Luxury CBD Beauty Serum
Saint Jane Beauty’s Luxury CBD Beauty Serum contains a mix of botanicals that are both good and bad for skin, earning it a middle of the road rating.
On the beneficial side, this serum contains legitimate CBD in the form of full spectrum cannabidiol (500 mg). Cannabidiol is backed by research for its powerful anti-inflammatory effect that can help counteract all kinds of stressors that attack skin and progressively chip away at its appearance.
Here the CBD is joined by other soothing, antioxidant-rich plant oils and extracts such as sunflower, pomegranate, grape seed, sea buckthorn and jojoba. And in a smart move, the sleek-looking, opaque black, dropper dispenser packaging helps keep them stable.
Now for the not-so-good news. This also contains several fragrant plant oils and extracts whose numerous chemicals create this serum’s distinctive scent and pose a risk of aggravating skin, causing more damage in the long run (see More Info). Chief among the culprits, you’ll find rose flower and sandalwood oils.
And in case you’re wondering, no this cannot detoxify pores as Saint Jane Beauty claims. Detoxification is handled by your liver and kidneys, not your skin care.
Without the fragrant constituents, this CBD oil would have earned our recommendation for delivering a surge of beneficial antioxidants and soothing moisture relief for dry, stressed skin. As is though, you’re better off sticking to top-rated, fragrance-free CBD oils.
- Contains soothing, full spectrum cannabidiol to boost skin’s healthy appearance.
- Additional antioxidant-rich plant oils and extracts enhance the anti-inflammatory benefits.
- Delivers an instant surge of moisture for dry, stressed skin.
- Stable packaging to help protect the air/light-sensitive ingredients.
- Heavily fragranced formula poses a risk of irritation that can spell trouble for skin in the long run.
Why Fragrance Is a Problem for Skin: Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes a chronic sensitizing reaction on skin.
This reaction in turn leads to all kinds of problems, including disrupting skin’s barrier, worsening dryness, increasing or triggering redness, depleting vital substances in skin’s surface, and generally preventing skin from looking healthy, smooth, and hydrated. Fragrance free is always the best way to go for all skin types.
A surprising fact: Even though you can’t always see or feel the negative effects of fragrant ingredients on skin, the damage will still be taking place, even if it’s not evident on the surface. Research has demonstrated that you don’t need to see or feel the effects of irritation for your skin to be suffering. Much like the effects from cumulative sun damage, the negative impact and the visible damage from fragrance may not become apparent for a long time.
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Toxicological Sciences, January 2018, pages 139-148
Biochimica and Biophysica Acta, May 2012, pages 1410–1419
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An antioxidant packed serum with 500 mg of full-spectrum CBD plus 20 potent botanicals that help to deeply hydrate, detoxify pores, and boost skin's natural glow.
Launched in January of 2019, Saint Jane Beauty is a high-end, CBD-centric line of face, lip and body products. The founder, Casey Georgeson, held previous roles developing other well-known beauty brands, including the likes of Kat Von D and Marc Jacobs Beauty.
In her own words, Georgeson started the line after discovering, “an article that touted CBD as ‘Nature’s Xanax meets Advil.’ I went to a San Francisco dispensary to learn about CBD and its benefits in skin care. About a year later, and after lots of research, I launched Saint Jane.”
The line’s focus on, “sustainably sourced, organically grown botanicals” starts out well-intentioned but gets into murky waters due to some sensitizing ingredients. On the positive side, Saint Jane Beauty’s hero CBD serum uses legitimate, full-spectrum cannabidiol (CBD), which is well-supported by research for its skin-soothing, inflammation-reducing effects. Unfortunately, it’s blended with fragrant plant oils known to irritate and damage skin in the long run. Considering CBD’s ability to calm skin is one of its superpowers, it’s disappointing to see it combined with sensitizing ingredients that detract from the overall benefit.
We’ll be the first to admit that Saint Jane Beauty’s luxe-looking packaging is alluring, but it’s what’s on the inside that counts… and in this case, it’s not so good for you skin.
Visit saintjanebeauty.com for info on the brand’s philosophy.
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