where the skin condition significantly improved. So, it may be worth a try for someone suffering from eczema. Especially on an inflammatory background.
The anti-inflammatory, anti-itch, and anti-pain properties make it attractive as a medicinal compound. It’s soothing and hydrating properties also makes it a great choice for anyone battling with dry, dehydrated, and aging skin.


Having acne was the bane of my early adulthood years. No amount of skincare cocktails or DIY skincare remedies helped. This was also 10 years ago and there was very little awareness around CBD at the time.
In my 30’s, I am fortunate to not struggle with acne with the exception of  couple of hormonal breakouts from time to time. There is some evidence that suggests that CBD may help treat acne. For example, CBD acts on the cells that make sebum. Which can help balance sebum and oil production. As well as having antibacterial effects. This aides in eliminating the bacteria that surrounds the site of an infection.


Your skin is your largest organ. It will naturally age and start to show signs such as redness, dullness, and wrinkles. Hemp plants that produce CBD contain two fatty acids. Which are Omega 3 and Omega 6 that stimulate the production of collagen. CBD oil’s antioxidant properties help counteract free-radical damage.
CBD skin care may be able to diminish other issues. Such as firmness, wrinkles, skin dullness, and ruddy skin tone.

Is CBD legal?

Laws surrounding CBD vary by different countries and states. CBD is legal in Canada. In the USA, it’s available in 50 states with varying degrees of restrictions. The federal government still considers CBD under the marijuana class. And it’s position on CBD is not very clear. 
For instance, purchasing CBD is federally legal as long as it doesn’t contain more than 0.3 percent THC. But, some state laws have put restrictions on buyers. For example, Virginians can only buy and carry CBD if they have a prescription. 
Companies that claim to have health benefits due to CBD in their products is illegal. Stores can sell as much CBD as they want, as long as they don’t make any such claims about their product.
The FDA has not approved a market application for cannabis that treat any disease and or skin condition. But, it has approved a medication that contains CBD. Epidiolex is a drug for treating seizures associated with Lennox- Gastaut syndrome or Dravet syndrome. The age they recommend this drug is in patients of 1 year or older. 
Find more information on this here.
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Which CBD skin care is best for you?

The three types of CBD. Full-spectrum CBD oil, Broad-spectrum CBD oil, and CBD isolate.

Full-Spectrum CBD Oil

Contains all compounds found in hemp. Which also includes traces of THC (up to 0.3 percent). But, with inconsistent labeling and testing, it appears that many CBD skin care products on the market have THC levels above that. So, it is imperative to have a Certificate of Analysis (CoA) available. This ensures that the raw material and the finished good have THC levels under the legal limit. The amount of THC in the oil also improves the efficiency and quality of the product.

Broad-Spectrum CBD Oil

Contains a range of cannabinoids. Terpenes, flavonoids are derived from the hemp plant but not THC. It is more approachable for consumers who want to completely avoid THC. But, it can be far less effective and potent hence requiring more product and usage time. 

CBD Isolate

Is the purest form of CBD. Isolate does not have any traces of the hemp plant. One great benefit is to use this on your face because it does not clog your pores. Using it for skin-rejuvenation is a bonus because of all the antioxidants it has. Also, there is no odor due to not having THC in it.
Hemp seed oil, also called cannabis sativa seed oil. Is not the same as CBD. It is a greasier consistency. When compared to CBD isolate, Full-spectrum CBD oil, and broad-spectrum CBD oil.
Hemp seed oil derives from the hemp seed. Whereas CBD oils are derived from the flowers, leaves, and stems of the plant.

Best Products of 2020

Serum: I.Pekar Tissue Repair Serum


Serums in general contain a hefty dose of any active ingredients. Since they are much more concentrated than moisturizers. This CBD-infused serum is 100% natural and organic ingredients. Also, it contains many other powerful anti-aging ingredients. Such as, vitamin C, vitamin B3, probiotics, and hyaluronic acid. It contains 250mg of CBD oil. This serum is a great candidate for dry, dehydrated, and aging skin.
The brand is also proudly cruelty-free and gluten-free. It uses 100% recyclable glass packing and shipping materials. Please visit the brand’s website and read their disclaimer before purchasing.


Serum: CBD Vitamin C & Ferulic Acid Super Serum | Brightening + Regenerating


This serum has 20% Vitamin C. And it’s packed with other incredible ingredients earning its name as the ‘super serum’. Such as, Ferulic Acid, Citric Acid, CBD, Kakadu Plum Extract, Hyaluronic acid, Meristem Cell Culture, Lilac Stem Cells, Green and White Tea, Vitamin E, Niacinamide. Also the benefits from this serum for your skin are great. Such as, protection from sun damage, even complexion, wrinkle reduction, brightening, and hydrating. This one serum does it all. It can also be used on your neck and chest.


Night Cream: Sagely Brightening CBD Night Cream


This night cream is vegan, cruelty, and gluten-free. Also, it is lab tested with 150mg of broad-spectrum CBD oil. It also contains another anti-aging ingredient. Which is Bakuchiol oil. It mimics the effects of retinol but is a much gentler option. So, slather it on at night and wake up to beautiful bright skin.


Lip Butter: Vertly Lip Butter


This best selling lip butter has much to offer. It contains full-spectrum hemp extract, kokum butter, shea butter, cocoa butter, coconut oik, jojoba oil, and hemp seed oil. The ingredients are very hydrating, calming, antioxidant-rich, and vitamin-packed.


Also, the brand tests the hemp extract for potency, pesticides, residual solvents, heavy metals, and terpenes. It provides the certificate of Analysis on their website. The hemp is organically grown in Colorado.


Eye Cream: E.L.F cosmetics 50MG CBD Eye Cream


The affordability of this eye cream makes it a very intriguing choice. The key ingredients include 50mg of full-spectrum CBD, hyaluronic acid, and peptide complex. All ingredients are known to sooth, hydrate, and reduce the signs of aging. The quick-absorbing formula is cooling and creamy.
All E.L.F. CBD skin care products are free from phthalates, parabens, nonylphenol ethoxylates, triclosan, triclocarban, hydroquinone, and sulfates.

If you enjoyed my article for CBD Skin Care then please leave me a comment below. Or subscribe to my newsletter to be emailed when I post something new. You can also check out my other article on Vitamin E for your face to help keep it looking young here. It’s also an inexpensive alternative to keep your face looking young.

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  1. Natasha says:

    So informative. I wasn’t aware drugstore brands like ELF cosmetics had products with CBD, will have to try it out! Thanks ☺️

    1. sundaymornings says:

      Thank you! Please come back and tell me if you try one of the products 🙂

  2. Love this! I am excited to try out the products you recommended!

    1. sundaymornings says:

      Thank you ! Looking forward to hearing your thoughts !

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