CBD has become a buzzword in the beauty industry, with an explosion of CBD skincare and cosmetics now available. You may have heard of people taking CBD orally or by vaping or may have used it yourself. But what’s the deal with putting it on your skin?
Here’s our rundown of six of the best products for 2021, plus some handy information to help you make an informed choice.
What is CBD?
CBD is short for cannabidiol, a chemical compound derived from the Cannabis sativa plant. It is one of a number of compounds called cannabinoids found in cannabis.
CBD is extracted from hemp, a variety of cannabis that contains little to no tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC is the cannabinoid that causes psychotropic and intoxicating effects (a ‘high’).
Does CBD skin care have any side effects?
Firstly, CBD skincare can’t get you high. To be legal, CBD products must contain less than 1mg of THC per pack, meaning they won’t have any intoxicating effects.
A 2017 report by the World Health Organization stated that ‘CBD is generally well tolerated with a good safety profile’.
However, some participants in studies have reported side effects when taking CBD, including drowsiness, diarrhoea, mood changes and decreased appetite. These effects may be a result of long-term use or interactions with other medications the person is taking.
It’s not yet well established how much CBD is absorbed through the skin, or whether these side effects could occur with CBD skincare. We recommend talking to your doctor before using a CBD product.
Are there any regulations around CBD skincare?
Like all cosmetics in the UK, CBD skin products require a Cosmetic Product Safety Report (CPSR). However, there are no specific regulations relating to CBD cosmetics – apart from the legal requirements that relate to CBD products in general.
These include not containing THC and not making any medicinal claims. For example, CBD brands are not allowed to make claims like ‘heals skin’ or ‘fights eczema’.
In February 2021, the EU added CBD as a legal cosmetic ingredient to its CosIng guidelines, a database of cosmetic regulations that sets out authorised and unlawful ingredients. Until this revision, only synthetic CBD was expressly allowed as a cosmetic ingredient.
The regulatory change means that plant-derived CBD can be used in cosmetics as a skin conditioner, skin protectant, antioxidant and anti-sebum ingredient.
Although the UK is no longer in the EU, this is a promising step for the CBD cosmetic industry that paves the way for a more harmonious European CBD market.
How much CBD is in skincare products?
The amount of CBD in skincare will vary from product to product.
Some CBD products state the CBD content on the label. However, companies aren’t obligated to do this, and won’t be breaking any laws if their products only contain minimal amounts of CBD.
Want to play it safe? Your best bet is to stick with products that tell you the CBD content. This will be stated either in milligrams or as a percentage.
CBD vs hemp seed oil: What’s the difference?
If you’ve spent time browsing CBD skincare products, you may have come across some that mention hemp seed oil. With this in mind, it’s important to know that hemp seed oil is not the same as CBD oil.
Although both products are derived from hemp, they are extracted from different parts of the plant. CBD is extracted from the stalk, leaves and flowers, whereas hemp seed oil – as the name suggests – is extracted from the seeds.
While hemp seed oil has benefits of its own, if you’re trying to buy CBD skincare you probably want to know you’re getting the real deal.
If you’re not sure whether a product has CBD in it, check the ingredients list. It should say ‘CBD’ or ‘cannabidiol’, or sometimes ‘broad-spectrum hemp oil’ or ‘phytocannabinoid-rich/PCR hemp oil’. These are all recognised names for CBD. If it says ‘cannabis sativa seed oil’ then this is hemp seed oil, not CBD.
Find out more about the differences between CBD and hemp seed oil.
The best picks of 2021
Without further ado, here are our favourite CBD skincare products available right now.
1. CBD Soothing Oil-Balm Cleansing Mask by The Body Shop, £17
The Body’ Shop’s cleansing mask is designed to help purify your skin. With an indulgent gel-to-milk texture, it’s enriched with a blend of naturally-derived CBD and hemp seed oil.
It contains plant-derived squalane, olive oil and white clay. It’s also suitable for all skin types, vegan-friendly and contains 99% ingredients of natural origin.
The Body Shop says: ‘This cleansing mask soothes skin from dryness discomfort and removes impurities without leaving it feeling dry’.
2. Organic CBD Body Balm by Raised Spirit, £49.99
This luxurious body balm from Raised Spirit is hand-crafted in Oxfordshire and is designed to deeply nourish, moisturise and soothe your skin.
Not only is it organic CBD skincare, but it’s even vegan-friendly. Blending just five ingredients, including shea butter, known for its moisturising and anti-inflammatory properties and high in vitamins A and E, and coconut oil, another great moisturiser with antibacterial properties.
Each 120ml jar contains 400 mg of full-spectrum CBD, along with lavender essential oil – another ingredient with anti-inflammatory properties – and sunflower lecithin, a natural emollient.
3. Infused: CBD Dry Skin Cream by Vitality CBD, £24.99
Vitality CBD has formulated this dry skin cream to soothe damaged skin and defend it against the elements.
With shea butter to help your body create a protective layer, it contains three ceramides to imitate your skin’s natural barriers. Along with CBD, it also contains argan stem cells and AnnonaSense.
Vitality CBD says: ‘Our dry skin cream works exclusively to support your body’s natural processes’, and suggests applying to the affected area 2-3 times a day.
4. CBD Super Serum by Revolution Skincare, £12
This serum by Revolution Skincare is designed to soothe, calm and moisturise dry skin. Alongside hemp oil and CBD, it contains hyaluronic acid to encourage improved skin hydration.
It’s vegan-friendly and cruelty-free. Revolution suggests applying it to your face morning and night after cleansing and toning, but before moisturising.
5. CBD Face Oil by Kiskanu, £40.60
Kiskanu CBD Face Oil is a gentle CBD face oil suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin. Designed to deeply moisturise your skin, it contains a blend of organic cold-pressed virgin oils including sunflower, argan, coconut and jojoba.
Additionally, it contains rose geranium, which has wound-healing and anti-inflammatory properties, along with lavender, which is antibacterial, antifungal and antispasmodic, and wild carrot, a gentle cell rejuvenator.
And lastly, It’s high in vitamins A and E to promote collagen formation and can be used as a daily moisturiser on cleansed skin, or as a makeup base or remover.
6. Eye Serum for Dark Circles and Puffiness by MGC Derma, £80
This eye serum is designed to increase circulation and lymphatic drainage in the eye area in order to eliminate toxins, shadows and bags.
It contains CBD extracted using MGC Derma’s Aquiol process, which produces 99% pure CBD that can be absorbed in water-based formulas.
It’s high in vitamins A, B, D and E, as well as antioxidants to prevent and reduce cell damage. It also contains caffeine to reduce puffiness and make skin firmer, and grape stem cells to reduce inflammation.
Explore our range of White Label CBD cosmetics
Excited by the prospect of CBD skincare? A recent report by Grand View Research found that the global CBD skincare market is expected to reach USD 1.7 billion by 2025 – one of many reasons why it’s the perfect time to get involved in this thriving sector.
At Leaf Sciences we offer a comprehensive line of White Label cosmetics, including CBD infused creams, serums, cleansers, balms and oils.
In addition, all of our products can be personally tailored to your needs, and one of our White Label CBD specialists will guide you through the whole process – from selecting the right products to choosing the perfect packaging.