Let’s just say my beauty routine was, um, elevated.
“So, it gets you high?” This is the first question everyone asks after hearing about my recent love affair with CBD oil (or cannabidoil, which is a chemical compound extracted from marijuana plants that—spoiler alert—is also completely non-psychotropic, meaning sorry, it won’t get you high). But I wasn’t seeking my typical Sunday Scary fix when I replaced half of my beauty routine with CBD infused products for a month; I was after the oil’s other rumored, yet equally excellent, topical benefits: the soothing, calming, and even wrinkle-fighting effects. Yup.
CBD oil is darling of the herbal community and, when ingested (through capsules, tinctures, or foods, like chocolate and gummies), is typically used to help with anxiety and insomnia, or even promote clear-headedness. And yes, it’s legal. Ish. Maybe. (Laws are constantly changing, and it totally depends on the form of CBD you’re getting—as in whether or not it’s totally THC-free—and what state you live in). And while the medical community has yet to really examine THC’s little sister for its medicinal purposes, the beauty world has certainly recognized its potential as an ingredient label hero.
“There’s definitely a lack of research on the subject, but the studies that are out there suggest that CBD is anti-inflammatory and potentially antimicrobial, meaning it could help fight bacteria and pathogens,” says Joyce Imahiyerobo-Ip, MD, director of cosmetic dermatology at South Shore Medical Center in MA, adding that CBD also has antioxidant properties, “which can result in anti-aging benefits.” And if something has the possibility of soothing my skin and calming my jitters at the same time, you best believe I’ll be slathering it all over my face and body, which is exactly what I did. And, surprise, it was actually kind of life-changing.