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11 Legit CBD Oils to Use From Head-to-Toe

Melanie Rud is a Chicago-based writer with 10 years of experience covering beauty. She covers all things skincare for Byrdie, from ingredients to acne advice.

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These days, CBD is just about as well-known as the ABCs. CBD, which stands for cannabidiol, is a plant-based compound (a cannabinoid) found in the flowers and leaves of the hemp plant. The jury is still somewhat out when it comes to hard-hitting scientific evidence about the benefits of CBD; most experts agree that more research is needed. But the anecdotal evidence is there and CBD proponents—as well as many users—claim that it can calm anxiety to improve sleep, knock out period cramps, reduce redness and inflammation in the skin, and way more.

There are also a fair amount of topical CBD oils out there, though keep in mind that these fall into a bit of a different category than other topical CBD products out there when it comes to their effects. “Oils are great at softening and moisturizing, but they tend to sit on top, rather than sink into the skin,” explains Charlotte Palermino, co-founder of the cannabis education website Nice Paper. And this means they’re not necessarily going to be the best delivery system for active ingredients, CBD included, she points out. The upshot of this? If you’re just dipping your toe into the CBD pool, using a topical oil can be one way to ensure you’re getting not quite as much of the ingredient. And, on the flip side, if you do really want to reap the benefits, you can simply choose products with a higher concentration of CBD.

“Your endocannabinoid system—the receptors that are impacted by CBD—is deeper in your skin, so until we see a clinical trial on how oils penetrate and at which dose, look for higher milligrams of CBD in your oils if you want to see an effect,” advises Palermino. (While there are no exact dosing guidelines, you can consider 100 milligrams in a one-ounce dropper bottle a low dose, she adds.) At the end of the day, with any kind of CBD product, it’s important to be a savvy and somewhat skeptical shopper, given that the industry is self-regulated and lacks any clear cut rules or guidelines.

But if you’re not sure where to start, try any of these best CBD oils that are worth the hype.

Best Overall: Herbivore Emerald CBD+ Adaptogens Deep Moisture Glow Oil

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This radiance-enhancing oil contains not only CBD but also a range of other cannabinoids—CBD is only one of many—that all work together to improve the formula’s efficacy. It also touts another buzzed-about ingredient, ashwagandha, an adaptogen known for helping the skin deal with stressors such as pollution, stress, and UV rays (aka the things you’re bombarded with daily). FYI, this does contain 0.3% THC, so if that’s something you’re wary of, you may want to skip this one.

Best for Body: Lord Jones High CBD Formula Body Oil

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Beauty editors go ga-ga for this brand, one of the better known CBD brands out there. Not only is the CBD they use the good stuff (lab-tested and cultivated in the USA), the variety of products is just great in general. Case in point: Even without the included 100 milligrams CBD, this would be a standout body oil. Five different oils pack a powerful hit of hydration yet still absorb with lightning speed, and the evergreen-citrusy scent is next-level sophisticated. But our favorite part? The brilliant rollerball tip that makes application a breeze.

Best for Face: Lab to Beauty The Recovery Oil

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No matter whether your complexion is dry, prone to breakouts, or easily irritated, this is a universal fix. How can that be, you ask? To knock out dryness, you have a blend of moisturizing oils. In the breakout department, you have jojoba oil and CBD, both of which can help balance oil production. And for sensitive types, there’s soothing rosehip oil, calendula extract, and CBD, of course. It’s a rare example of one-size-fits-all skincare.

Best for Dry Skin: Josie Maran Skin Dope Argan Oil + 100 MG CBD Oil

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There are only two ingredients in this formula, a clean skincare fan’s dream. You’ve got 100% pure argan oil, one of the best sources of omega 3, 6, and 9 fatty acids out there, ideal for quenching even the most parched of complexions. That’s paired with CBD-rich cannabis sativa hemp extract to help knock out inflammation and redness, which can often go hand-in-hand with super dry skin.

Best for Relaxation: Sagely Naturals Drift & Dream Body Oil

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A warm shower or bath is one easy way to chill out, fast, but you can ramp up the effects even further by slathering this oil on afterward. It boasts a blend of different oils formulated to help you chill out. There’s lavender oil, known to have aromatherapeutic benefits and for promoting relaxation, geranium oil to ease stress, and grounding clary sage oil, plus 100 mg of CBD oil. Also nice: You can easily find the brand’s Certificate of Analysis (COA) on their website, something important to seek out if you want to make sure the CBD you’re getting is legit, advises Palermino.

