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Did you hear the news? CBD oil is making its way into the beauty industry, and it’s set to take over all your products. According to a recent New York Times article, cannabis-derived beauty products are rising in the industry, so I decided to put my detective cap on and see what all the hype was about. When Infinite CDB reached out to see if I was willing to try their products, I jumped at the opportunity.

But before we get down to the products, let’s get some of the nitty-gritty details about CBD oil out of the way. Cannabidiol (CBD) is a compound found in hemp and cannabis plants. Unlike THC, it does not give you a high. Instead, according to Healthline, researchers say CBD stimulates receptors in your brain and immune system to ease chronic pain. Which makes it sound like the perfect addition to a self-care routine.

Infinite CBD was kind enough to send me three products: Absolute Zero, Isolate Droppers, and Freezing Point.

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(Pay no mind to how much of the Isolate Dropper I’ve already used, but here are all three products lined up.)

Before starting my investigation, I was vaguely skeptical about whether or not they would really be effective, much less related to beauty. That said, I was definitely intrigued. Let’s take a look at each of these products and how they worked for me.

1Absolute Zero, $27.50

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As someone who gets computer-induced headaches as the day goes on, I was excited to try this powder from the get-go. Everyone knows that when you have a headache, you furrow your brow and rub your face, so I figured that if this actually worked, it might save me from a few wrinkles. All you have to do is sprinkle the powder on your food and you’re good to go. Couldn’t be easier.

On one particularly irritating day, I sprinkled Absolute Zero on my afternoon yogurt to see if anything would happen as I felt a headache coming on. It was subtle, but over the course of the next half hour or so, I found my muscles relaxing. While I can’t say I was high (I wasn’t) or even loopy, I was definitely feeling mellow.

A week later I had some with my breakfast before a meeting that I was particularly anxious about and I felt much more present and in my body. If you’ve ever taken lavender pills before, I’d say it’s a pretty similar experience. It’s not like taking a Xanax or smoking actual pot, but it did loosen the tension enough to help me take some deep breaths and relax.

2Freezing Point, $49.08

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I was especially excited about the cream because I have bum knees, and when you have bad knees and spend most of your day climbing up and down subway stairs, shit gets real. One morning, I woke up feeling especially stiff, so I slathered this puppy on and headed off to work. I was hoping I’d get a bit of relief from the throbbing, but to be honest I think my knees are too far gone for this one.

Had I been sore and just stayed home resting, I think I would have felt a bit more relief, but when you’re on the go it’s tough to feel the effects. However, after a day of lugging around a particularly heavy purse, I slathered the cream on my shoulder and was pleasantly surprised to find that the achy feeling faded away faster than usual. I would recommend this for minor aches and pains, for sure. Just don’t expect a miracle.

3CBD Isolate Dropper, $140

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This is pricier than the other two products, but the proof is in the pudding. I used this guy for hangovers, mid-afternoon computer headaches, anxiety, and when I wanted to have an extra chill night, so I can attest to its powers. You put a few drops, about six, under your tongue and let it melt. A few minutes later, you’re as cool as a cucumber.

Again, this product does not offer you an actual high, but it definitely relaxes and mellows you out. I was happy with how well it worked, especially since I was considering raising the dosage of my anti-anxiety and depression medication at the beginning of the year. The dropper just took the edge off of stressful situations and helped me relax when I wasn’t able to do so myself. It’s worth every penny for sure.

Now, how does it relate to beauty? Well, we all know how much I value self-care for one’s mental health, and I firmly believe that skin care and beauty fall in the realm of self-care. It all goes hand-in-hand. If you’re relaxed and not in pain, you remember to drink water, you moisturize, you avoid frown lines, and tension headaches. Which makes it seem quite worthwhile, right?