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In honor of the unofficial holiday for cannabis, April 20th, let's take a look at some of the exterior options that the wonder-drug has to offer. We're talking about cannabidiol, or as more people know it, CBD. The great thing about this anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, anti-psychoactive, soothing ingredient is that it has so many benefits, without the drawbacks that often are associated with the cannabis plant.
According to a Harvard Health Study, CBD can alleviate anxiety, insomnia, treat chronic pain, and inhibits the inflammation channels in the body.
This inflammation inhibitor is one of the great reasons to use it in skincare.
Since we live in Arizona, we have the benefit of being able to access THC-infused skincare, as it was recently made legal in the state. This is the part of the plant that can lead to some psychoactive effects. The list of products with THC in it is still small, and only those 21 years old and over can access them. Because of the restrictions and limitations outside of Arizona, many skincare companies are opting to stay in the slow lane for now with just CBD as an ingredient.
Here are some of my personal favorites and where in Arizona you can snag some of these great CBD (and even THC) infused products for some much-needed self-care.
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Lord Jones CBD Moisture Duo ($36) - (Available through the Lord Jones website or at Sephora): A great option for someone starting out in skincare with CBD. It's not super expensive, and I can personally attest to the great results you can have with this line. It comes with the Acid Mantle Repair Moisturizer and the popular Royal Oil, both of which are CBD-based products. When I spoke to the PR team, they told me that celebrities will often use their body lotion on their feet during Red Carpet events. I tried it out, and the body lotion really does help alleviate any pain I normally would have.
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Saint Jane Ideal Duo ($200) (Available online or at Sephora and Neiman Marcus): If you're more into luxury skincare, Saint Jane is the brand for you. Try two of their top sellers with this kit. The Vitamin C Drops combine CBD oil with 20% Vitamin C and AHA's to brighten and smooth skin texture. The Luxury Beauty Serum mixes hemp extracts with other natural ingredients (such as rosehip oil, sea buckthorn, sunflower seed oil, and more) to hydrate and deliver a power-punch of nutrients to the skin. It is raved about for its anti-aging and calming properties.
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iLava Touch Gel ($60) (Available at local recreational and medicinal dispensaries): THC is the psychoactive ingredient found in cannabis. Like I mentioned previously, it isn't used in very many products. If you're willing to search you can find this pain-relieving body gel at your local dispensary. It's available in Tucson at The Downtown Dispensary, Botanica, and Bloom. You must be 21 or older to purchase this body gel, but the levels of THC typically are not enough to produce the effect that other ingestible options may give.
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Milk Makeup KUSH High Volumizing Mascara ($25) (Available at Sephora or online): For mega eyelash volume, look no further than Milk Makeup. Using hemp oil as a hydrating ingredient, Milk Makeup's mascara is one of the smoothest mascara applications I've ever tried. I've gone through a few tubes of this mascara because it delivers on high volume without any flaking or crumbling. I always pick mine up at the local Sephora.
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NotPot CBD Bath Soak ($25) (Only Available Online Currently): Bath time is where many of us go to relax and unwind. Now you can add CBD to the tub for the ultimate chill session. NotPot is a CBD beauty line that started with CBD gummies for sleep and calmness but has since expanded its line to include bath soaks, facial oils, pain relief cream, and even calming pet drops. The bath soak can help with sore muscles or a frazzled mind through the anti-inflammatory and calming properties CBD has.
Beyond these few products I've shared, there are hundreds of other brands that stock high-quality CBD skincare. THC skin care is relatively new, and not available to most people. If you're interested in more THC-based products, head into your local dispensary. Typically you'll find the associates are helpful and non-judgemental. I find they're super friendly and engaging, regardless of where you shop for your cannabis-infused skincare. Happy shopping!