Of all the injustices in the world, you can cross one off the list because CBD has received its own national day. And that day is today!
As you likely know by now, CBD, which stands for cannabidiol, is a chemical compound derived from the cannabis plant. It contains no psychotropic properties, so it can’t get you high (those come from another compound, THC, aka tetrahydrocannabinol), but it has been widely touted for its anti-inflammatory and calming effects. Both compounds are found in marijuana and hemp plants, but until the recreational use of marijuana is approved on a federal level, only hemp-derived CBD can legally be used in states like New York.
And, boy, has it ever. The beauty industry has jumped especially hard on the CBD bandwagon, and the lack of strict regulations means anyone can slap those three letters on a product’s name whether it contains legit levels or not. But there are some gems that actually make a difference. Here, some of our favorite CBD-infused products that are sure to chill you out.
If Your Skin Looks Red and Blotchy
Lab to Beauty The Green Cure Mask
Two types of clay (French Green and Bentonite) and two kinds of oil (sunflower and hemp seed) are blended with calming matcha (my personal redness emergency savior) in this soothing and velvety smooth mask that helps calm a complexion down.
Ildi Pekar Tissue Repair Serum Infused with CBD Oil
Top New York facialist Pekar has tapped the inflammation reducing properties of the compound in several of her products, including this one that uses aloe vera, vitamins B and C and hyaluronic acid help hydrate and plump skin.
Created for facial hair, it can also be used on “any hair that needs taming.” Oils of jojoba, macadamia seed, calendula, almond, and bergamot are in this rich formula, which can be used as both a pre-shampoo scalp treatment or to soften hair post shampoo.
A few bursts of this light, refreshing mist helps bring an overheated body back to a normal temperature thanks to detoxifying sulfur, magnesium, peppermint menthol and comfrey leaves and root. Scented with essential oils of lavender and lemon grass, it’s also a marvelous respite for tired feet or even a post-sunburn situation.
There are 28 botanical oils in this serum, which might explain why it looks like an oil. Whatever you call it, it truly does feel like a luxury to rub this smooth and softening formula into your arms. It absorbs quickly, leaving the faintest hint of shine in its wake.
Summer isn’t exactly the worst season for dry skin, but areas like elbows, knees and especially feet never really experience a reprieve. A little goes a long way with this super rich balm made of olive oil, shea butter and beeswax.
Founder Bee Chang Shapiro scented this body oil with maritime pine bark extract, so those not into “weed” scents need not be concerned. I rub a drop or two into the back of my neck and can almost immediately feel the tension dissipate.
Feals subscription service is designed to take the guesswork out of dosage. Their starter sample, the Feals Flight, contains 40, 80 and 160 mg of hemp-derived ingestible CBD oil that you can drop under your tongue or mix with water. Feals, of course, recommends starting slow then working your way up, milligram-wise, but should first-timers be daunted, the company has a hotline to answer all questions.
Devotees love how this blend of NY-grown hemp-derived CBD isolate and coconut-oil-derived MCT oil helps with sleep, stress and improves focus, but another reason it’s beloved is because of what it doesn’t have: any smell or flavor.