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Top 3 CBD Oil Benefits: Beauty Edition

Not-So-Breaking News: The CBD renaissance is steadily taking over the U.S. beauty market. You may have noticed CBD budding its head into daily skincare routines and inspiring a lush new design aesthetic for big-brand product launches. (Kiehl’s Cannabis Oil – we’re looking at you!)

If you aren’t familiar with this trending beauty ingredient, CBD is a natural compound derived from the cannabis plant. Heralded for its restorative power for all skin types, including acne-prone and sensitive skin, CBD is proven to help reduce inflammation and support skin’s natural healing process.

Here at Camera Ready, we have officially hopped on board the CBD bandwagon. We’ve fallen in love with skin-loving, CBD-infused hero products from FITISH Beauty, Kiehl’s and more. How and why did we fall so hard?

The proof is in the research (and results)! Keep reading for the top 3 beauty benefits of incorporating CBD into your daily routine.

First things first…

CBD Does Not Get You High!

CBD is one of 100+ cannabinoids (chemical compound found in hemp plants) that stabilizes the body and helps maintain health. You’ll find traces of CBD in marijuana, but CBD alone is non-psychoactive and legal to purchase in an isolated form.

The cannabinoid compound infamously known to get you high is called THC. This particular plant derivative is responsible for the psychoactive effects of marijuana.

Top 3 CBD Oil Benefits For Your Skin

1) Heal Acne, Redness, Inflammation

CBD oil is an effective and natural anti-inflammatory. Those who suffer from inflammatory skin conditions, like rosacea, benefit from the soothing properties found inside CBD. This miracle ingredient also reduces breakouts and calms redness by decreasing excessive levels of oil produced by the skin – a major trigger for acne-prone skin.

Our Favorite: Kiehl’s Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil Herbal Concentrate calms and heals stressed skin, formulated with 100% naturally-derived Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil (hemp-derived) and Green Oregano Oil.

2) Nourish Sensitive Skin

CBD oil inhibits flare ups in some skin conditions, like psoriasis and eczema, and helps soothe sensitive, easily-irritated skin. Incorporate a CBD-infused beauty product into your daily routine to nourish skin and lock in moisture for a healthy, glowing face.

Our Favorite: FITISH Beauty’s CBD Cool Down Mist energizes and hydrates skin prone to redness, irritation or other inflammatory skin conditions.

Kiehl’s Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil, $49

FITISH CBD Cool Down Mist, $28

3) Discover the Fountain of Youth

CBD oil combats the visible signs of aging with powerful antioxidant properties. Reduce inflammation, rejuvenate a dull complexion, even skin tone, and say goodbye to fine lines and wrinkles. That’s the power of CBD.

Our Favorite: FITISH Beauty’s Dewing It CBD Moisturizer soothes irritation, calms redness and gently nourishes aging and sensitive skin types.

Bonus Benefit: Reduces Anxiety and Depression

A staggering 24% of the U.S. population is affected by some form of anxiety or depression, as recorded by the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. CBD oil is scientifically proven to reduce stress levels caused by anxiety, depression and other disorders. Give your mind, body and spirit the all-natural healing it needs with the power of CBD!

For a playful spin on the cannabis beauty trend, explore the all-new matte and metallic shades in Melt Cosmetics Smoke Sessions Palette. Eight beautiful shades for a bold, hazy look! Housed in a limited edition, cannabis-themed palette and inspired by the plant’s lush stems and leaves.

FITISH Dewing It CBD Moisturizer, $45

Melt Smoke Sessions Palette, $48

Shop our favorite CBD beauty products online and in-store at Camera Ready Cosmetics. Discounts apply for pro artist members.

Which CBD beauty products are you loving? Let us know in the comments below!

About Camera Ready Cosmetics

Camera Ready Cosmetics was founded in 2003 by Makeup Artist Mary Erickson. She dreamed of having a pro makeup showroom where artists could play with professional products without the typical makeup store attitude.

Today, our team of beauty industry veterans work together to curate the best quality products on the market. We partner with brands who respect the industry and formulate products for true working artists.

You won’t find CRC in high-end malls, and we don’t wear matching brush belts. If you want to play with products for a few hours and buy nothing, that’s okay. come in and play! Our store is your playground.

Not-So-Breaking News: The CBD renaissance is steadily taking over the U.S. beauty market. Learn about topical cbd oil benefits for beauty.

Everything You Need to Know About CBD Oil in Beauty Products

We are living in the marijuanaissance. Thanks to CBD, cannabis is getting its glow-up, trading in the stoner image for a new one as a luxury wellness and beauty ingredient. Loosening of cannabis laws and the enthusiasm around emerging science has legitimized the medicinal claims surrounding CBD, but it’s the boutiquification of cannabis that has made everyone want to be seen with it.

There are celebrity evangelists, like Emma Roberts, Melissa McCarthy, who rubbed CBD oil on her feet before the Oscars, and Kim Kardashian, who considered throwing a CBD-themed baby shower. Well-designed tubes and bottles from chic brands like Vertly, Flora + Bast, and Lord Jones have become the new flacons of Chanel No. 5. This year, Barneys opened a high-end cannabis lifestyle Shop in Beverly Hills, and retailers like CVS and Walgreens are following suit.

