It seems like the age of discovery as it pertains to hemp oil, CBD and cosmetics these days. Everyone is planting their respective flags, creating their brands and making their induvial claims. Everyone from massage & physical therapists to almost all of the hair and skin care professions… anyone that administers topicals to their clients or those creative enough to make their own!  But what can you really believe? Is it all hype or does CBD really enhance a massage to my back or scalp? Why would I want CBD my lotion, hair cream or lip balm? Is this all just BS? Is it simply creative marketing jargon? Well, let’s talk about it.

Hemp extract is primarily added to a carrier oil. Keep in mind that no one is getting straight hemp extract; it’s all suspended in something. Remember discussing carrier oils in our previous post? These various oil combinations are used to create a bevy of different products being sold commercially including oils, creams, salves, balms (both skin and lip), gels, roll-ons, facial serums, lotions, patches and in 2019 even the advent of hemp clothing claiming to relieve pain, inflammations etc. I’m skeptical about the clothing but we’ll try that on another day (no pun intended). I will attempt to briefly explain why all the sudden interest in CBD & hemp oil in the cosmetic industry.

Generally speaking, cosmetics provide us comfort by the allure of a few oft spoken guarantees:  improved skin, improved hair & improved nails. I’m sure you cannot begin to count the number of   commercials that you have seem touting these same three promises, with every year another hot additive or formulation that suddenly “makes all the difference”. Come to find out hemp oil has been doing all these things for millennia for a fraction of the cost! It truly Is like a bit of magic in a bottle. Here’s the rub.. (pun intended that time). Studies have shown that

  • Hemp oil, naturally high in CBD, is known to help improve the skin’s level of moisturization
  • Hemp oil helps to improve the skin’s outer barrier allowing it to better protect itself from dirt, grease and grime
  • Hemp oil helps to soothe the skin with anti-inflammatory properties and is high is antioxidant vitamins A, C & E
  • Hemp oil is anti-pruritic which means any substance that relieves or prevents itching or anesthetic that numbs a particular area of the body. For example, a local topical anesthetic
  • Hemp oil helps to treat and relieve symptoms of psoriasis and atopic dermatitis
  • Hemp oil, by helping to regulate sebum production, helps to limit and relieve the symptoms of acne (Propionibacterium)
  • Hemp oil contains ALL 21 amino acids, the building blocks of protein, as well as Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids which are essential acids that help hair grow & build skin collagen and elastin.

I must admit, that’s a heck of a lot of benefits to both the skin and hair! Full confession is that I thought all this CBD cosmetics craze was a bunch hooey before we started this enterprise. I was one of those people who thought that companies were just putting CBD in their products so that they can charge more. As it turns out, hemp oil is loaded with a powerful cocktail of amino and fatty acids that, as it pertains to topicals and cosmetics, makes quite an effective formula to helps to moisturize, protect and rejuvenate the skin, increase collagen and elastin AND provide the protein promote the growth of strong healthy hair!

I must believe with all the above-mentioned benefits that hemp oil should be great for your nails too.

I found nothing to confirm that but, given the facts, two outta three ain’t bad!

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