Why Hemp for Skin Care?
An Interview with Dr. Kimberly Lincoln of GLAUX CHEM®
The increasing popularity of CBD has led to questions about it’s use and effects. One area where a lot of CBD innovation is taking place is in skincare. In this post, Dr. Kimberly Lincoln gives us some insight into common questions about how hemp and CBD are relevant to skincare.
Dr. Lincoln completed a Ph.D. in bioinorganic chemistry at Texas Christian University before moving to Tucson, AZ, for postdoctoral studies at the University of Arizona. In Tucson, Dr. Lincoln founded GLAUX CHEM® with the mission to help those with skincare needs by creating natural products inspired by Mother Nature. In addition to her entrepreneurial ventures, Dr. Lincoln has worked in both the pharmaceutical and cannabis industries, recently as a consultant for Canna Advisors.
Now Some Questions!
Dr. Lincoln, thanks for taking our questions today. Before we get into specifics, could you give us some more background into your journey with GLAUX CHEM®?
My journey to creating GLAUX CHEM® goes back to my childhood. I’ve always enjoyed creating new things. I was born to be a chemist, and my parents bought me a chemistry set when I was seven years old. I was ALWAYS in the kitchen, mixing random ingredients to see what would happen (and still do!). As a teenager, I loved makeup and skincare products and dreamed of having a beauty company.
The idea for my beauty came about serendipitously while I was in graduate school. I’ll never forget the day back in 2012 when I first learned about the endocannabinoid system. I was sitting in a series of lectures, and one of the speakers named Dr. Sherwood Brown, a psychiatrist at UT Southwestern Dallas, gave a talk on his work on the endocannabinoid system in regards to the human brain. I am fascinated by brain chemistry, so I was particularly intrigued by his research.
After our day was over, I hurried back to the lab and started researching more and more about these endocannabinoids, or human-made versions of CBD or THC, and was astonished to find how incredibly neuroprotective these molecules are.
Upon my search to learn more about these endocannabinoids, I came across an article about a man named Rick Simpson, who claimed he cured his skin cancer with cannabis oil, now famously called Rick Simpson Oil or RSO.
Fast forward about a year later, I was reading through this vegetarian recipe book called Meatless, my friend Ashley gifted me, and I came across a recipe for brussel sprouts that I wanted to try. Part of the ingredients involved hemp oil, and up to this point, I had never heard of hemp oil.
I went to the store to buy the hemp oil and was shocked to find the oil was actually in the refrigerated section of the store. After eating this oil and thinking about the Rick Simpson Oil I learned about, I started to wonder about using hemp oil on my skin.
Naturally, I started to search for articles about hemp oil and skin in a bunch of different scientific databases like PubMed, Google Scholar, and other journals, but no reports came up. The fact that I could not find any papers about hemp oil and skin, I became inquisitive, and as any scientist would do started experimenting on myself. I stopped using my lotion and started using hemp oil on my skin. After a few months, I was happy with how my skin looked and felt and decided to start GLAUX CHEM®.
What benefits do people seek from hemp oil and CBD for skincare? Is there any factual evidence this stuff works?
Yes, there are a ton of benefits that come with using hemp oil and CBD skincare products, but to answer this question completely, let’s first distinguish between hemp oil and CBD since these two things are chemically much different.
The common question I get asked by customers is if hemp oil and CBD are the same. No, they are not the same. Hemp oil is a liquid and contains a mixture of over 400 natural compounds, and one of these natural compounds is the single cannabinoid CBD.
The simple way to remember the difference is: you can make CBD from hemp oil, but you cannot make hemp oil from CBD. Think of CBD as the child of hemp oil. Hemp oil is nutritiously rich for both your body and skin. In addition to cannabinoids like CBD, hemp oil also contains skin-loving compounds like omega fats, vitamins, pigments, and minerals. Each of these kinds of molecules boosts the health and beauty of your skin in a few ways.
- CBD and other cannabinoids bind to the receptors of your endocannabinoid system. There are plenty of studies that show your skin’s endocannabinoid system helps regulate cells that produce sebum, a natural mix of fats and waxes that protect your skin from water loss and dehydration. Sebum keeps your skin supple and hydrated and wards off damage from sun and heat.
