Is CBD beneficial To Hair, Skin & Nails?

By Andrew Megahy Jul 4, 2019 3 min

It’s hard to miss the craze of companies quickly producing CBD products in order to keep up with customers desire for the natural ingredient. Cannabinoid (CBD) seems to be the remedy to all our beauty problems but unlike some other beauty trends this might not just be a myth.

It’s hard to miss the craze of companies quickly producing CBD products in order to keep up with customers desire for the natural ingredient. Cannabinoid (CBD) seems to be the remedy to all our beauty problems but unlike some other beauty trends this might not just be a myth.

Scientific studies are showing Cannabidiol (CBD) to be the cure all plant. Making it the most talked about wellness and beauty ingredient anticipated to expand at a CAGR of over 33% through 2027. A market report published by Future Market Insights titled ‘CBD Skin Care Market: Global Industry Analysis and Opportunity Assessment 2019-2027,’ the revenue generated from sales of CBD skin care products is estimated to be valued at over US$ 645 million (~€570 million) in 2019. (1)

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Vogue magazine recently wrote “I always say CBD offers a three – pronged skincare approach – it’s anti-ageing, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.

Why is the hair industry getting involved?

Not a lot of research has been done for the benefits of CBD on hair and scalp. However hair experts are boasting about the oils nutrient profile. When absorbed through the scalp it stimulates and enhances the growth of hair as it contains all 21 amino acids, to help give hair protein (essential to damaged hair). It also contains fatty acids including GLA (gamma linoleum acid) which promotes natural hair growth.

Instead of buying multiple hair products a CBD hair product can moisturise, strengthen, fortify, seal the hair cuticles and protects the hair from environmental damage. (2) Cannabinoid receptors are found throughout your body and, so far, researchers have identified two major types : CB1 (found primarily in the central nervous system, including parts of the brain and spinal cord) and CB2 (found mainly in immune system tissues). Interestingly, both have been found in skin (3 & 4). Topical CBD products take up to an hour to absorb and should not have an overall greater affect than ingesting or inhaling but because the product can be directly applied to any specific area, users tend to report greater improvements in their condition.

Vogue magazine recently wrote “I always say CBD offers a three – pronged skincare approach – it’s anti-ageing, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.

Evidence has shown it to also be an anti inflammatory which is beneficial for acne, eczema and psoriasis prone skin. It also changes the way the body created Sebum which is an oily, waxy substance that protects the skin (5). It has also been shown that taking CBD orally can still act as an anti inflammatory to the skin. Vogue magazine recently wrote “I always say CBD offers a three – pronged skincare approach – it’s anti-ageing, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. In terms of an antioxidant on the skin, it provides a missing particle that a free radical can bond with, stopping it from going on to cause DNA damage. As for anti-inflammatory properties we know that skin ageing and inflammation go hand in hand, and CBD helps to combat oxidative stress (6). “Studies are constantly being released of the significant anti-ageing benefits for the natural compound proving it is the answer to youthful glowing natural skin.

Vogue magazine recently wrote “I always say CBD offers a three – pronged skincare approach – it’s anti-ageing, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.
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Evidence has shown it to also be an anti inflammatory which is beneficial for acne, eczema and psoriasis prone skin. It also changes the way the body created Sebum which is an oily, waxy substance that protects the skin (5). It has also been shown that taking CBD orally can still act as an anti inflammatory to the skin. Vogue magazine recently wrote “I always say CBD offers a three – pronged skincare approach – it’s anti-ageing, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. In terms of an antioxidant on the skin, it provides a missing particle that a free radical can bond with, stopping it from going on to cause DNA damage. As for anti-inflammatory properties we know that skin ageing and inflammation go hand in hand, and CBD helps to combat oxidative stress (6). “Studies are constantly being released of the significant anti-ageing benefits for the natural compound proving it is the answer to youthful glowing natural skin.

Is a £45+ Marijuana Manicure worth it?

CBD manicures are popping up all over America but CBD treatments are making their way onto Spa and Salon menus throughout the UK such as the Cowshed and The Natural Health Spa. The manager of The Natural Health Spa says “Our decision to add CBD to our Spa Menu is beyond being ‘on trend, it’s based on the vast therapeutic potential of cannabinoids. We are excited to incorporate CBD into our Spa as part of our continuous efforts to source the best in beauty and wellness solutions for our guests and clients (7).” Studies have shown that CBD is a potent antioxidant, it can kill off free radicals and prevent the development of fine lines and wrinkles which is perfect for the hands as that is where ageing first starts to show.

Is it Beneficial?

Yes, CBD is essential to hair skin and nails. It is unlike any other beauty ingredient to exist and studies will continue to show the benefits of adding CBD from skincare routines to oral application daily (8). Taking into consideration the vast amount of beauty products that are being released along with the beneficial research on applying topical CBD it is clear that Cannabidiol is here to stay in the beauty industry. In fact it is making a rather big impact considering the CBD skincare market is estimated to be valued at over $645 million this year and growing at the quickest rate any other industry ever has before (9).

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Is it Beneficial?

Yes, CBD is essential to hair skin and nails. It is unlike any other beauty ingredient to exist and studies will continue to show the benefits of adding CBD from skincare routines to oral application daily (8). Taking into consideration the vast amount of beauty products that are being released along with the beneficial research on applying topical CBD it is clear that Cannabidiol is here to stay in the beauty industry. In fact it is making a rather big impact considering the CBD skincare market is estimated to be valued at over $645 million this year and growing at the quickest rate any other industry ever has before (9).

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