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CBD And Hemp Seed Oil may be the key to Summer ready skin.

CBD oil and Hemp Seed Oil have become very trending ingredients in everything from supplements to skincare and everything in between.  Many people have called the hemp/ CBD movement “over-hyped” because it gained popularity so quickly. They must be too good to be true……….. Right? WRONG! People love CBD and hemp seed oil products because they work! Who cares what the question is, CBD or hemp seed oil are your answers. You can ingest CBD for sleep, you can smear it on your face to prevent acne, you can massage your child with it to help ease muscle tension after their soccer game, and more! Hemp Seed Oil on the other hand is a non comedogenic oil that’s also hydrating and naturally provides a light sun protection while still allowing vitamin D absorption from the sun. 

While I am a skin care expert to ensure article accuracy, I decided to reach out to RVA’s first CBD dispensary and local CBD expert and owner of Kultivate Wellness in Midlothian. Shannon Somogyi has over 20 years of industry experience and knowledge so I asked her for a quote, and she surely gave me a lot to work with! 

So, I asked her what is the difference between hemp oil and CBD oil?

Shannon states “First and foremost, they are both Cannabis! Cannabis is a genus of flowering plants in the family Cannabaceae. Cannabis is one of eight genera in the Cannabaceae family. Some of the most well known cannabis plants are including but not limited to; 

  1. Hops, used to make beer. 
  2. Marijuana that many are familiar with or use medicinally. 
  3. Hemp, which is what we will be referencing in regards to legal CBD here in VA.

 Hemp oil is a nutrient-rich oil that contains no cannabinoids and no THC (the psychoactive compound found in marijuana). Hemp Seed oil has been around for decades. It’s sold at health food stores and is used in both cooking and skincare. Hemp Seed oil, in particular, is known for not clogging pores (non comedogenic), having anti-inflammatory properties, and providing superior moisturization to keep the skin looking and feeling supple. It can be added to a product or just used on its own as a face oil.

Cannabidiol (CBD) oil is a product that’s derived from cannabis. It’s a type of cannabinoid, which are the chemicals naturally found in the hemp plant. CBD oil can legally contain up to 0.3% THC (the psychoactive compound found in marijuana) based on federal law. So far it’s been shown to be a powerful anti-inflammatory, like its cousin hemp seed oil. It also reportedly helps in healing: acne, sensitive skin, rashes, eczema, psoriasis and more! CBD also has a ton of antioxidants.”

As someone who suffered from acne for more years of my life than not, when I find skin care product(s) I love, I am fiercely loyal! However, years of suffering with bad skin and thousands of dollars on my education as a Certified Natural Health Practitioner, and Master Aesthetician later I realized my acne was the symptom and not the source. My acne was a symptom of not knowing any better as a teen. My mom bought plain old bar soap, so that’s what we washed our faces with too. I didn’t even know what an Aesthetician was until I was 27. As an adult my acne was a result of over exfoliating because I thought if I scrubbed hard enough I could scrub it off. Turns out my skin just needed a little bit of TLC, and comfort food. Most of the time we treat acne very harshly instead of gently, and the acne is actually a symptom of sensitive skin VS acneic skin, meaning the acne comes about because we have overprocessed our skin.  

What is unique about CBD oil and hemp seed oil in skincare products is that they are 2 of the few ingredients that can help get rid of acne but are also super gentle to the skin’s barrier function. Many anti acne ingredients in skin care dry up the acne but also dry out the skin, so for some that gets rid of the acne but then the skin gets red and inflamed. For others the harsher ingredients may even make acne worse because they are so drying and over-exfoliating that they over process the skin damaging the skin’s natural barrier function. The skin’s barrier function is the natural process of your epidermis to prevent transepidermal water loss (keeping the skin hydrated), it also protects your body from outside pathogens. Your skin is your body’s first line of defense!

