By now, there are no shortage of ways to consume CBD. You can find it in your coffee, your water, your gummies, even your pet’s food, and, of course, your skincare. Most CBD products promise relaxation or to curb anxiety, either for you or, apparently, your dog. But now that you can fill your body both inside and out with CBD, the question remains, what does a CBD face cream really do?
CBD, short for cannabidiol, is one of the active ingredients in cannabis. Unlike THC, CBD does not cause any psychoactive or intoxicating reactions, but when consumed has been shown to be beneficial for treating chronic pain, anxiety or insomnia. As far as external application, some studies have found CBD to have anti-inflammatory or anti-oxidant properties.
But as the legality of cannabis products is constantly changing throughout the United States and the world, research on CBD and its benefits remains limited, which means the true efficacy of CBD skincare is mostly left up to users’ to determine — for now anyway.
The same, however, can be said of any number of trendy skincare ingredients, and there are certainly many consumers who find CBD to be a beneficial addition to their skincare routines. As is the case with other CBD products, a good quality face oil or cleanser offers just another way to relax and indulge. In other words, it’s as much about feeling good as looking good.
Popping open a pack of cannabis eye patches can also be a way to participate in 4/20 in lieu of (or, let’s be honest, in addition to) the more traditional way to celebrate the holiday. And if you do choose to light up on Tuesday (or any day of the week), your eyes will probably appreciate the extra care the next day.
There’s only one way to find out whether you’ll enjoy a dose of CBD in your skincare. In honor of 4/20, try one of our picks for CBD and cannabis products ranging from face oils to eye patches.
Herbivore’s skincare concoctions are irresistible for their delectable colors alone, but the brand has a devoted following for more than just how the bottles look on your bathroom counter. Its lightweight, fast-absorbing Emerald oil is suitable for dry, irritated skin, particularly those prone to eczema or rosacea.
Kiehl’s has something for everyone, from acne-prone to sensitive skin. This gently-foaming gel cleanser is suitable for all skin types, but especially suited to problem or easily irritated skin, with oregano oil and cannabis oil to purify without stripping your face of its natural moisture.
Prima gives hippie hemp products a luxe upgrade inside and out, with everything from CBD-infused sleep supplements to bath soaks. The thicker formula of its Afterglow moisturizer makes it suited for a night cream, with hyaluronic acid to plump and revitalize tired skin.
There are few things more satisfying than slapping some squiggly eye patches on your face and waiting for them to depuff and brighten your tired under eyes. Don’t expect any long-term benefits from such treatments, but Patchology’s cannabis-infused eye gels offer a quick way to soothe and hydrate.
If your under-eye area needs a little more than a quick pick-me-up, pull out something more heavy-duty like Perricone MD’s CBD-infused eye cream. The rich moisturizer is particularly soothing for those whose eyes might be irritated by springtime allergies.
Saint Jane has carved out a space for itself at the forefront of CBD-based skincare, using the ingredient across its line of serums, eye cream, and more. The brand’s popular C Drops have the additional benefit of vitamin C to brighten dull or uneven skin.
Why stop at your face? MILK’s CBD-infused body oil has the added benefit of arnica extract, which some find helps with inflammation or muscle strains, with a convenient stick format that makes it easy to apply all over the body.
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