Everything You Need To Know About Adding CBD To Your Skincare Routine

It seems like CBD, also known as cannabidiol, is everywhere nowadays. You can get almost any product with CBD infusions; whether it's wellness products or medication, CBD is the newest hit ingredient. It was only a matter of time for CBD to hit the market in your skincare products.


These products have made such a splash in the skincare world that, according to Forbes, the CBD skincare industry is expected to hit $1.7 billion by 2025. It's therefore safe to say that we'll be seeing tons of new CBD skincare products in the next couple of years.

Even though CBD products have made a large impact on the skincare industry, there are still plenty of myths and misconceptions out there about the safety and usage of CBD. A lot of these come from our overall lack of knowledge of CBD and the benefits that it can provide when used correctly.

Benefits of using CBD skincare products

To first understand the benefits CBD could have to your skincare routine, we must clear one of the most common misconceptions about CBD in general. As Healthline reports, CBD doesn't contain psychoactive effects, which is the property that gives people the feeling of being high.


When CBD is included in a skincare product, you may find that it helps control any type of condition in which the skin is reacting to a trigger. The purpose of CBD is to control the part of the body that reacts to triggers with conditions such as acne, inflammation, eczema, and more. Meanwhile, the external skin benefits of CBD include treating inflammatory acne, calming rosacea and eczema, and reducing breakouts (via Byrdie).

As well as treating your skin on an external level, CBD can do a lot for your skin inside. According to Foreo, CBD can also be used to treat skin issues that arise from internal problems such as stress. Because CBD also has therapeutic benefits, it can help reduce the amount of damage that stress can cause to your skin, such as acne breakouts.


Like with any skincare product, there is a certain degree of caution that should be used with CBD, especially when trying it for the first time. Although dermatologists at Cedars-Sinai have concluded that there are no known side effects about which to be concerned, they suggest still being vigilant about any skin reactions that may pop up.

How to properly use CBD

Thanks to its increasing popularity, CBD is available in almost any skincare product you can think of. But just like your regular skincare products, you should examine the proper usage of CBD before you end up doing more harm than good to your skin.


There are a few things you should examine before you purchase a CBD skincare product, according to Sundree. Like other ingredients, there are closely named ingredients that are not actual CBD. Hemp seed oil and cannabis Sativa seed oil are not the same as CBD oil and won't give you the same benefits. You will want to ensure that the label isn't misleading and you're purchasing actual CBD oil. Sundree also says to be careful with the amount of THC that is included in the product, recommending that you stick with a limit of 0.3%. This is the established and regulated amount allowed in skincare and is proven to be safe for daily skin use.

You also want to ensure you use CBD skincare products consistently. Essentia Pura states that most of the effects and benefits of CBD skincare can be seen only after continued use of the product. For this reason, you'll want to plan to make it a consistent part of your routine.


Which version of CBD to use in your skincare

As simple as CBD is, there are different versions of it that you must be aware of before setting your mind out on a product. The three types of CBD include full spectrum, isolate, and broad spectrum.

According to Apostrophe, the full spectrum has all of the benefits of CBD including the cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids compounds. This version also includes THC but is only legally allowed to contain 0.3% in skincare products. The broad spectrum contains the same benefits as the full spectrum but doesn't contain any trace of THC. Isolate is the only version that doesn't have any type of compound and is the purest form of cannabis.


While you can find a mixture of these versions of CBD on the market, it is essential to note that different types can affect you in various ways. As Verena von Pfetten, a co-founder of Gossamer, tells New York Magazine's The Strategist, cannabinoids can affect people's skin differently. Specifically, when speaking on full spectrum CBD, even though it is the most powerful of the three it is still relatively new to skincare. Since there are still limited studies on the matter, you should be careful about noticing any adverse skin reactions if you opt for a full spectrum CBD product.

Where you should add CBD to your skincare routine

Although you can technically use CBD in all parts of your skincare routine without problem, there are a few ways you should concentrate on if you want glowy and nourished skin.

Bottle & Stone recommends using CBD as a targeted spot treatment, lip product, face masks, and in combination with a gua sha tool. Because of its anti-inflammatory and oil-regulating properties, CBD is a great tool to use as a recurring spot treatment. CBD is a hydrating tool that can help work as a lip balm to aid dry, cracked lips during the winter. Tools like face masks and gua shas can help CBD oil or products glide easier onto the skin.


CBD absorbs into the skin with topical products that directly target affected areas. As Dr. Awais Spall tells CFAH, CBD absorbs into the skin as it interacts with our CB2 receptors. These CB2 receptors are correlated to the immune system, which produces inflamed skin and other reactions. By using CBD on the skin, even if combined with other ingredients, you'll be providing benefits to the skin.

Things to keep in mind

Even with all of the hype surrounding CBD, there are a few final things to note surrounding these skincare products to ensure you're using them correctly.

First, Face Dr. assures that it can be used on all skin types, so you don't need to worry about oily or dry skin, for instance. What's more, although hydrating, CBD can help you calm your oil production, aiding those who might have oily skin. If you have drier skin, CBD can help boost the moisture in your skin while adding some relief to dry, inflamed areas. For those with sensitive skin, CBD can help soothe acne and skin triggers that may be causing irritation and redness on the skin.


Dermapen adds that another unnoticed benefit of CBD is how multipurpose it can be. Even if you would like to replace all your products with CBD, you don't need to achieve these results. CBD can be mixed safely with other products and can be the added booster that your skincare routine needs. Ultimately, then, it's worth a shot if you're willing to try something out of the ordinary that might have some incredible skin benefits.