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Ethical Skin: The Potential Benefits Of Vegan CBD Skincare

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Ethical Skin: The Potential Benefits Of Vegan CBD Skincare

CBD's popularity has risen to meteoric heights in recent years, and businesses have been becoming more creative in how they incorporate cannabidiol into their products. CBD skincare is one of the most popular methods of reaping the potential balancing and centring effects it can provide. CBD skincare products are such a convenient and straightforward way of adding to your lifestyle, as well as your self-care routine. What's more, these products are organic and vegan, making them inclusive for everyone to use. In this article, we will shine the spotlight onto the potential effects that CBD-infused vegan products hold, not just for your skin, but for the world at large.

Environmental impact of using vegan products

Not only is using vegan products ethical, but the general impact of veganism is felt on the environment as well. First of all, let's define what being a vegan means, as the question 'what is a vegan?' comes up a lot. If a person describes themselves as a vegan, it means that they follow a plant-based diet; that includes grains, nuts, fruits, and vegetables. Unlike vegetarians, vegans do not eat any products that come from animals, such as eggs, milk, and other dairy products. This also extends to clothes, as wearing real fur is something that vegans generally strongly oppose, and this also extends to the skincare and makeup products they use. All ingredients need to be vegan-friendly, and not tested on animals. Becoming a vegan affects all aspects of life, and it's all about living more ethically and sensitively. Here is how following a vegan lifestyle can positively impact the environment:

Resources: 

The human race's appetite for meat can cause damage to countries all over the world. Large areas of land are bulldozed to create more room for animals destined for the slaughterhouse, and the space needed for them to feed. The Smithsonian Institution reported that every minute, the equivalent of seven football fields worth of land is bulldozed for this very purpose. It has also been reported that a massive 80% of agricultural land in the United States is used to raise animals intended to become food products and the grain needed to feed them. This equates to nearly half the landmass of 48 states. This is in the US alone, and doesn't even consider the global picture and scale of the resources needed.

Pollution: 

The University of Oxford revealed the impact a vegan diet could have on the world. It examined almost 40,000 farms in 119 countries, making it one of the most extensive looks into veganism’s impact to date. They reported that dairy and meat production is responsible for 60% of greenhouse gas emissions in agriculture. They also examined the way in which the meat and dairy industries contribute to water and air pollution. Joseph Poore, who co-authored the report, states that a vegan diet is most likely a great way to reduce your carbon footprint in terms of greenhouse gases, global acidification, eutrophication (when levels of oxygen become depleted in bodies of water), land use, and water use. In fact, the information reveals that removing dairy and meat products from your life could reduce your carbon footprint by 73%, simply by changing to a healthier diet!

Kindness to animals: 

While the majority of farming factories follow legislation and are as humane as possible, sadly, not all are. After all, the business is all about producing animals and animal products in the most cost-effective manner possible, as they are a business and need to make a profit. This can result in animals being kept in small cages and in abusive conditions, unable to run around, and being forced to consume drugs that compel them to fatten up in a fast, unnatural manner, so that they will be more pleasurable for humans to consume. 

What is CBD?

Let us now answer the much-asked question, 'what is CBD'? Cannabidiol, or CBD, as it's more commonly known, is an all-natural substance derived from the cannabis plant. It makes up one of over one hundred other compounds in the plant, with CBD being the most well-researched compound. It is incredibly prevalent in a range of products, however, CBD skincare products have seen a staggering rise in popularity, as attitudes and laws around the compound begin to change and become more accepting. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is one of the other most notable compounds, however, due to its psychoactive properties it does not appear in most CBD self-care products, and if it does there will only be trace amounts (less than 0.2%). CBD holds no intoxicating properties, hence its rising popularity as the main ingredient in many products. To make CBD oil, it needs to be extracted directly from the plant and then diluted with a carrier oil, such as coconut or hemp oil. MANTLE's The Original Oil utilises organic broad-spectrum hemp extract and organic MCT oil from coconut. To consume it, all you need to do is place your desired number of drops under your tongue or blend it up into your food or drink.

Why use CBD-infused vegan skincare products?

CBD skincare products are very much in-tune with the vegan lifestyle as a whole, particularly when it comes to us here at MANTLE, as our skincare products don't just contain premium CBD, but are infused with many other active vegan and organic ingredients that care for your skin. Before we get into these, let's first consider the commonly-searched-for phrase 'benefits of CBD in skincare.' CBD skincare can come in many different forms, such as balms, creams, masks, bath bombs, and oils. The phytocannabinoids, carrier oils, terpenes, and other ingredients all contribute to a natural skincare routine. When a CBD skincare product is applied and rubbed into the skin, terpenes release aromatic and pleasant smells. 

Terpenes in themselves are natural, as they are the compounds that are naturally present in hemp. For example, caryophyllene naturally produces a spicy and wooden smell, while linalool can produce light floral scents. These smells can effect your mind by inducing a sense of balance as you go about your skincare rituals and self-care routines. An excellent way of adding CBD skincare to your self-care routine is through massage, as the majority of skin conditions are only worsened through an increase in stress levels. This includes psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, skin ageing, and acne. 

