How you use CBD skincare is all about the product you’re using. “Most CBD products are serums or creams,” says Engelman. “Use as you normally would, layering your skincare products from thinnest to thickest. Serums should be applied before creams.” That said, you should never self-diagnose your skin conditions. “Always read packaging and ingredients and check with a board-certified dermatologist, primary care, or other medical practitioner before starting any new supplement or topical care,” adds Shamban.
Keep scrolling for your no-BS guide to understanding CBD skincare.
Who should use it: It is recommended for those with inflamed, compromised skin as well as sensitive and dry skin types. It can also benefit those with aging skin.
Side Effects of CBD
Fans of Lord Jones’ best-selling Body Lotion ($40) will want to try this oil alternative, which contains 100mg of CBD and comes in rollerball form for easy application (not to mention built-in massage abilities). Plus, the light, floral scent is incredibly soothing.
Main benefits: Reduces inflammation, Regulates oil production, Neutralizes free radical damage.
What is CBD?
CBD is the Cady Heron of the skincare world right now—buzzy, intriguing, and full of secrets (though not as much as Gretchen Weiners’ hair). The ingredient has officially crossed over from being a wellness supplement to a beauty buzzword, but it’s not as simple as looking for “CBD” on your ingredients label and calling it a day. There’s a lot of murky marketing out there and more than a few false claims. For example, we’ve seen some major brands hop on the CBD bandwagon and blast it across their marketing channels, when in reality, their products don’t contain any actual CBD at all. We’ve enlisted Dendy Engelman, MD, board-certified dermatologist of Manhattan Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery; Ava Shamban, MD, board-certified dermatologist and founder of Skin Five in LA and co-host of The GIST; Charlotte Palermino, co-founder of cannabis education website Nice Paper, and Ashley Lewis and Meredith Schroeder, co-founders of new online CBD retailer Fleur Marché. Your skin deserves CBD—just make sure you’re buying a product that actually contains it.
According to Lewis and Schroeder, (who fell in love with the ingredient during their previous jobs curating products for Goop), it’s “a potent antioxidant, highly anti-inflammatory, and has been shown in multiple studies to reduce lipid production from the sebaceous glands (overproduction of this sebum is possibly one component of what contributes to acne formation).”
We put this one to the test on extremely sore, broken, unhappy skin, and this butter was as gentle as could be. Where nothing else had worked to heal the problem area (not even prescription creams), this one did the job in less than a week with a twice-daily application. You can’t really get a better review than that.
This is a rescue balm everyone should have in the house. The high CBD content makes it a go-to for when you’re in need of some serious soothing – whether that’s due to muscle aches, joint pain, irritated skin or even emotional stressors. Just 1ml of this product contains 13.3mg CBD, so each application provides a very decent dose of this remarkable wellbeing supplement.
We know that CBD helps to maintain the natural moisture barrier of the skin, making it ideal for anyone who is eczema-prone, but so does eggplant stem cell extract – which is included in this wonderfully replenishing cream. There are a number of other unusual ingredients we were excited to see featured, like cherimoya extract (which is really high in vitamin C and antioxidants) and cannabis sativa stem cell extract (in addition to the 300mg CBD) which contains high levels of the anti-inflammatory flavonoid, cannaflavin B.
This is a fairly thick cream, so as you rub it in it really does feel like an intensive treatment, but it absorbs well (and fast) so you don’t have to worry about any sticky residue. Our testers noticed instant relief from mild to severe aches and pains, and extremely dry skin. With prolonged use, nails and cuticles appeared to be stronger and healthy too, making this a fantastic all-round hand product. And we really rate the rest of the range too.
Chantecaille CBD 300 face and body cream, 50ml
We also loved that the pot comes complete with a metal measuring spoon, to ensure you use the perfect amount each time. Although this product contains no THC, we felt so chilled out after using it that our arms and legs were almost jelly like. And the sleep that followed was blissful. This is definitely one to save for a luxury bedtime routine.
Another fabulous face oil option, Prima’s Night Magic is packed with natural ingredients to work wonders while you sleep. Broad-spectrum hemp extract helps calm and smooth while prickly pear, moringa, avocado and kukui oils help reduce the appearance of fine lines.
3. Farmacy Better Daze Ahead CBD Moisturizer
Speaking of moisture, this clean face oil is like a green juice for your skin. Chock-full of hydrating ingredients like squalane, meadowfoam seed and coconut oils, plus skin-calming cannabidiol and ashwagandha, it calms any redness in your cheeks and gives you a nice glow no matter what the weather is up to.
10. Herbivore Emerald CBD + Adaptogens Deep Moisture Glow Oil
OK, so this serum isn’t cheap, but it is a blend of highly concentrated ingredients—including CBD and hyaluronic acid—meant to target, correct and prevent cell damage. It’s the brainchild of celebrity skin-care specialist Ildi Pekar (who’s worked her magic on beauties like Irina Shayk and Miranda Kerr) so it might be worth the splurge.