Best Low Potency: Kana Lit Hemp Face Oil

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With just 50 milligrams of CBD, this is a great option for CBD newbs. Along with the CBD, it also has hemp seed oil, a great hydrator, and a litany of other beneficial botanical oils to help moisturize and reduce redness. Insider tip: Try patting on a drop or two over makeup mid-day, as a way to combat that afternoon skin slump and get your complexion nice and glowy again.

Best Medium Potency: BLNCD Vital Nutrient Complex Cannabis Infused Face Oil

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Think of this as a green smoothie for your skin—a one-stop-shop where you can easily get all the vitamins, minerals, nutrients, and antioxidants your skin needs. We’re talking over 15 different plant oils that can do everything from smooth out wrinkles to minimize scars to soothe irritation. That includes 250 milligrams of full-spectrum hemp extract where you get the CBD benefits. (Just keep in mind that is another formula that does contain trace amounts of THC.)

Best High Potency: Saint Jane Luxury CBD Beauty Serum

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Those who are fully on board the CBD bandwagon will appreciate that this face oil packs a whopping 500 milligrams of the good stuff (which also happens to be evaluated for quality four times, higher than the industry standard). A long list of 20 other botanicals works synergistically in the formula to do everything from hydrate to smooth out skin’s texture to boost your glow.

Best for Nighttime: Populum Lavender + CBD Face Oil

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Make the most of those precious hours of beauty sleep and apply a few drops of this before you hit the sack. Lavender oil helps you relax, but did you know that it’s also a potent antioxidant that can help ward off signs of aging? You also get 250 milligrams of CBD oil, as well as hempseed and grapeseed oils for a dose of good-for-your-skin fatty acids. Not to mention that the formula has been lab-tested, and you can easily see those results before you buy the product, a major plus when you’re talking about any kind of CBD product.

Best for Balancing: Muri Lelu Mauvaise Herbe Indica Oil

This CBD oil definitely smells like CBD, so keep that in mind. Once you get over the herbal smell (or breathe it in deeply, if you like it), you’ll notice that the oil feels lighter than most other face oils and sinks in instantly. It’s made with full-spectrum, whole flower cannabis extract and terpenes to boost its soothing, restoring and calming abilities, plus slew of other skin-loving ingredients like squalane for hydration, licorice for brightening, and more. “I love that it sinks in instantly and makes my oily-combo skin look noticeably calmer and more balanced in the morning after I use it,” says Byrdie’s editorial director, Faith Xue. “It gave me skin more of a glow after just a week of using, and helped soothe some irritation I had experienced from overdoing it with a chemical peel.”

Best Massage Oil: Reign Together CBD Massage Oil

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If you haven’t yet gotten a massage using a CBD oil or cream, do yourself a favor and get one, stat (and thank us later). We suggest you BYO and take this oil to your next rub down. 100 percent natural and THC-free, it has 160 milligrams of CBD oil, along with arnica, to help further soothe sore muscles. Top tip: Many of your endocannabinoid receptors are located down the sides of your spine, so make sure it gets rubbed in really well on your back.

Why Trust Byrdie?

Byrdie contributor Melanie Rud has over a decade of experience in the beauty industry, writing for some of the biggest magazines and websites out there. She’s very on board the CBD train, and takes it both internally and uses it topically. One of her favorite ways to use CBD oils? As part of a massage to relieve achy muscles; the one featured in this list is her latest go-to.

Charlotte Palermino is the co-founder of Nice Paper, a cannabis education website that publishes a weekly newsletter and consults with cannabis companies in Canada and the U.S. Charlotte is also the CEO of Dieux, a clinically-tested cannabinoid skincare line set to launch this year.

Everything You Need To Know About Our CBD Facial

When we’re looking for a moment to rebalance, reset, and relax, we’re big fans of reaching for CBD. Its many benefits to both skin and mental health made it an obvious choice to add to our menu. We’re excited about having space and time to educate you about everyone’s new favorite wonder ingredient during our CBD Facial.

