The Best Beauty Products With Hemp Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil Aka Hemp CBD
Have you noticed the abundance of CBD and hemp oil in some of the latest beauty launches? If not, you must be living under a rock. This cannabis craze is taking over everything from skincare to makeup and more.
But, why? Is it actually effective or is it just a trend? Even with this growing use of CBD, many people still don’t understand its benefits and safety. And some could even argue that using CBD as a sales tactic is brazen when you consider all those who are still incarcerated for marijuana-related crimes.
With that, CBD and hemp are not the same as weed. The aspect of marijuana that gives you a high is the THC, which in most states is still illegal. But, cannabis or cannabinoid does not have any psychoactive effects. Although both of these have their fair share of health benefits, only CBD is legal throughout the US. And that is why it is widely accepted in beauty products.
But are brands actually looking at the benefits of these ingredients? Or, are they whacking CBD on their labels and using a minute amount just for the fad? Let’s take a look at some of the most popular CBD beauty products on the market and find out.
Kiehl’s Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil Herbal Concentrate
Kiehl’s is a cult-favorite skincare brand for many reasons. When they threw their hat in the cannabis ring, there was a lot of anticipation. And it actually met the beauty community’s expectations, it may have even exceeded them. This calming face oil is meant for problematic, otherwise known as acne-prone skin. It is non-comedogenic and helps visibly reduce skin redness and relieves the skin from discomfort. And those claims are not outrageous in the slightest. Cannabis sativa seed oil is anti-inflammatory and even helps to diminish overactive sebum to balance the skin’s oil production. What makes me so sure that is this an all-star product? Well, cannabis sativa seed oil is the first ingredient on the list and makes up 60% of the product, so you should actually be able to see results from this.
FARMACY Better Daze Ahead CBD Moisturizer
A newcomer to the cannabis craze is this restorative cushion cream with a luxurious texture. It contains high levels of cannabis sativa seed oil as well as hemp oil. When those are mixed with Farmacy’s blend of stress-fighting ingredients, the claims hold water. This moisturizer is meant to balance and relax stressed skin. It is rich in texture, but does not leave a heavy or greasy feeling on the skin. And it is vegan, cruelty-free, and comes in recyclable packaging.
HERBIVORE Emerald CBD + Adaptogens Deep Moisture Glow Oil
The HERBIVORE lightweight oil is essentially the oil version of Farmacy’s cream, so depending on your texture preference both should offer you the results you crave. This is an intensely calming mixture that soothes redness, dryness, dullness, and uneven skin texture. This blend will offer an immediate glow to your skin and contains ashwagandha, a healing herb known to help protect the skin from environmental stress. Do be aware that this contains a high level of squalane, a very moisturizing element that although is lightweight can be a bit much for more oily skin.
Milk Makeup Kush
When Milk Makeup first launched their infamous Kush Mascara, we did a product review titled Dope or Nope. Since then, Milk has released quite a few more products in their Kush line. This collection is growing in popularity, but is it due to marketing or the effectiveness? Well, as we discussed in our first post about this, the low level of cannabis sativa seed oil implies a lack of benefits. That is not to say that these products are bad, just that the cannabis is not what makes them great. Milk’s Kush Brow Gel does have fewer ingredients than the mascara, which means there is less to dilute the effects of the cannabis, but it still may not have any long term benefits. While their lip balm and new lip glaze also have a number of other beneficial ingredients to moisturize the lips, the cannabis may have nothing to do with its benefits. Even their latest launch, the Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil Hydrating Face Mask seems to follow this pattern. This stick mask claims to hydrate, soothe, calm, cleanse, exfoliate, and balance the skin. The formula including aloe and kaolin clay as well as a handful of other skin-loving ingredients should offer these benefits, but the lower level of cannabis may not be the culprit.
JOSIE MARAN Skin Dope Argan Oil + 100 mg CBD
For those looking for an intense amount of moisture plus skin-calming benefits, this may be the product for you. With the Josie Maran’s Skin Dope you get all the fabulous benefits you know and love from the OG argan oil but with an addition of CBD to aid in calming and treating sensitive skin. Seeing as this product only contains two ingredients, you can be sure you are getting a potent amount of each.
Origins Hello, Calm Face Mask
One of the more affordable options here is from Origins. The Hello, Calm Face Mask will instantly calm the skin, reduce irritation and de-stress you from the outside in. Like many masks, this is not clay-based so it won’t leave your skin feeling dry, but rather hydrated. With a potent level of cannabis and the addition of oils such as bergamot, clary sage, and apricot, you get a nice mixture of skin calming ingredients. But with that, it does contain a high level of lavender oil which can also be very calming for some but can be irritating to others. So, keep that in mind.
Revolution Skincare Nourishing Oil - CBD Oil
Finally, it was inevitable that the drugstore would make their way into the cannabis craze. Revolution Skincare, the skincare line from Makeup Revolution has launched its fair share of copycat products. And although some are quite nice, it seems that this attempt was not their best. Hemp oil and cannabidiol are the last two ingredients in their Revolution Skincare Nourishing Oil. Although this does contain other moisturizing oils like grapeseed, sweet almond, and sunflower, this is mainly a hydrating oil that cannot quite provide the effects you want from CBD. When shopping for CBD beauty products, cutting the price may not be the way to go. Something else to keep in mind is that this contains coconut oil which is much-loved, but can cause breakouts for many.
Cannabis is a wonderful ingredient. It has benefits for sensitive skin, acne-prone skin, and even aids in anti-aging. Not one study has shown cannabis to cause irritation to the skin or unwanted side effects. Do remember that CBD is not FDA-regulated, so always be sure to double check the ingredients lists and the integrity of beauty companies.
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