I Used CBD-Infused Beauty Products for a Month, and It Was Actually Freaking Amazing
“So, it gets you high?” This is the first question everyone asks after hearing about my recent love affair with CBD oil (or cannabidoil, which is a chemical compound extracted from marijuana plants (opens in new tab) that—spoiler alert—is also completely non-psychotropic, meaning sorry, it won’t get you high). But I wasn’t seeking my typical Sunday Scary fix when I replaced half of my beauty routine with CBD infused products for a month; I was after the oil’s other rumored, yet equally excellent, topical benefits: the soothing, calming, and even wrinkle-fighting effects. Yup.
CBD oil is darling of the herbal community and, when ingested (through capsules, tinctures, or foods, like chocolate and gummies), is typically used to help with anxiety and insomnia, or even promote clear-headedness. And yes, it’s legal. Ish. Maybe. (Laws are constantly changing (opens in new tab) , and it totally depends on the form of CBD you’re getting—as in whether or not it’s totally THC-free—and what state you live in). And while the medical community has yet to really examine THC’s little sister for its medicinal purposes, the beauty world has certainly recognized its potential as an ingredient label hero.
“There’s definitely a lack of research on the subject, but the studies that are out there suggest that CBD is anti-inflammatory and potentially antimicrobial, meaning it could help fight bacteria and pathogens,” says Joyce Imahiyerobo-Ip, MD, director of cosmetic dermatology at South Shore Medical Center in MA, adding that CBD also has antioxidant properties, “which can result in anti-aging benefits.” And if something has the possibility of soothing my skin and calming my jitters at the same time, you best believe I’ll be slathering it all over my face and body, which is exactly what I did. And, surprise, it was actually kind of life-changing.
College cheerleading left me with a slipped spinal disc that still, to this day, sends shooting pain down my legs. So after a particularly achy day, I sprinkled the suggested amount of salts into a hot bath and submerged myself, expecting nothing more than a blah, Epsom-salt effect. But I stood CORRECTED. Within 15 minutes, the tightness in my lower back had melted substantially, and the pain in my calves completely disappeared. Oh, and did I mention the glorious cloud of chamomile and lavender-scented steam filling the air?
After an entire hour, I was Benjamin Button-levels of pruned and completely blissed out, because my intense pain was actually gone. The effects lasted throughout the rest of the night, and even if studies haven’t yet proven that CBD soothes deep-tissue pain, you’ll still find me floating in this weed-like magic every Sunday until the world ends.
CBD For Life Eye Serum, $32
This lightweight serum claims reduce dark circles and puffiness, and, according to Dr. Imahiyerobo-Ip, CBD may even have preventative anti-aging benefits when it comes to the ever-sensitive eye area: “Cannabis is filled with antioxidants, like vitamin A, vitamin D, and vitamin E, all of which will be helpful in preventing damage and premature crepe-iness under your eyes,” she says. So I dabbed on a pea-sized drop of serum in the morning, pre-concealer, and again before bed for about a week, and actually did notice a slightly plumper, smoother eye area—as if I’d just had a really excellent facial and a few years shaved off my face.
From Ever Since Contour Serum, $95
This silky anti-aging serum is infused with green tea extract and chamomile, plus a dose of cannabinoid oil, formulated to smooth itty bitty fine lines and tighten saggy, puffy skin. Seeing as those are already two incredibly large claims to make, especially for a product that doesn’t contain retinoids, I was genuinely surprised to see that my cheeks and jaw did appear slightly tighter after a few weeks of massaging this on every night, which is an improvement that’s more than welcome on a Monday morning. Of course, because it’s impossible to know the potency of CBD oil, it’s tough to say whether or not CBD is the hero ingredient in this serum, but I’m not complaining either way.
Jersey Shore Cosmetics Super Sativa Medicinal Hydrating Balm, $15
My lips are chronically dry, so this was an easy addition to my collection of balms and masks. Each layer I swiped on brought with it a dreamy whiff of rosemary and cannabis that skewed sweet and earthy, rather than skunky. The formula, made extra-hydrating by sunflower seed and lavender oils, can work to soften dry patches pretty much anywhere you rub it on, since “CBD enhances your skin’s lipid bilayer, so it could help prevent dryness and provide a good barrier against moisture loss,” says Dr. Imahiyerobo-Ip. And thanks to CBD’s inherent anti-inflammatory properties, my lips were left soft and smooth with no signs of chapping or flaking, which is a major departure from my normal M.O.
Lord Jones Pain and Wellness Pure CBD Body Lotion, $50
Lord Jones is known for their killer packaging and potent THC gummies (which, speaking from experience, holy wow), but their lotion deserves a cult-following of its own. Touted as an anti-inflammatory sunburn soother, I coated my sore, rosy shoulders with it after an August afternoon sans sunscreen (I forgot, so judge me), and while I wouldn’t say it made my burn dissipate faster—sorry, only time can do that—my skin did feel significantly less tender, to the point where I could slide on tight bra straps without feeling that intense post-burn stinging. Basically, I’m keeping this on hand for literally anytime my skin feels itchy, sore, or irritated, which, thanks to the impending winter, will be often.
Overall, I wouldn’t say that CBD beauty products changed my life, but they definitely made my routine more fun, and way more soothing. To feel legitimate pain-soothing effects without downing Advil or slathering on Bengay was kind of awesome, especially when you realize there are practically zero downsides.
Can CBD reduce the appearance of puffiness and dark circles?
Sometimes bluish or purple, dark circles under the eyes are often linked to a hereditary problem or a poor lifestyle. Regardless of their origin, dark circles give you a dull, tired complexion that’s not always easy to deal with. Most people try to camouflage them with concealer to get a healthy glow, but for others, there are more natural and effective solutions. Thanks to cannabidiol (CBD), you may be able to regain an open, bright, and healthy look.
Indeed, hemp is a plant increasingly used in the cosmetics industry. And for good reason, its soothing, moisturizing, healing and anti-inflammatory effects make CBD a real beauty ingredient you won’t be able to live without.
Moisturizing cream, anti-dark circle roll-on gel, facial care. Even the biggest cosmetic brands are starting to market cannabis-based beauty products. Thanks to its protective and regenerative properties, CBD is an ideal natural substance to improve the quality of the skin. Find out in this article how CBD works on your skin, how it can reduce the appearance of puffiness and dark circles, and how to use it properly for optimal results.
The appearance of dark circles
The eye area is a very sensitive area because the skin is extremely thin. As a result, signs of fatigue, stress and aging can easily be seen in your dark circles. There are many causes for the appearance of dark circles. They can be genetic in origin, or caused by a bad night’s sleep, stress, anxiety, a blood circulation problem, etc. To fight against unsightly dark circles, you must first determine their origin.
- Blue circles: Blue circles are caused by a blood and lymphatic circulation problem. These circulation problems appear naturally with age or for hereditary reasons.
- Brown circles: Also called pigmented circles, brown circles can appear due to a high production of melanin in the superficial layers of the epidermis. These dark circles are more common in people with dark skin.
- Hollow circles: Finally, hollow circles result from the disappearance of fat between the skin and the orbital bone. The skin is so thin in this area that the orbital bone shows through the skin.
Beyond old age and family predisposition, dark circles can be caused by a poor lifestyle: lack of sleep, dehydration, alcohol, smoking, etc. All these bad habits can also lead to dark circles. All these bad habits can also lead to the appearance of bags under the eyes. These bags are filled with water and fat that accumulate and cannot be eliminated properly.
Although dark circles are not dangerous, they can be an indicator of poor health. In addition, purple circles or puffy bags under the eyes are not very aesthetically pleasing, and can even create complexes. If you’ve ever heard the remark about “looking small” or “dead skinned”, you know how much these dark circles can affect your self-confidence. Are you tired of wearing makeup to hide your dark circles? Why not turn to a simpler and more natural method?
The effects of CBD on dark circles
To fully understand how CBD works on dark circles, you just need to understand how it works on the skin. Indeed, CBD has multiple virtues very beneficial for the skin, and therefore for the dark circles. From a dermatological point of view, CBD is very useful because it acts naturally on damaged cells, as well as on healthy cells.
Anti-inflammatory properties of CBD
CBD has anti-inflammatory properties that can help you relieve and deflate the dark circles under your eyes. In fact, this is why CBD is increasingly being used in cosmetic products, as its anti-inflammatory action helps to soothe irritation and reduce the appearance of redness and puffiness.
The antioxidant properties of CBD
CBD is a powerful and natural antioxidant that helps fade the signs of stress, fatigue, aging, and even smoking. These antioxidant properties are essential to prevent fat oxidation and promote healthy blood circulation.
The anti-aging properties of CBD
CBD is also known for its anti-ageing action which helps to slow down the ageing of the skin. It prevents wrinkles and dark circles that could appear with age, and reduces the marks that are already present. Protective and regenerative, CBD is ideal for keeping a fresh complexion and a youthful glow.
How to use CBD to remove dark circles?
Local application of CBD
To enjoy the benefits of CBD on your dark circles, it is advisable to use a CBD-based cream, oil or gel to apply directly under your eyes. If you can’t find CBD cosmetics, you can purchase CBD oil and incorporate a few drops into your current products. Applied topically in the morning and evening for several weeks, CBD will begin to gradually improve the appearance of your dark circles. To boost blood circulation and avoid water retention problems, gently massage your CBD cream or oil around your eyes.
Consumption of CBD oil, resin or flower
If your dark circles are causing sleep disturbances, you might as well fight the problem at the source by consuming CBD in ways other than topical application. For example, you can infuse, ingest, or vaporize CBD to relax on a daily basis, eliminate stress, and get quality sleep. This way, you will sleep deeply and wake up looking better. You will no longer be able to tell that stress and fatigue are showing on your face!
CBD, your new beauty ally
For some time now, CBD has been all the rage among the biggest cosmetic brands. Perfect for fighting the first signs of aging, reducing blemishes, and regulating excess sebum, CBD is your skin’s new beauty ally. In addition to offering many benefits, CBD is a natural product, entirely respectful of your skin. Unlike the creams you are used to buying in supermarkets or drugstores, CBD-based products do not contain any chemicals that are potentially harmful to your health. Only the positive effects of hemp are offered to you with cannabidiol!
How long does it take for dark circles to disappear completely with CBD?
From the very first applications of CBD, you will be able to see an improvement. That said, you need to apply your products regularly to make the effects last and optimize the results. Incorporate CBD into your new beauty routine today, and you will already see a difference after 1-2 weeks of use.
What are the other benefits of CBD on the skin?
CBD’s action is not limited to aging skin and the appearance of dark circles. CBD is just as effective in promoting the healing of burns and wounds, relieving insect bites and itching, limiting eczema and psoriasis, and even fighting pimples and blackheads. It is for all of these reasons that CBD is becoming so popular in the beauty, wellness, and cosmetic industry.