What is CBD oil?

CBD oil beauty products
Cassie Steer,-Beauty Editor

Could cannabidiol oil really be the key to calmer skin? Experts explain just what CBD is and why you might want to try it

It’s no secret that the beauty world is a fan of acronyms. Between AHAs and SPFs, it’s little wonder that many of us feel bamboozled. It’s worth mastering one more set of initials, though: CBD, or cannabidiol to give it its full name, is a compound derived from the cannabis plant (don’t worry: it’s non-psychoactive so won’t elicit a ‘high’) that could have some major beauty benefits, especially when it comes to managing skin inflamation.

‘Studies show that CBD interacts with both the immune system and the receptors in our brains to improve pain management and reduce inflammation,’ says Charlotte Fergusson, founder of Disciple skincare.

People may have balked at the mind-altering connotations of cannabis in the past, but as research into the myriad of benefits from CBD grows and increasing numbers of reputable brands snag shelf space, the question ‘Why are you using it?’ is steadily being replaced with ‘Why aren’t you using it?’

Here’s what you need to know about CBD…

What are the benefits of CBD for our skin?

CBD interacts with the body’s own endocannabinoid system in order to reduce inflammation and it’s these anti-inflammatory properties that make it the perfect antidote to problematic complexions.

But it’s not just this innate ability to soothe and reduce stress that makes it a skincare hero. Unlike its cannabis cousin hemp seed oil which is primarily a moisturiser, CBD is also an antioxidant which means it has added anti-ageing benefits too.  

What’s more, it’s generally considered safe for all skin types so everyone can benefit.

What is the difference between topical and ingestible CBD?

‘Topical CBD products are usually designed to treat inflammatory skin conditions like acne or psoriasis, and are blended with other ingredients which can create a buffering effect on the skin,’ explains Fergusson. ‘Meanwhile ingestible products tend to have higher percentages of CBD as the compounds have to go through several processes before they can take effect within the body.’

Our top CBD-infused skincare products to try:

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