If you’re anything like me, you’ve been curious about trying CBD skincare ever since Whoopi Goldberg came out with her own line of topical cannabis products for menstrual cramps. (No? Just me? What can I say, I’ve tuned into The View from time to time and she piqued my interest.)
For the uninitiated, CBD is the second-most abundant chemical compound in marijuana, right after THC. While THC is responsible for the high you get from marijuana, CBD is responsible for all of its health benefits, like helping with anxiety, pain, seizures, nausea, cancer, and more. CBD also reduces inflammation which–ding ding ding!–is pretty much the root of all skin issues (acne, eczema, rosacea, you name it).
When I was dealing with chronic dermatitis and adult acne over a year ago, CBD oil kept popping up in my searches–but I never ended up trying it when my skin issues were in full swing, because I couldn’t find a reliable source. There are so many body lotions out there with CBD oil in them, but very few facial products; and the facial products I could find said they were “made with CBD oil” but the ingredients list always listed “hemp oil” instead. I had no clue what my skin needed, and couldn’t find a straight answer on the Internet, so I skipped it. This shit is too expensive to play with! (Side note: Here’s how I ended up getting rid of my dermatitis.)
Flash forward to a few months later, when I found the company Daintri on Instagram (“The name you can trust in CBD,” as their Insta bio says) and DMed with them about testing some of their skincare products. They were SO nice and informative and answered all of my ignorant questions with patience (I’ve never even been high before so when I say I know NOTHING about CBD, I really know nothing) and enthusiasm. I may have overwhelmed them, because Daintri eventually (politely) turned me toward their online education center, which had answers and recommendations for everything I’ve ever wanted to know about CBD and CBD skincare. Jackpot!!
After almost too much research, I decided to try IrieCBD’s Thirsty Skin CBD Repair Serum from Daintri’s skincare shop. Made with CBD oil, rosehip seed oil, apricot oil, neroli, sandalwood, and frankincense, it’s goal is to get you glowing by reducing inflammation, rehydrating and regenerating the skin, and reversing signs of aging. (They also have this version for oily skin and this version for normal skin.)
Let me just say: The hype about CBD skincare is real. I noticed a difference in my skin after just 12 hours–my face was softer than it’s ever been the morning after I incorporated Thirsty Skin CBD Repair Serum into my nighttime routine, and the results were so dramatic that I hopped on Insta Stories right away to wax poetic about my new favorite serum.
After continuous use morning and night for the past month, I can 100% endorse CBD for your skincare routine. My skin is softer and less red, my breakouts are fewer and farther between, and my overall “face puffiness,” especially in my under eye area, has decreased by a lot. Pro tip: If you have a fresh pimple, use this serum as a spot treatment overnight! You’ll wake up with nary a spot on your face, promise.
If you’re interested in trying CBD skincare for yourself (which you totally should be if you deal with dull, tired, puffy, dry, or acne-prone skin), hop over to Daintri’s drool-worthy skincare shop here. If you still have questions about how CBD works or how to use it, scroll down for a brief Q&A that should clear up any confusion, or click through to Daintri’s comprehensive and ever-expanding education center for a deep dive. (Daintri also has shops dedicated to overall wellness, pain relief, and even pet care.) Use the code ILLUUM20 at checkout for 20% off anything on their site!
Q: What is CBD oil?
A: CBD oil is oil derived from CBD (which stands for cannabinoid), a chemical compound found in marijuana and hemp. It’s non-psychoactive (AKA, it doesn’t get you high) but it does help with anxiety, pain, seizures, nausea, skin issues, and maybe even cancer. It can be ingested or applied topically.
Q: How does CBD improve the skin?
A: CBD improves skin in a few ways: One, it reduces inflammation in the body, and inflammation is the root of almost all skin issues. Two, it can reduce stress and anxiety levels––and stress-free skin is clear skin! Studies have shown that the anti-inflammatory properties of CBD can actually control the skin’s sebum production, which helps eliminate acne.
Q: What’s the difference between CBD oil and hemp oil?
A: CBD can be derived from either marijuana or hemp. If CBD oil has less than 0.03% THC in it, it’s legally classified as hemp oil (which makes it easier to sell than CBD, which still is associated with marijuana and may not be 100% legal in all 50 states).
Q: What’s the difference between hemp and marijuana?
A: Both are cannabis plants that contain CBD. The main difference is their chemical makeup–marijuana has more THC, hemp has more CBD.
Q: What products should I try first?
A: I love IrieCBD’s Thirsty Skin CBD Repair Serum, which is normally $100 but only $80 with the code ILLUUM20. CBD Daily’s Soothing Serum CBD Serum is a more affordable alternative at $23 (or less with code ILLUUM20!).
Any other questions? Let me know on Instagram! And don’t forget to use the code ILLUUM20 at checkout on daintri.com for 20% off ANY product on their site.