Top 3 CBD Oil Benefits: Beauty Edition
Not-So-Breaking News: The CBD renaissance is steadily taking over the U.S. beauty market. You may have noticed CBD budding its head into daily skincare routines and inspiring a lush new design aesthetic for big-brand product launches. (Kiehl’s Cannabis Oil – we’re looking at you!)
If you aren’t familiar with this trending beauty ingredient, CBD is a natural compound derived from the cannabis plant. Heralded for its restorative power for all skin types, including acne-prone and sensitive skin, CBD is proven to help reduce inflammation and support skin’s natural healing process.
Here at Camera Ready, we have officially hopped on board the CBD bandwagon. We’ve fallen in love with skin-loving, CBD-infused hero products from FITISH Beauty, Kiehl’s and more. How and why did we fall so hard?
The proof is in the research (and results)! Keep reading for the top 3 beauty benefits of incorporating CBD into your daily routine.
First things first…
CBD Does Not Get You High!
CBD is one of 100+ cannabinoids (chemical compound found in hemp plants) that stabilizes the body and helps maintain health. You’ll find traces of CBD in marijuana, but CBD alone is non-psychoactive and legal to purchase in an isolated form.
The cannabinoid compound infamously known to get you high is called THC. This particular plant derivative is responsible for the psychoactive effects of marijuana.
Top 3 CBD Oil Benefits For Your Skin
1) Heal Acne, Redness, Inflammation
CBD oil is an effective and natural anti-inflammatory. Those who suffer from inflammatory skin conditions, like rosacea, benefit from the soothing properties found inside CBD. This miracle ingredient also reduces breakouts and calms redness by decreasing excessive levels of oil produced by the skin – a major trigger for acne-prone skin.
Our Favorite: Kiehl’s Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil Herbal Concentrate calms and heals stressed skin, formulated with 100% naturally-derived Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil (hemp-derived) and Green Oregano Oil.
2) Nourish Sensitive Skin
CBD oil inhibits flare ups in some skin conditions, like psoriasis and eczema, and helps soothe sensitive, easily-irritated skin. Incorporate a CBD-infused beauty product into your daily routine to nourish skin and lock in moisture for a healthy, glowing face.
Our Favorite: FITISH Beauty’s CBD Cool Down Mist energizes and hydrates skin prone to redness, irritation or other inflammatory skin conditions.
Kiehl’s Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil, $49
FITISH CBD Cool Down Mist, $28
3) Discover the Fountain of Youth
CBD oil combats the visible signs of aging with powerful antioxidant properties. Reduce inflammation, rejuvenate a dull complexion, even skin tone, and say goodbye to fine lines and wrinkles. That’s the power of CBD.
Our Favorite: FITISH Beauty’s Dewing It CBD Moisturizer soothes irritation, calms redness and gently nourishes aging and sensitive skin types.
Bonus Benefit: Reduces Anxiety and Depression
A staggering 24% of the U.S. population is affected by some form of anxiety or depression, as recorded by the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. CBD oil is scientifically proven to reduce stress levels caused by anxiety, depression and other disorders. Give your mind, body and spirit the all-natural healing it needs with the power of CBD!
For a playful spin on the cannabis beauty trend, explore the all-new matte and metallic shades in Melt Cosmetics Smoke Sessions Palette. Eight beautiful shades for a bold, hazy look! Housed in a limited edition, cannabis-themed palette and inspired by the plant’s lush stems and leaves.
FITISH Dewing It CBD Moisturizer, $45
Melt Smoke Sessions Palette, $48
Shop our favorite CBD beauty products online and in-store at Camera Ready Cosmetics. Discounts apply for pro artist members.
Which CBD beauty products are you loving? Let us know in the comments below!
About Camera Ready Cosmetics
Camera Ready Cosmetics was founded in 2003 by Makeup Artist Mary Erickson. She dreamed of having a pro makeup showroom where artists could play with professional products without the typical makeup store attitude.
