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 Honayst.
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.
Herbivore Botanicals Emerald CBD + Adaptogens Deep Moisture Glow Oil
Just last year, Herbivore launched Emerald, a hemp-infused oil, and a few months later, it's unveiling its CBD-infused twin. Like the original, the new Herbivore Botanicals Emerald 100mg CBD Deep Moisture Glow Oil formulation packs a hydrating punch, but also provides the calming and soothing effects of the ingredient. Plus, the brand will donate $1 from every Emerald sale to support cannabis legalization efforts as well as female-owned organizations in the cannabis industry.
Saint Jane Luxury Beauty Serum
A base of sunflower and grape seed oils meet 500 milligrams full spectrum hemp oil in Saint Jane's Luxury Beauty Serum, which brightens and soothes skin in a matter of drops. (Commenters swear it's a game-changer for addressing redness and boosting your skin's natural glow.)
Cannuka Nourishing Body Cream
If our own deputy digital director Sam Escobar name-checks the Cannuka Nourishing Body Cream as "one of the best I've ever used," you know it's gotta be good. In addition to providing anti-inflammatory and skin-calming benefits, ingredients like manuka honey and hyaluronic acid ensure that your body feels baby-soft to the touch.
Kiehl's Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil Herbal Concentrate
A couple of drops of Kiehl's Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil Herbal Concentrate works instantly to reduce redness and calm acne-prone skin, thanks to a combo of hemp- derived cannabis sativa seed oil and green oregano oil, which has antioxidant and naturally antiseptic properties.
Josie Maran Skin Dope CBD Argan Oil
Josie Maran's version features a base of argan oil — the hero ingredient of her eponymous beauty brand — in addition of 100 milligrams of organic, full-spectrum CBD sustainably sourced from farmers in her native California.
Cannuka CBD Cleansing Body Bar
Coconut, grapefruit, and sunflower oils (in addition to hemp oil and 50 milligrams of CBD isolate) in this gentle body bar ensure that you get all the cleansing benefits of an in-shower lather minus any dryness or moisture- stripping effects.
Lord Jones High CBD Formula Body Lotion
If the swanky packaging isn't enough to make you hit "add to cart," then perhaps nourishing shea butter in Lord Jones' High CBD Formula Body Lotion will. Even better than its undeniable chic factor, the vegan and gluten-free formula is loaded with organic hemp oil to restore and relieve muscle pain and stiffness.
The CBD Skincare Co. Exfoliating Cleanser
Featuring a potent trifecta of skin-sloughing acids (glycolic, lactic, and salicylic, in case you were wondering), a CBD-infused face wash, like the CBD Skincare Co.'s Exfoliating Cleanser, allows you to get a thorough cleanse and soothe your skin in one easy step.
CBD For Life Pure CBD Eye Serum
Minimize the appearance of fine lines and undereye puffiness with CBD For Life's Eye Serum, which contains cannabis sativa seed oil and hyaluronic acid to plump and nourish skin.
Populum Full-Spectrum Hemp CBD Oil
Looking for the most potent way to get a hit (pun intended) of CBD skin care? An oil may be your best bet. Populum's Full-Spectrum Hemp CBD Oil features cannabinoids and antioxidants to combat inflammation and can be applied directly on skin or dropped under the tongue for an all-over calming effect.
Ildi Pekar Tissue Repair Serum
Facialist Ildi Pekar's luxe serum reduces inflammation, hydrates, and helps rebuild healthy skin cells, thanks to aloe leaf juice, hyaluronic acid, and a 250-milligram concentration of CBD oil.
Mazz Hanna Skin Salve
"A very generous amount of a balm or salve with a high concentration of CBD should be used to be effective," says Astarita. Mazz Hanna's shea butter- and essential oil-laced balm boosts 250 milligrams of CBD to relieve sore muscles and offer intense hydration to skin.
Kana Skincare Lavender CBD Sleeping Mask
Soothe skin while catching up on Z's with Kana Skincare's sleeping mask, infused with lavender oil — which, in addition to smelling great, helps minimize the appearance of scar tissue — and cannabis sativa seed extract, which is naturally rich in antioxidants and vitamins E and A.
Leef Organics Nooks + Crannies Soap
Each bar of Leef Organics's aptly named Nooks + Crannies soap is made with 20 milligrams of organic CBD extract, plus coconut and olive oils to nourish and activated charcoal to purge dirt and oil from pores.
CBD Daily Soothing Serum
Possibly the best-known side effect of CBD in skin-care products is its ability to soothe pain on a topical level. This Soothing Serum does exactly that, thanks a hemp oil- and peppermint-infused formula that instantly absorbs into skin.
Myaderm CBD Blemish Cream
CBD's naturally inflammatory-reducing properties make it an ideal ingredient for addressing issues like acne and eczema, according to Astarita. Myaderm's vegan and gluten-free Blemish Cream addresses breakouts the gentle way, offering hydration and soothing benefits to acneic skin.
Vertly Hemp-CBD Relief Lotion
Apply a CBD-laced lotion or cream directly onto sore joints or muscles for quick relief. Vertly's Relief Lotion is infused with 150 milligrams of the stuff, plus anti-inflammatory arnica flower and plant-derived butters, to alleviate any irritation.