The majority of the manicure was pretty standard: I was getting gel extensions, so Garcia prepped my nails with the usual polish removal, filing, and cuticle pushing. Then, she applied the extensions and gel polish, which involved going under the UV light several times. Here’s what my nails looked like right after she applied the extensions.
As of December 2018, CBD that is extracted from hemp is legal nationwide, but it’s not regulated by the FDA — which means there’s no rule about how high the quality or potency of CBD needs to be in products that claim to be made with the stuff. NYC and Maine have both started fining companies that sell CBD-infused food and drink on the grounds that the FDA has not deemed the compound safe for consumption, but so far there have been no similar laws made regarding beauty products.
When it comes to putting the stuff on your skin instead of ingesting it, there’s even less evidence out there: Palermino points to a 2009 study that shows the endocannabinoid system (a bodily system of cell receptors that is widely cited as proof that there’s potential for cannabis products to have all kinds of positive effects — pain relief, lowered anxiety, etc — on your body and brain) is definitely present in the skin and potentially regulates inflammation, oil production, and cell growth — but we’re still not sure how to best take advantage of that. There will need to be more studies done to figure out how much CBD will actually provide skin benefits, and how exactly to best deliver it into your system.
While I don’t have any of the specific skin concerns Radusky mentions, the CBD products Garcia used during my manicure gave me enough extra hydration to make me want to add them to every single nail service I get in the future. If I can get that soothing lavender scent every time too, that’d be even better.
Dr. Ross C Radusky, MD, a dermatologist at SoHo Skin & Laser Dermatology, P.C. who the American Academy of Dermatology recommends as an expert on CBD, agrees that more research needs to happen before we call CBD a cure-all, but tells me that some studies have found that "topically applied CBD can lower the body’s inflammatory response in conditions like eczema-prone skin and in certain particularly itchy conditions." He goes on to say that "if CBD applied to the skin can lower inflammation in [those conditions], it’s possible it can do the same in other high-inflammation skin diseases such as acne, psoriasis, and certain types of hair loss. But, the jury is still out and more research is needed." Radusky recommends checking in with a board-certified dermatologist before you start any sort of CBD treatment to make sure there aren’t any risks specific to you.
Garcia tells me she finds the CBD lotions she uses in her manicures to be extra nourishing for the skin, especially in the winter. For her clients like me, she uses a blend of Lazarus Naturals Lavender CBD Balm (a full-spectrum hemp extract with 300mg of CBD in the whole package, which is higher than the minimum 200mg Palermino says she learned was necessary for topical pain relief when developing a Nice Paper x Y7 x Weed Sport balm) and a lavender essential oil for an extra relaxing experience. At home, Garcia uses CBD-infused lotions regularly to help combat her own dry skin.
Now, back to the actual nail appointment. When celebrity nail artist Elizabeth Garcia invited me to her Long Island City studio, The Nail Room, for a CBD mani, I was eager to give it a shot.
The CBD scrub at Young LDN feels wonderful and leaves my hand super soft. Is it a gimmick because CBD is trendy? Quite possibly. However, it’s certainly no worse than any other oil or scrub, and while a £50 price tag is hefty, the experience is a nice one and it’s fun to try something new.
After my nails are perfectly painted a bright red, and my gels are left to dry in record time, my manicurist takes Young LDN’s home made scrub and adds in a few drops of CBD oil.
She goes on, “our bodies are receptive to cannabinoids as we have an endocannabinoid system (ECS) of receptors that allows for cellular communication and regulation, which CBD taps into.”
“CBD is short for cannabidiol, which is one of more than 80 chemical cannabinoids found in Hemp/Cannabis. While derived from cannabis, CBD is not medical marijuana, it is not psychotropic (unlike THC, the most commonly known cannabinoid) and so will not get you high,” says Elena Lavagni, founder of Neville Hair & Beauty.
CBD oil is the perfect finishing touch to a manicure, serving to hydrate the skin. It is anti inflammatory, calming, and a potent antioxidant. CBD also contains vitamin E oil, which is known to protect the skin.
Plus, “introducing CBD into your daily diet may have an extremely positive effect on your immune system and in turn, can give you beautiful glowing skin,” says Oli Summers, founder of Signature CBD (@signature_CBD)
It’s not just manicures. CBD has found its way into our facials and massages too, and it’s a booming market.
Finally, a CBD cream is rubbed on, for the ultimate in hydration.
It feels silky smooth, much like any other oil, and rich, with none of the strong smell I generally associate with cannabis.
CBD For Strengthening & Protecting Hair
CBD For Strengthening & Protecting Hair
Because of the essential fatty acids, vitamins, and antioxidants that CBD oil contains, CBD is able to restore and strengthen weak and brittle nails, transforming them into strong, shiny and healthy nails.
CBD For Dry Hair
Psoriasis is considered an autoimmune disease, a malfunction of our inner system if you will, which is precisely why CBD is inherently effective against it; what the cannabinoid does best is bring our inner environment back to balance—homeostasis—to the way it’s meant to be.