Welcome back, beauty friend! Are you a fan of CBD skincare? Today I have a wonderful CBD serum discovery for you! It’s the very special Ascend Caffeine + CBD Brightening Oil Serum!
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This serum marries two of my favourite things – coffee and cannabis. It is bold, it is authentic, a coffee lover’s dream, and lusciously rich with cannabis plant extracts – and my skin is loving it!
But before we learn more about this serum, let’s take a little look at Ascend Elevated Skincare so we can better understand the background of this serum.
Our serums might not replace a spa day, but in a world where we all need to take a bit more time to look after ourselves, I hope that people will find a moment of serenity in their skincare rituals with the help of Ascend.Tamara Mcasey, co-founder & head formulator
Ascend stands for holistically formulated natural and organic skincare. Their collection of three luxurious oil serums focuses on the wonderful benefits of CBD, a strong antioxidant derived from the cannabis plant.
All Ascend products are 100% plant-based, and holistically and sustainably formulated – combining plant extracts in the most useful and interesting way. A true artisan producer of skincare, I love that all the oils are handmade in small batches to ensure quality, and are only available in limited quantities.
It goes without saying that they would never contain any controversial ingredients such as silicones, SLS, parabens, artificial fragrance, or mineral oils. All the brand’s packaging is 100% recyclable, too.
Now we know more about Ascend, let’s move on to the claims, ingredients, and my experience of using Ascend Caffeine + CBD Brightening Oil Serum.
ASCEND Caffeine + CBD Brightening Oil Serum
The minute this product’s box landed in my hands, I knew the experience would be special. Just look at the quality magnetic clasp white box! It’s come in really handy for storing things in my bathroom.
The packaging of the serum is so luxe and beautiful. I love the design of the box with its natural but exotic dark green cannabis leaves and gold detailing.
The box even feels nice in my hand!
Opening the box, I find the green glass dropper bottle. It also features the beautiful gold detailing on the cap and is very lovely indeed.
I can see from the label that the serum contains roasted coffee, papaya, pomegranate, and cannabis sativa extracts containing 150mg full spectrum CBD.
About full spectrum CBD
Ascend use full-spectrum CBD derived from hemp plants in their products. What is full spectrum CBD? Simply put, all components of the plant are included – other cannabinoids, terpenes, and even small amounts of THC (the part that causes a high).
With broad spectrum CBD, the THC has been removed, but all other parts of the plant remain. To learn more, I recommend reading about CBD in skincare on Ascend’s blog.
Claims: Caffeine + CBD Brightening Face Oil
Ascend Caffeine + CBD Brightening Face Oil is a blend of 10 botanical extracts and contains clinically effective ingredients that are proven to “make skin brighter and naturally radiant”. It’s suitable for all skin types and especially mature and dull skin. Sensitive skins will enjoy it too, since it contains no fragrance components.
Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil, Isoamyl Laurate, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Seed Oil, Squalane, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Isoamyl Cocoate, Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Seed Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Cannabidiol.
Each bottle contains 150mg full-spectrum CBD, “known for its impressive antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties”. I love that the serum contains hemp seed oil, a totally non-greasy oil that’s perfectly moisturising for most skin types and can even help balance over-oily skin.
Papaya seed oil is quite an amazing oil, brightening and exfoliating the skin while delaying skin ageing. Coffee seed extract and the caffeine it contains helps skin to form more collagen and can help to firm the skin. This has a subtle tightening and brightening effect.
My experience using the serum
Opening the serum I can see the dark rich green colour. Morning and evening, I take about 3-4 drops of the serum and dispense them into my palm. Massaging into my face, the oil feels light and not at all greasy. The oil has quite a dry and silky feeling that’s akin to using a silicone based oil, yet it contains no such ingredient.
Its fragrance is quite wonderful, like roasted coffee and cannabis. Not a burning weed smell, but a fresh and green leafy cannabis aroma. I really love it!
After a few moments, the serum absorbs into my skin. I tend to use it after a hydrating mist and before my moisturiser so it sits closer to my skin and all those lovely antioxidants and brightening plant extracts can get to work.
Afterwards, my skin is so soft and smooth and remains well moisturised throughout the day. After 2 weeks of daily use, my skin is certainly looking brighter and fresher. And I really love how wearable this oil is – there is no greasy feeling whatsoever. This really encourages me to wear it daily, and I know it’s going to have a great long term protective result on my skin.
I also love the positive effect on my mood of using such a luxury and well designed serum. It certainly does help me find a moment of serenity, a bit like a mini coffee and (legal) cannabis break!
Overall verdict: a coffee and cannabis lovers delight. This CBD oil-based serum brightens and future proofs skin with potent antioxidants.
ASCEND Caffeine + CBD Brightening Oil Serum
Final thoughts on ASCEND Caffeine + CBD Brightening Oil Serum
I hope you enjoyed my review of Ascend Caffeine + CBD Brightening Oil Serum? Ascend has really won my heart with its CBD serums, and I know I’m going to love using all of the serum up right away! It’s a definite favourite in my collection.
To learn more about Ascend and its products, visit Ascend’s website at ascendskincare.co.uk and their Instagram account @ascend.skincare.
Until next time!