As medical research continues and the beauty obsession grows opinion remains divided on the science, yet beauty brands and skin clinics have jumped right on the CBD skincare bandwagon.
CBD has been one of 2019’s biggest buzzwords — or rather, buzz-abbreviations as it stands for cannabidiol. Over the past year it has been loudly touted as having a multitude of health and beauty benefits.
The oil is made by extracting CBD from the cannabis plant, then diluting it with a carrier oil like coconut or hemp. It is non-psychoactive and doesn’t get you ‘high’. CBD binds to receptors found in the body, brain and nervous system which can lead to health benefits.
CBD skincare benefits
While research and healthcare must tread carefully in its developments, the beauty industry has taken CBD skincare and run with it because it has been found to be very good for calming and relaxing the skin; assisting with giving it that youthful look. Not only have testimonials shown to regenerate, firm and soothe your skin, but – most importantly – it feeds it with the vitamins, antioxidants, phytonutrients and essential fatty acids that are essential for youthful, flawless skin essentially assisting in reviving your skin.
It also has anti-inflammatory actions that people have said are helpful for conditions such as acne, psoriasis, and eczema. There are also balms, body salves and hemp creams available which have been found to help pain with relief, post workout recovery and inflammation.
CBD is also an antioxidant, which means it can help protect skin from damage by UV rays, pollution and free radicals — antioxidants are a MUST in any decent skincare routine and a holy grail for those who live in cities and polluted areas of the world.
CBD facials in London
1. The classic facial at YoungLDN, Notting Hill
Here your treatment will start with a CBD coffee to “relax the mind and get you in the zone”. You will then have a mild peel followed by a CBD oil facial massage. It claims to be best for those with the following skin types: dry, dull, ageing, acne or red-prone and tired looking skin.
2. The deep clean at Blush and Blow, Fulham
A double cleanse followed by skin exfoliation and a glow enhancing mask. The facial includes a 20-minute detoxing lymphatic drain facial massage using Kannaway CBD Oil (1000mg CBD), serum and moisturiser. Upgrade from £100 to £120 (both one hour) for microdermabrasion in which fine crystals and a vacuum removes dead skin cells.
3. Sensitive skin (face or body) at Cowshed Carnaby, Soho
Their CBD Facial (60 mins for £90), is an anti-inflammatory version of the signature facial involving a cleanse, steam, exfoliation and extraction followed by face, neck and shoulder massage and mask with scalp, hand or foot massage. This version uses MariPharm’s CBD-infused cream to help calm irritation and inflamed skin. You can also have a massage (60 mins for £105) using MariPharm’s essential oil with heated Thai compressors to relax the muscles