Skincare companies are always on the lookout for the next “latest and greatest” product ingredient, a “breakthrough” that gets people talking. When reviews and consumer testimonials are overwhelmingly positive, you’ll typically see a marked increase in the number of brands marketing formulations of their own. That’s just how the industry works.
With the growing popularity of hemp-derived CBD, there’s no shortage of beauty brands adding a range of cannabinoid-infused skin care products to their inventories. But when you’re serious about adding CBD to your skincare routine, it’s important to choose wisely. Once you know how to differentiate between skincare companies offering high-quality CBD products and brands using the cannabinoid as a marketing tactic, it’s much easier to avoid a potentially disappointing purchase.
Why Are So Many People Using CBD Skincare Products?
Many chemicals and compounds commonly used in personal care products can damage ecosystems, harm wildlife, and even interfere with healthy skin function.1 As awareness of the possible implications grows, today’s environmentally conscious consumers are moving away from some of these potentially detrimental substances in favor of natural, plant-sourced alternatives.
When applied topically, CBD interacts with important receptors found on nearly every type of skin cell, the endocannabinoid system (ECS) receptors. Based on what the research shows so far, ECS receptors help regulate oil production, skin cell turnover, moisture retention, collagen production, barrier function, and more. Although CBD is not a treatment or cure for any known skin condition, preliminary studies suggest the cannabinoid could be helpful with several inflammatory skin conditions, including acne, eczema, and psoriasis.2,3
Should I Be Concerned About Which Brand I Buy? Will I Need to Spend a Lot for Quality?
When you’re using any CBD product, quality matters, whether you’re stirring a serving of CBD oil into your morning latte or applying the cannabinoid topically. Since there are many factors that can make or break the quality of the CBD skincare products you select, it’s important to do your homework. It’s also important to remember that paying top dollar for any skincare product is never a guarantee of quality.
Instead, shop around. Look beyond any brand’s marketing claims and attractive packaging and take a few minutes to read product reviews and customer comments as you compare ingredients and brand philosophies. Once you’ve found a selection of items that align with your skincare needs and budget, you’ll be able to spend more time on the details that ensure you’re purchasing high-quality CBD skincare products.
Comparison Shopping? Here’s What You Need to Know
As you compare brands, you’ll soon discover that many companies charge ridiculously high prices for creams, serums, and lotions that contain very little CBD. Upon further investigation, you’ll also find that some misrepresented products contain no CBD at all. You can protect yourself from a potentially costly mistake by looking for important details you might not otherwise consider.
Stick with Brands That Specify Potency in Milligrams
Reputable brands specify how much CBD is in each of their products. That’s why you should be wary of any company that fails to specify an exact amount of CBD in bottles and jars. If a beauty brand is using vague terminology like “highest potency” or “concentrated formula” without specifying the potency of their CBD products, an amount of CBD identified in milligrams (mg), keep looking. Chances are there’s too little CBD to have any impact on your skin.
Look for Hemp Oil Extracted from Aerial Plant Parts
CBD is the most abundant of more than 100 non-intoxicating cannabinoids in mature hemp crops. Although CBD oil and hemp oil tend to be used interchangeably, anyone shopping for CBD products needs to remember that there are two distinctly different types of hemp oil. Only the oil extracted from the stalks, stems, and flowers is a legitimate source of CBD. If a brand does not specify the source of their hemp oil, read the list of ingredients. Cold-pressed hemp seed oil has no CBD.4
View the Certificate of Analysis
Industrial hemp has a remarkable ability to pull heavy metals and other potential toxins from the soil. That’s why the best CBD manufacturers rely on test results from an independent lab to ensure product purity, potency, and overall quality. Of course, any company could claim its CBD skincare products are third-party tested. That’s why it’s important to stick with brands that allow you to view the actual certificate of analysis before purchasing.5
Look for Brand Certifications
The certifications held by any company can tell you a lot about brand values, priorities, quality standards, and commitment to consumer satisfaction. Since the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) considers many beauty industry claims too vague to be enforceable, the certification symbols you’ll often find displayed on product labels and company websites can help you determine which aspects of production are accurately represented.
How Do BOTA™ CBD Skincare Products Compare to Other Brands?
BOTA™ is part of the Balanced Health Botanical family, a parent company that specializes in hemp-derived CBD products. That’s how we can claim, with confidence, that BOTA™ skincare products are made with high-quality CBD sourced from naturally cultivated crops. But that’s not the only distinction that sets us apart from other beauty brands.
BOTA™ CBD skincare products are made without artificial fragrances, harsh chemicals, or other questionable ingredients that can cause more skin issues than they solve. Instead, we’ve identified some of the best skincare ingredients nature has to offer, plant oils and extracts selected for specific skin concerns.
You may also find it helpful to know that BOTA™ plant-powered CBD toner, serums, moisturizers, and body care products are formulated for all skin types, paraben-free, vegan-friendly, and crafted in a cGMP certified facility. On our product pages, you’ll find the third-party test results for every facial and body care product we offer. BOTA™ CBD skincare products are also backed by the following credentials.
US Hemp Authority™ Certification
Consumers appreciate knowing the products they select are verified by respected organizations. Balanced Health Botanicals was among the first group of thirteen companies to achieve US Hemp Authority™ certification. This distinction identifies CBD companies that adhere to a stringent set of guidelines. Companies that achieve certification are routinely audited, inspected, and held to strict industry-specific regulatory standards.6
Leaping Bunny Certification
Purchasing cruelty-free products sends a clear message to companies about your stance on the ethical treatment of animals. BOTA™ CBD skincare products are Leaping Bunny certified, a distinction that confirms our steadfast commitment to six main obligations, including a commitment to reject product ingredients from any supplier that engages in animal testing and an ongoing pledge not to conduct, commission, or be a party to any form of animal testing.7
To learn more about nurturing, protecting, and reviving your complexion with hemp-derive CBD skincare products, visit BOTA™ to read our Complete Guide to Natural Skin Care. Then consider browsing our selection of products. You can verify our commitment to purity, potency, and product quality by viewing the third-party test results on our product pages or scanning the QR code on your product label.
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2. Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology. S Baswan et al. (2020 December 08) Therapeutic Potential of Cannabidiol (CBD) for Skin Health and Disorders.
3. Byrdie. F Xue. (2021 September 09) Confused About CBD in Skincare? Here’s Everything You Need to Know.
4. Kings Report. (2003) Review of Nutritional Attributes of Good Oil (Cold Pressed Hemp Seed Oil) By Professor Tom Sanders and Dr Fiona Lewis, Nutritional Sciences Division, Kings College London.
5. ProVerde Laboratories. (2018) Industrial Hemp/Cannabidiol (CBD).
6. CBDistillery. (2019 March 21) US Hemp Authority™ Certification: The Seal of Stringent Self-Regulatory Standards.
7. Leaping Bunny Program. (2021) The Corporate Standard for Compassion to Animals.