JLife chooses some of the most popular beauty products on the market to help you discover this brave new world of CBD skin and body care…
There’s a been a seismic shift in the use of CBD on a global scale, and the beauty industry’s obsession with cannabidiol or CBD – isn’t showing any signs of slowing down. Hailed as a miracle cure, it’s made from the whole sativa cannabis plant, including leaves, stalks, flowers and seeds. The plants are made up of more than 100 different cannabinoids, one of them being CBD which is different to THC (tetrahydrocannabinol, the illegal psychoactive ingredient in the plant).
Elsewhere, cafés, bars and spas are incorporating this exciting new ingredient into their daily offering. In the past two years, beauty brands have been inspired to include CBD in their products following a surge in consumer interest in CBD’s health benefits, meaning that the CBD oil market in Britain is expected to reach a value of £1.2 billion by the end of 2021, treble of what it currently is now.
Oil Be There for You
The Body Shop has used hemp oil (not to be confused with CBD) since the nineties – another cannabis derivative made from pressed hemp seeds which is also entirely natural and legal. The Body Shop’s heavy-duty hemp foot cream helps soften rough skin down to your toes. Hemp seed oil, which The Body Shop has utilised as a lead ingredient since 1992, is rich in essential fatty acids and is a natural source of gammalinolenic acid (GLA) – great for hydrating skin and hair.
Named as The Independent’s best CBD beauty product earlier this year, these bath melts from CBD advocates Kloris combine the natural oils and butters with a potent 50 mg dose of KLORIS Premium CBD, and are finished off with a heavenly ylang-ylang and bergamot-based scent.
Suitable for use in the bath or shower and small enough to be travel-friendly, simply apply to wet skin and let the powerful CBD absorb into your skin while the nourishing cocoa butter and oils soothe and revive you. Plus, it’s all wrapped up in recycled packaging too!
Don’t Bat an Eye
Finding the right mascara that does what it says on the tin can be sticky, and CBD is the new volumising solution to creating dramatic and healthy-looking lashes. Winners of OK! Magazine’s Game Changer of the Year award, Milk Makeup, which is totally vegan, needed an alternative to using beeswax, a common binding component in mascara formulas. Enter: CBD oil!
The award-winning company claims that within its popular Kush mascara, the oil whips the formula into a creamy texture that allows for smoother application on lashes and an easier, tug-free removal. It also provides an additional conditioning benefit too, making your lashes healthier in the long run.
Disciple is a London-based natural wellness company for stressed-out body and mind, created by psychotherapist Charlotte Ferguson. One of its bestsellers is a multi-use CBD oil called Miracle Drops, which is available at John Lewis & Partners. An oil with complete versatility, it can be used orally (half a drop under the tongue) or topically on the skin. After cleansing the skin, gently massage a few drops of the oil across your face and neck – an easy way to introduce CBD into your routine.