CBD Cosmetics: Review of Elevate’s CBD Collagen Mask
Firstly, let’s talk about CBD cosmetics. Beauty products are expensive enough without adding cannabinoids to them, so CBD products have to be pretty damn good if they are going to prove to be worth the extra price tag. I have tried CBD balms for aches and pains, CBD capsules for headaches and hangovers, CBD vape pens, CBD Oils, but this is my first actual skincare product.
Studies have shown some pretty cool evidence vouching for CBD skincare like this article by NYmag, “According to Jeanette Jacknin, a board-certified dermatologist specializing in topical cannabinoids in skin care, studies have shown that “affecting the endocannabinoid system — like with CBD — can help the skin look more radiant and youthful,” and referenced a study suggesting that CBD could slow down the visible signs of aging in mice.” CBD has also proven to have anti-inflammatory properties. So even though the products are fairly new, it sounds promising enough to jump in and give it a try.
The Product: I picked this CBD sheet mask up at a dispensary on Melrose in Los Angeles called KoreaTown Collective (Side Note: Loved this dispensary! Instead of having a budtender behind a counter, this store has an open layout where you can see and handle all the products. Really cool setup and friendly budtenders). Our budtender at KoreaTown told us that this sheet mask is a brand new product and is unique to their dispensary, one of their own products. There is almost zero information about these patches online except for a fairly new Instagram page. I did find this on the KTown dispensary website:
“Elevate® CBD is a natural, hemp oil extract wellness product which supports a healthy mind and body. Its nutrient-rich properties address a variety of everyday ailments such as pain, anxiety, and sleeplessness.”
As the “Elevate” brand does not appear to have a website (that I could find) I can only go by what is on the package. The Packaging looks like a fairly standard sheet mask package and states, “Looking for the Fountain of Youth” on the front. This CBD Collagen mask claims it has powers such as:
- Builds Collagen
- Improves Elasticity
- Reduces Wrinkles
- Calms Irritation
- Tightens and Firms Skin
- Hydrates Skin
All things that sound good to me. It has 10mg of CBD along with ingredients like aloe, salvia seed extract, beet sugar extract, and more. It claims that the ingredients are all natural (whatever that really means these days) as well as clinically proven to do all the aforementioned things like firming and tightening skin, etc. It also claims that you will see results in just one use, through ongoing use will provide longer lasting results.
My Skin: First thing I’d like to note is that I am hungover today and have puffy eyes and dry skin (thanks LA for having way too many kick-ass-awesome bars). In general, I have sensitive and dry skin, and certain beauty products are too harsh and leave my skin red and itchy. I am 29 years old, so I am just starting to see my first dreaded signs of aging in the form of thin wrinkles and slightly less elasticity.
The Mask: If you have ever used a sheet mask before this is no different. It is a creepy looking paper mask (see our Instagram video below to see me looking like Hannibal Lecter) that has been soaking in a pool of liquid that we hope will be a magical beauty tonic automatically making us look 18 again. I have to say it smells sort of like a hotel spa, which isn’t a bad thing. It applies directly onto clean skin and then is to be left on for about 15-30 mins. I don’t want to miss out on any of the benefits so I am sticking it out for the full 30 mins. I also rubbed the excess liquid onto my neck and Décolletage.
After taking the mask off I felt sticky for over an hour, not my favorite way for my skin to feel. But I have to say, my skin looked amazing. If nothing else this mask definitely added moisture (which could easily just be the aloe). I noticed a slight reduction in my puffy eyes but by no means, a miracle worker on those (with this hangover there might just not be a cure…) and it also doesn’t claim to fix puffy eyes. But let’s go down the list of what it does claim:
Build Collagen: I think I would have to use the mask repeatedly to really notice this effect. But I do feel like my skin felt tight and smooth after application.
Anti-inflammatory: Possibly. My skin was not super inflamed, but it is prone to redness and has seen a lot of LA sunshine this week. After taking the mask off there is definitely no redness or irritation.
Improves Elasticity: Again, this is going to be a hard one to pin unless I used this mask consistently.
Reduces Wrinkles: Would need repeated use to say.
Calms Irritation: I can see this working well for irritation, as I mentioned I have sensitive skin and it ate this mask up happily with no redness at all.
Tightens and Firms Skin: I can honestly say that my skin does feel tighter, but I’m not sure how temporary that will be.
Hydrates: Of all of the benefits, I can definitely say that this one is true. If the mask did nothing else, I would still use it just for the hydrating benefit. I had dry flaky hungover skin and it feels luscious after using this.
Moral of the story?: CBD skincare is definitely a trend that I am interested in and I think could have major benefits. This particular mask? Definitely hydrating, luscious, and feels like a real spa treatment for my skin. Is it way better than a mask without CBD? Hard to say without repeated use. After just one use, I would say probably not much different than a sheet mask without CBD. Lasting stickiness is a downside, and plan on using this at night because your face will remain shiny for a long while as well. So I’d suggest trying it, but if you are only planning on using it once then you might not see all the benefits claimed on the package.
Have you tried the elevate CBD collagen mask? Let us know what you thought in the comments.