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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

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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.

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These days, CBD is just about as well-known as the ABCs. CBD, which stands for cannabidiol, is a plant-based compound (a cannabinoid) found in the flowers and leaves of the hemp plant. The jury is still somewhat out when it comes to hard-hitting scientific evidence about the benefits of CBD; most experts agree that more research is needed. But the anecdotal evidence is there and CBD proponents—as well as many users—claim that it can calm anxiety to improve sleep, knock out period cramps, reduce redness and inflammation in the skin, and way more.

There are also a fair amount of topical CBD oils out there, though keep in mind that these fall into a bit of a different category than other topical CBD products out there when it comes to their effects. “Oils are great at softening and moisturizing, but they tend to sit on top, rather than sink into the skin,” explains Charlotte Palermino, co-founder of the cannabis education website Nice Paper. And this means they’re not necessarily going to be the best delivery system for active ingredients, CBD included, she points out. The upshot of this? If you’re just dipping your toe into the CBD pool, using a topical oil can be one way to ensure you’re getting not quite as much of the ingredient. And, on the flip side, if you do really want to reap the benefits, you can simply choose products with a higher concentration of CBD.

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“Your endocannabinoid system—the receptors that are impacted by CBD—is deeper in your skin, so until we see a clinical trial on how oils penetrate and at which dose, look for higher milligrams of CBD in your oils if you want to see an effect,” advises Palermino. (While there are no exact dosing guidelines, you can consider 100 milligrams in a one-ounce dropper bottle a low dose, she adds.) At the end of the day, with any kind of CBD product, it’s important to be a savvy and somewhat skeptical shopper, given that the industry is self-regulated and lacks any clear cut rules or guidelines.

But if you’re not sure where to start, try any of these best CBD oils that are worth the hype.

Best Overall: Herbivore Emerald CBD+ Adaptogens Deep Moisture Glow Oil

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This radiance-enhancing oil contains not only CBD but also a range of other cannabinoids—CBD is only one of many—that all work together to improve the formula’s efficacy. It also touts another buzzed-about ingredient, ashwagandha, an adaptogen known for helping the skin deal with stressors such as pollution, stress, and UV rays (aka the things you’re bombarded with daily). FYI, this does contain 0.3% THC, so if that’s something you’re wary of, you may want to skip this one.

Best for Body: Lord Jones High CBD Formula Body Oil

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Beauty editors go ga-ga for this brand, one of the better known CBD brands out there. Not only is the CBD they use the good stuff (lab-tested and cultivated in the USA), the variety of products is just great in general. Case in point: Even without the included 100 milligrams CBD, this would be a standout body oil. Five different oils pack a powerful hit of hydration yet still absorb with lightning speed, and the evergreen-citrusy scent is next-level sophisticated. But our favorite part? The brilliant rollerball tip that makes application a breeze.

Best for Face: Lab to Beauty The Recovery Oil

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No matter whether your complexion is dry, prone to breakouts, or easily irritated, this is a universal fix. How can that be, you ask? To knock out dryness, you have a blend of moisturizing oils. In the breakout department, you have jojoba oil and CBD, both of which can help balance oil production. And for sensitive types, there’s soothing rosehip oil, calendula extract, and CBD, of course. It’s a rare example of one-size-fits-all skincare.

Best for Dry Skin: Josie Maran Skin Dope Argan Oil + 100 MG CBD Oil

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There are only two ingredients in this formula, a clean skincare fan’s dream. You’ve got 100% pure argan oil, one of the best sources of omega 3, 6, and 9 fatty acids out there, ideal for quenching even the most parched of complexions. That’s paired with CBD-rich cannabis sativa hemp extract to help knock out inflammation and redness, which can often go hand-in-hand with super dry skin.

