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CBD Skincare Products to Keep on Hand This Summer (and Always)

Pretty much everyone knows CBD is hailed by many as a cure-all supplement, boasting dozens of health benefits. But did you know the hype surrounding CBD skincare products isn’t just jive? 

CBD contains anti-inflammatory properties, which is a large part of the reason why topicals, like salves and ointments, reduce muscle pain and discomfort. This is because inflammation is the underlying cause of most chronic and acute pain conditions. 

But let’s not get sidetracked, this is about improving the quality of our skin through the use of CBD skincare products. Acne can make us feel self-conscious about our appearance, and inflamed pores only worsen the matter. But that’s where CBD comes in to save the day. 

When applying your go-to cleanser, toner, treatment and moisturizer, you’re attempting to clear your skin of unwanted blemishes. Once CBD is added to the mix, however, the healing process is accelerated, and pimples become less inflamed. 

It’s a common misconception that only greasy or dirty skin can lead to pesky pimples.  While the summer months are infamous for worsening the natural dirt and grime on our faces, dry skin is also a common culprit of those unwanted geysers — the hair follicles become clogged which results in an excessive buildup of dead skin cells. Add in the fact that dry skin can open the pores, allowing bacteria to seep in, and bam: you’re more likely to develop acne. 

All skin types can cause breakouts. That’s a fact, so choose products ideal for your skin type. Look for “best for dry skin,” “good for oily skin” or “suitable for all skin types” on the label. 

When shopping, bear in mind, much like ingestible forms of CBD, not all products are created equally. 

A quick Google search yields thousands of results, and each product shown comes packaged in a tantalizing promise in its description. Assuming you don’t want to waste your money on junk that doesn’t work, there is one important thing you should know. Look for the words “cannabidiol,” “hemp extract,” “broad-spectrum CBD” or “full-spectrum CBD” on the product label or ingredient list. Some companies use the word “hemp” on the label when in all actuality there isn’t any CBD in the product. 

The other ingredients in the skincare products you choose are important, too. You don’t want to buy a crappy moisturizer with some CBD thrown in and call it a day. We can’t stress this enough: research, research, research. Unless you’re a dermatologist or aesthetician, you’re most likely not going to know if BHA or salicylic acid is better suited for your skin type. Hell, you probably don’t even know what those ingredients are. But don’t worry, we didn’t either.

This summer, let’s mix things up a bit and incorporate CBD into our morning and pre-bed skincare rituals, while keeping our skin hydrated and putting our best face forward. To make life simple, we narrowed down a list of our favorite products — ones we use on a daily basis — just for you. 

HIGH PRIORITY CLEANSING FOAM, $28

Courtesy of High Beauty

Before applying makeup, facial day cream, toner, serum, moisturizer and facial oil, it’s important to know that cleanser is the first step in skincare rituals. This is an absolute necessity. 

While this cleansing foam doesn’t contain CBD, it does contain some of the finest grade hempseed oil, which possesses its own set of health and beauty benefits. The hempseed oil combined with bioflavonoids removes makeup, rids the skin of impurities, hydrates and leaves your face feeling extra clean and smooth. Plus, you’ll feel good about your purchase knowing this foam is vegan, cruelty-free, organic and eco-friendly. 

“Cannabis sativa seed oil, commonly known as hempseed oil, is a non-psychoactive ingredient that is scientifically proven to support healthy skin function with optimal levels of vitamins, essential fatty acids, minerals and amino acids,” according to Melissa Jochim, the founder of High Beauty. 

Jochim created BIOCANNA™ to optimize how nutrients are delivered into the skin. This invention mimics the chemistry of the hemp plant through combinations of organic plant oils, potent antioxidants and pure plant essential oils. 

Kana: Lotus CBD Essence Toner, $62

Courtesy of KANA

It’s fairly common for people to wash their faces and then forego some pretty crucial steps when it comes to maintaining healthy skin. After you finish cleansing, you should pour a few drops of toner onto a cotton ball and dab your face, neck and décolletage (also known as your lower neckline). The main purpose of applying skin toner is to shrink the appearance of pores. However, some toning products contain other ingredients that also moisturize, protect the skin against free radicals, reduce redness and inflammation and more. 

KANA Lotus CBD Essence Toner is our fave. And trust us, we have sampled dozens. The hero ingredient is lotus flower — it’s not only rich in antioxidants, it also soothes irritated skin and calms inflammation. When combined with the cannabinoids CBD, CBG and CBN (CBG and CBN are also chemical compounds found in the hemp plant that reduce inflammation and pain,) this milky pink toner works wonders on all skin types, minimizes fine lines and wrinkles and provides users with a desirable skin tone and texture. 