If you were planning to wait out the CBD trend, you may want to reconsider — the American CBD market could reach $16 billion by 2025, Cowen & Co predicts. By now, you’ve seen an infused version of everything from mascara to intimate lube, but not nearly enough about what it actually does. Will it de-stress you? Give you great skin? Can it get you high? And if not, why do people care about it so much?

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CBD, short for cannabidiol, is one of over 80 compounds called cannabinoids extracted from the cannabis sativa plant. The two most well-known of these are CBD, which does not get you stoned, and THC, which does. In the days of Reefer Madness, any attention weed got was focused on THC, the component that allegedly made nice girls go crazy and shack up with jazz musicians. Strains were bred to contain high THC because people buying cannabis generally wanted to get high. (Duh.) CBD didn’t pique much interest stateside until the aughts when scientists started studying the health benefits of low-THC strains.

No, no, a thousand times, no. Which is precisely what’s making CBD so popular right now.

“Honestly, people didn’t really know about how beneficial CBD can be prior to legalization,” says Claudia Mata, cofounder of infused skincare line Vertly. “It’s got anti-inflammation properties, vitamins A, D, and E, and essential fatty acids. The public is starting to view it the way we do — more like a vitamin.”

Now that cannabis is legal in much of the U.S. (medical marijuana in 33 states and recreational cannabis in 10 states, plus Washington D.C.), more people have had a chance to experience the plant in a whole new way. “The word of mouth on CBD has spread like wildfire,” says Cindy Capobianco, cofounder of Lord Jones, a chic brand of infused goodies that are available in Standard hotels and SoulCycle studios nationwide. “The enthusiasm and education about CBD is de-stigmatizing and normalizing the cannabis plant faster than we could have ever imagined.”

Our bodies actually make our own cannabis-type chemical called anandamide, also known as the “bliss molecule.” (Think: runner’s high.) “CBD naturally elevates the levels of your own endocannabinoid,” says Michele Ross, founder of Infused Health, a cannabis education and health coaching program. “Increasing anandamide in your body and brain has anti-inflammatory effects, but it also has other activities at other receptors.” Exactly what all of those are is still being worked out in the lab. Most of the media attention has come from its use in controlling treatment-resistant epilepsy, and it’s been lauded as a possible answer to everything from anxiety to breast cancer.

If you ingest CBD in a supplement or edible, it enters the bloodstream like a Tylenol tablet, pinging the body’s many endocannabinoid receptors. If you slather it on the skin, it acts only on the area where it’s applied. “It’s unlikely to penetrate deep enough to get into the bloodstream, and it tends to accumulate in the upper skin layers,” says Bonni Goldstein, a physician in Los Angeles and medical advisor for Weedmaps. It’s thought that the stored CBD can provide longer-term relief.

Topical CBD’s most enticing attributes are its anti-inflammatory and analgesic (pain-killing) properties. Scientists are finding more evidence that it can treat dry skin, psoriasis, and eczema, which is why the ingredient is popping up in so many face creams, serums, and body lotions. “Inflammation is the root of all evil, whether that’s acne or the signs of aging,” says New York City dermatologist Dendy Engelman, who notes that while acne rates are increasing, there aren’t many new treatment options coming down the pike. (“Most often, they’re reformulating benzoyl peroxide, or a retinoid, or some kind of acid,” she says.) As it turns out, CBD might be the ticket to clear skin, too.

Acne is a pain in the ass to treat because of its many components: blocked pores, excess sebum, inflammation, and proliferation of bacteria. A 2014 study found that CBD helps suppress breakouts by regulating oil production of the sebaceous glands. That could be good news if you’ve got acne and want to avoid drugs like Accutane and spironolactone. There’s more research to be done, of course, but skin doctors are intrigued by the potential of a new non-steroidal tool in their arsenal. If CBD can control inflammation and oil production, it would treat two parts of acne-lesion formation. That’s a big deal because “currently, we’ve been doing that with retinoids,” says Engelman, which actually makes skin worse before it gets better. (As skin acclimates to the treatment, a process called retinization initially causes more inflammation in the form of redness, dryness, and peeling.)

Also, for people who can’t — or don’t want to — pop pain pills, topical CBD takes down the ouch level and reduces swelling. That’s why we’re seeing it in so many rubs and balms, used for achy joints or sore muscles before and after workouts, as a chicer alternative to Bengay. The same properties make CBD oil a heck of a massage lotion, too.

CBD isolate is exactly what it sounds like — CBD with nothing else. Some users prefer it, feeling secure knowing that it won’t be affected by any other cannabis compounds. Conversely, some users believe in “the entourage effect” — that the myriad compounds in whole-plant cannabis work better together than alone. (A recent study from Israel showed that CBD isolate didn’t work as well for pain as whole plant extract). Vertly’s Mata likens using whole-plant CBD to eating a whole-foods diet.

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