18 CBD-Infused Skin-Care Products Guaranteed to Make Your Skin Look Dope
If you haven't heard about CBD in skin care, wait, where have you been? Topicals using cannabis are being used for everything from muscle pain to acne, and there are results to back their efficacy. Clinical research by the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology and the National Center for Biotechnology Information show evidence that cannabinoids have antiaging and antioxidant properties. These studies also confirm that cannabinoids are responsible for lipid production and, therefore, for regulating conditions such as dryness or breakouts.
So if you're looking to incorporate CBD into your skin-care routine, where should you start?
First of all: not all products calling themselves "CBD skin care" are the same. Some products only use hemp oil, which is legal in all 50 states. Others use pure CBD oil, which has even more medicinal properties, but no psychoactive effects (read: it won't get you high). Others contain THC and/or are transdermal, which means they cross the skin barrier to enter your system and will make you feel high. We tried to clarify which is which for each product, but some of the items included here are on the more medicinal end, meaning you'll need to live in a state where it's legal to purchase them.
Since the category has seen a huge boom in recent years, we've outlined some solid picks of cannabis-infused beauty products to get you started.
Cannabliss Moisturizing Face Lotion
Cannabliss's Moisturizing Face Lotion ($80) uses full-spectrum hemp oil, combined with a blend of essential oils to moisturize and prevent environmental damage, correcting your skin imbalances with cannabis sativa oil. One editor saw visible results after using it for about a month.
Lord Jones High CBD Formula Body Lotion
The Lord Jones High CBD Formula Body Lotion ($60) can work miracles. POPSUGAR editors highly rate this lotion for solving a host of issues like Winter-dry skin, cramps, sore muscles, sunburns, ragged cuticles, and more. There's a memorable cooling sensation after applying (thanks to the menthyl ethylamido oxalate) and long-lasting moisture from its shea butter.
Saint Jane Beauty Luxury CBD Beauty Serum
Saint Jane Beauty Luxury CBD Beauty Serum ($125) stands out because of the high dosage in the product: 500 mg of full-spectrum CBD that's quadruple lab-tested, sustainably sourced, and organically grown. It's no surprise that it's a bestseller, too, as it adds in other powerful ingredients to help restore your face's natural glow like sea buckthorn and rosehip (to encourage cell turnover) and cold-pressed grapeseed oil (which is a powerful source of omegas, antioxidants, and vitamins to soothe and even skin tone).
Briogeo B.Well 100mg CBD + Arnica Flower Soothing Skin and Scalp Oil
Why should your face (and body) have all the fun? The Briogeo B.Well 100mg CBD + Arnica Flower Soothing Skin and Scalp Oil ($48) has 100 mg of CBD oil along with organic arnica flower extract to combat dryness. The broad-spectrum CBD oil works with the added hemp and tamanu seed oils to soothe your scalp. Try it on its own, or mix the drops into your favorite hairstyling products. It also currently has a 100 percent recommendation rating by Sephora shoppers (and 4.9 out of five stars).
Apothecanna Bug & Bite Insect Spray
Apothecanna Bug & Bite Insect Spray ($26) claims to both prevent and help heal bug bites naturally, which sounds great on all counts. It uses a natural essential oil blend that we can tell you from experience does work as a bug repellent — with the added bonus of cannabis, which probably can only help.
Herbivore Emerald CBD + Adaptogens Deep Moisture Glow Oil
You're stressed, your skin's stressed, and then your stressed skin is making you even more stressed. Well, Herbivore Emerald CBD + Adaptogens Deep Moisture Glow Oil ($58) must be doing something right, because it earned more than 20,000 loves from Sephora shoppers. It's a full-spectrum CBD, which means it includes a total range of cannabinoids, and the presence of small amounts of THC (less than 0.3 percent) results in an "entourage effect." Think of this as power in numbers as all the cannabinoids work together to be extra effective at calming redness and boosting hydration. Plus, it has ashwagandha, another herb that helps skin cope with lack of sleep, daily stress, pollution, and more.
Whoopi & Maya Soak
The Whoopi & Maya Soak ($15) is made especially for baths when you're PMSing. It will relax your muscles, moisturize your skin . . . and probably put you right to sleep. A word of caution: because your vagina is, well, an entry point, this will get in your system and people have reported feeling "high" for a few hours, since there's 25 mg of THC per 8 oz. container. But, hey, you have cramps!
Ellis Brooklyn Marvelous CBD Massage and Body Oil
If you — or someone you love — can't get enough of massages, this Ellis Brooklyn Marvelous CBD Massage and Body Oil ($65) can take it to the next level. The CBD can help soothe your mood and your skin, and it's also rich in sweet almond oil for a hydration boost that's perfect for cold Winter weather. While it (sadly) doesn't come with its own masseuse, remember you can apply it yourself after a workout.
Crave Skincare Glo-Berry Glistening Skin Oil Serum
If you're a big fan of facial oils, you'll appreciate the Crave Skincare's Glo-Berry Glistening Skin Oil Serum ($48) is vegan, all-natural, and made by a female business owner. CBD and essential oils join forces to give you glowing skin.
Papa & Barkley Releaf Oil
Papa & Barkley's Releaf Oil (price varies) contains a 3:1 mixture of THC to CBD, which means you're going to feel it relax your muscles but not your brain. Papa & Barkley makes whole-plant products with no chemicals or solvents; just cannabinoids, terpenes, and phyto-nutrients that work to relax your muscles.
Peter Thomas Roth Green Releaf Calming Face Oil
If plane air does a number on your skin, meet Peter Thomas Roth Green Releaf Calming Face Oil ($68). This elixir can bring brightness back to dull, dry skin and cool any inflammation and reduce flakiness with its proprietary blend of bisabolol and ginger root extract. Of course, the skin-nurturing "releaf" comes from cannabis sativa seed oil — this hemp-derived product comes from the seeds of the same plant that gives us CBD (which is from the flowers, stalks, and stems). Oh, and 93 percent of Sephora reviewers would recommend this to a friend, too.
Mazz Hanna Citrine Infusion Effervescent Bath Tonic
Emma Roberts-endorsed beauty brand Mazz Hanna made a splash with its Citrine Infusion Effervescent Bath Tonic ($30), which contains a mix of 150 mg of CBD, organic hemp seed oil, and lavender and frankincense oils for your most relaxing soak ever.
Maharindee The Change Maker Super Serum
In addition to the 100 mg of broad-spectrum CBD, the Maharindee The Change Maker Super Serum ($70) is also loaded with tried-and-true essential oils like jojoba, sweet almond, and grapeseed to give skin a hit of hydration. Plus, a little goes a long way — we found that all you need is one or two drops.
Kiehl's Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil Herbal Concentrate
Kiehl's Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil Herbal Concentrate ($49) is a top-rated CBD-free oil at Sephora that still makes the list because it includes cannabis sativa seed from the same plant and offers the same discomfort-relieving benefits for your skin. At first, it may sound counterintuitive that this lightweight oil can help with oily skin, but it's a noncomedogenic product, which means it's formulated so it is not likely to cause pore blockages and breakouts. As a bonus, the green oregano oil can also help with blemishes and problem skin.