Published on 07/15/2021 at 5:00 PM PST
Generally, CBD falls into 3 categories—isolate, broad-spectrum, and full-spectrum.
CBD is in everything these days. And you might be wondering if there’s any good reason for that. When it comes to skincare, our answer is emphatically yes (with some important caveats). But first things first—what is CBD?
CBD, in short, is (one of many) compounds found in cannabis. Unlike THC however, it doesn’t get you high and has no psychoactive properties. In 2018, the Farm Bill passed and lifted restrictions on hemp—and CBD started to explode. But not all CBD is created equal.
Generally, CBD falls into 3 categories—isolate, broad-spectrum, and full-spectrum. In summary, isolate is when just the CBD is isolated, with nothing else. Broad-spectrum may include other cannabinoids (compounds from the full plant) but does not include any THC. Finally, full-spectrum yields all the goodness the plant has to offer, including THC, though only at less than 0.3%.
At No Thank You, we use full-spectrum CBD, which we firmly believe is the best possible option, and you’ll find it in all of our topical skincare products. This means skin reaps the benefits not just of CBD, but also of other cannabinoids. Though CBD gets the most attention, we’re big believers in the benefits of some of the other cannabinoids, like CBG, CBN, and CBDA. CBDA in fact, has actually been shown to be an even more potent anti-inflammatory than CBD. In combination, this is often referred to as the entourage effect—which basically refers to the idea that cannabinoids are more powerful when used together than alone.
THC in a skincare product doesn’t (and literally can not!) get you high and there is promising research around its efficacy as a skincare ingredient.
There’s a lot of confusion and misinformation in the CBD space, especially when it comes to isolate vs. broad spectrum vs. full spectrum. And there are no regulated definitions for any of these categories, the only way you can tell what you’re actually getting is to read the lab report or COA (certificate of analysis). Reading the COA yourself is the ONLY way to make sure a product has what it says it has (more on that coming soon!). You can find our COAs on each product page of the No Thank You website.
What does CBD do for the skin?
CBD is one of those wonder ingredients that can truly benefit multiple skin types and concerns. CBD is a hydrating, antioxidant-rich oil with emollient benefits helping to soften and hydrate the skin. Hydration and antioxidants: two things that all skin benefits from. Furthermore, it’s a potent anti-inflammatory, and, according to New York City-based top dermatologist Dr. Josh Zeichner, “may be useful in treating a variety of skin conditions like dry skin, eczema, and psoriasis.” It also shows promise for those struggling with acne. “There is data to suggest it decreases oil production, so it may be helping in treating acne-prone skin,” he says.
No Thank You’s Skincare
At No Thank You, we pride ourselves on more than just our top-notch quality CBD. These products are not just off-the-shelf formulas with CBD sprinkled in. And though, to start, we have a lean lineup of three products, they cover the bases of a solid skincare routine.
A Cleanser For Anytime is your morning and evening cleanse. It contains charcoal, an antibacterial ingredient that leaves skin purified, and exfoliating glycolic acid, but, thanks to hydrating ingredients like glycerin, will also never leave skin feeling stripped. The CBD in this formula is nano-emulsified. (Nano-emulsified=fancy terminology for breaking the CBD molecule into teeny-tiny particles). These teeny-tiny particles are easier for the body to absorb, which also means less CBD is required to pack a punch, effects-wise. (Nano-emulsified=fancy terminology for breaking the CBD molecule into teeny-tiny particles), so even though cleanser doesn’t stay on the skin long, skin still benefits from CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties.
An Oil For Day blends a CBD-rich oil with your daily Vitamin C serum. We’ve used Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, an oil-soluble form of Vitamin C that doesn’t have the stability problems traditional Vitamin C is known for (basically, you don’t have to worry about this formula oxidizing a few weeks after it’s opened). There’s also kakadu plum in this formula—a botanical source of Vitamin C. CBD and Vitamin C are both antioxidants, so help protect the skin from environmental damage. Vitamin C is also known for its brightening properties. As Vitamin C is an active ingredient and can occasionally sensitize skin, the CBD in this formula is even more powerful, helping to mitigate any potential irritation. Finally, squalane and meadowfoam, and rosehip (a natural source of Vitamin A, the same Vitamin retinol comes from) all abound in this nourishing formula.
A Mask For Night is a coconut-water based gelee mask fortified with nano-emulsified CBD, but CBD is far from the only superhero ingredient. Niacinamide addresses countless skin concerns (it minimizes pores and strengthens the skin barrier to name a few) and generally boosts skin health. Hyaluronic acid hydrates and plumps skin. Centella Asiatica (aka Cica) soothes irritated skin. Manuka honey is both a humectant (so it helps the skin retain moisture) and another ingredient with soothing properties. It’s also got gluconolactone, a polyhydroxy acid (PHA) that gently resurfaces skin to improve texture. The result? Calm, smooth, hydrated, and happy skin when you wake up.