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Trend To Try: Get Your Glow On With Cannabis-Infused Skincare

Give your skin the 'high' it ultimately craves.

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Cannabis has become quite popular in the skincare world, and with its tendency to provide users with next-level results, we can definitely see why. Living in Colorado, I have learned the countless benefits of cannabis and why adding it to your skincare regimen is a must. Its anti-inflammatory properties paired with the embedded antioxidants make it perfect for alleviating many of our skincare woes. Recently, we had a chance to check-in with CEO of Undefined Beauty, Dorian Morris, to deep-dive into the power of CBD.

Undefined Beauty founder, Dorian Morriswingedcbd.com

Though a champion for its capabalities, the beauty and social entrepreneur quickly proclaimed that CBD isn't a panacea. "You have to take a holistic approach, using known botanical superpowers and CBD as the supercharger. What's in the formula and not in the formula is just as important, if not more, than the presence of CBD," she explained.

Dorian also shared the four main skincare benefits that make CBD a powerful ingredient in your beauty arsenal:

  • "It's antioxidant-rich and has more antioxidant horsepower than Vitamin C and Vitamin E. Antioxidants are critical for skincare because they help prevent free radical damage that leads to early skin wrinkling and hyperpigmentation - both things nobody has on their skin wishlist.
  • "It's anti-inflammatory, and inflammation is what's at the heart of most skincare concerns, from rosacea to acne to wrinkles. Again, it's a partner in crime for 'graceful aging' (I'm not a big fan of the term 'anti-aging').
  • "It's a balancer. If you have overactive sebum (aka oily skin), it turns off oil production. If you have dry skin, it turns on oil production. This is why CBD has been heralded as a game-changer for acne but more broadly, it has the power to help all skin types move back to homeostasis.
  • "The most important benefit is that CBD is an enabler. Your body has a natural endocannabinoid system--Mother Nature knew what she was doing--and your skin has many receptors. When using CBD topically, it allows for better penetration aka better performance aka more bang for your buck, taking all the other ingredients in the formula along for the ride, which is why choosing a clean/non-toxic formula is key."

With all of that said, we just know you can't wait to try this trend. Ahead, find some amazing cannabis-infused products that will elevate your skincare collection to new heights.

*This list is specially curated by the xoNecole team and some links are affiliate links. If you purchase an item from an affiliate link, xoNecole might earn a small commission.

Undefined Beauty Glow Elixir

Undefined Beauty

Glow Elixir

Apply this gem day and night to hydrate, brighten and balance your skin. This product is a miracle worker when it comes to unclogging your pores, while the CBD revitalizes. The clean, floral scent also makes it a joy to apply. Pro-tip: Pat the product into your skin for easy absorption.

$42

e.l.f. Happy Hydration Cream + hemp-derived Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil

Target

e.l.f is my go-to because it's effective and coin-efficient. When I learned they had a CBD product, I added it it my cart in a heartbeat. The hemp-derived Cannabis Sativa seed oil aids with acne-prone skin and is a great base before applying makeup.

$12

SheaMoisture Cannabis & Witch Hazel Skin Rescue Facial Oil

www.sheamoisture.com

Target

True to its name, SheaMoisture maintains your skin's natural moisture and the vitamin E gives it extra nourishment. This rescue face oil was created to calm your skin and make your skin happy — think of it as your skin's therapist.

$11

KIEHL'S SINCE 1851 Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil Herbal Concentrate Hemp-Derived

Macys

You only need a few drops of this gem from Kiehl's. The power-packed product is ideal for those that have blemish-prone skin because after a few days you will find that your skin feels soothed, healthy and fresh.

$50

HERBIVORE EMERALD CBD + Adaptogens Deep Moisture Glow Oil

JCPenny

Looking for a product that will quench your skin's thirst? Herbivore's Glow Oil is the answer. If you're having issues with redness, irritation or environmental stressors, this glow oil is guaranteed to give your skin the deep moisture and relief it deserves.

$58

Cannuka CBD Cleansing Body Bar

Walmart

We often forget about our body when we talk skincare. Not today. With ingredients like grapefruit, coconut and sunflower oils, the hand-cut body bar lathers like a dream, leaving your skin feeling pampered.

$17

HELIX SKIN SCIENCE Youth Fusion Repairing Night Eye Serum with CBD

Nordstrom

Black don't crack but that doesn't mean we shouldn't do the work to make sure it stays that way. Try this repairing eye serum at night to prevent puffiness. The only bags we carry are handbags.

