Hello everyone! Today I’ll be listing a couple of “trendy” ingredients that lately brands are incorporating into their products! I had a huge list of ingredients that I wanted to include and while doing my research, I realized I needed to create different categories.
Why? Because even if the ingredients are different, their properties are targeted for the same problem! (also to make it shorter and coherent) So, in this post, we are going to talk about ingredients used to reduce skin sensitivity (and one makeup brand).
Cannabis is a complex subject, for the beauty products I’m going to feature we’re going to stick only with CBD* (legal in Switzerland to smoke, drink, eat etc…) short for cannabidiol, and Hemp.
Recent studies show that these ingredients can help as anti-inflammatory and antioxidants for the skin. After reading a couple of product descriptions, I realized that most of them mentioned: soothing properties, calming redness, balance hydration and in general good for sensitive skin.
* is one of the dozens of chemical compounds found in Cannabis plants that act on the body. CBD works with our body’s endocannabinoid system to balance, regulate and restore many physical functions in the body, including the skin.
Recently Kiehl’s launched their “Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil Herbal Concentrate” in the USA (no news from any other country soon). I read the reviews on their website and most people seemed to appreciate the oil especially those who claimed to have acne prone skin (anti-inflammatory) or problem areas like dry patches (balance hydration).
This oil contains 60% of Cannabis Sativa seed oil, this oil is derived from Hemp and used in skincare formulas to provide essential moisture and nourishment while helping strengthen skin’s barrier. Since it is derived from the stalks and seeds of the plant, Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil contains less than 0.3% THC making it non-psychoactive.
Kiehl’s provides a full page of information about Cannabis and it’s usage for skincare click here to read more.
Herbivore is another American brand that recently launched two different face oils, one delivered from Hemp and the second containing CBD.
First we have Emerald Deep Moisture Glow Oil, it contains:
Cannabis Essential (Hemp Essential) oil is rich in natural Terpenes — the organic chemical compounds that give each strain of Cannabis its unique flavor and aroma — and helps to calm the mind through holistic aromatherapy.
Ashwagandha and Turmeric root both stem from Ayurvedic healing practices and help the skin cope with environmental stressors like pollution, UV rays, lack of sleep, daily stress, and more. Shiitake mushroom is loaded with Vitamin D to support healthy skin and prevent premature signs of aging.
Helichrysum Essential oil is highly effective for soothing signs of irritation, this miraculous essential oil grants your senses peace and tranquility with its light herbal aroma.
Squalane, Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Borage Seed Oil are a trio of hydrating beauty oils that ensure the skin is high on glow and all-day moisture.
We can actually shop Emerald oil, at the Herbivore website and get delivered in Switzerland click here.
I found this version to be quite interesting, because they mentioned their oil can be targeted for skin chronical conditions such as psoriasis and eczema.
People suffering from these conditions can have a hard time, especially when it comes to experiencing pain/discomfort and of course the way their skin looks.
Herbivore also provides a page full of information about the usage and development of Cannabis in skincare here.
Moving on to makeup, Milk Makeup is a brand that also adopted Cannabis into their range of products and here’s why!
They wanted to create vegan products so, in order to replace beeswax, a common binding component (the thing that makes the makeup stick to your lashes), from their list of ingredients, they added hemp-derived cannabis oil in exchange.
Currently, their Kush range is composed by their best-selling mascara, lip balm, lip glaze, and brow gel.
Disclaimer: Cannabis is a very delicate subject depending on the cultural background we come from. I’m by no means encouraging its consumption for recreational purposes, but enlighting the fact that some of its properties might have a positive outcome while treating difficult skin conditions.
My main curiosity for these products was of course due to their color. I wanted to know if it was just a simple coincidence, or if there was actually a reason for the pigmentation of these products. The answer is Blue Tansy, a plant native from Morroco, part of the chamomile family that shares a lot of
For the following products, I realized that the main usage of blue tansy is for balancing the fact that other ingredients in the formulations are quite strong and might cause skin irritation, like retinol and acids used to resurface the appearance of the skin.
I have previously talked about Sunday Riley “Luna Oil“, and I’m currently using it as my last step in my night time routine and I’m very happy with the results!
Luna Oil works throughout the night leaving a luminous, even-toned skin in the morning.
Trans-retinol acid ester complex reduces the appearance of pores, uneven texture, dryness, and dullness (also wrinkles and fine-lines but I can’t give any feedback for those concerns). Balanced with blue tansy and German chamomile essential oils, both rich in soothing, blue azulene, reduce redness and signs of sensitivity, for a calm, even-toned complexion.
Then we have Herbivore with yet a facial oil containing blue tansy: Lapis Facial Oil, the name of this products is inspired from the Lapis stone, that was highly appreciated in Ancient Egypt because of its gorgeous blue color.
Lapis Facial Oil, This oil holds a component called Azulene (found in Blue Tansy) which aids in soothing dry irritated skin, reducing the appearance of redness and balancing skin. Formulated for combination, oily, and blemish-prone skin types or any skin in need of balancing hydration.
Now we have the mask Blue Tansy Resurfacing Clarifying Mask. A truly natural mask that gently clarifies blemish-prone skin with:
Fruit Enzymes: Natural alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) including papaya and pineapple work to gently exfoliate and leave the complexion smooth and refined.
White Willow Bark: A natural beta hydroxy acid (BHA), it is high in anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial Salicin to help clarify skin.
Blue Tansy Essential Oil: to soothe the appearance of redness.
And voilà! As you can see these plant-based ingredients can be used in different skin care products, I hope this article was helpful for some of you struggling with sensitive skin or just those like me that want to discover new products and know more about different ingredients and why we use them!
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