Myth: CBD is another gimmick ingredient that has no skincare benefits

CBD is a potent antioxidant, meaning it can help to fight off free-radical damage caused by pollution, smoking, alcohol, exposure to chemicals, or your body’s own natural metabolic processes. Skin damage caused by free-radicals is an important factor in premature signs of ageing such as fine lines and wrinkles.

Specifically in skincare, CBD and hemp are known to help balance overly-oily skin by regulating the skin’s production of its natural oil, sebum. For skin that suffers from feeling greasy, with clogged pores and prone to blemishes, CBD could be the all-natural solution that can help to achieve balance without stripping your skin. This is particularly beneficial if, like many, you have a combination of oily and sensitive skin, where the use of acids to help control oil production is just too harsh for your skin.

Discover the ASCEND range and see how CBD skincare can work for you!

Myth: Crystal isolate is better because CBD oil is full of impurities

Cannabis Sativa Plant close up of buds.
CBD is a relatively new ingredient in mainstream skincare formulas. It can be difficult at times to know the difference between the different types of CBD available and figure out for ourselves what is marketing, and what is science.

The most common type of CBD you’ll find is isolated CBD. This is often referred to as “Pure Crystal CBD”, and claimed to be better for skincare as it contains nothing other than the isolated CBD molecule. Sometimes this isolated CBD is manufactured totally synthetically in a lab, despite the fact that the compound in found in abundance in industrial hemp.

CBD is a relatively new ingredient in mainstream skincare formulas. It can be difficult at times to know the difference between the different types of CBD available and figure out for ourselves what is marketing, and what is science.

The most common type of CBD you’ll find is isolated CBD. This is often referred to as “Pure Crystal CBD”, and claimed to be better for skincare as it contains nothing other than the isolated CBD molecule. Sometimes this isolated CBD is manufactured totally synthetically in a lab, despite the fact that the compound in found in abundance in industrial hemp.

“CBD Oil” is simply a mix of CBD molecules suspended in a vegetable oil, such as hemp seed oil. These oils can either contain isolated CBD or full-spectrum extracts. 

Crystal isolate CBD is the ultra-purified crystal form of the CBD molecule that is, as the name suggests, isolated from any other cannabinoids and terpenes that would otherwise be naturally present in cannabis extracts. It has many of the same benefits as non-purified extracts and is suitable for a wide range of cosmetic and topical applications.

“Full-Spectrum” extracts contain CBD as well as an abundance of other beneficial cannabinoids and terpenes that are extracted alongside CBD. These should not be seen as “impurities”, but as complementary botanical compounds that work synergistically with the key CBD molecule. Some companies will choose to strip out these compounds for a variety of reasons. We choose not to, so that we can present our extracts as nature intended.

The CBD extracts we use are grown and extracted in Europe, and undergo rigorous third-party testing to make sure they meet our quality standards.

Myth: there’s no CBD in here at all!

The CBD industry has often struggled with transparency, especially since some supplements from reputable Highstreet stores were found to contain either extremely low levels of CBD, or illegally high levels of THC, the cannabinoid responsible for the psychoactive effects associated with cannabis. In skincare, consumers can often struggle to compare products effectively as many brands refuse to disclose how much CBD is actually in their products.

We want to try and improve the standards and encourage consumers to demand transparency. Every single batch of ASCEND skincare products is tested to make sure that the amount of CBD you pay for is the amount that you receive. In fact, we purposely understate how much CBD is in each bottle, just to be on the safe side.

How can you be sure of this?

We have every individual batch of ASCEND products tested by third-party laboratories. Using precise gas chromatography techniques they are able to measure how much CBD, THC, and other cannabinoids are present in the exact product you’ve received. This is called a Certificate of Analysis (COA) and is something we provide as standard. You can find this COA and much more product information listed by batch number on our product pages.

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