Ask An Expert: Gemma Colao, CBD Co-Founder

Gemma Colao
Can CBD oil help menopause? We talk to CBD co-founder Gemma to find out how CBD helps menopause symptoms and dry, midlife skin.

CBD oil is one of the most talked about ingredients in beauty and wellbeing products. But what is CBD? And when it comes to CBD oil and menopause, can CBD help with menopause symptoms?

To find out, we asked Gemma Colao, co-founder of OTO, a UK-based CBD brand. Gemma has a personal interest in the power of CBD, which she discovered whilst living and working in California. She used ingestible and topical CBD products to manage her own anxiety and hormonal acne.

Back in the UK, she looked for a CBD brand to use, but couldn’t find one she liked – so she launched her own. She tells why she’s a fan of the powers of CBD, why she thinks CBD oil is fantastic to help with menopause symptoms and why she swears by it for her own hormonal mood and skin issues.

What is CBD?

CBD – or Cannabidiol – is a molecule found in the cannabis or hemp plant. CBD helps our body better regulate itself and restore balance, which can have a positive effect on your sleep, mood and skin amongst other things.

Is CBD a drug?

No, this is a common misconception. Pure CBD is a derivative of the cannabis plant, but it is non-psychoactive and non-hallucinogenic. CBD has been declared safe by the World Health Organisation because you cannot become intoxicated, addicted or overdose on it.

What is CBD oil good for?

CBD oil is brilliant for supporting your body to regulate itself and maintain a healthy balance. CBD interacts with your body’s endocannabinoid system, which plays a significant role in your nervous system. It helps the body effectively process stress and anxiety, in turn rebalancing hormone levels and improving sleep patterns.

As a result, leaving you feeling more calm, focused and productive, especially when taken as part of a daily routine.

Is CBD oil beneficial for perimenopause and menopause symptoms?

Because of CBD’s ability to help bring your body back into balance, it can be a fantastic support in alleviating symptoms of perimenopause and menopause, such as stress, sleep, brain fog and skin.

My sister is currently going through menopause and has found the OTO Sleep Drops, £69, essential for a good night’s sleep. Additionally, OTO’s Focus Roll-On Oil, £69, helps her manage her mood and keep calm and centred throughout the day.

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As you know, during menopause your skin texture and tone changes along with declining oestrogen and progesterone levels, leaving it feeling dry and lacklustre. CBD is a wonder oil for supporting healthy skin; promoting skin cell rejuvenation and rebalancing oil production, leaving skin looking and feeling revitalised.

What products do you recommend for midlife women, and why?

Our Sleep Drops, £69, Night Eye Treatment, £49 and Focus Roll-On Oil, £69 are my top picks for women suffering from trouble sleeping, brain fog and lacklustre skin. 

A best seller for good reason, our Sleep Drops calm a busy mind, helping you drift off with ease.

OTO’s Night Eye Treatment is so powerful at tackling dryness, signs of aging and fatigue; reviving your skin even during a sleepless night! 

Can CBD oil help with hot flushes?

Our Focus Roll-On Oil is the perfect on-the-go companion to calm yourself down after a bad moment or hot flush. It supports focus, and the stimulating scent of peppermint and ylang ylang is the perfect antidote to brain fog.

What is CBD skincare good for?

When used topically in skincare, CBD has powerful benefits.

Responding differently depending on your individual skin needs, CBD is an incredibly versatile ingredient. It supports healthy skin rejuvenation and sebum production, revitalising and rebalancing both oily and dry skin alike. CBD is also an antioxidant and protects skin from the damage of free radicals.

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Does CBD oil help balance hormones?

As someone who has always really struggled with monthly hormone swings, CBD has been a game changer for me. Using OTO CBD skincare daily has helped manage my hormonal breakouts.

Taking daily CBD through a combination of our roll-ons and drops has had a really positive impact on my stress and anxiety, both of which are deeply interconnected with my hormones.

What OTO products do you use throughout your day and how do they help you stay feeling your best?

Personally I’ve always struggled with stress and anxiety, which is actually how I discovered CBD in the first place and why we founded OTO. I couldn’t find any effective products when we moved back home to the UK after living in the US.

OTO’s Roll-On Essential Oils were the first products we developed and are my ultimate handbag, desk and bedside essentials. Designed to be rolled on your wrists and temples, they’re an easy way to absorb CBD without having to use a tincture or ingest anything.

We’ve created three different scents to meet your needs at different moments of the day, through enriching CBD with complimentary blends of essential oils. Focus, £69 supports concentration and clarity, Amplify, £69 allows you to embrace shared social moments and Balance, £69, helps you unwind and find calm before bed.


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