Some benefits of CBD in skincare products are:

  • Anti-Inflammatory- reduces redness and inflammation associated with conditions such as rosacea, or eczema
  • CBD’s antioxidant properties are impressive; naturally fighting free radicals which help prevent sun damage and premature ageing as well as protect against airborne toxins
  • Calming hypersensitive skin
  • By nourishing the epidermis it helps repair the skin’s barrier function, increasing your body’s protection from environmental toxins
  • Cbd and the ECS produce a regulatory function in our skin’s sebum production which can minimize breakouts (basically regulating oil production)
  • Cbd has also shown a combined ability to cause apoptosis [abnormal, aging and damaged cell death] while having antiproliferative effects [preventing the spread of cells, especially malignant cells, into surrounding tissues]. This allows room for regenerated, healthy cells to take their place.
  • The anti-inflammatory effects of CBD are able to shine because of our ECS; The ECS, among its many abilities, regulates the activity of cytokines and chemokines [pro-inflammatory proteins in the body involved in immune activity]. The simple logic being the fewer pro-inflammatory proteins produced equals less inflammation and a more efficient immune system. Less inflammation in our bodies equals less inflammation on our skin. 

Some benefits of Hemp Seed Oil in skincare products are:

  • Rich in Omega Fatty Acids which may help balance your skin’s natural antioxidant activity
  • Hemp Seed Oil has a natural SPF of 6, so using it in conjunction with a good mineral sunscreen can help boost your skin’s protection.
  • Non Comodegenic, Non Acnegenic (will not clog pores or cause acne)

CBD oil and Hemp Seed OIl can be found locally in many awesome skincare products such as cleansers, masks, under eye treatment creams, face creams, face oils, or even body care products. 

I really love Soji Health’s CBD infused facial cleanser, it is made with very simple ingredients, is gluten free, and smells amazing. The light scents you can appreciate are the natural extracts of bergamont, cucumber, and rosemary.

Some amazing local CBD masks are:

Affordable Spa’s CBD receptions mask, which is a super nourishing cream mask that is gentle enough to be worn overnight as a sleep mask. It smells like hemp infused lavender loveliness.
Kultivate Wellness has 2 options from their own line for CBD masks they sell; a Seaweed & French Clay option and a Chamomile & Dead Sea Mud option. Mud and Clay masks are incredibly detoxifying as they pull away toxins, and Chamomile and seaweed are calming ingredients. Each of their options contain 250 MG of CBD.
Soji Health also manufactures my favorite CBD under eye cream, bye bye bags. Their intense recovery cream works quickly and is super affordable. We also carry this line at Affordable Spa if you wanna pop over for a visit VS. waiting for shipping. 
I personally prefer a hemp based face oil as my final moisturizer but for those that prefer a cream, The Green Hemp Oil cream at Affordable Spa is amazingly hydrating, yet non comedogenic. 

Nick Czatt, owner of Your CBD store in Mechanicsville reminds us “While CBD is a game changer to any skincare regimen, it can only do so much topically. Studies suggest a specific combination of both, internal and topical application; have the highest potential in balancing a person’s ECS (endocannabinoid system), and ultimately many skin conditions. What does all this actually mean? With a balanced ECS, a person is theoretically in a better position to combat things like skin-related wounds, acne breakouts, various forms of dermatitis (eczema), seborrhea, psoriasis, itch and others.” 

Check out some of your local, small businesses for your CBD and Hemp Seed oil needs!