Bonus points: The consistency is silky smooth and the scent is subtle yet pleasant. 

Hypoallergenic CBD Sensitive Skin Therapy Rebalancing Elixir, $99

Courtesy of Perricone MD

Elixirs are a form of facial serum with moisturizing properties. After applying toner, you can either pour a few drops on a cotton ball and dab your face and neck, or use our favorite method: shake a few drops onto the palms of your hands and massage in upward motions. These kinds of treatments are designed to treat various skin conditions, so when shopping, make sure you find one suited for your needs. 

Hypoallergenic CBD Sensitive Skin Therapy Rebalancing Elixir is a lightweight treatment containing a whopping 99% CBD. When used daily, you can expect to see visible results: a balanced pH level which leads to healthier skin, smooth and even skin tone and hydrated, supple skin. 

We personally love its consistency and how this CBD-rich elixir feels on our face — it’s like how Princesses sheets must feel, or so we imagine. After application, wait several minutes before using moisturizer — you want to give the elixir enough time to fully absorb. 

Lord Jones: Acid Mantle Repair CBD Moisturizer, $75

Courtesy of Lord Jones

Face moisturizer is perhaps the most important step in your skincare regimen. While fragrant lotions have a lot of appeal and are safe for application on other areas of the body, dermatologists advise against using them on the face. Rule of thumb: Go with a fragrance free option. They won’t worsen pre-existing dryness. 

With Lord Jones Acid Mantle Repair CBD Moisturizer, you’ll reap all the benefits of a traditional moisturizer designed for facial application. And it offers protection against environmental pollutants.

The star ingredients in this formula feed your skin with 250mg of full-spectrum CBD, ginger, sustainably sourced squalane and ceramides. They were carefully chosen to keep the acid mantle — AKA, the skin barrier — healthy while providing necessary moisture. 

We promise this decadent cream will quickly become your morning and night go-to.

LEEF: Wild Crafted CBD Skin Oil, $35

Courtesy of LEEF

For the last step in your skincare routine, you can use facial oil in one of two different ways, and neither is right or wrong. It all comes down to preference. 

Some people mix a few drops into moisturizer and apply the combination onto their face, neck and dècolletage, while others use their fingertips to press a few drops of oil onto their skin. 

Remember: Don’t rub facial oil in, always pat. Your skin better absorbs the product when you take advantage of this application technique. Also, vigorous rubbing is damaging to your delicate facial skin and can cause redness and irritation. 

LEEF Wild Crafted CBD Skin Oil is power-packed with 84mg of full-spectrum hemp extract and botanical oils. As if it were food for your skin, this oil penetrates the surface and protects 

the deeper layers of your skin. The key ingredients offer benefits such as improving skin tone and elasticity, naturally boosting collagen and providing you with a better glow. 

Prima: Beyond Body Oil, $56

Courtesy of Prima

Often we forget how important it is to take care of our full body. Instead, we focus only on our face, which makes sense, on one level, because it’s the most visible. But don’t fall into that trap! Take care of all of your precious skin. 

Prima’s newest launch, Beyond Body Oil, hydrates dry skin so you can feel soft and pleasant to your partner’s touch. This doctor-formulated vegan oil contains 600mg of broad-spectrum CBD and botanical extracts just bursting with omegas and antioxidants.

Some people prefer applying it to dry skin as needed. Others massage generous amounts onto damp skin, which is known to better retain moisture. After using this skin-loving treat, every inch of your bod will feel soft, nourished and supple. 

Kalee – Lotion (CBD:THC 1:1) – 400MG, $50

Courtesy of INSA

We would be remiss if we failed to mention a skincare product containing both CBD and THC, especially now that 18 states have legalized marijuana for recreational use. 

INSA’s Kalee lotion is a hybrid: it moisturizes your skin like no other, and its pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties soothe muscle pain and decrease bodily discomfort. 

Packed with 198mg of THC and 206mg of CBD, this lotion is practically a 1:1 ratio. INSA — a chain of dispensaries name brand products in house — uses hydrocarbon extraction to keep the terpenes intact.

The vegan ingredients — which include aloe juice, sweet almond oil, white willow bark and full cannabis extract — are great for quenching dry skin. They also help reduce the pain you feel after you overexert the muscles while exercising, dancing, chasing your kids around, etc. But they also ease inflammation, which is the root cause of chronic or acute pain. 

Megan Lane is a columnist for The News Station. She writes about health and wellness, cannabis and entertainment, including musician and celebrity interviews. Her full bio is here.
Megan Lane is a columnist for The News Station. She writes about health and wellness, cannabis and entertainment, including musician and celebrity interviews. Her full bio is here.
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