CBD is the latest ingredient exploding into the skincare and beauty market, but not everyone is familiar with the science behind the buzzword. Following news of the legalisation of cannabis in Australia’s capital (caveats definitely apply), we deep-dive into the world of CBD beauty.
To break it down, CBD is the shortened word form of cannabidiol, a chemical compound that naturally occurs in the cannabis plant. Although it’s extracted from cannabis flowers and buds, CBD contains very little THC (the cannabinoid commonly associated with the 'high' from marijuana).
Although there is little scientific proof to justify the advantages of CBD, there are a large number of claims and reviews which have added to the increasing hype. Though still under testing, benefits of CBD in skincare products can include soothing irritation, calming redness, reducing breakouts and moisturising without clogging pores. As a nutritional supplement, CBD oil is rich in vitamins and antioxidants which can stimulate collagen production for youthful and glowing skin. Not just skin-deep, CBD can also be used to relieve joint and muscle pain and put the spring back in your step.
Despite progressions made to legalise recreational marijuana, CBD oil is still categorised as a Schedule 4 drug under Australian law and can only be prescribed by a doctor. As the debate continues and governments have more open discussions about cannabis, we may see CBD products popping up in local pharmacies in the near future.
If you are lucky enough to live in the UK or selected states in the US, we have rounded up a selection of our recommended CBD products to try.
Lord Jones is one of the leading manufacturers and distributers of the world's finest CBD infused products. Their CBD body lotion has received high praise for its soothing and cooling properties which can be used to alleviate minor aches and pains.
The Herbivore Botanicals Emerald CBD Deep Moisture Glow oil formulation is full of hydration to calm and soothe stressed-out skin. As a bonus, the brand will donate $1 from every Emerald sale to support cannabis legalisation efforts, as well as female-owned organisations in the cannabis industry.
Not only does Cannuka utilise the powerful anti-inflammatory properties of CBD, but they take their products a step further by mixing the oil with soothing Manuka honey from New Zealand. Their eye balm works to reduce puffy eyes and dark circles with natural ingredients and like all of their products is PETA certified.
We love a multi-purpose product and LEEF have created the perfect antidote for sore muscles and joints. Their Revive balm includes natural botanicals such as grapeseed oil, cacao butter and lavender which can be applied directly to the skin or even added to your morning coffee (yes we checked).
If you’re looking for plant-based beauty with a touch of luxury, Saint Jane’s luxurious beauty serum is the answer. Infused with a rich concentration of CBD and 20 potent botanicals, the formula aims to transform skin to boost natural radiance and give you the glow everyone will be asking about.