When we’re looking for a moment to rebalance, reset, and relax, we’re big fans of reaching for CBD. Its many benefits to both skin and mental health make it an obvious choice to add to our menu. We’re excited to educate you about everyone’s favorite wonder ingredient in our new CBD Facial.

What is CBD?

The short answer is that CBD is a molecule found in hemp. It’s like a best friend—it supports you, brings you back to balance when you’re getting a little flustered, and makes you better. The longer answer is that CBD, which stands for cannabidiol, is an active molecule found in cannabis. CBD is just one of many cannabinoids found in the plant (there are over 100!). CBD oil is derived from the cannabis plant secretions, called trichomes.

Are hemp and weed (aka marijuana) the same thing?

No. While marijuana and hemp both contain CBD, marijuana contains over 0.3% THC, which is what gets you loopy. Hemp, on the other hand, contains less than 0.3% THC. Hemp is biodegradable, recyclable, and fibrous, which is what makes it great for making something like clothing. Marijuana is bushier and sprouts flowering buds, which is what you see in Seth Rogen movies.

Will you get high?

Nope! All of the Mowellens products in our CBD Facials are made from hemp-derived CBD, and won’t get you high. Nothing will come up on a drug test, you won’t smell like weed, and you won’t suddenly crave Cheetos. You will, however, feel your tension melt away, like when you get up from a good massage. Once the facial is over, you’ll realize just how tense the 42 muscles in your face have been.

What does CBD do?

CBD increases hydration and moisture, and helps diminish the appearance of longer-term concerns like lines and wrinkles. C BD is rich in antioxidants and naturally high (we had to) in vitamins A, D, and E. It’s also filled with essential fatty acids like omega 3 and G, which are important for the overall health and appearance of skin. CBD is a great addition to skincare routines focused on improving skin texture and diminishing puffiness. It even acts as an optimizer that amplifies the active ingredients of the other products you use, helping them penetrate deeper into the skin. We call it an optimizer for a reason.

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How does CBD work its magic in our bodies?

CBD works with an understudied system in the body called the endocannabinoid. This system is made up of receptors located in areas like our brain, stomach, and central nervous system, which are responsible for maintaining our body’s proper function. Like a lock and key, CBD finds areas of the body where we are out of sync and brings the body back to homeostasis or balance.

What if you’re pregnant?

When CBD is administered in a topical setting, there isn’t enough THC entering the system to be a concern to those who are pregnant. However, if you have any questions, please consult a medical professional.

Can you be allergic to CBD?

As far as we know, no. CBD, in skincare or otherwise, is always accompanied by a carrier (oil, cream, or liquid), which may contain ingredients that you’re allergic to. Specific to the products we’re using in the CBD Facial, if you have an allergy to honey, avocado, almond, or coconut, we recommend skipping this experience or letting us substitute as needed. As with all allergy concerns, we do our very best to understand common allergies in our ingredients, but always consult a medical professional if you have any concerns.

Is CBD intended for everyday use?

CBD can be used every day, but as with everything, moderation is always good practice.

Can you use too much CBD?

Everyone responds to CBD differently. That said, it isn’t known to build up in your system so there isn’t a risk of “too much.” Start with a smaller dose, and increase as needed.

What techniques are used during the facial?

We using the same techniques that Heyday clients have come to love, but dialed up in certain parts to make the most impact. Some relaxing highlights include: CBD oils for massage and a special CBD honey mask that you’ll basically want to lick off your face (and technically can).

What is Mowellens?

Mowellens is a California-based CBD wellness company founded by Amy Duncan, who was the former Chief Operating Officer at a genetics lab and spent her time testing and studying pure cannabis products. In her personal life, she learned first hand about the benefits of cannabis, helping her husband after being diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. The mission began to combine her background in the healthcare and biotech industries to develop lab-tested, clean, natural, hemp-derived CBD products that provide results you can see and feel.

Her products and formulas are thoughtful from conception to creation. They’re 100% free from pesticides, additives, synthetic compounds, sulfates, phthalates, parabens, GMOs, formaldehyde-releasing preservatives, artificial fragrances and colors, titanium dioxide, and residual solvents. That was a mouthful, but Amy has really put the work in to bring out the benefits of CBD and give consumers a truly pure experience.

Why did we choose Mowellens as our partner?