- Essentially, CBD balances your skin’s natural oil production levels and may alleviate issues with dry skin and oily skin, and even acne.
- CBD also has good anti-inflammatory properties, and other studies indicate CBD may alleviate the severity of dry, itchy patches associated with chronic conditions like eczema and plaques in psoriasis.
- Hemp oil is bursting with omega unsaturated fatty acids like omega-3, omega-6, and omega-9, which strengthens your barrier and boosts hydration by preventing water loss from the top of your skin. Your skin is a fatty organ and likes other fats, like the omegas. Studies show omega fats strengthen your skin’s outer layer and promote keratin production, which effectively makes your skin resilient to cuts and tears.
- Omega fats, too active your endocannabinoid system, and play a part in evening out your natural oil production and help ward oxidative damage from free radicals and inflammation.
- Omega fats are powerhouse ingredient for the skin and should be an essential component of any skincare product.
- The pigments like chlorophyll and beta-carotene in hemp oil work to find off damage from the sun UV rays and free radicals. UV rays and free radicals are bad news bears for you and cause your skin to burn and lost water, develop sun spots, and premature wrinkles. In addition to the sun-protective properties, these pigments act as natural tanning compounds to eliminate splotchy skin tone by restoring your natural luster.
- Hemp oil is also abundant in skin enriching vitamins like C and E, for example. Vitamin C is necessary for collagen production; the protein that makes up over 75% of your skin. Vitamin E is a critical part of wound healing and scar prevention. It also has anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that work to keep your skin healthy, moist, and supple by stopping damage from free radicals and other environmental factors.
- Metals are vital to the health of your skin. Hemp oil is concentrated with minerals or metals like zinc, copper, iron, and magnesium that supplement wound healing, lock in water, and promote the production of new cells. Studies reveal people who are deficient in these metals develop skin lesions and have issues with wound healing and repair.
How do hemp oil and CBD interact with the skin?
To answer this question fully, we need more research, but from what is published now, hemp oil and CBD keep your skin’s layers intact, cells nourished, and strengthen your skin by increasing keratin production and locking in water.
These ingredients also work with your skin’s endocannabinoid system to regulate oil production and your aid in your immune system during tissue repair by calming inflammation and redness.
We have clients with a wide range of issues from eczema, psoriasis, oily and combination skin, acne, scar tissue, and aging skin. They typically notice significant improvements with their skin issues, usually within the first seven days of using our patented hemp skin oils.
Do you hear any common concerns from people using hemp oil or CBD for skincare? What do people considering these products need to be cautious of?
No, I have not heard or read reports any issues of people using hemp oil for skin care.
The one thing I’ve heard in regards to edible or ingestible CBD is not to use if you take drugs that are metabolized by the liver. If your doctor instructs you to stay away from grapefruit, then you should avoid oral dosing of CBD.
As always, you should consult with your physician before consuming CBD if you have any questions or concerns.
Do you use hemp or CBD for anything besides skincare?
Yes, I am a regular cannabis user and enjoy using CBD bath bombs and topicals for pain. My most favorite self-care regimen is to go for a bike ride, come home, and then do a little soak and toke with a bowl, CBD bath bomb, and some rock tunes. I get out of the tub, feeling relaxed and ready to take on the day!
I also give my senior dog CBD treats and a broad-spectrum tincture daily to help with her mobility and energy. I am happy to report she has more pep in her step since I added CBD to her daily routine!
That’s a Wrap! Let’s Review:
According to our expert, there is plenty of evidence that hemp oil and the CBD it contains can be an effective addition to any skincare regimen! In addition to CBD, hemp oil contains a wide variety of beneficial compounds like omega fats, UV protective agents, vitamins, and minerals. More research is needed, but it seems that cannabinoids like CBD can interact with the natural endocannabinoid receptors in the skin. Hemp oil might be especially helpful for people that want to alleviate eczema, psoriasis, oily and combination skin, acne, scar tissue, and aging skin.
Learn more about the skin benefits of hemp oil and GLAUX CHEM® here.