Today, our team of beauty industry veterans work together to curate the best quality products on the market. We partner with brands who respect the industry and formulate products for true working artists.
You won’t find CRC in high-end malls, and we don’t wear matching brush belts. If you want to play with products for a few hours and buy nothing, that’s okay. come in and play! Our store is your playground.
Deemed a Miracle Ingredient, CBD Is a Skincare Junkie’s Dream
From fixing uneven skin tone to hydrating a dull complexion, CBD Beauty is finally receiving the praise it deserves. Projected to be a billion-dollar category by 2024, its female founders mean business.
By Zoe Schaeffer
I t’s easy to get sucked into the hot beauty trend of the moment, whether it’s a new celebrated ingredient (blue tansy, anyone?) or an elaborate 17-step K-Beauty routine. But the movement that’s really taken the industry by storm—not only for its predicted staying power, but also for its rapid growth in the marketplace—is CBD Beauty; products that are formulated from cannabis. The association with bong-hitting frat boys is somewhat passé, giving way to one that’s closer with vegan, downward dog types, or successful nine-to-fivers who want a calming moment at the day’s end. Now, as CBD quickly moves past the trendy buzz phase and into the mainstays of plant-based beauty, the ingredient is taking up important real estate in multi-brand beauty behemoths and beloved indie boutiques alike. But what exactly does it do? Will it give you great skin? We talked to several female founders to find out.
What is CBD and why is it in my beauty products?
To most, cannabidiol (CBD) is still a hazy concept. As one of the many cannabinoids present in cannabis, it binds to cannabinoid receptors in the body and skin to create a natural interaction that encourages healing, which is beneficial in skincare. Once viewed as a taboo resource, CBD was marginalized for its association with marijuana, a prohibited drug that was known to create paranoia and “The Munchies”—not a chic connotation in the haughty beauty biosphere. But the world began to view it differently after the 2018 Farm Bill was passed, allowing federally legal hemp to be recognized as a crop rather than an illegal substance.
Along with funding for clinical research and a formal “go ahead” to brands that had been restricted by regulations, the bill meant that topical CBD products would at long last be given certain freedoms, and thereby taken more seriously. Two years later, they are taking center stage. With proven health and cosmetic benefits linked to inflammation that are finally being celebrated, CBD is disrupting the beauty world’s $500 billion domain. And sales are predicted to grow with force; according to the latest report from Prohibition Partners, an independent market research firm for cannabis data, it’s projected to account for $954 million—or 10 percent of overall beauty sales—by the year 2024.
Will it get me high?
No, you won’t get stoned by layering on that glowy CBD face oil because THC, the cannabis plant’s psychoactive ingredient, isn’t part of this picture. Rather, pure CBD is more about what you don’t feel (sleeplessness, anxiety, irritability) than what you do. Lovingly referred to as “a sacred medicinal plant” in Hindu texts, it’s hailed by those in-the-know as a botanical sensation—one that literally makes your skin look better and your body feel good.
Jamie Leilani Pelayo, co-founder of natureofthings, a clean bath and body line that uses broad-spectrum hemp extract to relieve stress, anxiety, and pain, became interested in the ancestral healing techniques of plant medicine while harvesting everything from roses in Turkey to Frankincense in Oman. “I consider myself a woman working with plants, minerals, and elements whose benefits have been well documented over time to provide comfort and relief, helping people to feel better from the inside out, naturally.” She notes that continuing research shows that while the anti-inflammatory properties of CBD can help reduce pain, it has also been shown to aid the body’s endocannabinoid system that regulates functions such as sleep, appetite, and immune system response. But to her, alchemy is key. “Our philosophy is really about combining CBD and other cannabinoids with other beneficial botanicals and minerals that heighten the intended effects.”
