Ask us what CBD was a year ago and you’d have likely been met with a puzzled expression and some frantic googling. Fast forward 12 months and it’s the beauty buzz word on everybody’s lips.
But what is CBD and why is it suddenly in a whole load of beauty products? Cannabidiol (or CBD), is a non-toxic component extracted from the flowers and buds of cannabis (hemp) plants. Yes, you heard right, cannabis. Don’t worry though, this kind of extract won’t get you into trouble, or leave you feeling paranoid. It’s a perfectly legal, non-psychoactive component that, when used in skincare, has been touted as helping to improve skin conditions like eczema and acne, and even reduce the visible effects of ageing.
As an anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant, CBD oil is great for soothing and calming skin.
The chemists at Lulu’s Timebomb agree, acknowledging that as an anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant, CBD oil is great for soothing and calming skin, working to reduce inflammation so that skin is “less red or ruddy, as well as clearer and brighter-looking”. They also reveal that it can help to improve hydration, as well as diminishing the appearance of wrinkles.
With the rapid decriminalisation of cannabis use across the globe in large parts of the USA and Canada has come greater access to this intriguing plant, meaning more research into its uses, specifically of the non-psychoactive variety. While this CBD-focused research is still in its infancy, cannabis sativa seed oil (extracted from hemp seeds rather than the flowers or buds) is also enjoying a huge wave in popularity thanks to its familial relations.
While the jury’s out on the ‘magical’ properties of CBD specifically, there’s no denying that cannabis sativa seed oil-infused skincare is having a moment.
Formulated without CBD, you’ll find this key ingredient popping up in serums and creams all over, and guess what? It’s also universally recognised as a common source of naturally anti-inflammatory cannabinoids. This means that, even without CBD present, it’s still effective at calming skin, perfect for people who experience regular flare-ups or bouts of sensitivity.
While the jury’s out on the ‘magical’ properties of CBD specifically, there’s no denying that cannabis sativa seed oil-infused skincare is having a moment, and the reams of glowing reviews certainly do speak for themselves. We really rate Sarah Chapman’s iconic Overnight Facial. This silky serum-oil hybrid soothes and calms stressed out skin and leaves it subtly fragranced with its natural extracts of jasmine, frangipani, rose and tuberose pure essential oils. With a loyal fan base of devotees preaching its benefits, this is the night time product we reach for when we want to wake up with a plump, dewy complexion.
Another favourite is the Divine Intervention Glow Oil from Lulu’s Timebomb. Also featuring the ever-popular cannabis sativa seed oil, this luxurious formula boasts a mix of frankincense, myrrh, rice bran and pomegranate. According to the Lulu’s Timebomb team, it gives your complexion “an incandescent glow” which we’re very much here for, plus its anti-inflammatory properties “calm and soothe skin, leaving it with an overall smoother, tighter and brighter tone.” Apply it to your skin morning and night with gentle pressing motions and enjoy the ‘glow-up’.
For a total top-to-toe experience, give the Seaweed and Hemp Oil Bath Salts from BOD a go. Working to combat feelings of bloating and sluggishness, these soothing salts, formulated with – you guessed it – cannabis sativa seed oil, also work to eliminate toxins and excess water from the surface of your skin whilst delivering deep hydration. Get into the bath human and emerge half an hour later as soft and smooth as a dolphin.
Whether you choose to seek out CBD-infused skincare or opt for the more widely available cannabis sativa seed oil, there’s plenty to trial by adding into your current routine. Switch it up and embrace the plant power!