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What is it?
It is a facial oil for dry, irritated skin made by UK brand Revolution Skincare London. You probably heard of these guys before as Makeup Revolution. Now, they are called Revolution Beauty London and have product lines in skin care, makeup, body and other departments. To be honest, I am not exactly the number one fan of this brand because I find their products remarkably similar (yes, I am avoiding that other term, diplomatically enough, I hope) to more famous or more expensive brands. So the whole skin care line suspiciously resembles Deciem’s The Ordinary line. Except, the ingredients aren’t exactly the same. Price tags are on both sides on budget friendly part of the scale.
This oil, however is not The Ordinary knock-off (darn! I had to use this word eventually). This is something that caught my attention just by it very name – CBD Oil.
Let’s talk marijuana. Let’s talk different kinds of it. Let’s talk not ‘getting higher than the Empire State’* kind of marijuana. And that would be Cannabis Sativa, or for friends and family – hemp. Difference between hemp and the other one called marijuana (and its variations as Cannabis Indica) is the percentage of THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), a psychoactive lipid that gets you high. If the percentage of THC is less than 0.3% (USA) and for the rest of the world that percentage must not exceed 0.2%, we are talking hemp. Marijuana has 10% – 40% of THC.
That other cannabinoid that has no psychoactive component or any other similar effect to it is Cannabidiol (CBD). This one however, has many benefits to human health. Actually, medically speaking, Cannabidiol is the most valuable part of cannabis sativa plant. It’s possibly effective for multiple sclerosis (MS), various psychological and neurological disorders, skin conditions like psoriasis, eczema and others.
Cannabidiol (CBD) has antipsychotic, analgesic, anti-inflammatory and skin conditioning properties. These last two made me interested in this oil. Rosacea-wise, this sounded interesting.
That is why this little bottle caught my attention.
Now, this is what the brand claims:
– Skin nourishing oil
– Helps to calm and soothe the skin
– Conditions skin prone to dryness
Not what you might expect, this renowned oil won’t chill you out but it will help to calm and soothe skin prone to dryness and sensitivity with its ultra-nourishing properties and high concentration of rich fatty acids.
Revolution Skincare Skin Nourishing Oil is made with CBD Oil, or cannabidiol (an extract from the flowers and leaves of non-drug hemp).
Non edible and non psychoactive. /Revolution Skincare London/
This oil comes in nice 30 ml / 1.05 fl.oz. glass bottle with the pipette. It is surprisingly thin oil of no colour and rather strong grassy scent to it.
How to use it?
Massage a few drops into the skin after any water-based serums. /Revolution Skincare London/
The manufacturer recommends this oil am and pm. I however didn’t use it more than 3-4 times per week. I will tell you later why.
Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil, Cannabidiol
Ahem, this is where my enthusiasm in this particular brand of CBD oil faded away. The most important and the very name of this bottle is in the very last place of this list! That means that the actual concentration of Cannabidiol is very low, or negligible rather.
CBD is often diluted with coconut oil and hemp seed oil, but I really wish its concentration here would have been higher. So I can review actual effects of CBD oil in skin care. Rosacea skin in particular.
Coconut oil although with good skin conditioning properties is also very comedogenic oil, so this is the reason why I didn’t use this oil am and pm as recommended by the brand.
Other oils in the list are actually very useful to skin with their antioxidant and anti aging benefits. Good thing is there are no fragrant essential oils or other skin sensitizers.
Who is it for?
Dry to very dry skin, irritated skin
Does it work?
First off, this bottle will last me forever. I use 2-3 drops for the face and have been using it for the last four weeks or so and it barely shows on the bottle.
It is surprisingly thin and very quick absorbing. It barely leaves trace on skin and if applied without water based hydrating products beneath it, it can even appear insufficient moisturization-wise. Yes, I know this sounds odd regarding its very emollient characteristic, but it really felt so.
Another oddity was the fact that it killed pimple in the making that was trying to make its way into this world right up my nose. Gone. Odd. Nice.
Effect on the skin, like any other oil is very smoothing and evening everything out. But then again, any oily medium would do so. Thing is, my skin appears less red after all. I cannot deny it. So grape seed oil or sweet almond oil or even the traces of hemp seed oil and CBD would do their job. To condition skin.
For CBD oil my expectations are high. Pun intended.
It’s ok, but for the CBD oil product, not enough.
*text author: Fun, song: ‘We Are Young’