You’ve probably been hearing a lot about cannabidiol (a.k.a. CBD) lately. The active compound extracted from the hemp plant, cannabis sativa, has been creating quite the buzz in the wellness and skincare fields (but rest assured, CBD is non-psychoactive, which means there is no actual “buzz” associated with this botanical extract). It turns out, CBD is a phytocannabinoid, a potent antioxidant with many health and skin benefits.
CBD and your complexion
Cannabidiol is not exactly a new ingredient. The use of CBD dates back thousands of years. Even ancient civilizations have reportedly used the phytocannabinoid as a remedy for everything from soothing muscle aches to wound care. In fact, it’s this impressive history and its lengthy list of healing benefits that has led Dr. Perricone to tap into topical CBD as a potent skincare ingredient in the CBx for Men line.
So, how exactly can something that comes from the hemp plant affect the appearance of your skin? It turns out that your body produces its own naturally-occurring cannabinoids called endocannabinoids (they’re not at all related to the cannabis plant). Their purpose is to support your skin’s endocannabinoid system, a complex network that’s job is to keep your skin in homeostasis—that is, a happy, healthy, and balanced state. When this system is out of whack, well, so is your skin. Your complexion may be irritated, oily, dry, blemish-prone, or even itchy.
How does CBD help skin?
We are still learning about the benefits of topical cannabidiol in skincare products, but leveraging the medical studies done on CBD, researchers believe that when applied to skin’s surface, it supports your body’s own natural process to give you a smoother, clearer, and a calmer complexion. More specifically, here’s what the ingredient is thought to do for your skin. CBD may….
…slow the visible signs of aging
CBD has potent antioxidant properties (similar to tried-and-true antioxidants, vitamins C and E). Antioxidants protect the skin from free radicals, unstable molecules unleashed by environmental aggressors (such as UV rays and pollution) that damage the structural parts of
…soothe your complexion
Topical CBD is not only a gentle, non-irritating ingredient, but it’s also thought to help soothe visibly red skin and alleviates dryness and itch. The phytocannabinoid is mild enough for delicate skin.
Topical CBD is thought to help sop up excess oils. This is especially good news for those with a
CBD in skincare products
CBD skin treatments are certainly trending at the moment. A Wall Street Journal Magazine article on the cosmetic use of cannabidiol, which featured Perricone MD, credits the growing number of states that have legalized marijuana for all the recent interest in topical CBD. As the stigma surrounding cannabis fades and more research emerges on its benefits, the race is on for beauty companies to harness CBD’s powers in skincare treatments.
However, not all cannabis-derived topical ingredients are created equal. Some of the cannabis-derived products on the market may not have the same potency or deliver the same results. Simply put: They’re just capitalizing on the CBD high right now.
Perricone MD uses only pure cannabidiol powder, an extremely costly ingredient that’s not easily accessible. So, how do you know you’re getting the real deal? If you don’t see cannabidiol listed as an ingredient on the back of a CBD-containing product, there’s a chance it’s not actually in the treatment.
The pure benefits of CBx
Perricone MD’s CBx for Men skincare line contains pure CBD, derived from the hemp plant to address men’s unique skincare needs. When used regularly, the three-step routine helps to hydrate skin, reduce excess oil, soothe dry skin, and is designed to smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The entire collection shares a masculine, woodsy-herby scent that’s also infused with a subtle hint of hemp, of course.
Here’s what the CBx for Men line-up offers:
This gel-to-foam cleanser deep cleans even the oiliest of skin without leaving your complexion dry and tight. It also preps and softens stiff stubble for an easier shave. How to use it: Apply the cleanser to damp skin. Massage it with your fingertips until skin until it forms a lather, and then rinse well with warm water. The cleanser is gentle enough to use morning and night.
The refreshing tonic hydrates, cools, and soothes skin after shaving. The refreshing properties of the phytocannabinoids diffuse the appearance of any post-shave redness [AM1] and alleviate dryness. How to use it: Apply a generous amount to face and neck immediately following a shave.
This formula hydrates skin without feeling heavy or greasy, key for an oil-prone complexion. The powerful antioxidants in phytocannabinoids protect against free radical damage. It’s formulated to reduce the appearance of fine lines[AM2] and keeping skin healthy, rejuvenated, and youthful looking. How to use it: Apply the moisturizer morning and night to clean, dry skin (following the after-shave if you’ve just shaved).
Perricone MD is always on the forefront of the newest—and the most effective—skincare ingredients, which is why it chose pure CBD for its CBx for Men collection. Try this product trio for a cool, calm, and well-balanced complexion.