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What's your greatest skin care challenge?
As women and a growing number of men of color, what's your greatest skin care challenge? Whether it's dark spots, uneven skin tone, dark circles,puffiness under your eyes or hair that won't grow, you'll find a product that can possibly become the solution to your challenge.
Moisturizers and ingredients that hydrate your skin will always be your best friend, for your face, body and hair. So look for products with nourishing and nurturing ingredients. Shea butter, cocoa butter, mango butter and jojoba oils are a few of the ingredients to keep on your list.
We've got new additions to our store for you. Essential oils have been known to help calm and soothe skin and scalp irritations. Although you'll find a sample kit on the hair category page, you can use them for any of your skin and hair care needs.
The hair care sample kit has been given an upgrade. We've increased the size of the container on the shampoo and conditioners and added a hair butter sample to the mix.
Although there's beauty in your blackness, your skin is sensitive and needs protection from the sun just like everyone else. So if you know you're challenged by sunburn, add a few drops of Lavender essential oil to Jojoba and Grapeseed Oil and create a nice body oil for yourself. It will bring comfort and beauty back to your skin.
We're listening to you and your suggestions, so keep an eye on the category pages and your emails for updates.
Until next time ...
Dedicated To Your Beauty
What Happens When You Combine CBD Oil and Black Skin Care?
What is CBD and how does it help your beautiful black skin? From magazine stands, to books, to special reports, CBD is in your face. Why now? Could it be that consumers like yourself are looking for a more natural alternative when it comes to treating beauty challenges and your well-being?
Back to the original question … what is CBD? For those of you that are thinking it’s marijuana, it’s not. Just like any other flower that produces essential oils, CBD is the oil form that’s traditionally extracted from the hemp flower. CBD is derived from the hemp flower, it contains less than 0.3 percent THC, so you will not get high.
CBD - Cannabidiol - is the second most commonly produced compound in cannabis varieties bred for their medicinal use and the most common in varieties bred for agriculture (commonly known as hemp). Unlike THC, CBD is non-intoxicating (won’t get you high). Research, scientist and people in general are interested in CBD for its medicinal interest for its anti-epileptic, anti-anxiety and anti-inflammatory effects.
CBD Comes in Many Forms
No longer just in brownies, CBD can be consumed in many forms and because you’re not interested in the intoxicating effects of THC, smoking would not be your move. We know that your beauty begins from the inside out, so edibles, supplements and ingestible's might be of interest to you.
However, if your interest is primarily for something that you can apply to your skin, topicals would suit you better. Therefore, you’d look for products that are lotion, cream, salve based or bath balms.
The CBD amount in these types of products can begin to treat conditions in five to 15 minutes in many cases. Reason being, you’re applying topicals directly on the area of your skin that needs help. CBD has been known to support your skin’s natural healing process, thereby, shortening the lifespan of breakouts and eczema/psoriasis flare-ups.
What to Look for In a Skin Care Product.
Avoid products that claim “full-spectrum”, because these products are known to contain all the original compounds found in the cannabis flower: cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids. This means your product could contain THC. You could possibly feel high.
Price is often a marker of how pure a product is. If you find a CBD oil claiming 100 mg potency for under $40, it’s highly possible that the CBD is not pure. Look for products that clearly claim CBD purity above 95%. The likelihood of these products containing CBD that has been refined multiple times to remove the other cannabinoids present in the hemp plant is higher. The purer the CBD, the better it will be for your skin.
Beauty and The Black Girl With CBD
In the world of beauty, your skin can often have challenges with inflammation and this causes you anxiety.
How can CBD products help your beautiful black skin? Are you challenged with puffy eyes, acne, redness and rashes, not knowing how to handle them? Quite often these particular challenges are because of inflammation.
Inflammation is your immune systems way of responding to damaged skin cells or harmful irritants found in a lot of products. Your body has two receptors (CB1 and CB2), also known as endrocannabinoids. They are compounds your body produces to activate them and the enzymes that break the compounds down.
CB1 receptors are mostly clustered in your brain and central nervous system. CB2 receptors, are distributed throughout your lymphatic system, immune system and your skin.
It’s being said the CBD can reduce inflammation by suppressing the proteins that typically communicate with immune cells that signal a response.
What Products Are On The Market Now With CBD?
Face - Eye Creams, facial serums, mask, oils and moisturizers are gracing the shelves of health food stores and big brand skin care boutiques. Although they’re being sold as reducing puffiness, acne and redness of your skin, you’ll be the best judge of that based on your results.
Body - These products are typically in base of Shea butter, essential oils or carrier oils such as coconut oil, jojoba oil or grapeseed oil. Whether it’s dryness, redness or skin irritations, products are coming to market in the body category with CBD in them to help with these challenges.
Bath - We all know that there is nothing more relaxing than your body immersed in a tub of warm water. CBD's main claim to fame is as an anti-anxiety compound, so why not add CBD infused products to your bath. Bath salts and bath bombs make great additions to your spa like environment for extra relaxation.
Don’t be fooled …
A lot of products are coming to market with hemp seed oil and being labeled as having CBD oil. It’s important for you to know that CBD oil is not the same as hemp seed oil. Someone always has to screw it up, right?!
So ... How would you shop for CBD?
Look for the actual letters CBD on the label, or the words cannabidiol, hemp extract or hemp extract oil.
You’ll want to look for hemp grown in the U.S. or Europe and certified as organic, organic compliant, Eco-farmed or food grade hemp. This verifies that the hemp isn’t grown with or near dangerous contaminants. Hemp absorbs anything in the soils around it, so it’s important to know the source of the product you’re purchasing.
Please note: The USDA only recently started allowing hemp farmers to certify their crops, so finding certified-organic hemp might still present somewhat of a challenge.
It’s important to have third party testing information. This enables you to know the amount of active CBD and other cannabinoids in the product as well as their purity. You’ll learn whether or not they’re free from solvents, heavy metals, pesticides or bacteria.
What does the Future of CBD Hold in the World of Wellness and Skin Care?
Research shows that CBD is a very effective substitute for opioids used in pain management. This of course refers to ingestible and marijuana in general. In 2018, a study found opioid prescriptions had dropped significantly in states where marijuana is legal.
As for skin care and your beautiful black skin, we continue to watch and study new product ideas. We'll provide information on what to bring to market and laws allowing the sale of them. As of December 2018, Congress passed the 2018 Farm Bill, removing industrial hemp from the Schedule 1 drug list. This gives farmers the green light to grow hemp more freely.
This means that hemp-derived CBD products are now legal to “ship” in the U.S. This is very important.
I’ll continue to bring you updates from the world of CBD as it applies to caring for your beautiful black skin.
That’s it for this week. As always …
Dedicated To Your Beauty,