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Six facts about Avon’s new Cannabis Sativa Collection

A new wave of beauty is sweeping the industry and Avon is at the forefront, with its brand-new Cannabis Sativa Collection. Recently featured in leading beauty title Cosmetics Business, the collection contains Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil, the latest effective, go-to healing skincare ingredient. The range is set to take the beauty world by storm, and open Avon up to new wellness-focused natural beauty fans.

Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil comes with loads of benefits
Avon’s active ingredient is Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil, renowned for its antioxidant, rejuvenating, soothing skincare properties. It is nature’s answer to comfort and nourishes stressed-out, sensitive skin. By balancing and hydrating it, skin looks as good as it feels.

It’s totally safe
The new Cannabis Sativa Collection uses only specific parts of the cannabis plant. Avon’s collection contains no tetrahydrocannabinol – the psychoactive element of the cannabis plant – at all. So you can be sure that these are safe, non-psychotropic products that soothe, reduce redness and irritation and boost moisture levels in the skin.

It contains all of the good, none of the bad
Made from 100% natural ingredients, and vegan friendly, the Cannabis Sativa Collection is perfect for eco-conscious, wellness-focused customers. With recyclable packaging, fragrance-free and dermatologically tested formulas, and no mineral oils, sulphates or phthalates, it’s a feel-good, look-great collection in more ways than one.

Avon’s setting the trends
Cannabis is becoming beauty’s new buzzword for 2020 and, as always, Avon’s skincare experts have been at the forefront of the trend. With many years of research behind it, Avon’s skincare experts are proud to finally unveil the Cannabis Sativa Oil Collection with its soothing, nourishing benefits. Through hard work, extensive research and testing the collection has been developed to minimise the effects of daily aggressions and change skincare for good for women around the globe.

It’s the new three-step, top to toe skin saviour
Avon’s Cannabis Sativa Oil Collection is a three-step cleanse, protect and restore regime for the whole body. It includes an Oil-to-Milk Cleanser; a Protect and Calm Day Cream; and a Restore and Calm Hand and Body Balm, giving a complete programme to soothe, nourish, comfort and soften from head to toe.

There’s more to come
Cannabis is set to continue supercharging skincare – watch this space for more!

Cannabis sativa: Hemp Seed Oil vs CBD for the Skin

The plant: Cannabis sativa is a medicinal crop that has been harvested for thousands of years. Further, it grows all over the world. For centuries, it has been useful in making clothing, paper, cordage, textiles, and more. It is quite the buzz today, because research has shown it could help with a large variety of health issues. In talking about cannabis, it is important to note that there are a variety of chemotypes of this plant. Cannabinoids are a key chemical in cannabis, of which there are over 100 types.

Here are two key cannabinoids we often hear about:

  • THC – Tetrahydrocannabinol is a psychoactive chemical with a mind altering effect. In other words, this component gives a “high” associated with using recreational marijuana.
  • CBD – Cannabidiol is medicinal, without making you “high.” Many studies have shown possible therapeutic uses for this constituent. Human studies show it may help with chronic pain, multiple sclerosis, irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, appetite, nausea, pulmonary disease, drug addiction, anxiety, psychosis, Parkinson’s disease, and more (1).

Cannabis chemo-varieties can be high or low in THC content. Plus, they can also be high or low in CBD content. Typically, cannabis plants high in CBD are called hemp plants. They don’t make you “high.” This is different than cannabis plants high in THC, which are often called marijuana plants, used as a recreational drug.

Thus, hemp plants are grown that make a very high amount of CBD and a very low amount of THC. These plants are used for medical benefits without getting you “high.” There are a variety of non-THC cannabis products useful for a range of skin conditions (2).

Hemp Seed Oil

Hemp seed oil is made by cold pressing the seeds of cannabis. It is a great carrier oil to use in skincare products (3). This is because hemp seed oil is 80% polyunsaturated fatty acids, including linoleic and linolenic acids. It also contains about 10% saturated fats: palmitic acid and stearic acid. And, it contains about 10% of the monounsaturated fat: oleic acid. The omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids found in hemp seed oil are all very healing to the skin. It is good for all skin types in that it does not clog the pores. Further, it balances oily skin, moisturizes dry skin, and may even help with acne (4).

Plus, there may only be trace amounts of the psychoactive component (THC) in hemp seed oil. This is because no THC is found in this plant’s seeds. It is only in the leaves and flowers. Further, hemp seed oil can contain a very small amount of CBD (less than 25 parts per million).

Benefits of Using Hemp Seed Oil on the Skin

  • Long lasting moisturizer
  • Creates a youthful glow
  • Helps soften the skin
  • May soothes irritations, including: psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, acne, eczema, and redness
  • Skin protective
  • Possibly skin regenerative and good for fine lines and wrinkles
  • Anti-inflammatory via gamma-linolenic acid

It is important to buy cold pressed hemp seed oil from reliable sources. Plus, note that this oil oxidizes and turns rancid easily. Thus, look at the expiration date when purchasing. Avoid oil with a rancid smell. Also, consider adding vitamin E or a rosemary antioxidant to help hemp seed oil last longer.

What do I do with my hemp seed oil: BEAUTIFY!

  • Wash my face! Mix equal parts of hemp seed oil, apple cider vinegar, and rose water to make a face wash. Shake well and pour about a tablespoon on a warm wash cloth.*
  • Mask my face! Mix equal parts of hemp seed oil, rose water, and rose clay to make a face mask. Click here for the recipe: Rose Clay Mask
  • Moisturize my skin! Rub a small amount on the face for glow and moisturization!*

*Especially with sensitive skin, skin patch test in a small unnoticed area before rubbing on a new product on the face or large areas of skin. With medical conditions, research possible contra-indications.

