Everyone and their grandmother may be touting the non-psychoactive benefits of cannabis recently, but it seems they’re onto something. And with its anti-inflammatory and calming benefits, it makes perfect sense that skincare and beauty companies are discovering ways for consumers to include it in their skincare regimens. Whether through isolating certain chemical properties or drawing directly from hemp plants, topical products—especially those that are enjoyable to use—are great ways to introduce your more hesitant friends and family members to the benefits of cannabis. And for those of us with hectic schedules, endless responsibilities, and little time for yourself, implementing a daily skincare regimen is an opportunity to focus on the one person you’ll never get to escape, even when you leave the office: yourself. You might not get the munchies from these gems, but they’re sure to leave you feeling more at home in your skin.
Milk Makeup KUSH High Volume Mascara ($24)
Kush evokes two sorts of “highness,” so to say: sure, the ubiquitous strains will get you buzzed, but the Hindu Kush mountains, which stretch along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border are where everyone’s favorite Indica gets its namesake. Geography lesson aside, the folks at Milk Makeup have crafted a way to bring your lashes to new lengths: the hemp-derived cannabis oil in this mascara formula helps to hydrate and fill in gaps in the follicles’ fibers. And, without the beeswax found in most mascaras, there’s another earth-friendly benefit to this mascara: its vegan.
Ildi Pekar Skincare Tissue Repair Serum Infused with CBD Oil ($148)
Sure, cannabis is known for its reparative properties when consumed internally, but did you know that CBD oil can help your cells to regenerate when applied to the skin as well? By pairing CBD with Aloe Vera juice, hyaluronic acid, and vitamin c, Hungarian skincare guru Ildi Pekar has provided beauty enthusiasts with a product perfect for promoting cell turnover and healing perfect post-facial or laser treatment.
Flynn & King DOPE Hemp and Matcha Green Tea Soap ($15)
Put down the bland, oil-stripping ivory bar soap already! With their harsh detergents, traditional soaps deprive skin of its natural defense by removing its natural moisture, thus causing your skin to overproduce oil in response. But don’t fret: breaking this cycle is as easy as choosing products aimed at working with your skin rather than against it; DOPE Soap does just that. Formulated for dry skin, this matcha-scented soap encourages new cell growth and evens out skin tone while leaving you moisturized and fresh.
MGC Derma CBD Stem Cells and Peptides Eye Cream (£65.00)
Eye cream may seem superfluous, but giving this area a little TLC helps to prevent fine lines, puffiness, and dark circles from staring at a screen all day. Enter MGC Derma’s CBD Stem Cells and Peptides Eye Cream: the contents of this little pot work with your body’s endocannabinoid system, which instantly recognizes CBD as a healing, friendly molecule, thus leading to faster, better absorption (and better results)
Cannabliss Moisturizing Face Lotion ($80)
Korean skincare is enjoying much-deserved attention in the West for its innovative formulas and experience-conscious approach, and American and European brands are taking cues from centuries-old traditional Korean medicine known as hanbang. This organic, vegan facial moisturizer includes popular hanbang herbs such as goji berry, schisandra, and peony alongside CBD in order to provide a lightweight, intense hydration.
Khus + Khus Sen Face Serum ($80)
Thought you’d lay acne to rest at the end of your teenage years? Bad news: your hormones, which can continue to rage well into your thirties, may have other ideas. The good news is that there’s no shortage of well-formulated skincare to soothe adult acne: take the Sen Face Serum which, with anti-inflammatory black currant seed oil, endocrine system-balancing vetiver, reparative frankincense, and ester-rich wild French lavender, boasts botanicals that jive perfectly with the magic of CBD.