By: Dr. Stephanie “Steff” Garcia
Affordable skin care doesn’t have to mean inadequate. This week on my Instagram I’m spotlighting several different skin care brands and products that are all affordable and all effective. For this week’s blog, I wanted to take a closer look at e.l.f. skin care products. Specifically, I wanted to observe and compare their two new lines of skin care, the Cannabis Sativa Collection (Skin Hit) and the Full Spectrum CBD Collection.
The Cannabis Sativa Collection
Towards the end of 2019, e.l.f. released a new line of skin care products that was formulated with hemp-derived cannabis sativa seed oil. I did a demo and review of this line for my YouTube channel which I will include in this blog. This plant-based line includes a facial moisturizer, Happy Hydration Cream ($12); facial oil, All the Feels Facial Oil ($12); makeup primer, Puff Puff Primer ($8); and lip balm, Calm Balm ($5). You can also purchase a travel size kit (The Skin Hit Kit) with all these items included for $15.
This collection uses the oil from hemp seeds and does not contain any THC or CBD. This means that only part of the cannabis sativa plant is used. Hemp seed oil provides many benefits to the skin that include reducing the appearance of fine lines; anti-aging; and soothing hydration. Hemp seed oil can also be ingested. As per your doctor’s recommendations, individuals are able to ingest 1-2 teaspoons of hemp seed oil per day. Hemp seed oil is also great for its anti-inflammatory properties.
The Full Spectrum CBD Collection
e.l.f. Cosmetics released a new skin care line in the spring of 2020. The Full Spectrum CBD Collection features a facial moisturizer, the 50 mg CBD Moisturizer ($15); a facial oil, the 100 mg CBD Facial Oil ($18); an eye cream, the 50 mg CBD Eye Cream ($15); a body moisturizer, the 50 mg CBD Body Cream ($18); and a lip oil, the 5 mg CBD Lip Oil ($13).
The Full Spectrum collection is formulated using CBD, which is made from the leaves, flowers, and stems of the cannabis sativa (hemp) plant. This collection does contain a small amount of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol – the ingredient that is psychoactive). It is important to note that to be “legal” products must contain less than .3% of THC. The Full Spectrum line also contains fragrance in three of its five products (none are present in the Cannabis Sativa Collection). CBD, like hemp seed oil, is ingestible. CBD works well as an anti-inflammatory agent, pain reliever, and can also aid in the reduction of depression and anxiety with the guidance of your physician.
So Which Line is Better?
After using these products for the last few weeks (some longer), I’ve been able to form a solid opinion. For reference, I am 38 years old and have normal-to-oily skin. Let’s break this down by similar products first, then move on to differing products.
Facial Moisturizer- I am going to give the win to the Happy Hydration Cream (Cannabis Sativa Line). The ingredients in this moisturizer are simple, yet effective; there is no fragrance, and it was hydrating without causing excess oil. I do prefer the packaging of the CBD Facial Moisturizer however, but I thought the Happy Hydration Cream was a better product all around.
Facial Oil – Another “hit” for the Cannabis Sativa Collection, the All the Feels Facial Oil gets the win from me. This facial oil contains jojoba seed oil, hemp seed oil, squalane, and rose-hip seed oil to effortlessly hydrate the skin without leaving a greasy feel. I also like to apply some of this to my cuticles and joints (elbows and knees).
Lip Product – The Full Spectrum 5mg CBD Lip Oil is a hands down winner in this category. This lip oil provides an insane amount of hydration and tastes pretty good too. It is formulated with peppermint, hemp seed oil, and sunflower seed oil. I enjoy using this at all times of the day, but typically reserve it to nighttime use.
Best Differing Product – The Full Spectrum 50 mg CBD Eye Cream is definitely one of my favorite e.l.f. skin care products. This is an excellent formula that works well with other products in my stash. I’ve used this eye cream under makeup and it doesn’t not compromise the makeup at all. It is created using hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and hemp seed oil.
Overall Winner – I have to give the overall win to the e.l.f. Cannabis Sativa Collection. Not only is this line more affordable, it does not contain any fragrance like the CBD line does. It has simple, yet effective ingredients that work well for all skin types. While it does contain fewer products, I found the products in this line to be reliable and well crafted.
I do think that e.l.f. did a great job in creating two different, yet similar lines of skin care products for its consumers. I like to see drugstore beauty brands integrating skin care items into their product mix. I recommend checking out these products on the e.l.f. website or at your local retailer.
Learn more about all these products on the e.l.f. website.
*This blog post will be updated later in the week with a YouTube video on this topic.