Just about every product you’ll find on World of Hemp contain CBD, hemp oil or a bit of both. However, there’s a whole raft of other wonderful ingredients that your skin and body will love too. With a focus on botanical skincare and topicals, there are plenty of things you’ll find in nature that work wonders for your outsides as well as your insides.
Your skin naturally produces its own oil (called sebum) which acts as a barrier as well as a lubricant to stop your skin from cracking. Dry skin occurs when your body produces less sebum than you need. By adding oils on top, you can help balance it out. While it might seem counter-intuitive, oily skin benefits from extra oil too. Too much sebum happens when your body tries to over compensate, so by hydrating with oils from the outside, your skin will produce less from the inside.
MCT stands for medium chain triglycerides and this kind of oil is often used in CBD tinctures. CBD is a fat soluble molecule, which basically means it needs to be suspended in a fat (like an oil) for your body to be able to absorb it. Most MCT oil is derived from coconut oil, making for a mild to flavourless suspension to take CBD with - perfect for those of you who find the flavour of hemp oil too herbal.
Whether you’re applying topically or using internally, hemp oil has a number of beneficial properties. Like MCT oil, it’s often used as a base in CBD tinctures to increase your body’s absorption levels. It’s rich in essential fatty acids, making it wonderful for your skin and your insides. When used in things like salad dressings it adds a herbaceous and green flavour, but you can also use it on your skin - which is why you’ll find it in a number of body oils too.
Almond oil is a very mild and gentle oil to use on the skin. It’s suitable for all skin types and is often found in things like hand and nail creams thanks to its protective and emollient properties. It has high levels of vitamin E, no fragrance and can also be used as a carrier oil for when you’re diffusing essential oils.
Castor oil is a thicker and more viscous kind of oil, said to promote hair growth. People often use it on their scalps and eyelashes before bed to support stronger, longer lashes and hair. It’s super hydrating for the skin and is a great addition to balms made for dry and eczema prone skin.
Coconut oil has had the health and wellness industry abuzz for a while now. It’s high in essential fatty acids and when it’s unrefined and extra virgin has a light nutty aroma. Like all the other oils on our list, it’s incredibly hydrating and great for dry skin. It’s naturally antimicrobial and while it’s a little too heavy to be applied to the face, it’s perfect for skin that gets extra dry like your legs, feet and elbows. It’s also a great addition to smoothies for a nutty flavour and you can even get it infused with CBD.
The butters and waxes:
Butters and waxes perform a similar task to oils in that they’re rich and hydrating but are a much thicker consistency. They’re used primarily for the skin rather than in anything you’d eat and are a great addition to balms and body butters for super dry skin.
Derived from the nuts of the shea tree, this butter has a slightly sweet and nutty fragrance and is softening and protective for the skin. It can help with things like dryness but also skin irritation and itchiness. It’s a gentle and skin-loving ingredient that can soothe things like eczema and alleviate some of the tightness you can feel if you’ve caught too much sun.
Similar to shea butter, cocoa butter is extracted from cocoa beans (the same ones chocolate is made from). It’s thick with a light chocolatey aroma in its unrefined and unprocessed form. Super for dry skin and hair, its thick texture makes it another popular addition to body lotions, balms and creams. Cocoa butter is loved for its skin protecting properties with many people using it to slow the signs of aging.
Derived from the leaves of the Candelilla shrub, this wax is a natural vegan alternative to beeswax. You’ll find it in everything from lip balm to body butters, it’s odorless and melts when applied to the skin. It’s great for creating a barrier between your skin and the elements.
The salts and clays:
Not just your usual table salt, there are plenty of benefits to using salts in your skincare routine. You’ll find salts and clays in things like bath soaks and masks. While you might expect them to do the same job, they’re slightly different in chemical composition and as such, each have unique properties.
This one is the kind you can use on your food, though it’s also a skin-soothing addition to skincare products too. Himalayan salt is pink in colour, owing to the combination of calcium, magnesium, potassium, copper and iron. When used in things like bath soaks, it’s healing and soothing to dry and irritated skin as well as helping to gently remove toxins.
Epsom salts are primarily made of magnesium and sulphur and when dissolved in a hot bath can help relieve muscle tension and aches. You might take a magnesium supplement to help you sleep and to relieve muscle cramps already - using Epsom salts in the bath are another way to get magnesium into your system. Perfect to use before bed for a deeper sleep.
Dead sea salt:
Dead sea salt is a halfway point between Himalayan and Epsom salts. Rich in magnesium, calcium, sulfur, bromide and zinc, it’s gently detoxifying, cleansing and healing. If you’ve got skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis it can help alleviating some of the symptoms with regular soaking.
Bentonite clay is rich in minerals like silica, magnesium and iron and forms from volcanic ash which is why it has a naturally ashy-grey colour. Clays are great for removing excess oil and helping acne prone skin which is why you’ll find bentonite clay in things like cleansers and masks for these skin types.
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