From hot flushes to rosacea and dry patches to breakouts, sometimes we wish our skin would chill out. Enter CBD and the world of cannabis beauty buys.
First things first, what is CBD? Short for cannabidiol, CBD is a (non-psychoactive) chemical found in the cannabis (marijuana) plant. It can also be extracted from the plant’s cousin, hemp. Until recently it was considered niche in the beauty world, but with its anti-ageing and anti-inflammatory benefits, it’s been hailed a miracle ingredient.
Before you ask, no, CBD will not give you the munchies. It’s the non-high-inducing part of the cannabis plant. It’s another part of the plant, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) that gives the more trippy effects.
Can CBD help skin issues?
Is CBD oil safe to use on skin? Yes. The anti inflammatory properties of CBD make it a good ingredient for aiding conditions like rosacea and acne, two things which we know can flare up in the menopause years. There are clinical trials showing positive effects on acne scarring, dryness and itching. Can it get rid of eczema? Not necessarily, but it may help relieve the discomfort.
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What are CBD skincare products?
You can now choose from a wide range of topical products using the anti inflammatory effects of CBD to help your skin. By 2024, the CBD skincare market is estimated to be worth nearly $1billion. Skincare products are formulated with varying degrees of CBD oil: full-spectrum, broad-spectrum or CBD isolate. Which CBD is best for skin? The CBD isolate. Free from any other compounds from the original plant, it’s the purest form of CBD oil.
“CBD isolate is the purest version of CBD. It doesn’t contain any other compounds that you find in a hemp plant,” says Ildi Pekar, a New York aesthetician. “This form of CBD oil is best for facial skin as it’s pure, doesn’t clog pores and is packed with skin-rejuvenating antioxidants.”
Inspired to try CBD skincare? We pick a few of the best.
OTO CBD Ritual Day Cream, £69
Formulated to help manage hormonal breakouts, this day cream is a great addition to your midlife beauty cabinet.
It blends pure CBD with complementary botanicals like rose, baobab and rosemary oils. Highly calming, hydrating and soothing, it will rejuvenate, moisturise and soften your skin.
It also helps boost your skin’s natural elasticity, protect from oxidative damage by the environment and support sensitive skin
Disciple Skincare Miracle Drops, £37
Containing 5% pure CBD, these drops can be both ingested and applied topically. Mix with your nighttime serum to see skin-soothing benefits, or if you’re struggling to sleep, two drops under your tongue can ease anxiety and help you to drift off.
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Herbivore Emerald Cannabis Sativa Deep Moisture Glow Oil, £42
A powerful cocktail of omega-rich cannabis sativa seed oil with anti-inflammatory ingredients turmeric and shiitake mushrooms, this will soothe your skin while tackling redness and wrinkles. It might smell a bit ‘herbal’, but it’s worth it for the radiance boost.
Josh Rosebrook Hydrating Accelerator, £35
A true multitasker, apply this mist anytime of the day, under or over makeup. When you’re going through a dry, sensitive skin phase, it will drink up these natural ingredients (including hemp oil) for a cooling hit of hydration.
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Murad Revitalixir Recovery Serum, £70
Dr Murad doesn’t miss a trick when it comes to the latest in skincare technology. His new cannabis-infused serum is designed to treat the visible signs of stress. It smooths uneven texture as well as reducing redness and signs of puffy eyes – ideal when you’re suffering from sleepless nights.
Earth Tu Face Face Wash, $52
From the cannabis capital of the world, California, this hemp-infused face wash has all-natural ingredients to remove every trace of makeup and dirt without stripping your skin. Perfect for dry, irritated complexions.
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Margaret Dabbs Intensive Anti-Ageing Hand Serum, £30
They say your hands are the first place to show your age, so don’t neglect them. Infused with cannabis oil, this serum reduces lost elasticity and age spots that can begin to appear during menopause. It has a fast-absorbing, non-greasy finish.
Aurelia Cell Repair Night Oil, £38
Looking for an indulgent addition to your skincare routine? This is an intense overnight treatment naturally fragranced with sleep-inducing lavender, neroli and rose. It contains Kigelia to firm and tone as well as nourishing hemp oil.