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cbd cream and lotions

Your guide to CBD beauty oils, moisturisers and creams

02 Sep 2021 • 12 min read

CBD oil has shaken off its alternative image, and can now be found in a wide range of beauty products.

Mention to a friend that you’re using CBD oil, and they may look at you suspiciously – it is derived from cannabis, after all. But tell them that CBD oil is now being used in various different skin-care products, and their attitude might change. 

CBD skin care is the latest beauty trend that’s taking off both here and in the US – but that doesn’t mean it’s just another fad. There’s some solid science behind the boom in CBD skin care.

So, could CBD give your skin-care regime a boost? Keep reading to find out more!

What is CBD oil?

CBD stands for cannabidiol, a compound extracted from the cannabis plant. It is a cannabinoid, along with its more famous counterpart tetrahydrocannabidiol (THC), which has psychoactive properties.1 However, CBD doesn’t contain enough THC to have the same effect.2

To make CBD oil, cannabidiol is blended with a carrier oil such as hemp seed oil or coconut oil. CBD oil can then be used alone, or to create various skin-care products.

Why is CBD oil now in beauty products?

Scientists are only beginning to discover the benefits of CBD oil but emerging research shows it has beneficial properties that can be applied to the skin. CBD also has an antioxidant effect, helping with the negative effects of free radicals.3

So, exactly how could CBD oil give your beauty regime a boost? Here are 4 possible ways:

It may help to tackle oily skin and blemish-prone skin


It might help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles


It’s good for dry or itchy skin


It can soothe sore muscles


The best CBD topicals: Creams, balms, serums & more

Want to start using CBD skin-care products? Take your pick from luxury brands all the way through to the high street. 

Remember to do a patch-test 24-hours before use, and be aware that CBD effects include interacting with some medications; talk to your GP if you’ve got any questions.

1. The best CBD face cream

Holland & Barrett CBD Day Cream

This CBD-enriched face cream is antioxidant-rich and provides intense moisturisation for every skin type. The CBD and hemp oils work together to aid your skin’s natural balance. It also helps to reduce the negative effect of free radicals, promoting the appearance of healthy, youthful skin. 

What our customers have to say: 
LuluH – Recommended – 5/5 stars “Cleared my teenage daughter’s skin up beautifully, always stress the importance of moisturising even from a young age, this is great stuff.” 
AnnaHH – Wonderful cream! – 5/5 stars “A really lovely cream. Great for my skin which is prone to flare-ups, spots, sensitivity etc. My skin felt fresh and moisturised, not claggy or greasy. Would definitely recommend.”

2. The best CBD night cream

Holland & Barrett CBD Night Cream

If your skin in need of some serious re-hydration, why not pair your CBD day cream with a nourishing night cream too? This indulgent night cream is one of the best CBD cream for skin lacking in moisture. Made of shea butter, CBD and hemp seed oils, this silky cream restores your skin overnight for smooth, hydrated and nourished skin in the morning.

What our customers have to say:
Vicky – Skin feels amazing – 5/5 stars “Skin feels amazing in the morning. Really glad I added this product to my skin care.” 

MelissaH - Excellent - 5/5 stars "I absolutely love this product. Most night creams are too oily for me and I wake up with a super shiny face, not with this. It’s so thick and creamy and soaks in so nicely. Will definitely purchase again."

3. The best CBD serum

Holland & Barrett CBD Serum

This super concentrated CBD serum has a light texture and deeply moisturises your skin. The CBD and hemp seed oils collaborate to help your skin achieve a natural balance of moisture that suits your skin type.

What our customers have to say: 
Jutaaibm – Exceeded my expectation - 5/5 stars: “Bought this during Xmas coming as a gift set. It is so amazing, and my skin feels so soft and smooth since using it. It works better than some other very expensive brands on my face.”

4. The best CBD balm

Holland & Barrett CBD Muscle Balm Extra

It’s un-tense. This premium CBD-infused muscle balm invigorates, relieves and soothes tired and tense muscles. Just rub it into the affected area for quick relief.

What our customers have to say: 
Pucci - Great balm – 5/5 stars “Great for those sore bits, powerful and calming. I used it on my hip, applying last thing at night.” 
Beverley - Great buy - 5/5 stars "Works like a charm."

5. The best CBD facial oil

Grass & Co. GLOW Nourishing 300mg CBD Face Oil 30ml

For soft, supple skin and a glowing complexion, this CBD infused face oil has a unique formula that leaves your skin visibly rejuvenated. Made with a restorative blend of CBD with Rosehip, Blueberry and Amaranth, this oil offers intense hydration, making it the perfect partner to any luxurious skincare routine. 

What our customers have to say:
missbraeden - Perfect face oil - 5/5 stars "Luxury product without the luxury price tag! Seriously, I have tried so many different face oils and there's something about this one that makes it well-rounded and divine simultaneously. It has a lovely texture that sinks into the skin and doesn't leave a greasy sheen but rather a moisturised glow. The scent is very delicate and slightly fruity - like berries, not overpowering, I am sensitive to scents. In saying that, every Grass & Co product I've tried recently has not disappointed."

Rrrr - Great product - 5/5 stars “I have oily skin type and it feels very rich after application. My skin absorb all by the morning and improved my skin quality.”

6. The best CBD lip balm

Soften, smooth and replenish dry, cracked lips with this CBD enriched lip balm. Simply apply a little to your lips got a hydrating cannabidiol boost when you need it.

What our customers have to say:
missbraeden – Lovely lip balm! – 5/5 stars “Lovely texture, and delicate scent. I love using it as a lip mask at night, and it works well to add a bit of shine during the day.” 

Rach – Amazing! – 5/5 stars “I’m so fussy when it comes to lip balms and so are my sensitive lips but I absolutely love this! I use it every night without fail and it’s like a lip mask combined!”

7. The best CBD bath salts

If you’re looking to add that extra, luxurious step to your beauty routine, why not invest in CBD bath salts? A fragrant addition to your pampering bubble bath, Westlab’s Mindful bath salts combine Epsom and Himalyan salts with frankincense, bergamot and CBD to promote peace, tranquility and allow you to relax after a long day.

What our customers have to say: 
T Webster - This will leave you feeling great - 5/5 stars “This leaves the skin feeling so soft, cant beat it for a nice relaxing bath to leave you feeling great” 

Stacey - I love the smell! - 5/5 stars “These are amazing, and they smell fantastic - perfect addition to a long soak in the tub.”




1.     https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8803256/ 

2.     www.netdoctor.co.uk/medicines/a23099460/cbd-oil-benefits-and-risks/

3.     eiha.org/media/2016/10/18-10-EIHA-CBD-position-paper.pdf

4.     www.jci.org/articles/view/64628

5.     www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27094344

6.     www.jidonline.org/article/S0022-202X(15)35276-3/fulltext

7.     www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16874533

8.     https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7736837/


Doaa Al Mosawi


International Senior Regulatory Affairs Associate

Joined Holland & Barrett: March 2019

BSc (Hons) in Biomedical Science

After completing her BSc in Biomedical Science, Doaa worked in Research and laboratory for 3 years. Doaa was also a member of a product development team in a manufacturing company specialising in sun care and personal care products, researching and providing regulatory advice regarding international regulations.

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