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Cannabis skin care: the controversial ingredient you need to try

Sometimes it can seem as though every week there’s a new must-have skin care ingredient, but when the ingredient in question might land you with jail time it’s safe to say we understand the hype. Hated by concerned parents, and touted for its medical benefits by activists, cannabis has recently been the centre of a political storm in the US and continues to court controversy in the UK too. By those in the pro-camp, cannabis is commonly viewed as a near-miraculous solution for a huge number of health problems due to its wide-ranging natural properties. But it’s the anti-inflammatory, anti-irritation, and anti-acne properties of phytocannabinoids that make Cannabis skin care such an exciting prospect.

The benefits of Cannabis in skin care

Phytocannabinoids are the main component of cannabis that can be used to benefit the skin. Historically, many of the traditional medical applications of the hemp plant have taken advantage of phytocannabinoids, and these are the cannabis derivatives most commonly found in modern skin care. As they appear in skin care, they are non-psychoactive, meaning that they don’t possess the effects typically associated with cannabis.

Phytocannabinoids have incredible effects on the skin, due to their anti-ageing and hydrating properties caused by the densely packed nutrients found in the hemp plant. Rich in fatty acids and antioxidants, hemp in skin care products contributes to firmer, plumper and better nourished skin. This makes it phytocannabinoids a perfect addition to any moisturising product.

In one area, however, the effects of phytocannabinoids really stand out. Studies into the effects of cannabis on the skin have confirmed that it is effective at normalising production of sebum, which makes it an extremely effective acne-solution.

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What Cannabis skin care products are out there?

When it comes to products that let you take advantage of the benefits of cannabis in skin care, there’s plenty on offer at Mankind. Check them out here.

Perricone MD CBX For Men Lightweight Moisturiser

The Lightweight Moisturizer by Perricone MD CBX makes use of Phytocannabinoids to minimise the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Its sebum-regulating effects make it an ideal fit for those with oily skin that’s prone to breakouts too, forming a lightweight barrier of moisture while reducing excess oil production.

Perricone MD CBX Soothing Post-Shave Treatment 

The Soothing Post-Shave Treatment from Perricone MD CBX is formulated in a similar way to the lightweight moisturiser, but instead is designed to relieve the irritation and redness which comes about with razor burn. It’s cooling, soothing, and prevents inflammation.

What other ways are there to reap the benefits of Cannabis?

Kiki Health CBD Oil

The range of CBD Oils produce by Kiki Health contains Oil of Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, the non-psychoactive phytocannabinoid which comes with the most known medical benefits. A supplement which comes in multiple strengths and with additional ingredients, drops of CBD are great for reducing pain and inflammation, as well as calming anxiety.

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