By now, you’ve probably heard of Cannabidiol (CBD) oil — it seems to be everywhere these days! Experts are touting its range of health benefits from quelling anxiety and insomnia to easing pain associated with conditions such as inflammation, arthritis, and fibromyalgia. Not to be confused with hemp, or cannabis sativa seed oil, which has been around for years, this non-psychoactive, or non-high-inducing, cannabis plant extraction is also popping up on the beauty shelves of well-known retailers the world over from Sephora to Neiman Marcus to Ulta. In fact, CBD beauty products are all but taking over the industry.
What are the benefits of CBD beauty products?
Paula Begoun, founder of Paula’s Choice Skincare, explained in a press release that in addition to its medical benefits, CBD also has plenty of physical ones. “One way is its ability to help calm skin, particularly skin that’s acne-prone,” she explains. “Because acne is an inflammatory condition, research indicates CBD’s soothing properties can help diminish breakouts and reduce redness.” What’s more, it has the potential to decrease sebum, or oil production, a main acne-causing culprit.
CBD also has plenty of antioxidant properties that many believe will equate to less visible signs of aging. “CBD anti-aging creams may be able to help visibly diminish issues like wrinkles, skin dullness, and ruddy skin tone,” Begoun says.
In addition, those same anti-inflammatory properties that work to ease joint pain also benefit those with delicate complexions. “Even if you don’t think of your skin as ‘sensitive’ per se, all skin types are affected by environmental stressors, so CBD’s soothing mechanism can help keep skin in check,” says Begoun.
Want to put her knowledge to the test? No problem. We’ve rounded up nine of the best CBD beauty products you can buy, from lip balms and bath soaks to serums and moisturizers. Keep scrolling for Woman’s World’s picks for the best CBD beauty products on the market.
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Best CBD Face Serum
Saint Jane Beauty Luxury Beauty Serum
Where to buy: $125, Sephora
Packed with 500mg of anti-oxidant-filled CBD and 20 botanicals for hydrating and detoxifying, this serum delivers a serious anti-aging punch. Dullness and uneven texture don’t stand a chance against this luxe serum, which is also vegan and cruelty-free. Sephora reviewers have credited it with everything from slowing greasy sebum production to lessening rosacea and hormonal acne to soothing skin post-facial. “The CBD does wonders for my skin post acid/peel treatments,” one user raved.
As an added bonus, it comes in eco-friendly packaging you’ll feel good about splurging on.
Best CBD Lip Balm
Cannabis Organic Bliss Kiss Balm
Where to buy: $12, Neiman Marcus
Between the 2.85mg of CBD oil, shea butter, jojoba oil, schisandra (a five-flavored berry), and goji berry that make up this deeply nourishing lip balm formula, chapped lips will be banished in to time. Better yet, this has a fruity smell and a long-lasting shelf life of two to three years, so you'll be using it for seasons to come. Customers who spend $125 or more on beauty products at Neiman Marcus will also earn a free tote through Sept. 15.
Best CBD Lotion
Lord Jones High CBD-Formula
Where to buy: $60, Sephora
This cool-to-the-touch lotion is not only beloved by Sephora shoppers, who gave it 4.2/5 stars, it's a favorite among celebrities, too. Mandy Moore told Coveteur that she actually uses this product on her heels while walking the red carpet to fight pain induced by sky-high shoes after it was recommended to her by stylist Erica Cloud. Working together with shea butter to quell redness and dryness, it's great for the rest of your body, too!
With zero THC, this lotion also earns itself a spot on the retailer's "Clean at Sephora" list, reserved for brands formulated without a list of more than 50 ingredients, including sulfates (SLS and SLES), parabens, phthalates (or plasticizers), and more.
Best CBD Spray
REVOLUTION SKINCARE CBD Nourishing Essence Spray
Where to buy: $7, Ulta
Whether you need a quick way to calm flushed skin after a particularly intense workout or you're simply feeling dry due to the changing seasons, this affordable little mist, which pairs soothing Calendula flower extract with CBD, will do the trick. It's suitable for even the most sensitive of complexions and can be stored in the fridge for an added cooling element. Aah!
Best CBD Shampoo and Conditioner
Your skin isn’t the only part of your body that can benefit from a little CBD boost. New York dermatologist Matthew Lin, MD, told Refinery 29 that CBD has the ability to “molecularly connect to receptors inside our bodies, specifically the CB1 and CB2 receptors,” which in turn “has the potential to improve dandruff, seborrheic dermatitis, eczema and itchy, flaky scalp."
CBD Daily Shampoo and Conditioner uses a blend of CBD, argan, and other essential oils to hydrate even the most dry heads. It’s also color-safe and sulfate-free.
Best CBD Eye Cream
Cannuka CBD Calming Eye Balm
Where to buy: $38, Ulta
Cannuka takes full advantage of CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties with its eye balm salve, which works to treat fine lines, puffiness, and wrinkles. It’s also loaded with replenishing vitamin E, hemp seed oil, rose hip oil, and grapeseed oil, and feels nice going on, since it’s cool to the touch and warms on contact.
While Sephora reviewers note this product, which is recommended for use twice daily, can be heavy, they say it really works: “My under eyes look amazing!” wrote one, with another gushing, “I have extremely dry under eyes, and nothing worked. I've have tried lots and lots of eye creams and this is the best one I've ever tried.”
Best CBD Product for Acne
Myaderm Calming Cream
Where to buy: $24.95, Myaderm
This soothing CBD, pomegranate, and green tea extract blend works wonders for angry, acne-prone skin. Not only will this vegan formula calm irritation, it promises to moisturize even the driest of complexions. Since dry skin often equals itchy skin, that's good news for acne sufferers, as scratching can introduce a whole host of bacteria to your face. "I have tried and spent so much money on acne products. This cream is the best!!!" one happy shopper wrote. "I have been able to control my cystic acne on my chin since I [began using] Myaderm."
Best CBD Oil
Herbivore Emerald Deep Moisture
Where to buy: $58, Sephora
This Herbivore oil was launched just months ago, but already, it's got a cult following at Sephora, and its no wonder. A clinical test found that 93 percent of users saw a reduction in redness and experienced softer skin, while 90 percent agreed their skin looked better overall, according to the retailer's website. "My dry, sensitive skin drinks this baby up and my face is left with THE MOST radiant glow," one happy camper wrote after purchasing. "Not to brag but every time I wear this oil (which is just about every day with the Prism Glow Potion) I get so many comments on how glowy I look."
Best CBD Sheet Face Mask
Where to buy: $125, Neiman Marcus
Get the most luxe sleep of your life with this natural sleeping mask from skincare guru Ildi Pekar, who has worked with some of the most beautiful faces in Hollywood — we're looking at you, Miranda Kerr! Its 250mg of CBD oil — plus skin-soothing ingredients including aloe vera, rose hip seed, and primrose oil — make up her ultimate repairing potion. In fact, this mask is said to clear up everything from dryness and texture issues to dullness in appearance. Customers who spend $125 or more on beauty products at Neiman Marcus will also earn a free tote through Sept. 15.