Mowellens’ dedication to creating the highest quality products, as well as consumer education, aligns with what we believe in at Heyday. There are so many brands out there with CBD products, but the scientific background that founder Amy Duncan brings to the table is unique.

What to Know About CBD Skin-Care Products

Research on this trendy skin-care ingredient is limited. Read this comprehensive guide before you buy.

Before slathering a CBD skin-care product all over your face, test it on a small area of skin, such as your forearm. iStock (2)

Few ingredients have taken skin care by storm quite like CBD. And if you look carefully, it’s everywhere: in sunscreens, masks, lip balms, moisturizers, and more. The question is: Should you really be slathering this stuff on your skin?

First, let’s talk about what CBD is. Cannabidiol (CBD) is an active ingredient in the cannabis plant, according to Harvard Health Publishing. CBD can be derived from either medical marijuana or hemp. Although marijuana contains CBD, CBD doesn’t have psychoactive effects. (THC, tetrahydrocannabinol, is the chemical that causes the high.) All that said, CBD won’t lead to any mind-altering effects.

The Proposed Benefits of Skin-Care Products With CBD

Experts attribute the popularity of CBD to its “do anything” reputation. In fact, many people turn to CBD in the hope of treating various ailments, including anxiety, insomnia, pain conditions, and now — increasingly, it seems — skin problems.

In general, manufacturers add CBD to their products to give them a boost. “CBD is a very cost-effective way to enhance products,” says Austin Katz, cofounder of Sheabrand in Brooklyn, New York. CBD is in a range of products — those that claim to treat acne, dry skin, and eczema — because of its versatility. “I think we’re living in an era where people want to feel empowered to address their needs on their own,” he says.

CBD Skincare

Scientific research on the use of CBD in skin-care products is limited. If you’re interested in trying this trend, here’s what a board-certified dermatologist wants you to know.

Potentially Helps Inflammation, Eczema, and Psoriasis

One of the touted functions of CBD is controlling inflammation. “The body has two CBD receptors that we know of: CB1 and CB2,” says Robert Dellavalle, MD, PhD, adjunct professor of epidemiology at the Colorado School of Public Health in Aurora. When applied to skin, CBD interacts with these receptors to turn down the inflammatory response. This happens by “decreasing the interleukins, which are chemicals that are like the immune system’s fire alarm that calls the fire department in an emergency. CBD may decrease the loudness of that fire alarm,” he explains.

In short, you may see less redness overall, and in skin diseases, including eczema and psoriasis, it may also be effective in tamping down itch, possibly because CBD creams may help reduce dryness, per a review published in July 2017 in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. (Dr. Dellavalle was a coauthor of that report.) Keep in mind, though, that the review included only three studies: two in humans but with small sample sizes and one in mice, which doesn’t necessarily translate to human health. Therefore, more studies on the potential benefits of CBD for reducing skin redness are needed.

Additionally, a small study published in the March-April 2019 issue of the Italian journal Clinical Therapeutics looked at 20 participants with either psoriasis, eczema, or scarring and found that a specific CBD ointment improved measures of skin hydration (by moisturizing and preventing water loss), boosted elasticity in the skin, and in general bettered their quality of life. This could have been due to the fatty acids in the ointment but was also likely in part because of the anti-inflammatory effect of CBD, the researchers say. Yet more research in a larger human population is needed to know for sure.

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For many skin diseases, dermatologists often prescribe topical steroid creams, which act as anti-inflammatory medicines. “These are very safe for most people, and they’re effective, but some people don’t want to use steroids in any way. CBD could be a nonsteroidal therapy to fill that gap,” says Dellavalle. Side effects of topical steroids include thinning of the skin if overused or used long term, but you can help avoid these risks when using them correctly, notes the National Eczema Association. Working with your dermatologist to ensure that you have the right medication at the right dosage can help with this.

Indeed, Mona Gohara, MD, a dermatologist in Hamden, Connecticut, and associate clinical professor of dermatology at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, prefers to use CBD “in inflammatory skin conditions as they’re fizzling out.” She adds, “I recommend generally using a medication to put out the fire and then using CBD to clean up the carnage.”

