This CBD Serum Erased My Acne Scars Overnight
My obsession with skincare is a relatively recent phenomenon. Early into 2018, I was perfectly content with my no-nonsense routine of washing my face with a drugstore cleanser morning and night. But as they say, a lot can happen in a year. In my case, I owe my newfound appreciation of a rigorous skin regime to Hora Skin Care, the Los Angeles-based startup focusing on CBD skincare.
When I first received an email from Hora Skin Care last fall asking if I’d like to try a few products—including my current holy grail, Hora Skin Care Super Serum + CBD —I was more than apprehensive. Here I was, a college student with minimal experience in the cannabis department, being asked to test-drive serums and masks containing some mystery, weed-related compound I’d never heard of. I still don’t know why I did it (possibly for the sake of journalism), but I agreed, and one week later I set off to incorporate cannabidiol into my daily routine.
Like any good student, I took my fascination with CBD to the internet, where I quickly learned that the substance has absolutely nothing to do with the high-inducing THC—what we know conventionally as marijuana, weed, the devil’s lettuce—also derived from the cannabis plant. In fact, CBD comes from an entirely different part of the plant, resulting in its anti-inflammatory, non-psychoactive properties. Armed with that knowledge, I felt totally comfortable slathering a pump or two of CBD all over my face and neck for a consecutive 30 days.
As I started using the Hora Skin Care Super Serum + CBD before bed, I did what any wellness devotee would and took pictures of my skin every single day for the next month (all in the name of progress). The word “results” doesn’t even begin to cover the transformation my skin underwent. I’m not exaggerating—after only a few nights of applying the serum with a jade roller, my skin looked and felt smoother than ever.
How, you ask? In addition to buzzy CBD, the serum is formulated with powerful ingredients like marine collagen, argan oil, hyaluronic acid, and vitamin C to firm, hydrate, smooth, and brighten skin. Plus, it’s free of fragrance, sulfates, and parabens, so it’s safe for sensitive skin types, too. The bottom line: It’s the trendy skincare concoction of the gods.
My bad habit of picking at my skin didn’t even stand a chance. I’d apply the serum at night and wake up with an unbelievably smooth and glowy complexion, sans dark marks or irritation from prodding on my face. There were days when I had to scroll back through post-picking selfies (documentation, remember?) to make sure I wasn’t just imagining my face’s miraculous recovery. It was like my skin woke up one morning and said “Acne? I don’t know her” in the voice of Mariah Carey.
ICYDK, today just so happens to be National CBD Day, so celebrate by trying Hora Skin Care Super Serum + CBD for yourself. While it might be a splurge, all it takes is a pump’s worth each night (or even weekly) to see a major difference in your skin. Trust me, it’s totally worth it.
HORA SKIN CARE PROVES CBD IS MORE THAN A BUZZWORD
Hot on the heels of Canada’s legalization of recreational marijuana, there’s never been a better time to openly embrace all the cannabis plant has to offer. Enter the CBD beauty phenomenon, full of cosmetics brands proclaiming the supposed benefits of the cannabidiol compound, from reducing inflammation to preventing acne without any of the psychological effects associated with its better-known cousin, THC.
Los Angeles-based Hora Skin Care, which launched earlier this year with the goal of incorporating CBD into a repertoire of effective skincare products, is one such company. After a month of using their complete line, I can comfortably attest to the wonders of a CBD-based beauty routine.
Hora’s current offerings include the Super Serum, an everyday cream packed with known skincare rockstars like vitamin C and rosehip oil in addition to CBD. Next comes the Exfoliating Overnight Mask, whose higher concentration of CBD and more pungent ingredients like salicylic acid make it good for use up to four times a week. Finally, Hora wouldn’t be a California beauty brand if they didn’t market facial rollers, which they sell in jade, rose quartz, and clear quartz (I requested they send me one in jade, because duh). Most days, I apply the Super Serum with my Hora-branded roller before bed and when I wake up, directly after cleansing with my standard Cetaphil wash. Both the Serum and Mask are dye- and fragrance-free, and neither leaves a sticky residue after I use the roller atop my product-covered pores.
After just two weeks of implementing my Hora regime, I was blown away. I have a horrible habit of picking at my skin before bed that often used to leave me covered in raised bumps red spots. When I started using Hora, I saw almost all evidence of my periodic zit-popping rampages vanish after a night spent slathered in Super Serum. Not only that, but the little whiteheads that once dotted the majority of my face, which is 20 years old and thus subject to hormonal changes, grew so small that I soon forgot about them entirely. Getting a college-aged girl to overlook about her facial impurities in 2018 is no small feat; we have to at least hand it to Hora for that much.
Sure, it’s possible that the reasons for my success with Hora have nothing to do with cannabidiol — maybe it’s the marine collagen in the Serum, the evening primrose in the Mask, or the vitamin A in both that’s making me glow. To be honest, I couldn’t care less.