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The latest buzz in beauty? Products infused with hemp seed oil, which is distantly related to marijuana.
“Hemp seed oil has long been used in skin care for its natural skin-soothing and hydrating properties,” said Dr. Joshua Zeichner, a New York-based dermatologist and the director of cosmetic and clinical research at Mount Sinai Hospital’s dermatology department.
But unlike medical marijuana, these balms and candles won’t get you even remotely high — though they do smell heavenly.
“Marijuana is not being used in skin care products. Instead, its cousin, hemp seed oil, is. Hemp seed oil is rich in CBD (cannabidiol), but not THC, which is the psychoactive agent in marijuana,” said Zeichner.
CBD has no psychoactive properties and can be sold nationwide. Heather Muir, the beauty director at Real Simple magazine, shares her favorite hemp picks — and we add ours as well!
1. CBD For Life Face & Body Cleanser
You can use this on both your face and your body (we love a multitasker!). It’s moisturizing and antibacterial so it’ll help keep your skin smooth and clear.
Another multitasker we love? Try out the Allies of Skin's Fresh Slate Purifying Cleanser + Masque. It's made with organic hemp to hydrate your skin, and is great for oily skin or to help combat redness ($42, Dermstore).
2. Mad Hippie Antioxidant Facial Oil
Hemp seed extract and pomegranate extract protect the skin from free radicals (the primary cause of wrinkles and brown spots) — put this on in the morning as your anti-aging shield.
3. Bella Bomba Da Bagno Bath Bomb
Drop this in your tub to de-stress. Hemp-derived CBD and essential oils will soothe tired muscles and leave your skin feeling silky.
Tough day at work? Another favorite is Cowshed Knackered Cow bath and massage oil. This mind-and-body soother, which contains a blend of oils including hemp seed, sesame and almond, can help you chill out ($31, Dermstore).
4. Lord Jones High CBD Pain and Wellness Formula Body Lotion
If you don’t have time to take a bath, slather this hemp-derived CBD oil lotion on instead. It cools your skin on contact so it feels amazing after a workout or right before bed.
5. CBD For Life Lavender Rub
If you tend to get headaches, keep this in your purse and rub some on your temple. Peppermint, lavender and rosemary essential oils help alleviate tension.
6. Charlotte’s Web Hemp Infused Balm
This hemp comes from a family-owned company in Colorado. Rub this on cuticles and elbows — the cinnamon scent is delicious.
7. Body Vibes Flower Power Smart Stickers
These stickers contain plant frequencies to help promote relaxation. You wear it on the left side of your heart for up to three days; it’s waterproof.
8. Fresh Cannabis Santal Scented Candle
And if you just love the scent of cannabis, light up this candle! It has notes of chocolate and patchouli.
And a few other products we love:
This scent is spicy, with hints of black pepper, magnolia and cedar. It’s earthy and rich. And you’ll smell amazing.
This luscious scent is infused with hemp leaves and smells fresh and playful, and is an accessible way to wear the very hot brand.
This smoothing balm gives your hair a lovely, glossy sheen, thanks to its blend of hemp seed, avocado, olive and coconut oils.
Zap that shiny forehead with these incredible oil-absorbing hemp papers, which also help get rid of grime on your skin.