Cannabidiol, or CBD, has crossed over from a health and wellness craze to a common ingredient in products used regularly by consumers for everything from managing anxiety to combating heart disease. Perhaps not surprisingly, one of the ways the non-psychoactive chemical compound derived from hemp has worked its way into people’s everyday lives is skincare. Coinciding with a wave of interest in beauty products that are free of harmful chemicals, a variety of options that include CBD are now available, introducing consumers to the of-the-moment element through creams, balms, and cleansers. One company dedicated to developing pure, CBD-based skincare products is Columbus, Ohio-based Cannuka. Founded by Michael Bumgarner, Cannuka pairs cannabis with Manuka honey as well as vitamin-rich oils to create simple and natural formulas. Here, Bumgarner shares four reasons CBD should be an ingredient in your skincare routine.
It provides a vitamin boost. According to Bumgarner, CBD skincare products are naturally rich in vitamin E and vitamin C, which have healing and rejuvenating properties and help protect your skin from environmental stress.
It offers anti-inflammatory properties. For those who suffer from acne, CBD products may be of particular interest: Bumgarner says that the essential fatty acids that are found in products like CBD skin cream produce anti-inflammatory effects. Plus, he adds, CBD has antibacterial properties that gently fight the cause of acne before it even occurs.
It reduces puffiness. For sensitive under-eye skin, Bumgarner recommends applying CBD skin cream to reduce puffiness. Gentler than typical eye creams, he says a CBD-based option will tighten the area thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties, and treat the delicate area without irritation.
It may help reduce signs of aging. “Some studies have shown that receptors in the brain can interact with CBD—in a good way,” Bumgarner says, noting that our bodies naturally produce a certain amount of cannabinoids. “Research suggests that when introduced to the skin, CBD can spark receptors that increase the body’s cell regeneration ability.”