This Rise of Cannabis-Infused Skin Care
If you asked us years ago if we thought cannabis would soon become one of the most talked-about ingredients in skin care, we would declare a firm no. But now it’s ever so clear that the joke is on us, because products formulated with cannabidiol (CBD)—a non-psychoactive compound that’s harvested from the cannabis plant—are cropping up all over the place. And so are opinions, both positive and negative, about whether or not this controversial ingredient is worth the hype. To learn more about cannabis skin care, we tapped board-certified dermatologist, and Skincare.com consultant, Dr. Joshua Zeichner.
CANNABIS SKIN CARE
It won’t take you very long to find cannabis-infused skin care products. From day creams to body lotions, you can spot cannabis making a cameo in a wide range of products. So the question is not whether cannabis in skin care is having a moment (it surely is), but rather why? Applying skin care products formulated with CBD oil won’t have the same intoxicating effect caused by THC. In fact, the benefits are similar to what you would expect by using other plant-based oils.
You can find some skin care products formulated with CBD oil, as mentioned earlier, or hemp seed oil. Hemp seed oil is a natural hydrator that’s rich in omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids. “Hemp seed oil provides the skin with similar benefits as other natural oils, such as olive oil,” Dr. Zeichner says. “Hemp seed oil is rich in antioxidants and fatty acids which form a protective seal over the surface of the skin to help hydrate dry skin.”
CBD and hemp seed oil do not contain THC which is the chemical responsible for the psychoactive effects of marijuana.
While hemp seed oil and CBD oil are derived from the same species of cannabis plant, they are not one in the same. According to Dr. Zeichner, CBD oil is essentially a molecule that binds to receptors on the surface of the skin, giving it a calming effect. Though, keep in mind that the word ‘calming’ should be taken lightly; CBD and hemp seed oil have no effect on the physical state of your body. Dr. Zeichner says, “They do not contain THC which is the chemical responsible for the psychoactive effects of marijuana.”
KIEHL’S CANNABIS SATIVA SEED OIL HERBAL CONCENTRATE
One of our favorite brands under the L’Oreal USA portfolio, Kiehl’s, recently debuted a new facial oil infused with Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil sourced in Germany and cold pressed from hemp seeds. Formulated with blemish-prone skin in mind, and boasting just 13 naturally-derived ingredients including Green Oregano Oil, this herbal blend can calm and rebalance the skin. If you’re dealing with concerns such as visible redness or discomfort, this facial oil can help provide a soothing benefit.
In a 4-week Consumer Perception Study with 67 subjects, 91 percent of participants thought their skin felt softer, while 88 percent of participants felt the calming of stressed skin, relief from discomfort, and that their skin was moisturized.
*Kiehl’s considers formulas to be naturally derived if they retain more than 50% of their molecular structure after being processed from a natural source.