In this episode, we're setting the record straight on one of the most polarizing ingredients out there. Learn what to search for when buying a CBD-infused product. (Runtime: 5 minutes)
However, when compared to skin-care pillar ingredients like retinols and vitamin C, the research behind CBD's efficacy in skin care (especially beyond the realms of being a temporary topical pain reliever) is still relatively in its infancy. "There is limited data to suggest that CBD may decrease oil production when applied topically," says Joshua Zeichner, director of cosmetic and clinical research at Mount Sinai Hospital, who explains that unlike marijuana, which contains psychoactive THC, hemp seed oil is a common source of naturally anti-inflammatory cannabinoids — which is what ends up in all of those lotions and potions. "Hemp seed oil also acts as an emollient to smooth rough cells on the skin's surface and offers moisturizing benefits," he adds.
So whether you love to slather your skin in serums or treat yourself to a 20-minute mask session, this trendy ingredient has found its way into virtually every step of our beauty regimens. Here, we present 17 CBD-infused skin-care products to add a hit of calm to your daily routine.
Unless you've been tuned out to the beauty world these last few months, odds are you've heard of an ingredient called CBD (short for cannabidiol). The buzzy ingredient, which, no, won't get you high, even if ingested as an oral tincture or supplement, has now evolved into a bonafide skin-care trend, with brands offering a luxe spin on what used to be a highly niche category. "With an impressive and evergrowing number of studies finding CBD to be a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory among many other properties, it is now being used to treat pain, anxiety, spasms, and much more," New York City-based aesthetician Jeannel Astarita tells Allure.
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Is CBD legal? Hemp-derived CBD products with less than 0.3% THC are legal federally but still illegal under some state laws. Cannabis-derived CBD products, on the other hand, are illegal federally but legal under some state laws. Check local legislation, especially when traveling. Also, keep in mind that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved nonprescription CBD products, which may be inaccurately labeled.
The products below are of a high quality, and their manufacturers are able to provide proof of independent, third-party testing. However, we recommend that people do their own research before purchasing any CBD products. This review is based on research and not personal product testing.
Plant People Revive Face Serum
This product uses 300 milligrams (mg) of full-spectrum CBD. Describing CBD as full-spectrum implies that it contains all of the cannabinoids that occur naturally in the cannabis plant, including a small amount of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC is the compound in cannabis that causes the “high.”
Regarding scientific research, very little explores the risks of CBD in face creams. However, if a person starts using a CBD face cream and notices swelling, a rash, or skin irritation, they should stop using the product and seek medical help.
This face serum uses full-spectrum CBD, with the manufacturers claiming that it is anti-aging and able to reduce redness.
If that’s not enough for you, Extract Labs goes above and beyond selling CBD. Founder and CEO, Craig Henderson, is a former combat veteran who, as a civilian, works hard to help everyday people incorporate top-notch CBD into their lives. His commitment to this—beyond providing great products—is that Extract Labs offers veterans and other qualifying customers up to 50 percent off at checkout on all orders.
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In particular, Koi’s Moisturizer Cream is designed to be an essential piece of anyone’s skincare regimen. This hemp-infused facial moisturizer will leave your skin feeling supple and smooth, but not greasy or over-moisturized.
Koi CBD has been changing the CBD market since it jumped in with both feet in 2015. Back then, the founders’ goal was to bring proper traceability to their products, thereby bringing CBD to more people.
Inflammation. As a powerful anti-inflammatory, CBD has a lot of promise for skin issues such as rosacea, eczema, and psoriasis and reduces pain and inflammation in rats.