Best for Relaxation: Sagely Naturals Drift & Dream Body Oil

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A warm shower or bath is one easy way to chill out, fast, but you can ramp up the effects even further by slathering this oil on afterward. It boasts a blend of different oils formulated to help you chill out. There’s lavender oil, known to have aromatherapeutic benefits and for promoting relaxation, geranium oil to ease stress, and grounding clary sage oil, plus 100 mg of CBD oil. Also nice: You can easily find the brand’s Certificate of Analysis (COA) on their website, something important to seek out if you want to make sure the CBD you’re getting is legit, advises Palermino.

Best Low Potency: Kana Lit Hemp Face Oil

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With just 50 milligrams of CBD, this is a great option for CBD newbs. Along with the CBD, it also has hemp seed oil, a great hydrator, and a litany of other beneficial botanical oils to help moisturize and reduce redness. Insider tip: Try patting on a drop or two over makeup mid-day, as a way to combat that afternoon skin slump and get your complexion nice and glowy again.

Best Medium Potency: BLNCD Vital Nutrient Complex Cannabis Infused Face Oil

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Think of this as a green smoothie for your skin—a one-stop-shop where you can easily get all the vitamins, minerals, nutrients, and antioxidants your skin needs. We’re talking over 15 different plant oils that can do everything from smooth out wrinkles to minimize scars to soothe irritation. That includes 250 milligrams of full-spectrum hemp extract where you get the CBD benefits. (Just keep in mind that is another formula that does contain trace amounts of THC.)

Best High Potency: Saint Jane Luxury CBD Beauty Serum

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Those who are fully on board the CBD bandwagon will appreciate that this face oil packs a whopping 500 milligrams of the good stuff (which also happens to be evaluated for quality four times, higher than the industry standard). A long list of 20 other botanicals works synergistically in the formula to do everything from hydrate to smooth out skin’s texture to boost your glow.

Best for Nighttime: Populum Lavender + CBD Face Oil

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Make the most of those precious hours of beauty sleep and apply a few drops of this before you hit the sack. Lavender oil helps you relax, but did you know that it’s also a potent antioxidant that can help ward off signs of aging? You also get 250 milligrams of CBD oil, as well as hempseed and grapeseed oils for a dose of good-for-your-skin fatty acids. Not to mention that the formula has been lab-tested, and you can easily see those results before you buy the product, a major plus when you’re talking about any kind of CBD product.

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Best for Balancing: Muri Lelu Mauvaise Herbe Indica Oil

This CBD oil definitely smells like CBD, so keep that in mind. Once you get over the herbal smell (or breathe it in deeply, if you like it), you’ll notice that the oil feels lighter than most other face oils and sinks in instantly. It’s made with full-spectrum, whole flower cannabis extract and terpenes to boost its soothing, restoring and calming abilities, plus slew of other skin-loving ingredients like squalane for hydration, licorice for brightening, and more. “I love that it sinks in instantly and makes my oily-combo skin look noticeably calmer and more balanced in the morning after I use it,” says Byrdie’s editorial director, Faith Xue. “It gave me skin more of a glow after just a week of using, and helped soothe some irritation I had experienced from overdoing it with a chemical peel.”

Best Massage Oil: Reign Together CBD Massage Oil

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If you haven’t yet gotten a massage using a CBD oil or cream, do yourself a favor and get one, stat (and thank us later). We suggest you BYO and take this oil to your next rub down. 100 percent natural and THC-free, it has 160 milligrams of CBD oil, along with arnica, to help further soothe sore muscles. Top tip: Many of your endocannabinoid receptors are located down the sides of your spine, so make sure it gets rubbed in really well on your back.

Why Trust Byrdie?

Byrdie contributor Melanie Rud has over a decade of experience in the beauty industry, writing for some of the biggest magazines and websites out there. She’s very on board the CBD train, and takes it both internally and uses it topically. One of her favorite ways to use CBD oils? As part of a massage to relieve achy muscles; the one featured in this list is her latest go-to.

Charlotte Palermino is the co-founder of Nice Paper, a cannabis education website that publishes a weekly newsletter and consults with cannabis companies in Canada and the U.S. Charlotte is also the CEO of Dieux, a clinically-tested cannabinoid skincare line set to launch this year.

