How well do you understand this hemp derived botanical? Let’s take a brief, yet critical insight, to CBD and ensure you are making the correct decisions for your client’s skin.
Apr 30, 2020 2:25:44 PM / by Christine Heathman
Take a deep breath because the skin care industry has been inundated with CBD products. How well do you understand this hemp derived botanical? Let’s take a brief, yet critical insight, to CBD and ensure you are making the correct decisions for your client’s skin.
As aestheticians we encounter clients who want to look younger and battle aging skin. In a 2010 study in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology revealed the endocannabinoid system can help regulate the life cycle of cells for more radiant, youthful skin.
Cannabinoids are the primary chemical compounds produced by the cannabis plant and have been patented by the US Department of Health and Human Services as “antioxidants and neuroprotectants.” While there are many identified cannabinoids, always ensure the product for skin care uses plants that have naturally high levels of Cannabidiol (CBD) while having only trace amounts of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and formulates with 0% THC or less than 0.3%.
In the late 1990’s the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) was discovered. The ECS is a collection of cell receptors within the skin which helps to support its immune system. This is critical fighting environmental damage such as UV rays, pollutants and disease.
CBD, as an antioxidant, is even more powerful than Vitamin C, E, A, or omega 3 fatty acids, which are all present in hemp oil, making CBD a tremendous source as potent antioxidants.
Aestheticians see many clients suffering from acne. Acne is exasperating, and among adults it is surprisingly common especially menopausal women when estrogen drops and androgens elevate. In addition, excess oil, stress, hormone changes, medication, inflammatory iodide foods, and the wrong choice in skin care products to name a few specifics are linked as incendiary trip wires to this disease of the pore.
Acne involves the overproduction of sebum in the sebaceous pore. These glands in our skin, typically near hair follicles, produce fatty oils called lipids. These lipids perform a number of functions, such as creating a barrier on our skin to keep out bacteria and viruses and working to lubricate and waterproof the skin. Sebaceous glands and hair follicles both contain endocannabinoid receptors, meaning their functions are affected by cannabinoids.
The anti-inflammatory properties of CBD can also control the other effects of acne because the skin around the lesion is intensely inflamed. CBD can act as an antibacterial agent also decreasing inflammation.
Although CBD hemp oil shows effectiveness in skin care products, such as regenerating formulas and acne care, the elements in hemp oil hold promise in the treatment of a number of more severe skin conditions.
Atopic dermatitis (eczema) has been shown to improve after treatment with hemp oil. Although the exact cause of atopic dermatitis is unknown, it is suspected to be a type of allergic response, with the corresponding rash associated with inflammation of the skin.
Like with eczema, researchers are unsure of the exact causes of psoriasis. It is thought to be linked to problems with the immune system, specifically white T cells in the blood. Researchers have seen promise in using cannabinoids to treat psoriasis through immune system regulation and anti-inflammatory effects.
There are many skin care companies that import hemp oil from Chinese, European, or Canadian sources, but I found that doing so can make it difficult to control the quality and purity of the hemp oil. Chemicals, that can be harmful to the skin, are used in countries with no control over processing. Only CBD processing guarantees the purest and most potent form of extraction.
How CBD is processed is critical to providing safe formulations efficacious for the treatment of the skin. Supercritical CO2 extraction process creates phase changes in carbon dioxide utilizing temperature and pressure. CO2 is known as a “tuneable solvent” making it extremely versatile for creating a multitude of end products by controlling temperature and pressure.
The unique design of the Hi-Flo Series systems allows for separation and collection of these constituents during a single extraction. This enables collection of light essential oils separately from other desirable constituents and heavier lipids. Supercritical CO2 fluid extraction (SCFE) methodology delivers a clean, unaltered, consistent-yet-flexible formulation for safe professional regenerative skin care.
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Written by Christine Heathman