Last week was all a haze for us, especially last Friday with the special annual celebration. East Coasters got a warm haze articulated by bursts of color from Persephone’s late, yet triumphant rise from the underworld. She was no doubt carrying a freshly potted hemp plant because we’ve seen an equally alluring burst of cannabis-based beauty and lifestyle products available.
Cannabis is approved for medical use in 28 states and legally available for recreational use in 10 states plus the District. The research on the medicinal properties of cannabis are growing and they’re showing promising signs.
Current uses include pain management, anxiety diffusion, managing symptoms related to cancer treatments, sleeping aids and treating epilepsy. Even more interesting are the claims that CBD oil (a compound similar to THC) can help with acne, oily skin and hydration.
EarthDay was a time for us to reflect on the footprint we leave in our communities and on this planet. In beauty in particular, we are so guilty of creating waste -- from incredibly beautiful (yet extra) packaging to the vessels that hold our skincare secrets (including cotton pads and swabs that we use to apply these elixirs).
We started taking inventory of our own bathrooms and are exploring ways to recycle our beauty products. I have some personal tips down below.
What it is:
Cannabidiol comes form the cannabis sativa plant. You can't get high off of this oil as it comes from the non-psychoactive part of the plant.
What it does:
It reduces the creation of new sebum-producing cells and reduces the rate at which sebum is produced in these cells. A 2014 study also reported some anti-inflammatory effects resulting from CBD oil.
Where to find it:
It's best to use products with CBD oil made from the full hemp plant and not just an isolate.
* A few brands include Lord Jones, Cannuka, and Khus & Khus.
What to Do with Your Beauty Waste:
- Glossier packaging is great for packing travel supplies. Going through airport security is much easier when you use a pink, clear Ziploc bag for your personals. Spot other glossier-lovers in line as well!
- Your House Plants: Fill an emptied face mist bottle with a few drops of dial soap and some water. Then spray on your plants to ward off any pesky flies and bugs. You can also use your serum dropper to water your baby succulents (I tend to hover-parent my plants lol).
- I’ve reused my Aesop moisturizer bottle as tea candle holder and it’s dark glass color is great for adding a little ooh lah lah to my exfoliating ambiance.
- The Chili Queen’s Hot Tip: Use a serum dropper to store your spicy chili oils (for cooking & flavor). Also good for truffle oils and all your other favorite bougie oils.
The biggest global warming issues are sun exposure and smoke. With the ozone layer virtually disintegrating, we’re far more susceptible to the harsh UV rays from the sun and thus their daredevil meets Mad Max free-radical powers. 80% of signs of aging (think wrinkles, hyperpigmentation) can be traced back to the sun. So yep, you guessed it, you need to wear sunscreen #everydamnday.We’ll be doing a full sunscreen issue soon (spoiler alert) so don’t worry; we’ve got you covered. Not good news -- the smoke and air pollutants layer themselves onto your face and can clog your pores.
To combat this, beauty companies are adding ingredients like moringa leaf extract (great antioxidant), as an anti-pollution botanical. Not all scientists are convinced that skincare products can help subdue the anti-aging effects of global warming, but they do recommend cleansing (get that pollution gunk off) and taking Vitamin C and E supplements.