CBD has the potential to balance and centre our skin, as a happy body inside will reflect on the outside through the outermost layers of our skin. CBD in skincare can influence the skin right down to pores, as it can balance out the excess of sebum that can clog them. Excess sebum can lead to skin conditions such as acne, and CBD can balance our skin once more. In our CBD skincare line, we not only include premium CBD oil, but also our completely natural and vegan 'hero ingredients' that can effect your skin in numerous ways. Let's take a look at what these stars of skincare can do!

Vitamin E: 

This ingredient is a powerful potential antioxidant. It is included in our CBD skincare lines, as it may potentially nourish and repair damaged skin due to UV light and free radicals. These are unstable atoms that can cause damage to your cells, and therefore your skin. Vitamin E can possibly the negative impact of free radical damage, as well as purportedly support our cell function and immune system- this allows your internal balance to be reflected outwardly, through the skin.  

Shea Butter: 

Shea butter is extracted from the nuts that grow on the shea tree, and it has actually been used in cosmetics for centuries. It is included within MANTLE'sThe Calm Balm’ for its deeply moisturising and nourishing properties. You can apply the balm to patches of dry skin on your face, lips, and even your cuticles. Shea butter is considered one of our hero ingredients due to its ability to suit all skin types, in particular dry and sensitive skin. In fact, it's so gentle on the skin that there have been no reported allergies in any literature in regard to shea butter cosmetics or skincare. Thanks to its fatty acids, such as oleic, stearic, and linoleic, when it's applied via a skincare product, it will absorb quickly and begin restoring lipids and moisture to the skin. It also provides fantastic anti-ageing effects. This is thanks to it containing triterpenes, which may potentially contribute to the deactivation of the destruction of collagen fibre. This can potentially minimise the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines on the skin, giving it a more youthful appearance.

Bakuchiol: 

Similar to shea butter, this hero ingredient also has potent anti-ageing effects. The British Journal of Dermatology published an article detailing that bakuchiol is effective when it comes to possibly reducing the appearance of uneven skin tone, fine lines, and wrinkles. Also, most importantly, it was less irritating for the skin, meaning that people with sensitive skin may use the product in skincare. This is due to the fact that bakuchiol does not decrease the oil gland size, meaning the skin won't 'fight back' and cause dryness or uncomfortable patches. Another in-depth look discovered that bakuchiol might potentially help the skin to become less sensitive to the harmful UV rays from the sun.

Niacinamide: 

When it comes to general skin balance, many people are turning to skincare products that include niacinamide, and this is why you will find it included in MANTLE's CBD skincare products, The Dream Mask being the perfect example. Simply apply a generous layer all over your face and neck, and wake up feeling the potential balancing effects and looking radiant! In addition to its moisturising effects, niacinamide is also regarded as an anti-acne agent. Many have demonstrated that niacinamide can be a potential anti-acne compound. The research indicates that no participants suffered from any adverse side effects of niacinamide, and their acne saw significant improvement.

Bisabolol: 

No doubt you will be familiar with chamomile, and the potential effects that it can provide, however, you are less likely to be familiar with bisabolol, and the possible benefits that it can add to your skincare rituals. It comes from chamomile essential oil, and in its raw form, it's an oily, colourless liquid substance. Bisabolol is often included in skin care products to allow for the easy absorption of other ingredients, so you can be confident in the knowledge that it will enhance your skincare experience by promoting the effective use of the product. Research has demonstrated its potential in possibly balancing hyperpigmentation, which is caused by the overproduction of melanin or overexposure to harmful UV rays. This can cause dark patches to appear on the skin.

Carrot seed oil: 

This ingredient is active in The Glow Serum, to allow your inner glow to shine through! To apply, simply smooth and massage the serum onto a clean face. Its use is versatile, as you can wear it under moisturiser, alone, or as an overnight mask for extra nourishment. Research into carrot seed oil has highlighted its antioxidant and anti-ageing properties. This means that adding our Glow Serum to your skincare routine may have you looking as good as you feel.

Hyaluronic acid: 

Don't panic, although the name of this ingredient might sound scary, it's actually a gentle gel-like substance. Many anecdotal tales have demonstrated the potential properties of this ingredient, as applying it to sore skin or wounds may contribute to balancing the skin. It may also hydrate the skin, and therefore lets you retain a radiant, youthful appearance.

 Vegan CBD skincare can have many potential effects on both the balance of your skin, and the health of the world at large. Infusing CBD with vegan and organic skincare products seemed like the next logical step. CBD is very much in-tune with the vegan lifestyle, thanks to its all-natural origins and balancing properties. You can be confident that the products you are buying from MANTLE are ethically-sourced and safe to use, and this can be a balancing experience in itself. Incorporating vegan CBD-infused skincare into your routine is also easy in and of itself, and it may balance your already-healthy lifestyle in an ethical and considered way.