CBD is undoubtedly the current golden child of the wellness world, touted in everything from bottled water to dog treats, as a solution for pain, anxiety, sleeping issues, you name it. (As a quickie reminder, CBD stands for cannabidiol, a type of plant-based compound known as a cannabinoid that’s found in the flower and leaves of the hemp plant. But no, it’s not psychoactive and won’t get you high.)
Oh, and the beauty benefits don’t end there. According to board-certified dermatologist Dr. Ava Shamban, CBD can also boost skin hydration and create a slight plumping effect, a major plus for anyone looking to improve the look of fine lines. Additionally, she considers it an excellent choice for managing skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis.
Then there’s the concentration question. While there’s no agreed-upon amount that’s needed in order to be beneficial, it’s important to read the ingredient label and make sure that CBD, phytocannabinoid-rich hemp oil, or full-spectrum hemp extract (all synonyms for CBD) are listed towards the beginning. At the end of the day, no matter how you’re using it, CBD is still somewhat of the wild, wild west. “This is an unregulated market, and marketers are definitely taking advantage of the industry buzz,” says Meers.
But CBD is a beauty buzzword too, the latest ingredient slapped on the labels of skincare, makeup, and more. And it does have some credibility in the beauty benefits department. “Research suggests CBD has significant natural anti-inflammatory properties. In topical applications, these properties could result in reduced puffiness, redness, and irritation,” explains Coco Meers, CEO and co-founder of Equilibria, a CBD company for women that recently launched topical products. Credit the fact that it’s a potent antioxidant; it also has been shown to reduce oil production, making it a good acne-fighter as well.
The big (big) caveat here? Just because you see the word ‘CBD’ on a label doesn’t mean you’re going to actually be getting CBD and all those good-for-your-skin benefits. Many products simply use hemp seed oil, which yes, is a good moisturizer but doesn’t contain any cannabinoids like CBD, the compounds that contain the aforementioned benefits.
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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.
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.
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.
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It is suitable for problematic skin and can help with redness. To use it, apply daily after washing and before any extra moisturising. It can be used in combination with the Holland and Barrett CBD Day Cream and CBD Night Cream.
Meanwhile, Holland & Barratt’s CBD Serum is a concentration of CBD that can give your skin a moisturising boost.
The potential soothing benefits of CBD can mean that CBD oil (that is, where the extracted CBD powder is mixed with an oil like coconut oil) may provide some benefits for skin concerns such as breakouts and blemishes.
CBD balm for tired and achy muscles
CBD could also play a role in hydrating the skin, so may be beneficial for combatting dry skin.
On its own though, CBD doesn’t cause a high. It is legal in the UK as long as it comes from an industrial hemp which is EU-approved, or from outside the EU.
Holland & Barrett also provide a large range of fragrant serums and balms.
Hemp seed oil will be listed as cannabis sativa seed oil, and though it is lovely and provides other benefits, it isn’t the same as CBD.