I tried 4 CBD products for mature skin

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CBD was my gateway to cannabis-infused skincare. I heard from friends that the ingredient could help with menopause-induced hormonal changes in my skin, so I decided to give it a try. Admittedly, I wasn’t impressed with the first few products I tried (a mask, muscle balm, and night cream), which wasn’t exactly surprising considering the lax regulations around the marketing of CBD in skin care, but I eventually found an eye sub-cream that made me a dedicated user.

From there, I wanted to learn more about the ingredient that gave my skin a glow similar to menopausal sweat (but in a clean, less slimy way), so I set out to try some of the cannabis-infused products. most striking on my mature skin. . Keep scrolling for what I discovered.

The benefits of CBD for skin over 40 years of age

CBD is one of over 100 naturally occurring cannabinoid compounds, but it’s probably the one you’re most familiar with thanks to its popularity in the skincare world in recent years.

“CBD is known to be an anti-inflammatory,” explains Kiley Brewster, a licensed esthetician at Woodhouse Spas in New Jersey. Additionally, “cannabis may help fight aging due to its antioxidant properties that help fight free radical damage,” she says.

All this is good news for those of us with mature skin. Free radical damage is one of the main culprits in skin aging, and hemp oil’s natural moisturizing abilities may be helpful for those with dry skin as a result of declining estrogen levels after menopause . Additionally, inflammation can deplete your body’s natural levels of collagen and elastin, leading to more visible fine lines and wrinkles, which is where CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties come in handy.

but how does it work? “CBD binds to a special set of receptors in the skin known as TRPV-1 receptors, where it can help relieve sensations of heat, itching, and pain,” Joshua Zeichner, MD, a dermatologist with headquarters in New York. . “This explains why it has a calming effect on the skin. Like other natural oils used in skin care, the natural fatty acids and antioxidants in hemp oil [which CBD is derived from] make it a good choice for people with dry skin and eczema.”

Our bodies have a endocannabinoid system—cellular receptors—in almost all tissues, including the skin. “CBD molecules are fat-soluble, which allows them to fuse with the endocannabinoid system in a natural, organic process,” says Adelina I. Sánchez, a medical massage specialist in Texas who uses cannabis-infused products in her practice. “Topicals allow CBD to reach the CB2 receptors directly.”

To take advantage of all the benefits cannabis has to offer mature skin, look for a formula made with full-spectrum extracts, using different components of the plant, including other skin-friendly cannabinoids like CBG (which is rich in in antioxidants) and CBC (an anti-inflammatory).

“If you only have one cannabinoid, like CBD, you’re missing out on the 100+ additional cannabinoids that work together to produce the entourage effect,” Jessica Assaf, The Cannabis Feminist, told Well+Good. “I really believe in the whole plant, full spectrum extract or oil as an active ingredient in skin care products.”

Anything else worth mentioning? CBD products will not get you high. THC, the psychoactive compound in cannabis, may be present in trace amounts, but you’ll never find more than 0.3 percent due to federal law.

4 Cannabis Products I’ve Tried and Loved on My Mature Skin

Kiehl’s Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil Herbal Concentrate — $52.00

This product is made from cold-pressed hemp seed oil and promises to “soothe the feeling of stressed skin while helping to balance moisture.” And that, it does.

The cannabis-infused formula strengthens and hydrates the skin barrier, keeping at bay the damaging elements our skin encounters daily, like pollution and UV damage. It’s not anti-aging specifically, but it is anti-inflammatory, meaning it helps skin look less dry, dull, red, and wrinkled. It absorbs quickly, instantly relieves tightness, and isn’t so greasy that I can’t immediately apply my other products (namely moisturizer and primer) on top.

As for the smell, which Kiehl’s calls a “pleasant herbaceous scent,” well, let’s just say it takes me back to my youth. Case in point? Once when I visited my youngest son on campus, for a moment I thought it was the scent of my Sativa facial oil wafting out the bedroom window. (Spoiler alert: it wasn’t.)

Happy Dance Look Alive CBD Eye Cream — $26.00

Actress Kristen Bell developed her Happy Dance line of CBD-infused products to turn down the volume on life’s chaos, and that’s what this under-eye cream did. While the CBD soothes the delicate skin in the area, a host of other skin-friendly actives are also at work. Peptides and quinoa extract reduce puffiness, dark circles and puffiness, while avocado oil locks in moisture and smoothes skin.

The formula isn’t as oily as some of the other eye products I’ve used – it’s perfectly moisturizing, great for blending with makeup, and leaves my eyes looking bright and alive in the best possible way.

Truly Beauty Hemp Oil Face Serum — $25.00

Truly Beauty’s Hemp Oil Facial Serum applies like an oil and absorbs like a serum, and as the website’s marketing claims, it truly “lives up to its buzz.” It combines hemp seed oil (an anti-inflammatory rich in fatty acids) with vitamin A, which stimulates cell turnover to help speed up your body’s natural collagen production.

It’s ultralight and easy to apply sunscreen on top of, and I love that when I wear it outdoors I can be sure I’m getting an extra dose of antioxidant protection. The scent is light, almost non-existent, which is important for traveling considering how often the smell of Kiehl’s oil attracts the attention of the TSA.

Smashbox The Mindful 5 Face Primer — $42.00

Part makeup, part skincare, this primer will give you the best of both worlds. Named the “mindful 5” for its combination of five skin-friendly ingredients: Cannabis Sativa hemp seed oil and green tea (to fight inflammation); red algae (to improve the moisture barrier); probiotics (to support the skin microbiome); and a primer-oil complex.

It’s a bit sticky when you apply it, so you need to wait a few minutes before layering your makeup, but once it dries, it’s very helpful in setting your foundation in place. The combination of the Sativa oil in the formula and the green tint helps minimize redness on my skin, and on days when my complexion shows limited signs of visible damage, I’ve found that I don’t even need to put foundation on top. I can use the primer on its own and it gives me a nice, even shine.

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