We're officially on the next chapter of the CBD playbook, and the performer may soon have a starring role in skin care. Considered more valuable than CBD (mainly because it's rare and expensive to extract), CBG is not only the ultimate ingredient for acne-prone skin, but it's also anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and has antioxidant properties, making it a real workhorse. when packaged in products.
"The beauty of CBD is that it works with our skin's endocannabinoid receptors, allowing it to penetrate on a subcutaneous layer... and when combined with other antioxidants, it enhances performance, making them penetrate deeper into the skin," says celebrity esthetician Georgia Louise Vassanelli. .
We spoke to Vassanelli and the forward-thinking hemp brand Toasted bread co-founder Shovahn Rincon about their buzz Your Grace serum collaboration and the virtue of this hero ingredient. Continue reading to learn all about CBG and its place in the world of skin care to cannabinoids.
Meet the expert
- GeorgiaLouise Vassanelli is a renowned New York City-based beautician. Her eponymous brand, Georgia Louise, offers a range of skincare products and services extensively tested in her Upper East Side studio.
- Shovahn Rincon is the co-founder and COO of the forward-thinking hemp brand Toasted breadwhich offers beauty and wellness products, pre-rolls and even products designed for pets.
Ingredient Type: Antioxidant
Key Benefits: Calms, protects against oxidative stress, may help reduce skin rashes
Who should use it: Acne-prone skin, as well as anyone living in a polluted environment or suffering from inflammation.
À How often to use it : CBG is suitable for daily use.
Works well with : Antioxidant products
Do not use with : If you are pregnant or nursing, this ingredient may not be for you.
What is the CBG?
Cannabigerol (CBG) is considered the "mother of all cannabinoids" because it is the parent molecule from which other cannabinoids are derived. Rinco explains that the acid form of CBG, called CBGA, is abundant in young hemp plants. Yet as the plant matures and is exposed to ultraviolet light and heat, it converts to the more familiar cannabinoids, CBD and THC. By the time a hemp plant is harvested, it may contain less than one percent CBG overall, making this parent cannabinoid one of the oldest secrets and most ancient compounds on the planet.
"As we learn more about the benefits of CBG, market demand for this cannabinoid has increased and has inspired growers to identify and cultivate strains that retain more CBG content at maturity," she says. "Advances in extraction technology allow us to harvest this essence to more easily develop CBG-based formulations."
Benefits of CBG for the skin
CBG will calm and soothe your skin when applied topically, but its restorative antioxidant properties can help defend against oxidative stress. This will keep free radicals at bay and encourage an even, healthy glow, making it a great choice for those who live in polluted climates.
Since the hemp plant absorbs almost everything from the soil it grows (good and bad), it is important to identify trusted brands that are transparent about their sourcing and testing standards.
Why is CBG so expensive?
The CBG is a rare compound that produces usually less than one percent at the time of harvest, which limits its availability. A single bottle of serum needs thousands of plants to extract enough CBG for a punchy result.
CBG versus CBD
CBD and CBG are naturally present in a full-spectrum hemp plant as complements to each other, but in very different amounts: Typically, there is 25 times more CBD. Your body's endocannabinoid system plays an important role in the health of your skin and regulates everything from the production of oil and collagen to pigmentation. "Because CBD and CBG have different molecular structures, they bind to endocannabinoid receptors in different ways for distinct effects," notes Rinco. "At Toast, we believe in the power of the plant in its most natural form, so rather than isolating a single compound, we combine them to enhance the restorative properties of a product."
Be sure to read the labels before purchasing a product. While hemp seed oil is rich in nutrients, it does not contain any cannabinoids and therefore will not provide the topical benefits of CBD or CBG. If a skin care product contains CBD or CBG, you will find the words "cannabidiol" and "cannabigerol" specifically listed in the ingredients.
CBG has no known side effects, but as with most actives, if you are pregnant or nursing, consult your practitioner, who will be able to tell you if it is safe or if you should wait to try it.
About Your Grace CBG Serum
Rincon and Vassanelli developed the Georgia Louise for Toast Your Grace Bi-Phase Nightly Renewal Serum (270?) with a team of seasoned French scientists to ensure that the product was packed with powerful and proven ingredients, taking into account the synergy between CBD and CBG to maximize effectiveness while remaining gentle: "CBD and CBG enhance the effects of retinol, vitamin C , seaweed, blueberry extract and hyaluronic acid," explains Rincon.
Unlike many other serums, this one is two-phase, consisting of two parts: plant oils and water-based extracts. Actively shake the bottle before use to obtain the benefits deeply moisturizing water extracts as well as the hydrating benefits of plant oils. Like many serums, it's best used after cleansing and toning, and since this one contains a retinol component, it's ideal to use at night. "After applying the serum oil with gentle butterfly patting, wait for it to absorb and follow with cream," says Vassanelli.
When it comes to CBG, more is not always better. Like for most skin care ingredientsWhen using a product with a high concentration, the effectiveness begins to plateau above a specific concentration, and exceeding that amount can cause irritation. Look for products formulated by an experienced team with a scientific approach to skin care.
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