By Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi
Woohoo! Medicinal use of cannabis is finally legal in a number of countries, including Canada, Peru and the Czech Republic, as well as 29 states across the USA – and that’s a great thing. Cannabidiol aka CBD, has proven to work for many medical maladies, from multiple sclerosis and epilepsy to various neurodegenerative disorders, but it also works for more common ailments, like insomnia, anxiety, and skin disorders.
So no wonder several beauty brands have developed cosmetic lines that use hemp seed oil to hydrate skin, terminate inflammation and prevent wrinkles. Did you know this oil possesses 80% essential fatty acids, (one of the highest percentages of any plant oil in the world) along with terpenes, sterols and vitamin E, which can help keep skin moisturised and balanced?
Plus, growing hemp is easy – it’s basically a weed (heh heh) – so no nasty pesticides are needed to ensure a good crop of this oil. One caveat though – I hear GMO cannabis is on its way, so get the pure stuff while you can, and be sure to read first-hand reviews of CBD oils so you know what you’re getting, and how effective it is!
Here, we’ve selected 10 hemp based beauty products that are guaranteed to help take your beauty regime to a whole new high!
10 Totally Dope Hemp Based Beauty Products
Paraben and SLS free, this organic Honey & Hemp body wash is bursting with natural vitamins and minerals that protect the skin. Organic honey is known to improve skin’s elasticity, whilst antioxidant rich hemp seed oil nurtures with Vitamin E, carotene and essential minerals, which balance dry skin.
Packed in hygenica with an airless pump to ensure purity and quality, this light, certified organic and vegan-friendly serum blends a concoction of powerful, anti-aging herbs from Korea with natural hemp and other essential oils. The end result is a nutrient dense formula that protects the skin from pollution, helps to hydrate and firm the skin, promotes cell regeneration, and brightens and evens out your complexion. Perfect for all skin types, it works best followed by Cannabliss’s rich Moisturizing Lotion.
Ok, so this isn’t something you put on to your skin – but after you ingest it for awhile, it’s going to make your skin glow, thanks to all of the 21 amino acids, including the 8 essential fatty acids, Omega 3 and plant based protein, which will help with hair, skin and nail cellular growth.
Sprinkle it onto cereal, into smoothies or juices, or make some protein balls with it. This healthy hemp protein is highly digestible, organic, raw and cold milled, and GMO free.
4. Vertly Balm
Vertly primarily focuses on balms and butters handcrafted in Northern California using ethically sourced and organic ingredients. They’re all certified organic and contain Cannabis Sativa Seed oil, which is an excellent moisturiser and skin saver. Besides applying to the most obvious place – the lips – these balms can be applied to any part of the body to help with dryness.
Riding new trends, this label has captured the scent of this natural medicinal herb beautifully in a paraben-and-phthalates-free perfume that smells wonderfully fresh and green. In fact, their Cannabis fragrance, which makes an intrepid statement with its unwinding and pacifying aroma, is one of their best sellers.
Bob Marley undoubtably conveyed a sense of well-being and peace with his music and serene demeanour. To celebrate what would have been the great Jamaican superstar’s 71st birthday, his family launched a new hemp seed oil based line that bears his name. Marley Natural features body washes, lotions, soaps, and salves that elevate the conversation around the wondrously hydrating effects of cannabis. My pick of the range is their body lotion, which leaves a thick coat on limbs and defends against brutal winter winds without feeling sticky.
Crave Skincare came to life after founder Janet experienced rosacea, an inflammatory skin condition that causes red, rash, and irritated skin. It triggered her to experiment with plants to find a natural solution, and after years of research, she came across CBD in her forties. Because of its anti-inflammatory proprieties, she decided to try its effects on sensitive and ageing skin, and learned that when mixed with complimentary phytonutrients, CBD’s power is even more effective. She created Crave Skincare based on what she learned and today, Crave’s Radical C-Serum is a cult favourite. It stimulates skin receptors, brightens complexion and provides antioxidants to protect the skin.
Here, hemp seed oil combines with others, such as saponified organic coconut, olive, and jojoba oils to hydrate, whilst vegetable glycerin, organic aloe vera leaf juice and organic rosemary extracts are added to cleanse. You’d think this shower gel would smell wonderful enough with such a symphony of plant extracts, but to make it even sweeter, and organic patchouli essential oil is included to create a truly uniquely perfumed soap.
Rich as a Saudi prince, this gentle balm is available in either unscented or Lavender fragrance. Hemp Seed Oil combines with extra virgin shea butter, emulse KLA, stearic acid, Nipaguard SCE, Vitamins A, C, E & K, and minerals to provide a deeply hydrating product that can be used on ankles, elbows or any other patchy of flaky, dry skin anywhere on your body.
Basically, this is dry skin relief in a bottle. Made from organic oils including grape seed, jojoba, carrot seed, chamomile and of course, hemp seed oil, this is delicately scented and highly nourishing due to the Nigra Fruit Extract blended in with the oils. Seriously soothing for dry faces!
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