By now you’ve probably heard about the seemingly magical effects of CBD and seen it popping up all over your favorite beauty retailer’s shelves. But what exactly is this magical compound, and does it really live up to it’s own hype? As beauty lovers, we are especially interested in the efficacy of CBD face serum. So naturally, we had to try it. Here’s what we found.
Why Is CBD Everywhere Right Now?
The cannabis industry, and CBD in particular, has seen a large boom in popular demand thanks to the passing of legislation earlier this year -making the production of hemp (containing high amounts of CBD) legal.
CBD, which is short for Cannabidiol, is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis plants (meaning it won’t produce the ‘high’ associated with traditional cannabis products containing THC).
While scientists are still trying to pinpoint the effectiveness of CBD, studies have shown it may help reduce inflammation, calm redness, and combat acne. All reasons why it has become a popular ingredient for skin care products.
To test this theory, we tried a few of the most luxurious CBD face serums on the market and here’s what we found:
Saint Jane Luxury Beauty Serum ($125): 500MG CBD
The packaging of this product is beautiful, and just having it sit on our vanity felt like a treat. But lets get to what’s inside the bottle.
Offered at a high price point, this luxurious serum delivers 500 MG of full spectrum CBD along with 20 other active botanicals. Saint Jane’s formula includes shea butter, grapeseed oil, and rosehip seed extract. So you get a lot of super nourishing ingredients along with CBD.
After the first application of this oil, our skin felt nourished and moisturized, however, it did not immediately help with redness. It was only after using it consistently for three weeks (via daily application at night) – did we notice an improvement in redness and less irritation.
Overall, we would recommend this CBD serum as a luxurious addition to your routine. Especially if you’re looking for added moisture and a calming effect. It may help reduce redness with continual use – but in no way is it a silver bullet. Therefore it should merely be used as a supplement your current routine.
Ildi Pekar Tissue Repair Serum Infused with CBD Oil ($148): 250 MG CBD
Our favorite CBD face serum of the bunch. Ildi Pekar’s face serum is infused with 250 MG of CBD. Making it only half as potent as Saint Jane’s formula from a CBD standpoint.
However, it also contains a healthy dose of Aloe vera, Vitamin C, Vitamin B3, a Probiotic, and Hyaluronic Acid. Making it our favorite for plumping and nourishing the skin.
Meant to reduce inflammation and help rebuild healthy skin cells, of all the serums we tried, we got the best results after continual use of this product for four weeks. Also, we were able to substitute it for our usual vitamin c and hyaluronic acid serums – helping us justify high price tag.
While we can’t point to CBD as the magic ingredient in this product, the combination of hydrators, healers, and plumping hyaluronic acid made the largest improvement in our skin out of the bunch.
Hora Skin Care Super Serum + CBD ($54): 250 MG CBD
We love that Hora Skin Care’s take on a CBD face serum is as all-encompassing as some of the higher price point products on the market. It comes packed with a generous 250 MG of CBD. Formulated with Vitamin C, Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin A, and Rosehip Seed Extract. In short, this CBD face serum is really is quite super for the price.
Over four weeks, it had the most smoothing effect on our skin out of all the serums. Most likely due to the addition of Vitamin A (which stimulates cell turnover). Our skin also felt calm and had an extra bounce that we didn’t have before.
All in all, this is a great product for healthy skin that wants a little extra glow-up.
DISCLAIMER: The products mentioned in this article are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease; results may vary; the information provided does not constitute medical advice and it should not be relied upon as such.