If you’re always on the lookout for the next big thing in beauty, you might have noticed the recent explosion of CBD product launches. The hero-ingredient has seen a massive growth in Google searches due its holistic properties, with the UK being one of the biggest markets for CBD products.
Cannabidiol – the chemical compound obtained from the leaves of cannabis plants – has been hailed for its calming properties for decades and it is known to help with insomnia, ease the symptoms of depression and anxiety and even relieve pain. Unlike THC (which is the component of cannabis associated with feeling ‘high’), CBD is legal and safe to incorporate within our beauty routines, with its purification for topical use being highly regulated by the Cannabis Trades Association.
When used in skincare, CBD is primarily known as an anti-inflammatory that helps with conditions such as eczema, rosacea and acne. The formulas of many anti-ageing products have also been graced by this wonder ingredient as studies show its anti-oxidant properties help fight free-radical damage, tackle dullness and diminish the appearance of lines and wrinkles. For those with sensitive skin, CBD has proven itself to be calming and soothing, combating irritation and substantially easing the effects of environmental stress. When used on the body, bath salts and oils containing CBD can help with muscle soreness and tension, making it a perfect pamper treat. If you’re on the lookout for a period pain reliever, cue CBD-infused tampons, which are said to make that time of the month much easier.
Here’s a product round-up to get you started…
CBD for your face:
This rich blend of CBD and rosemary leaf boosts the skin’s nighttime recovery process and supports its barrier, leaving it glowing by the morning. Helping to minimise redness and improve texture, this skin-transforming 2% CBD formula is a game-changer that calms and soothes your complexion, delivering that much-desired healthy glow.
If you suffer from oily skin and are struggling to keep blemishes at bay, this lightweight oil is your gateway to a calmer complexion. Helping to balance hydration and strengthen the skin’s barrier, the natural formula features a mix of cold-pressed Cannabis sativa seed oil and green oregano oil and works a treat to soothe even the most disturbed complexions.
With pure CBD crystals in the mix, this highly-concentrated, fast-absorbing serum works hard to stimulate the production of collagen and visibly plumps the skin, reducing the appearance of any signs of ageing. Trust the award-winning range of probiotic skincare to change the game; the formula is suspended in hyaluronic acid for that lasting hydration, leaving the skin looking dewy and juicy.
With naturally lit plant-derived oil, this ultra-moisturising mask is perfect for thirsty complexions as it delivers instant hydration, being packed with skin-loving ingredients. With Aloe Vera to calm irritation and soothe the skin and Kaolin clay to pull out any impurities buried deep into the pores, the vegan and cruelty-free formula is perfect for that instant complexion pick-me-up.
CBD for your body
Not your traditional CBD product, this foaming cleansing gel is scented with the brand’s signature cannabis scent to soothe your senses. The clean yet spicy aroma is a delight to smell every time you indulge in a long shower (or a hand wash, as they are now happening more often than normal).
With CBD and Magnesium to relax your mind and relieve muscle tension, these fragrant oil-infused bath salts are a perfect treat for the end of a long day. The scent of bergamot is bound to transform your quarantine bath into an oasis of relaxation.
Constant hand washing has definitely left our hands in need of some TLC, and this rich hand cream is the perfect treat. Formulated with community trade hemp seed oil, this best seller is here to relieve the pain of parched skin. Bonus points: the formula is 100% vegetarian.
CBD for your period
The tampon subscription service is bringing us the world’s first CBD infused tampons. Plastic-free and made from sustainably sourced cotton, these tampons promise to ease period pain. How, we hear you ask? The oil is absorbed through the vaginal mucosa and recycled through the blood supply to the ovaries, uterus and vagina. Vaginal walls are ‘more absorbent than your skin, but they’re also closer to the real source of pain – the uterine muscles- bypassing your digestive system. As an added bonus, the lining of your vaginal canal also contains the highest concentration of cannabinoid receptors in the human body, along with a huge blood supply that provides easy access to the systemic circulation’ according to Lizzy Trelstad, who explained all the how-to’s on the brand’s blog.
This is a daily ingestible, under-the-tongue supplement designed to help with period hormone-generated mood swings. With 1% CBD oil and coconut and avocado oils added into the formula, this acts as an adaptogen for your adrenal system, helping to keep your hormones (and stress levels) in check.