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How CBD Skincare Can Enhance Your Daily Routine

by Kelsy Chauvin

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Saturday August 21, 2021
Originally published on August 17, 2021

How CBD Skincare Can Enhance Your Daily Routine
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The global skincare industry may be worth more than $145 billion, but having skin that looks and feels healthy is priceless. Fortunately, CBD is proving its value as a natural skincare supplement with clear benefits.

Sure, we've heard plenty about the benefits of CBD (cannabidiol) for alleviating pain and anxiety. The hemp-derived cannabis molecule can fight inflammation, improve sleep, support immune function, and more. But many of its attributes also apply to CBD skincare, creams, lotions, and serums even more powerfully. CBD's naturally occurring nutrients, hydrating phytocannabinoids, and terpenes make it a powerhouse ingredient — plus, its anti-inflammatory agents can relieve painful skin conditions.

CBD is often used as a go-to skincare ingredient to treat the following:

  • Wrinkles and dark spots

  • Eczema

  • Psoriasis

  • Acne

  • Puffy eyes

  • Dark circles

  • Brighter, more even complexion

  • Anti-aging

  • Hydration

    How CBD Helps Achieve a Clear Complexion

    Of all its benefits, CBD's effectiveness in treating acne is getting the most buzz, probably because acne affects up to 50 million Americans, making it the country's most common skin condition. It's commonly caused by inflammation of the sebaceous glands and elevated sebum production.

    Studies of CBD's effects on acne have shown that, on a biological level, the hemp-derived cannabinoid can balance acne-causing agents. One 2020 study even showed that CBD exhibited anti-microbial activity, decreased sebum production, and normalized lipogenesis (the formation of fat cells that can worsen acne). In other words, CBD may help reduce and manage acne — or even prevent acne before a dreaded breakout occurs.

    (Source: Nass Valley Gardens)

    Healthy Skin, Explained
    Overall skin health and conditions like acne are tied to various influencing factors, from stress, unclean skin, and overproduction of oil, to diet, hormones, and pollution. While spot-treating individual flare-ups is one approach, daily use of skin-wellness products can help block future breakouts.

    The science behind CBD shows that its anti-inflammatory properties help soothe skin cells, while its antioxidant agents fight harmful free radicals that can damage cells throughout the body.

    "Topical CBD skincare lotions and creams can be beneficial, particularly when applied directly to target areas. It helps you to have naturally glowing and healthy skin," says Michael Racaniello, co-founder of Nass Valley Gardens, a top-rated online CBD retailer. "And if you ever wake up after a restless night to puffy bags under your eyes, you can use a little CBD to help tighten the skin."

    Racaniello continues, "For acne treatment, you can start with a good CBD vitamin-C serum and a moisturizer. Experiment and see what works best for your skin."

    4 Tips for the Ultimate CBD Skincare Routine

    - Always start with clean, dry skin.

    - Gently apply facial serum and toner directly to the skin for surface-level relief.

    - Finish by massaging your favorite CBD revitalizing or moisturizing cream into the skin.

    - For skin conditions like acne or eczema, apply CBD topicals regularly to see consistent results.

    Nass Valley Gardens stands out for its premium CBD skincare collection, which features face toner, facial serum, ultra-moisturizing body butter, age-spot and brightening cream, massage oil, and more. Each product is infused with organically grown, broad-spectrum CBD, meaning it contains no THC (the psychoactive compound in cannabis).

    To boost each CBD skincare product's efficacy, the collection incorporates all-natural ingredients like organic applesauce, jojoba, chamomile, peppermint, brown-rice flour, cinnamon, L-theanine from green tea leaves, and coconut oil. And the CBD concentrate inside each product is made from American-grown hemp and independently tested to be pure and free of contaminants.

    Because of CBD's natural pain-relief properties, using CBD skincare and other topical balms also can soothe muscles and joints, even as they're helping to alleviate skin problems.

    Along with fighting acne, anti-aging CBD products also can help with a range of face and body dermatological conditions, hydrating the skin and supporting elasticity.

    "Antioxidants are one of the keys to fighting the ravages of aging, and that's the first reason that CBD topicals can help visibly diminish issues like skin dullness, wrinkles, dark circles, and ruddy skin tone," says Racaniello.

    It doesn't take a medicine cabinet full of products to achieve healthy skin. But a thoughtful few with proven ingredients like CBD can take your complexion from blotchy to beautiful.

    Kelsy Chauvin is a writer, photographer and marketing consultant based in Brooklyn, New York. She specializes in travel, feature journalism, art, theater, architecture, construction and LGBTQ interests. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter at @kelsycc.