Brandi M. Bovell Part Time: Licensed & Insured Massage Therapist Licensed & Insured Aesthetician Certified Natural Health Practitioner Blogger Business Owner Full Time: Wife and Mother My goal in life is simple, I want to help others feel less broken. I prefer to work with clients who come in to treat issues as opposed to people who come in for simple relaxation. I am a healer, who mends. I take a whole person approach. If a client comes to me with skin issues, for example it may or may not be the products they are using, it may be an issue being caused by diet or lifestyle, and the same goes for a client coming in with sciatica, it may be old hips, or it could be body mechanics. Let’s figure it out together and get on the right path for whole body homeostasis. I attended American Institute of Massage (Now called Lotus School of Integrated Professions), under the instruction of the famous Joseph Schibner in 2005, took my national exam in 2006 to be state licensed. I have taken over 4,000 hours’ worth of continuing education hours since that time in various massage techniques, but my favorite type of massage to perform is sports massage, trigger point therapy, and western style table Thai massage. In 2008 I attended Trinity College of Natural Health, and received the designation Certified Natural Health Practitioner in January of 2009. I really enjoy learning any aspect of holistic health because in addition to utilizing my skills to help my clients, I apply these principals in my daily life to avoid cold and flu with all the germs my little ones bring home from school and daycare. I believe that living a Paleo lifestyle, daily yoga, regular massage therapy care, and drinking enough water is the foundation of living a life of natural wellness as our bodies were designed to do. I attended American Spirit Institute in 2017, under the instruction of Melissa Deaton (local Aesthetician rock star, with over 25 years’ experience), and took my state boards in January 2018, and passed with a 93, and received the designation Licensed Aesthetician. My passion in skincare came from dealing with my own adult acne after being diagnosed with celiac disease in 2010, and realizing that my body wasn’t properly absorbing nutrients, which was causing my skin issues along with other problems. Because of what I went through, I made it my mission to help people with auto immune disorders and the relating skin problems, and I know I found my calling when I see the sparkle back in my client’s eye, when I know they are now comfortable with the skin they are in, as we all should be. I love all aspects of the Spa & Wellness Industry however I consider my specialties to be migraine relief, sciatica relief, weight loss, and auto immune related skin problems. I founded my first business Affordable Spa Services in August of 2011, renting 1 room, we have now grown have 5 rooms, and employ 2 other licensed Aestheticians, and 6 other licensed massage therapists, and are now located in the eclectic Scott’s Addition Historic District. I pride myself on being an equal opportunity employer with a diverse and inclusive practice. I founded my second business, Savasana Yoga Mat Bag Company in 2017, we make yoga mat bags from 100% recycled spa linens and donate 20% of all proceeds to a different charity each quarter. When I am not seeing spa clients, I handle all the marketing and administrative aspects of both companies, and have started assisting other small business owners in their marketing efforts as a Marketing Coach, my goal with this is to teach other small business owners the basics of popular online marketing platforms, so they can do it themselves effectively and empower them to put their own original values and mission statements back in front of their brick and mortar establishments. I have a strict rule for myself Mondays thru Wednesdays are for all the above, Thursdays thru Sunday is dedicated 100% to my family. My number 1 supporter; my husband Steve and I are proud parents of a daredevil 7-year-old son who loves to read and practice Taekwondo and a sassy, but too adorable 3-year-old daughter who loves to play outside and create artwork. We have a 3-year-old pit bull at home named Shadow, who still has a lot of puppy in her, and loves to run up and down stairs, and spend time at doggie daycare visiting her buddies. When I have time to myself, I enjoy reading, traveling (especially camping), running, practicing yoga (especially hot vinyasa, and rocket yoga), and hanging with my kids. Some of my qualifications are listed below: Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork Licensed Massage Therapist by The Virginia Department of Health Professions Licensed Aesthetician by Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation Certified Natural Health Practitioner Active Professional Member of Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals Active Professional member of Associated Skin Care Professionals Professional Member of The VA Chapter of Certified Natural Health Professionals Certified in CPR/ AED through American Heart Association Earned over 4000 continuing education hours since 2006 Thai Yoga Massage Practitioner Advisory Board Member for ECPI, and Chester Career Colleges Prenatal Massage Certified Practiced Techniques: Aromatherapy Reflexology Swedish Massage Deep Tissue Massage Trigger Point Therapy Neuromuscular Therapy Lymphatic Drainage Massage Hot Stone Massage Prenatal Massage Infant Massage Thai massage Thai prenatal massage Pet massage The Natural Health services I provide include: Paraffin treatments Ear candling Nutritional & Herbal Counseling


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