What to look for—and look out for
It’s important to know exactly what to look for while shopping the CBD cabinet, whether perusing your healthy grocer or the aisles of Sephora. Sarah Mona, who was a seed-to-bloom grower and retail beauty brand manager before starting her upscale line La Bhanga, is laser-focused on producing the cleanest product, working closely with a scientist while researching every ingredient. She says that one of the biggest challenges in the CBD world is how misleading many other companies in this space can be to consumers. Now that CBD is a popular and prosperous division of beauty, mainstream brands are scrambling to get in the game by creating their own off-shoot cannabis products—but with foggy marketing and confusing labeling.
Most notably, a typical consumer might confuse Cannabis Seed Sativa Oil for CBD while glancing at the package (the former is a fancy term for Hemp Oil, an emollient that lacks other benefits). Just because CBD is considered clean on its own, it still warrants a label check for parabens or pore-clogging mineral oil—much like you’d continue to read ingredient decks at your health food store. “CBD, considered a ‘miracle ingredient’ for centuries, has benefits that are beyond belief,” explains Mona. “It offers UV protection, is anti-inflammatory and breaks down uneven skin tone, and is incredibly firming and hydrating, so you don’t want a diluted replacement.” (Although research isn’t significant enough to support swapping CBD oil for sunscreen, the ingredient’s fatty acids help skin produce a natural oil barrier that enhances SPF by strengthening the buffer between skin and sun. Additionally, CBD helps prevent hyperpigmentation with its anti-inflammatory properties).
“If a product is over $100, its worth to me would be determined by the type of CBD used.”
Mona says to look for words like “cannabis extract, CBD isolate or cannabinoid extract” on the label, which means you’re getting the real deal (isolate is the most expensive and has the highest quality). She also questions competitor pricing. “If a product is over $100, its worth to me would be determined by the type of CBD used. If it’s not an isolate, what other ingredients are in it that drive up the price?” She notes that top-tier ingredients like peptides, hyaluronic acid, or vitamin C should also be at the top of the panel. In addition, the milligram ratio of CBD to the overall product is important. “If something is 1oz with 300 mg of CBD, that’s a strong, good product,” she says. “But if it were 8oz with 300 mg of CBD? I would question its purity, amongst other things.”
What about CBD in makeup?
Research from the European Journal of Pain says that CBD can calm inflammation and pain when applied topically (hence its popularity in bath and body products, and in acne treatments), but what exactly are its benefits in makeup? Now found in everything from brow gel to perfume, to the unanointed, the effects are still very unclear (will this mascara make me sleepy?). Casey Georgeson, founder of the glossy luxury brand Saint Jane, is known for her editor-approved Beauty Face Serum and cult Vitamin C Drops. But she also made the first-ever CBD-spiked lip gloss (and just-released lipsticks) that are somewhat unique to the market as CBD makeup is still fairly underrepresented.
She says that she views the hero ingredient as “the non-psychoactive darling of the herb industry,” and a powerful vitamin that you’d want in any product being absorbed into your skin. But Georgeson points out that not all makeup products are a candidate for CBD. “Mascara is a good example as CBD reacts with living tissue only (like the epidermis), and lashes are not living tissue,” she stresses. She chose to focus on the lip area because it’s delicate, prone to dryness, and doesn’t produce its own moisture like our skin can via the sebum glands. So unlike your lashes, your lips will benefit, even with natural wear. “While most of your gloss gets transferred to your coffee cup or gets ingested, the moment you use CBD, the receptors in your Endocannabinoid System start working, so you reap the nourishing properties upon application.”
And even though CBD has vitamin-like characteristics on its own, it acts as a conduit for bioavailability, enhancing the benefits of other ingredients (chamomile, a like-minded ingredient, becomes extra moisturizing once they’re blended). So that deep conditioning wash of color also doubles down with calming, anti-inflammatory properties that offer a little daily dose of bliss. “Really, these multi-correctional products are for anyone who wants to target an array of skin conditions with clean, high-performing ingredients,” says Georgeson.