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What to Watch: Cannabis and Vitamin C Steal the Scene

Brands are starting to infuse products with cannabis oil and berry-related vitamin C.

Ta-ta, turmeric — a new batch of beauty-product ingredients, like cannabis oil and berry-related vitamin C are gaining prevalence in the market.

Products featuring CBD oil are trickling onto shelves as cannabis (the smokeable kind) becomes more widely decriminalized. While it won’t make your skin stoned, the ingredient is heralded for reducing inflammation, acne and hydrating skin. On the legal front, it’s important to note that cannabis-derived CBD oil can’t be sold across state lines, but hemp-derived CBD oil can, said Lord Jones founder Cindy Capobianco. Lord Jones was one of the first modern CBD oil brands to market, and makes 5:1 and 1:1 Pain and Wellness Formula Body Lotion.

An assortment of products from Lord Jones.
An assortment of products from Lord Jones. Courtesy Photo


New products are entering the CBD oil arena, including I. Pekar’s Cannabis Infused Tissue Repair Serum, launching this fall. The product, from the line of celebrity facialist Ildi Pekar, is a blend of aloe vera juice, vitamin C, vitamin B3, hyaluronic acid and CBD oil.

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“Cannabis oil can provide powerful antioxidants, omegas, and anti-inflammatory benefits, all of which can address the common skin concerns of inflamed, dehydrated and aging skin,” Pekar said.

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Herb Essentials released a line of cannabis-infused moisturizer, body lotion and lip balm, and Khus + Khus launched CBD-oil infused Sen Face Serum, and has plans to introduce more products with CBD, according to founder Kristi Blustein.

Also coming to market are products featuring vitamin C, specifically the kind derived from or stabilized by berry ingredients. Tatcha launched its Violet-C Radiance Mask, which has Japanese Beautyberry that stabilizes two types of vitamin C. 8 Faces just launched Boundless Solid Oil, which contains vitamin C-rich Amla Berry. In the fall, Lumene will bring its Valo Glow Lumenessence Brightening Beauty Lotion with vitamin C from Arctic Cloudberry to market. The inclusion of berry-based vitamin C works for brands that are trying to stay natural, according to Marc Cornell, vice president of product development at Englewood Lab. “They’re looking for that natural magic,” Cornell said. One step beyond is astaxanthin, also naturally derived, and 6,000 times more effective than vitamin C, Cornell noted.