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Faith Xue has worked in digital beauty for 10 years and is currently Bustle Digital Group’s executive beauty director. She was Byrdie’s editorial director for seven years.

Rachel is a board-certified dermatologist and Assistant Clinical Professor at Mount Sinai Hospital Department of Dermatology. She has contributed to Byrdie, as well as Harpers Bazaar, Marie Claire, Allure, Vogue, and the New York Times, and more

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CBD is the Cady Heron of the skincare world right now—buzzy, intriguing, and full of secrets (though not as much as Gretchen Weiners’ hair). The ingredient has officially crossed over from being a wellness supplement to a beauty buzzword, but it’s not as simple as looking for “CBD” on your ingredients label and calling it a day. There’s a lot of murky marketing out there and more than a few false claims. For example, we’ve seen some major brands hop on the CBD bandwagon and blast it across their marketing channels, when in reality, their products don’t contain any actual CBD at all. We’ve enlisted Dendy Engelman, MD, board-certified dermatologist; Ava Shamban, MD, board-certified dermatologist and founder of Skin Five in LA and co-host of The GIST; Charlotte Palermino, co-founder of cannabis education website Nice Paper, and Ashley Lewis and Meredith Schroeder, co-founders of new online CBD retailer Fleur Marché. Your skin deserves CBD—just make sure you’re buying a product that actually contains it.

Keep scrolling for your no-BS guide to understanding CBD skincare.

Type of ingredient: Antioxidant.

Main benefits: Reduces inflammation, Regulates oil production, Neutralizes free radical damage.

Who should use it: It is recommended for those with inflamed, compromised skin as well as sensitive and dry skin types. It can also benefit those with aging skin.

How often can you use it: CBD skincare can be used daily.

Works well with: Actives that calm and nourish the skin barrier, such as ceramides, hyaluronic acid, peptides, and niacinamides.

Don’t use with: Be cautious with CBD skincare. Since it is an unregulated industry, it is undetermined what actives it deactivates. It is not recommended to use CBD skin products that contain alcohol, as this might combat its beneficial effects and heighten inflammatory skin conditions.

What is CBD?

So, what exactly is CBD? Shamban explains that it is a naturally-occurring chemical compound found in cannabis plants marijuana and hemp. “It’s one of the two primary active ingredients of cannabis, the other one being THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), which is the active psychotropic,” she says.

According to Lewis and Schroeder, (who fell in love with the ingredient during their previous jobs curating products for Goop), it’s “a potent antioxidant, highly anti-inflammatory, and has been shown in multiple studies to reduce lipid production from the sebaceous glands (overproduction of this sebum is possibly one component of what contributes to acne formation).” One such study found that CBD could prevent acne in multiple ways.

How does CBD work? Engelman says CBD interacts with our cannabinoid receptors. “We have receptors in every layer of our skin which trigger to our body when there is pain, an itch, etc.,” she explains. “Topical CBD is designed to help those with pruritic skin conditions like eczema or painful conditions like post-herpetic neuralgia when our body’s signals are going haywire. For example, it is not necessarily targeting eczema, but the hormones that are causing the eczema flare-up.”

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Typically, CBD oil is used in skincare products. You can find CBD serums, creams, masks, and body and face oils. That said, hemp seed oil—which has been a common ingredient in skincare products for a long time—is not the same thing as CBD. There’s nothing wrong with hemp seed oil, but it’s not an active ingredient (though it may help with inflammation, hydration, and controlling oil production ).

When buying a CBD skincare product, look for these words in the ingredients list, which indicate there’s actual CBD in the formula: CBD, hemp CBD, full-spectrum hemp extract, phytocannabinoid-rich hemp oil, and hemp extract oil.

