Cannabis: The Next Big Thing in Beauty!?
As a beauty blogger I never imagined I would be writing about weed or typing it into the search bar of Space NK! But yes, according to forecasts cannabis is the next huge beauty trend. Just recently Holland & Barrett are the first UK high street store to make cannabis oil available.
Don't worry, your morning skincare routine isn't about to be sending you off to work 'high'! The most commonly known type of cannabis is THC - the psychoactive (illegal) bit which gives users a 'high'. However, there are other chemicals to be extracted from the plant which are totally legal and have huge benefits without the added buzz.
You will probably be familiar with 'Hemp' which has been used by the beauty industry for many years. Hemp is a cannabis sativa plant that has high levels of vitamins A, C and E and is rich in omegas.
Another oil, which is being raved about at the moment is CBD which is from the flowers of the cannabis plant. CBD as an antioxidant is even more powerful than Vitamin C, E, A, or omega. It protects the skin from free radicals, like UV rays, smoke and environmental pollutants which are all critical in anti-ageing. People are also using CBD for acne treatment due to it's anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. There are even studies on the benefits to skin conditions such as eczema, moles and warts.
So, where can you find products infused with these skin-loving ingredients!? I have gone in search and found some very interesting products we can all try. If you're not yet convinced to try this on your body this new 'it' ingredient is also available in personal and home fragrances - but don't worry it doesn't smell how you expect it!
Users hail this a miracle for skin conditions such as eczema even working better than anything they'd ever used on prescription. This hero can be used anywhere on the skin even the scalp. It promises to give you outstanding results in just 3 weeks.
This body and hand wash promises to utterly calm the senses whilst thoroughly cleansing, balancing and re-hydrating skin. The scent is described as a warm, spicy fragrance combined with peppery notes with wood and citrus.
From one of The Body Shop's best-selling ranges this hand cream is infused with hemp oil. This soothes very dry hands transforming them into silky smooth.
This is one for those who have trouble sleeping at night. Witches Lab sleep balms have been acclaimed a godsend by insomnia suffers (the 5-star reviews on their website speak for themselves). Sleep balms work by aiding relaxation ultimately supporting a better nights sleep. This balm contains Hemp, Frankincense, Petitgrain, Rose Geranium and is naturally rich in omegas. To use just massage in a clockwise circular motion into pulse points, temples, back of neck, chest and centre of the forehead and inhale the aroma before bedtime.
This product is the perfect introduction to cannabinoids which works to restore equilibrium flooding the body with a wealth of nutrients and antioxidants. You can place a few drops of this under the tongue or mix with water, which ever you enjoy best.
Therapue Slumber Pillow Spray is a calming concoction of lavender, hemp and chamomile grown and distilled in the UK. It is enhanced with frankincense, orange blossom and witch hazel and is all you need for a sound night’s sleep and a refreshed morning.
Part of Escentric Molecules 'anti-perfume' story this blend the Escentric 04 is described as a smooth, velvety fragrance. It contains the distinctive, herbal tang of marijuana.
This supplement is designed to give gossier hair, stronger nails and glowing skin with one of it's key ingredients being cannabis stativa. This supplement can be taken directly from the spoon. Alternatively, try combining the oil with yoghurts, smoothies and salad.
English Hemp Husks gently polish away dead skin cells, while Bentonite Clay and Activated Charcoal draw out toxins. Skin-loving superfoods Chlorella and Kelp brighten your skin, boost cell renewal and fight the signs of ageing.
Based on organic hemp oil, and enriched with bioactive plant extracts, it leaves your skin feeling softer and smoother with no residue.
This cannabis votive candle emits a calming, spicy, herbaceous scent. This candle has up to 25 hours burning time and has top notes of fresh orange and lemon.
Are you going to be trying out cannabis beauty products or fragrance? Let me know your thoughts on this upcoming trend.