$75

BEBOE THERAPIES Set of 5 High Potency CBD Sheet Mask

Nordstrom

We love a good mask, especially when it soaks your skin with lulling minerals. Beboe Therapies' masks support brighter, even-toned skin which is a godsend for skin recovery.

$78

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Before she was Amira Unplugged, rapper, singer, and a Becoming a Popstar contestant on MTV, she was Amira Daughtery, a twenty-five year-old Georgian, with aspirations of becoming a lawyer. “I thought my career path was going to lead me to law because that’s the way I thought I would help people,” Amira tells xoNecole. “[But] I always came back to music.”

A music lover since childhood, Amira grew up in an artistic household where passion for music was emphasized. “My dad has always been my huge inspiration for music because he’s a musician himself and is so passionate about the history of music.” Amira’s also dealt with deafness in one ear since she was a toddler, a condition which she says only makes her more “intentional” about the music she makes, to ensure that what she hears inside her head can translate the way she wants it to for audiences.

“The loss of hearing means a person can’t experience music in the conventional way,” she says. “I’ve always responded to bigger, bolder anthemic songs because I can feel them [the vibrations] in my body, and I want to be sure my music does this for deaf/HOH people and everyone.”

A Black woman wearing a black hijab and black and gold dress stands in between two men who are both wearing black pants and colorful jackets and necklaces

Amira Unplugged and other contestants on Becoming a Popstar

Amira Unplugged / MTV

In order to lift people’s spirits at the beginning of the pandemic, Amira began posting videos on TikTok of herself singing and using sign language so her music could reach her deaf fans as well. She was surprised by how quickly she was able to amass a large audience. It was through her videos that she caught the attention of a talent scout for MTV’s new music competition show for rising TikTok singers, Becoming a Popstar. After a three-month process, Amira was one of those picked to be a contestant on the show.

Becoming a Popstar, as Amira describes, is different from other music competition shows we’ve all come to know over the years. “Well, first of all, it’s all original music. There’s not a single cover,” she says. “We have to write these songs in like a day or two and then meet with our producers, meet with our directors. Every week, we are producing a full project for people to vote on and decide if they’d listen to it on the radio.”

To make sure her deaf/HOH audiences can feel her songs, she makes sure to “add more bass, guitar, and violin in unique patterns.” She also incorporates “higher pitch sounds with like chimes, bells, and piccolo,” because, she says, they’re easier to feel. “But it’s less about the kind of instrument and more about how I arrange the pattern of the song. Everything I do is to create an atmosphere, a sensation, to make my music a multi-sensory experience.”

She says that working alongside the judges–pop stars Joe Jonas and Becky G, and choreographer Sean Bankhead – has helped expand her artistry. “Joe was really more about the vocal quality and the timber and Becky was really about the passion of [the song] and being convinced this was something you believed in,” she says. “And what was really great about [our choreographer] Sean is that obviously he’s a choreographer to the stars – Lil Nas X, Normani – but he didn’t only focus on choreo, he focused on stage presence, he focused on the overall message of the song. And I think all those critiques week to week helped us hone in on what we wanted to be saying with our next song.”

As her star rises, it’s been both her Muslim faith and her friends, whom she calls “The Glasses Gang” (“because none of us can see!”), that continue to ground her. “The Muslim and the Muslima community have really gone hard [supporting me] and all these people have come together and I truly appreciate them,” Amira says. “I have just been flooded with DMs and emails and texts from [young muslim kids] people who have just been so inspired,” she says. “People who have said they have never seen anything like this, that I embody a lot of the style that they wanted to see and that the message hit them, which is really the most important thing to me.”

A Black woman wears a long, salmon pink hijab, black outfit and pink boots, smiling down at the camera with her arm outstretched to it.

Amira Unplugged

Amira Unplugged / MTV

Throughout the show’s production, she was able to continue to uphold her faith practices with the help of the crew, such as making sure her food was halal, having time to pray, dressing modestly, and working with female choreographers. “If people can accept this, can learn, and can grow, and bring more people into the fold of this industry, then I’m making a real difference,” she says.

Though she didn’t win the competition, this is only the beginning for Amira. Whether it’s on Becoming a Popstar or her videos online, Amira has made it clear she has no plans on going anywhere but up. “I’m so excited that I’ve gotten this opportunity because this is really, truly what I think I’m meant to do.”

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