Cannabidiol beauty products: What they are, what they do for the skin, and if you can use them in Singapore legally

Cannabidiol beauty products: What they are, what they do for the skin, and if you can use them in Singapore legally

Weed all about it

Text: Emily Heng

Image: Instagram | @milkmakeup

Us beauty veterans barely bat a lash at the ingredients found within popular formulations these days, no matter how unexpected. Blood creams have become the norm, bacterias are perfectly reasonable, and salmon sperm facials garner no more than a nonchalant shrug (more on that, soon). Almost nothing is fit to faze... until cannabidiol beauty came onto our radar.

Yup, we're talking the flowering plant most commonly cultivated for recreational drug use; the bread and butter to stoner archetypes in every other teen Hollywood flick out there (see: Clueless). Found in everything from facial oils to mascaras, "weed beauty products" are at the height of popularity within the industry, with raved-about beauty brands such as Milk Makeup and Lime Crime leaping upon the bandwagon.


And while it may be all well and good for the folks across the distant pond, not so much for us. Singapore's strict drug laws bring to mind more serious questions, namely: can we use them here? Will we get in trouble if we bring them in from overseas? And, are they really beneficial, skincare- and makeup-wise? We'll answer all your blazin' (pun intended) questions after the jump.

What are they, exactly?

Cannabidiol beauty products — aka CBD — is an essential component of medical marijuana, and is derived directly from the hemp plant itself. While it is indeed from weed, World Health Organization reports that cannabidiol does not cause a high and "exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential".


Why is it found in all matters of beauty products right now?

Its legalisation in America allowed for experimentation, upon which its many beneficial properties were discovered. According to Claudia Mata, co-founder of cannabidiol-infused skincare line, Vertly, CBD contains anti-inflammatory properties, vitamins A, D, and E, as well as essential fatty acids — which, as we know, are ingredients that do wonders for the skin, hair, and body.


What are the benefits of cannabidiol-infused beauty products?

It boils down mostly to its anti-inflammatory properties. Scientists are uncovering evidence as to its efficacy in treating dry skin, psoriasis, and eczema. Research is still being conducted to find out if it can help with other inflammation-based skin conditions such as acne; in 2014, the United States National Library of Medicine discovered that cannabidiol plays a part in suppressing breakouts through regulating oil production of the sebaceous glands.


Can you use them in Singapore, or bring them in from overseas?

Unlikely. The law clearly states that cannabis is a Class A controlled drug, where any trafficking, possession, consumption, and import or export of it is illegal. Any ingredient — and that includes cannabidiol — from the cannabis plant is considered illegal as well, because of the possibility (however slim, or improbable, according to data shared above) that it could contain tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is a psychoactive chemical substance responsible for the "high" associated with cannabis. In fact, mascaras containing cannabis sativa oil was seized in Singapore just last year; beauty and wellness products containing the ingredient were taken off Sephora shelves too.

The best course of action for any resident of Singapore interested in CBD beauty products is to limit their use to overseas until the stance on cannabidiol beauty products here changes. We wouldn't hold our breath, though. In the meantime, here are the best of cannabidiol beauty to try... the next time you fly out.