It’s no secret that CBD has been creeping into the beauty industry over the years, but now it’s officially gone mainstream: Even Wall Street is now paying attention to CBD beauty. For retailers that have been doing their homework and eyeing the competition, this has become the time to cross over into the CBD sector — and Sephora has been one step ahead of the game.
In May, Saks Fifth Avenue opened a new “CBD Beauty Corner” in its New York City flagship store, while luxury online boutiques like The Chillery have brought CBD to international audiences in recent months. But beauty giant Sephora has been selling CBD products since October 2018, and for many curious about CBD, it’s still the go-to option.
But why are people looking for CBD beauty products in the first place? Although they’ve become somewhat controversial lately, some experts argue that incorporating CBD into your beauty regimen can have significant benefits, from reducing acne and skin irritation to relieving the pain from a pesky and persistent pimple. CBD is also believed to be a powerful anti-aging ingredient, helping to prevent free radicals from wreaking havoc on your skin.
Could CBD beauty products reduce your anxiety, too? Probably not — although CBD’s ability to help you relax is one of its most sought-after traits, the doses in most products simply aren’t large enough to have that effect. According to a study published in Frontiers in Pharmacology, it takes a single serving of around 300 mg of CBD to lower anxiety in most people, which is much greater than the amounts contained in a typical lotion or cream.
Still, if you’re interested in CBD’s other benefits like preventing wrinkles,, infused beauty products may still be worth a try, and Sephora’s are some of the more-reputable ones on the market.
Sephora is still relatively new to the CBD game, but the company has already amassed a line of both exclusive products and long-time bestsellers. The majority are skin care-related, as one might expect, though it also offers a small selection of bath and miscellaneous products. Here are some of the best options you’ll find out there:
Lord Jones High CBD Formula Body Lotion
This isn’t the most potent CBD product from Lord Jones (that would be the Royal Oil, which has over 1000 mg of CBD) but it might be the most popular: stars like Busy Phillips have raved about the lotion and its ability to help with the aches and pains (often heel-related) that come with life on the red carpet. It’s also useful for everyday life, from soothing sore muscles to helping with cramps.
Saint Jane’s Luxury CBD Beauty Serum
With 500 mg of CBD and 20 active botanicals, this is another of Sephora’s most high-powered CBD cosmetic products. Made with cold-pressed grapeseed oil, it is loaded with nutrients and formulated to deeply moisturize your skin. If you’re going for a glow, this product might be a good addition to your skin care routine.
Ellis Brooklyn Marvelous Massage and Body Oil
Cannabis-infused massage might sound odd, but a growing number of patients and practitioners swear by its benefits for body and mind. This oil has several things in its favor: it’s made with 100 mg of full spectrum CBD oil (which is the most effective type of oil), and it’s a cruelty-free product that doesn’t contain harsh chemicals like parabens and synthetic fragrances.
Josie Maran Skin Dope Argan Oil + 100 mg CBD
For anyone with oily skin or issues with acne due to clogged pores, this super light and hydrating product made with argan oil is what you need. You’ll be able to moisturize your skin without feeling or looking like a greaseball later on in the day (the CBD can help minimize the size of your pores, too). Plus, it also contains vitamins and antioxidants that are beneficial for mature skin if you need an extra boost.
Farmacy Better Daze Ahead CBD Moisturizer
Another product made with full spectrum CBD oil, this one also contains hemp seed oil (sometimes called “cannabis sativa seed oil”). Despite their similar names, they have quite different effects — but in this case, they’re complementary, as the CBD oil helps soothe the skin while the hemp seed oil delivers a rich dose of fatty acids for added moisture.