Benefits of CBD for Skin

  • Treat Inflammatory Acne: CBD might help reduce redness, pain, and swelling associated with inflammatory acne.
  • Regulate Oil Production: As previously mentioned, CBD helps regulate hormones involved in oil production, reducing excess sebum.
  • Reduce Breakouts: CBD may help reduce inflammation of breakouts and, thanks to its oil production regulation, reduce breakouts in general.
  • Calm Rosacea: With its ability to reduce inflammation, CBD may help calm rosacea flare-ups.
  • Neutralize Free Radical Damage: CBD may work to prevent the weakening of the skin by neutralizing free radical damage.
  • Soothe Eczema: CBD helps combat irritation and inflammation caused by eczema, along with chronic skin conditions such as psoriasis and dermatitis, according to Shamban.
  • Decrease Hormonal Conditions: Since CBD is a powerful adaptogen, it may work to decrease the effects of hormones and other compounds that are released into the body in times of stress (ie. kinase, nitric oxide, and cortisol).
  • Hydration: CBD has moisturizing properties that can help combat dehydration and dryness.

The level of benefits for CBD effects on some skin conditions is still up for debate and is a newer science being studied, according to Shamban, and more research is needed to see if CBD or the other agents found in the cannabis plant directly improve skin quality.

Side Effects of CBD

Engelman explains that more studies need to be done to verify the efficiency of CBD oil benefits for skin. As such, topical CBD has no known side effects.

How to Use It

How you use CBD skincare is all about the product you’re using. “Most CBD products are serums or creams,” says Engelman. “Use as you normally would, layering your skincare products from thinnest to thickest. Serums should be applied before creams.” That said, you should never self-diagnose your skin conditions. “Always read packaging and ingredients and check with a board-certified dermatologist, primary care, or other medical practitioner before starting any new supplement or topical care,” adds Shamban.

The Best Products With CBD

This CBD oil can be used on your skin and hair. It promises to help soothe and calm your scalp and skin, providing deep moisture and reducing the appearance of redness and irritation. It contains 100mg of CBD.

Palermino mentions supermodel facialist Ildi Pekar’s CBD line as containing high amounts of CBD. This luxe face oil in particular contains 250mg of CBD oil, along with soothing aloe juice, brightening vitamin c, hyaluronic acid, and more.

Engelman is a fan of these bath salts from Lord Jones. “I love [them] because they combine magnesium and Himalayan salts, essential oils, arnica, and CBD, which will reduce inflammation, promote relaxation, and increase a sense of well-being.”

Palermino also swears by this soothing sleeping mask from Kana. “Even though it’s lower on the CBD dosing scale, it’s one of the nicer lightweight sleeping masks I’ve tried,” she says.

Lewis and Schroeder are also fans of Kana, citing this this all-purpose face oil (which contains 100mg of CBD) as a favorite. “It’s formulated with a ton of other powerful botanicals that help to hydrate skin and manage redness,” they explain. “It’s a great addition to both your morning and nighttime routine.”

You get a whopping 100mg of CBD in this honey-infused stick, which is why Lewis and Schroeder cite is as a favorite. “We love the format of this product,” they say. “It’s easy to apply any time of day, and you can use it for anything. From chapped lips, to under eyes that need a little brightening, this stick is soothing, calming, and easy to pop in your bag and use anywhere.” (It was also one of our editors’ picks for the month of October).

Let’s not forget that the anti-inflammatory benefits of CBD can extend to your body, too: “This serum is formulated with an array of medicinal herbs and over 80 phytocannabinoids,” Lewis and Shroeder say. “It does triple duty by soothing, relaxing and hydrating your skin and muscles. It’s a must for anyone who’s had a long day and needs some relief.”

Fans of Lord Jones’ best-selling Body Lotion ($24) will want to try this oil alternative, which contains 100mg of CBD and comes in rollerball form for easy application (not to mention built-in massage abilities). Plus, the light, floral scent is incredibly soothing.

Saint Jane, the brainchild of a former Sephora exec, is a CBD skincare line that’s not here to mess around. Its hero product, the Luxury Beauty Serum, contains a whopping 500mg of CBD, along with 18 other 100 percent natural skin-loving oils, from frankincense to sandalwood. Massage this in morning and night for a lit-from-within glow, even in the dead of winter. Trust us, your skin will thank you.

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