Should you buy a CBD skincare product?
Project CBD recently wrote an article on whether CBD can help your complexion. Asking whether CBD can really heal, protect and restore the skin? Focusing on the hype, the article asks should you buy a CBD skincare product?
So it appears that In today’s 17-billion-dollar “prestige beauty” industry, cannabis-infused skincare is the hottest trend. And of course, cannabidiol (CBD) is its newest craze. Executives from top skincare companies like L’oreal are now joining CBD skin-care startups to get in on the ground floor of this trend.
Hot Trend or the Latest Snake Oil?
Apparently, CBD-spiked skin products are everywhere. Vogue, Vanity Fair, and Forbes continuously write new articles. Gwyneth Paltrow and Martha Stewart have expressed their affinity. And you can buy CBD-infused lotions, massage oils and lip balms from Amazon or at the mall in stores like Sephora, CVS, and Walmart. A note of caution though, as many if not all of these products are hemp oil-based with no active CBD component. So buyer beware.
So, given the uncertain regulatory environment and the FDA’s qualms about ingestible CBD supplements, what’s going on? Well, it appears topicals are a safer bet for those seeking business opportunities in the CBD market. Presently, the FDA is much less concerned about the safety and efficacy of CBD topicals than CBD edibles and beverages.
Anti-Aging, Skin Beautification, and Acne Cure | Or is it?
The most alluring (and profitable) CBD-related promises pertain to anti-aging and beautifying the skin. But is there anything substantive behind all the hype? Can CBD really protect, heal and restore the skin? What, if anything, does the science say about all this?
Keep in mind that studies on how CBD and other cannabis compounds affect the skin are mostly pre-clinical. Randomized, controlled clinical trials have yet to verify anecdotal accounts (and marketing claims) of CBD’s efficacy for skin ailments.
Bottom Line | So, should you buy a CBD skincare product?
So, should you buy a CBD skincare product? It depends. CBD products are still unregulated by the FDA. As a result, according to a report in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), a significant number of CBD products surveyed contained less of the compound than labeled.
Unfortunately, the conclusion is the same as most other CBD related articles. If you decide to try a CBD skincare product, do your own research first. Buy from a reputable source. Choose one with a good track record of making cannabis-infused products from organically-sourced ingredients. And finally, test carefully to see if it works for you.
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