What is CBD Oil

CBD is a chemical constituent found in hemp. It is extracted from the flowers and leaves of the cannabis plant. CO2 extractions are the preferred method over ethanol or oil extraction. CBD oil ranges in its CBD content, depending on how heavily it has been diluted with a carrier oil. Range varies anywhere from 1-99% CBD. Thus, note the importance of reading the label and understanding how diluted a CBD product is before intake. CBD oils can contain small amounts of THC. Again, read the product label. CBD oil is typically used topically to help reduce pain and inflammation. It is also taken by people internally to help with anxiety, insomnia, pain, inflammation, and certain diseases. However, more human studies are needed.

CBD Oil Topical Uses

  • Pain
  • Inflammation (5)
  • Possibly for skin conditions such as psoriasis (6)

What do I do with my CBD oil: REDUCE PAIN!

  • First, I read the bottle to review recommended dosage and existing dilution ratio.
  • I apply my CBD heavily diluted in a carrier oil on painful or inflamed areas. Undiluted, this chemical can cause skin irritation!*

*Remember: with any products you have never before used on your skin, skin patch test. Review possible contra-indications. Click here to read how to Skin Patch Test .

In summary, I would suggest hemp seed oil as a useful carrier oil for beautifying the skin. But, be aware of its short shelf life. Also, remember to get organic, cold pressed oil from a reliable source. For pain and inflammation, CBD can be combined with carrier oils to make a topical application. When buying CBD, understand the dilution of the bottled product. And again, purchase from a reliable source.

Cannabis References

  1. Kowal, M. A., Hazekamp, A., & Grotenhermen, F. (2016). Review on clinical studies with cannabis and cannabinoids 2010-2014. Multiple sclerosis, 6(1515), 202010-2014.
  2. Dhadwal, G., & Kirchhof, M. G. (2018). The Risks and Benefits of Cannabis in the Dermatology Clinic. Journal of cutaneous medicine and surgery, 22(2), 194-199
  3. Vogl, C. R., Mölleken, H., Lissek-Wolf, G., Surböck, A., & Kobert, J. (2004). Hemp (Cannabis sativa L.) as a resource for green cosmetics: Yield of seed and fatty acid compositions of 20 varieties under the growing conditions of organic farming in Austria. Journal of Industrial Hemp, 9(1), 51-68.
  4. Ali, A., & Akhtar, N. (2015). The safety and efficacy of 3% Cannabis seeds extract cream for reduction of human cheek skin sebum and erythema content. Pakistan journal of pharmaceutical sciences, 28(4).
  5. Fumagalli, M., Sangiovanni, E., Pacchetti, B., Piazza, S., & Dell’Agli, M. (2017). Anti-inflammatory activity of Cannabis sativa L. extracts in an in vitro model of skin inflammation. Planta Medica International Open, 4(S 01), We-SL.
  6. Derakhshan, N., & Kazemi, M. (2016). Cannabis for Refractory Psoriasis-High Hopes for a Novel Treatment and a Literature Review. Current clinical pharmacology, 11(2), 146-147.

(To further Arnold’s quote, it’s a leaf (or seed) with amazing therapeutic potential!)

By: Kathy Sadowski, MS in Aromatherapy, RA (ARC), NAHA and AIA Professional Member, LMT

Kiehl's Since 1851 Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil Herbal Concentrate

WHAT IT IS
Inspired by Kiehl’s apothecary heritage, our calmative facial oil is uniquely formulated for problem skin including skin prone to blemishes, visible redness and discomfort. Formulated with 100% naturally derived* ingredients, including Hemp-Derived Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil and Green Oregano Oil, this lightweight non-comedogenic facial oil helps calm the feeling of stressed skin.

*We consider ingredients to be naturally derived if they retain more than 50% of their molecular structure after being processed from a natural source.

WHAT IT’S GOOD FOR

  • Helps visibly reduce skin redness and provides skin with relief from discomfort
  • Calms the feeling of stressed skin while helping balance hydration
  • Helps strengthen skin’s barrier to help skin protect itself
  • Non-acnegenic formula can be used on problem and blemish-prone skin

CANNABIS SATIVA SEED OIL
Our Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil is derived from cold-pressed Hemp Seeds. Our formula, with Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil, helps improve skin’s barrier, reduce visible redness, and relieve discomfort while calming and soothing skin.

GREEN OREGANO OIL
Extracted and distilled from the flowering section of the herb, Oregano Oil is known for its purifying benefits. Our formula, with Oregano Oil, helps to relieve problem skin.

  • Massage 2-3 drops onto freshly-cleansed skin
  • Avoid contact with eyes
  • If contact occurs, rinse thoroughly with water
  • Apply after cleanser, toner and serum and before moisturizer
  • Can be used morning and night
  • Layer Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil Herbal Concentrate under Daily Reviving Concentrate during the day and apply under Midnight Recovery Concentrate at night
  • Store bottle upright

Our non-comedogenic facial oil is formulated with only 13 ingredients including 60% Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil. Our ingredient Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil is derived from the hemp variety of the Cannabis sativa plant, which is non-psychoactive. Thus, our Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil Herbal Concentrate has no psychoactive properties. Check out the Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil ingredient page to learn more about this key ingredient and the entire Cannabis Sativa family.