It’s an industry worth more than $100 billion, but a general lack of innovation and a list of chemical ingredients that are impossible to pronounce has led to a stale and somewhat outdated cosmetic consumer market. Enter Cannabidiol (CBD) the breakout star of the cosmetics industry- offering a natural remedy to a number of conditions, as well as the opportunity for innovators to capitalize on the rapidly developing CBD skincare industry.
From Farm to Face Masks-The Demand for Cannabidiol is Rapidly Increasing
The 2018 Farm Bill has finally lifted restrictions on the federal cultivation of hemp across the United States. Coinciding with this easing of restrictions is a huge increase in research and development of CBD and other minor cannabinoids- such as those found in ECS Brands Full Spectrum CBD- as demand throughout North America is steadily increasing.
In 2018 the hemp industry was worth an estimated $1.1bn, with hemp-derived CBD accounting for 36% of the market, and personal care products, including cosmetics, a further 18%. This figure is expected to more than double by 2022 ($2.6bn) with some research indicating it could rise to be worth more than $16bn by 2025 if regulations continue to ease.
With ongoing research into the potential therapeutic effects of CBD, as well as its effects on the body, it is rapidly generating opportunities to incorporate the cannabinoid into a number of products, including:
- Consumables- Food and Beverages
- Topicals and Tinctures
- Supplements and recovery aids
- Cosmetics such as skin creams, moisturizers, serums, lip balms, and facemasks.
Moreover, market indicators suggest that the increasing demand for Cannabidiol and more specifically the CBD skincare sector is expected to grow by more than 30% year on year, predicted to be worth an estimated $1.7bn by the mid-2020s.
With major retailers like CVS and Walgreens already stocking CBD skincare products, and Amazon following not far behind, this could be the perfect opportunity for you to get ahead of the game.
Does the CBD Actually Make A Difference?
Cannabidiol interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system, namely the CB1 receptors in the brain, and CB2 receptors in the human immune system. When it comes to skincare, cosmetics, and topical products, the epidermal layer of our skin acts like a huge sponge, absorbing the lotions and balms we apply to it. Coincidentally, these upper layers of our skin also contain cannabinoid receptors (the TRPV-1 receptors)- giving rise to the CBD skincare industry in the first place.
Diving deeper into the integration of CBD in cosmetics and skincare, the cannabinoid can be used to enhance topicals for the same therapeutic benefits proffered by oils and consumables- namely, it’s anti-inflammatory and analgesic (painkilling) properties.
In small clinical studies it has been shown to regulate oil production and reduce sebum- both key proponents in the development of acne- and may offer a non-steroidal treatment of the skin condition. Furthermore, ongoing research suggests CBD could be used in the treatment of other epidermal issues such as dry skin and eczema.
Moreover, with a rise in opioid-related addiction, many people are turning away from pain pills and looking for more natural and alternative solutions. With its painkilling properties, CBD has also been effective as a non-invasive means of treating minor pain, such as joint and arthritic pain, swelling, as well as aiding in recovery from physical activity.
It has also been suggested that the CBD accumulates in the upper layers of our skin over time, and as such using it as an alternative ingredient in recovery balms, joint creams, and similar topical products may provide ongoing relief from these minor ailments.
Creating Your Own CBD Skincare Range
While Cannabidiol is the poster child of new age cosmetics, it is only one of more than 100 cannabinoids found in the hemp plant. The federal legalization of cannabis (not just hemp) in Canada also means that restrictions on research into these cannabinoids has been dramatically reduced, whilst simultaneously increasing the types of cosmetic and consumable products than can be produced over time.
This product development, as well as the potential for new clinical trials, is expected to confirm the therapeutic benefits of the CBD and the minor cannabinoids- such as ECS Brands Cannabigerol- and will also see them become prominent features of the cosmetics industry in years to come. As it stands, there are no restrictions on using hemp-derived CBD and other minor cannabinoids in topicals, cosmetics, and CBD skincare products in the U.S.
These extracts are already available through our wholesale portal for you to introduce to the world of skincare. Of course, when it comes to cosmetics, you also have to consider the additional ingredients such as vitamin C, D, and moisturizers, as well as the overall scent and feel of the topical, which ECS Brands can help you to develop.
What Are You Terpene About?
Recent research has also suggested that the terpenes present in hemp/cannabis flower may also play a key role in enhancing the therapeutic benefits of CBD. Terpenes are responsible for the scent given off by the flower, and isolating them (or adding terpenes from other plants) not only gives you options to flavor your creations- such as citrus or lemon scents- it can also open up pain receptors, and increase the bioavailability of the cannabinoids.
Curious About Your Own CBD Skincare Range?
Developing a CBD enhanced skincare range isn’t just the domain of big corporations. ECS brands offer a full suite of retail development products, including:
- Product formulations, design, and development
- Product testing and branding
- Consistent quality and purity of CBD and other cannabinoids thanks to our wholesale products and extracts
- Packaging design and distribution
- Turnkey private labeling and development
- White labeling
If you have always considered developing your own range of skincare and cosmetics, want to enhance an existing product line, or simply want more information- ECS Brands is here to help!
By offering a wide range of full-spectrum, hemp-derived CBD and other cannabinoid extracts, ECS brands can help you to design, develop and distribute your own CBD enhanced cosmetic range. With a wealth of experience in the CBD industry, exclusive access to extracts and wholesale ingredients, as well as decades of combined experience in branding, product development, design, and distribution, we can offer a one-stop-shop to help you get started in this industry.
Alternatively, if you’re looking for full-spectrum CBD extracts or other cannabinoid isolates and tinctures we can also supply the base ingredients for your own product development. For more information, visit our wholesale portal or reach out and connect with one of our product managers via firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
About ECS Brands
ECS brands is a Colorado-based company delivering true full-spectrum hemp oils, extracts and distillates.
With a focus on whole-body health and a balanced lifestyle, ECS brands are simplifying research and education through its range of hemp-based products, targeting the body’s endocannabinoid system to help restore both neural and physical homeostasis.
Moreover, ECS brands promote entrepreneurship and product integration with a range of wholesale extracts, oils, and distillates. The company also oversees the operations of a number of hemp-based brands, including Hemp Fuel, Care By Derma, and Enlighten Hemp, to further drive the adoption of hemp-based products and holistic health.