By Amiah Taylor, for Poplar
We are living in a time where there is a renewed interest in natural beauty solutions. Consumers want to know what’s in their beauty products and they are examining labels more closely than ever. Perusing beauty sites like Ulta and Sephora, there is a new ingredient that has become a beauty buzzword: CBD, which stands for cannabidiol. CBD has taken the beauty industry by storm and has made its way into sunscreens, face oils, mascaras, clay masks, and even spa treatments.
I’d like to walk you through what CBD oil is exactly and why it deserves to be on your mother’s beauty counter!
With so many companies trying to sell products under the cannabis umbrella, it’s easy to get scammed into buying a product that doesn’t offer any real benefits. In order to be an educated consumer and to better refine your search, it is important to know the difference between CBD oil and hemp seed oil. In the beauty industry, these terms are being used interchangeably but there is an important distinction. CBD oil is made by extracting CBD from the flowers and the leaves of the cannabis plant whereas “hemp oil” is derived from hemp seeds and has little to no CBD. Both oils are non-psychoactive. Both contain omega-3 fatty acids but only CBD oil has phytocannabinoids, which can positively impact your overall health by reducing inflammation, increasing restful sleep, and alleviating pain-related symptoms. So while hemp seed oil won't clog your pores (it’s non-comedogenic) it won’t relieve your pain either.
So you might be asking, what’s the use of CBD in beauty products? Is it just another trendy oil that will soon be replaced by the next best thing?
According to this study, 12% to 22% of American women from ages 26 to 44 suffer from some level of adult acne. Acne is difficult to treat because it has a lot of moving parts. Stress, poor diet, and even hormones can all lead to inflammation, excess oil and sebum production, and clogged pores. One of the reasons that CBD is a must-have in your beauty arsenal is the way it can fight off acne symptoms. CBD oil packs a punch because it controls swelling and inflammation while simultaneously reducing excess oil production that can lead to pimples.
Additionally, whether you have acne or not, dandruff is a widespread annoyance that a lot of people suffer from. The Washington Post cites that 50 million Americans suffer from the “affliction.” Well CBD can be a hero not just for your face but for your scalp as well. CBD oil can reduce inflammation on the scalp that causes the itchiness and flaking that comes with both dandruff and eczema. While there are no conclusive studies that show that CBD oil can increase hair growth, the fatty acids in the oil can help your hair retain moisture and softness.
At this point you may be thinking, CBD oil sounds great, but how do I know if I’m purchasing a legitimate and trustworthy product? Poplar is your one-stop shop for all of your CBD needs. As a modern-day drug store, they thoroughly vet and test every stocked product for potency, quality, and sustainability. You can read more about their Poplar Promise here. They do the heavy lifting for you, maintaining positive relationships with CBD farmers and experts to curate a store full of the very best and purest CBD products you can think of.
If you’re interested in crafting a one-of-a-kind gift for your Mom, might I humbly suggest one of my personal favorites, the Sleep: Medicine Cabinet Must? Between the Juna Sleep the Night Away Tincture with soothing chamomile oil (check out more about this wonder ingredient here) and the Mind and Body Soothing Tea packed with delicious passionflower, your Mom will be whisked away to a beautiful aromatic paradise.
As always, have a beautiful Mother’s day full of love, laughter, and CBD!