Beyond that, though, is the potential to use CBD as a tool to delay early signs of aging. “Inflammation is the basis of all skin disease, including aging,” she says. But while there’s a lot of hype surrounding CBD in skin care — and health in general — there is no cure-all. “Everything has its advantages and disadvantages or limitations,” says Dr. Gohara.

Possibly Plays a Role in Treating Acne

Along with being a potential therapy for inflammatory skin diseases, CBD is also featured in some anti-acne products. For instance, Mantra Mask’s CBD Blemish Mask combines CBD and pimple-fighting tea tree oil. “There are CB2 receptors on sebaceous glands, which produce oil. According to research, CBD influences the sebum production of cells and has an anti-inflammatory component,” says Jeanette Jacknin, MD, a board-certified dermatologist in Solana Beach, California, who specializes in CBD skin care. This echoes findings outlined in articles previously published in The Journal of Clinical Investigation and Experimental Dermatology.

Dr. Jacknin also points to preliminary research presented in June 2019 at the annual meeting of the American Society for Microbiology that found topical CBD may help kill a range of gram-positive bacteria. “This bacteria is one cause of acne,” she says. (For the study, researchers collaborated with Botanix Pharmaceuticals, a company that develops products to treat skin diseases like acne and psoriasis.)

May Decrease Inflammation From Sunburns

Finally, one of the newest uses for CBD skin care is in sunscreen. Dellavalle notes that it does make sense to add CBD to sunscreen, as its anti-inflammatory properties may help reduce the effects of a sunburn, such as redness. Of course, the idea is to apply sunscreen correctly (following guidelines from the American Academy of Dermatology), but in real life, many people miss areas, and applying a CBD-infused SPF may supply more general absorption and temper the reaction of sunburned spots, he says.

What Scientific Evidence Doesn’t Yet Tell Us About CBD for Skin Care

If CBD sounds like the answer to your skin woes, it’s helpful to take a step back and look at the bigger picture. “What we don’t have in CBD is a lot of research. [CBD has] been illegal federally for so long, and it’s been difficult to do research on something that’s previously been considered on par with cocaine or heroin,” says Dellavalle. That’s starting to change, though. The 2018 Farm Bill removed hemp from the definition of marijuana, which meant that CBD products were no longer considered like marijuana. This has paved the way for researchers to conduct more studies on CBD, and for product manufacturers to create and sell CBD products legally, though per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), it is still illegal to market CBD as a supplement.

A review published in June 2018 in the Dermatology Online Journal, which Dellavalle coauthored, pointed out that while CBD may “have shown some initial promise as therapy for a variety of skin diseases,” there is a need for large, high-quality, randomized, controlled trials, a sentiment echoed in an article published in December 2020 in Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research. Another paper, published in the May-June 2019 issue of Clinics in Dermatology, urges people and their doctors to approach these products with the same caution. Finally, though topical CBD tends to be well tolerated and may have a role in addressing various skin issues (including acne, dryness, and irritation), there’s still ongoing research on the safety of CBD treatment, notes an article published in 2020 in Clinical, Cosmetic, and Investigational Dermatology.

Unknowns About CBD Dosage

Scientists still don’t know the ideal dose of CBD for treating skin conditions or promoting general health. Some companies, like Sheabrand, formulate with different doses depending on the area of skin the product is designed for — the body or the face, for instance — for maximum penetration. Scientists also don’t know where CBD stands in relation to proven topical therapies, like retinoids, vitamin C, or alpha hydroxy acids.

Questions About Cannabinoid Combinations

There are hundreds of other chemicals in the cannabis plant, and researchers don’t know what combinations are best. For instance, terpenes, the essential oils in plants (including cannabis), may exert synergistic benefits, suggests the Clinical Therapeutics study. “So much research needs to be done. We’ll be sorting this out for the next 25 years,” says Dellavalle. On the horizon with more research from universities and companies, says Jackin, may be more targeted and efficacious therapies for conditions like eczema and acne.

8 Steps to Take Before Trying a CBD Skin-Care Product

For now, know that CBD products are safe in general, and early research suggests that they may make a difference in how your skin looks and feels. Just don’t count on it as a cure-all for any skin condition. In other words, talk to your dermatologist before replacing products they have recommended with ones containing CBD, and don’t treat any new skin conditions with CBD products until you speak to your dermatologist. If you’re interested in venturing into CBD skin care, here’s what you need to know before you buy and try: