Over the last year or so, CBD has been popping up all over the place. This trending ingredient can be found in practically everything. Dog treats, gummies, intimate lube, lotions, bottled water… you get the point. Unsurprisingly, the beauty industry jumped on this wellness trend and CBD became one of the hottest skincare ingredients. But, is it worth trying out for yourself?
For the last month, I’ve been testing some CBD beauty products and diving deep into CBD research so that I could report back to you and make informed decisions myself.
Hold Up: Remind me what CBD is?
In case you need a refresher: CBD stands for cannabidiol. It’s an active ingredient found in cannabis (yep, that’s marijuana). Cannabidiol on its own does not cause a high or lead to addiction (according to the World Health Organization). But, it does have lots of research-backed benefits.
Studies have found that CBD could relieve pain, might help with stress, or your emotional wellbeing, and there are even ongoing studies on the use of CBD for major ailments.
CBD in Beauty Products
With all of these potential benefits, beauty brands began wondering about adding CBD to their ingredient lists. Because of the anti-inflammatory properties of CBD, it only seemed natural to test it with skincare products.
Brands released everything from mascara to moisturizers, touting CBD as a golden star ingredient. Consumers interest grew, too. At the end of 2019, CBD skincare Google searches increased by 367%, making it the biggest wellness trend heading into 2020.
Plus, did you know that your body naturally has molecules called endocannabinoids (or endogenous cannabinoids)? Yep, it’s true!
You may be thinking “whaaat? ‘endocannabinoids’ sounds a lot like “cannabidiol”. Does that mean my body has CBD in it already?” I had the same thought when I first learned this during my research. But, that’s not exactly correct. Let me break it down for you:
- Human bodies have an endocannabinoid system (ECS for short)
- This system is used for balancing daily functions such as sleep and memory
- Through the ECS, humans produce cannabinoids naturally, but they’re called endocannabinoids because they’re within the body
- CBD naturally enhances your bodies’ endocannabinoids
- Some Endocannabinoids lie in the sebaceous glands, so enhancing them with CBD will help your sebaceous glands, therefore helping your skin to thrive
If you’re anything like me, you want your skincare to help fight against aging and acne. These two annoying skin problems typically have a root cause of inflammation. So, it seemed like an obvious step to try adding CBD, an anti-inflammatory ingredient, to my skincare regimen.
Testing out CBD Skincare
With all of this research in my pocket, I began testing out some CBD products myself a month ago.
KUL CBD was kind enough to send me three of their luxury skincare products as a pr gift. In fact, they’re so luxurious that originally KUL was only offered to med-spas and aestheticians. Fortunately for you and I, they’re now selling directly to consumers.
KUL’s products are incredible because they’re the only brand that is combining CBD with probiotics (another skincare star). Plus, the products don’t have that funky smell that many other CBD beauty products do.
KUL uses full-spectrum CBD. What’s full-spectrum, you ask? Basically, it’s the best of the best. They leave in all of the great, natural potency, meaning that you’re not spending the big bucks to get a big nothing in return.
I tested the exfoliating cleanser, glo serum, and anti-aging moisturizer. I loved that all of the products are created to work in coordination. It’s a minimalist beauty line with lots of synergy in the products. My favorite part: each one helps with the skin’s hydration, which helps to look more youthful.
Check out my favorite details of each product below:
- Exfoliating Cleanser – Includes apple extract (incredibly hydrating) and doesn’t strip your skin like other cleansers. Plus, it’s 100% biodegradable.
- Anti-Aging Moisturizer – The ingredients in this one stop age spots and help to stimulate collagen. I love that it also combats UV damage from digital devices – I’m on a blue screen ALL. DAY. LONG.
- Glo Serum – This serum gives you a nice glow but won’t leave you looking greasy. It also makes a fantastic primer for makeup and the ingredients such as acmella flower extract are supposed to firm your skin (yes, please).
So, what do you think? Will you be trying out any CBD skincare this year?
I’ll continue testing out products with CBD because I think the benefits are incredible! Follow along on Instagram to hear more product reviews and recommendations. x