Despite being one of the biggest beauty trends in the U.S. last year, CBD oil really only dipped its toe into British waters during the latter half of 2018. So far in 2019, however, the craze for all things CBD has landed firmly on UK soil and is taking the beauty industry by storm—or maybe by a very calm, CBD-infused breeze.
So what is CBD, why has it generated so much fuss, and how is it taking over shelf space in every beauty or health store I walk into?
Created in collaboration with Graces London—a brand that has been making CBD oils for the last six years—this is a calming blend of 1% CBD with lavender, lemon and evening primrose oils to help relieve period pain. Massage it into your belly, put a few drops into your bath or apply a drop to your tampon to help combat cramps and tension.
Apply topically to clean skin to calm redness, inflammation and blemishes—it works really well when mixed with other face oils, too. Or apply a couple of drops to your morning brew to calm the senses if you’re feeling a little anxious.
Although hemp and CBD are made from the same plant, hemp oil doesn’t contain cannabinoids like CBD oil and its renowned for being rich in fatty acids. Brimming with omegas 3 and 6, this soothing moisturiser manages to be both lightweight in texture yet intensely hydrating for skin.
This new liquid primer is infused with hemp-derived cannabis seed extract, aloe water, hyaluronic acid and B vitamins for a moisturising prep product that soothes and balances all skin types. The addition of blue agave is what gives this primer its “grip,” helping anything that you layer on top to stick around all day.
Last month, CBD oil found a home on the high street on the shelves of Holland & Barrett with the stores first-ever CBD beauty range. Like a little pot of nighttime therapy, this cream blends CBD, hemp seed oils and shea butter to boost and nourish your skin’s collagen production while you snooze.
The Body Shop’s iconic hemp range has been on the shelves for over 20 years, making them pioneers of the cannabis beauty movement. Again, this uses hemp seed oil rather than CBD oil but is a seriously moisturising option for dry hands. My dad works with cars, and this is the hand cream that I remember him using when I was a child.
While it’s coined as something of a relaxing beauty ingredient, it’s good to know that CBD oil can pack a punch when you need it too. This multitasking lotion contains cannabidiol and extracts of lavender, orange and ginger to even out skin tone, prime for makeup and protects against sun damage.
It isn’t just skincare that CBD oil is making an appearance, it’s in makeup too. Milk Makeup has added cannabis oil to this brow gel to set your brow hairs in place while offering them a little hydration at the same time. Great if you hate that stiff feeling that some brow gels create.
If you’re after a treatment to boost glow and even skin tone, then this mask delivers on both counts. It’s infused with regenerating hemp seed oil and pomegranate enzymes to exfoliate and regenerate tired skin.