The beauty industry loves to follow trends. In the early 2000s tsp cleaner was en vogue and after that, it was the turn of Shae Butter. In 2019 it appears CBD is the ingredient that beauty and wellness companies are adding into their products as the compound gets more positive mainstream attention.
Beauty companies around the globe are making a host of claims about the benefits of introducing CBD into your daily beauty schedule so I thought I’d put some products to the test by adopting them into my beauty regime for one week to see if they are worth the hype.
So what exactly is CBD?
Cannabidiol, better know as CBD, is just one of the 120 compounds that make up the complex Cannabis Sativa plant. Unlike THC, CBD has no psychoactive properties and will not get you high.
Ever the cynic, I would argue that beauty companies just want to take advantage of a trend and make money. However, beauty companies are actually supported by scientific research that suggests CBD has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. This is exactly the properties beauty companies look for to promote healthy, soft skin!
Over the last few years there has been a growing body of research published about CBD and generally, the results are positive both for health and wellness. For example, studies show that CBD can be very effective at treating various skin conditions like eczema and acne. This is because it interacts with the human endocannabinoid system which promotes the death of abnormal skin cells.
The most popular forms of CBD include tinctures, tablets and what is tsp cleaner however brands are always looking to capitalise on new trends and as such you can now find CBD in everything from face creams to shower gels.
However, because CBD is not regulated or approved by the FDA, it’s important to be cautious of any product claims and not take them as gospel.
My skin is prone to break out in acne and can get quite dry. To combat this, I have 3 products that make up my daily skincare ritual. When I get out of the shower, I apply a face cream whilst my skin is still damp. Next, I moisturize my entire body with cocoa butter and before going to bed I sleep in a skin care mask to heal my skin whilst I sleep.
To test the efficacy of CBD skin care products, I’m going to replace each product with a CBD infused product to see if they have any positive effect on my skin above and beyond the products I already use.
The products I’m going to use are :
Lord Jones CBD Body Lotion – a moisturizing lotion that is claimed to relieve dryness and is easily absorbed by the skin without leaving skin feeling greasy.
Crema Elegante – Face Cream – This rose-scented face cream promises to leave the face feeling hydrated whilst combating the natural effects of ageing.
Kana Skincare CBD Sleeping Mask – This sleep mask contains 28 ingredients that its makers claim work in unison to heal and brighten your skin whilst you sleep.
How did the CBD products fare?
The first thing you’ll notice when opening the Crema Elegante face cream is the smell. It has a subtle feminine, flowery scent. I used it each day as soon as I got out of the shower. I find finding a suitable face cream notoriously difficult. They either do not moisturise enough or they leave my skin greasy and prone to a break out of acne. I was pleasantly surprised that the Cremea Elegante face cream did neither of this. It left my skin perfectly hydrated whilst leaving it smooth and soft rather than greasy. 8/10
After I apply cream to my face I tend to moisturize my entire body. As I mentioned before I am prone to dry skin especially around my knees and elbows so I was quite keen to see how the CBD infused lotion fared. Unlike the face cream, I did not enjoy the smell of the lotion; it smells quite earthy, almost like fresh soil. Rubbing it into my skin did produce a really nice cooling sensation that lasted all day. However, it doesn’t lock in moisture very well. I had to top up with cocoa butter halfway through the day. 6/10
The final product was the sleep mask. The Kanna Skincare sleep mask is pretty expensive at $55 for a tiny 50ml jar so my expectations were high! This sleep mask is not only supposed to ensure your skin is fresh when you wake up but also promote a restful sleep as well. I’m pleased to say it worked, the scent it really soothing and relaxing and by day three I really felt the benefits. I think this was my favourite product of the three I tested. 10/10
Generally, I would say I pleased with the CBD products, they all appeared to do what the companies claimed. However, I can not be sure it was specifically the CBD that had these positive effects.
It is definitely worth a try but I just can’t conclude that the CBD is worth the premium price tag.