Let’s be honest: sometimes you want to be lookin’ fly—without technically flying high. That’s where these hemp beauty buys come into play. While they’re still weed-related, using the plant and leaving the THC behind means you can reap some of the major benefits of cannabis without taking a rip off the old bong. (Though these products work just as well after you’ve toked, too—just saying.)
So why the big fuss over hemp? THC, the psychoactive ingredient in ganja, is a hard-hitting antioxidant, and the same can be said for the plant, itself. This means beauty benefits like fewer wrinkles and fine lines, and dermatologists are looking into ways that it could help chronic skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema.
Have redness or breakouts? Hemp’s an anti-inflammatory, too. Since it’s so rich in vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids, it soothes and calms troubled skin in a snap. The fatty acids do more than that, though. All of those omegas help repair your skin’s moisture barrier and lock in hydration, for bright, glowing skin.
Hemp oil is the ultimate trifecta—it absorbs fast, has protein that helps strengthen your skin, hair, and nails, and is completely natural.
But enough about the why. Here’s what to buy.
Everything about this trio gets two big thumbs up. With names like Shoegazer and Whatever, these glosses are perfect examples of how you can embody the chill, laissez-faire attitude of stoners everywhere. Each gloss has an opaque, matte finish, fitting perfectly into the current fall trend and making you feel like a motherfucking rockstar. (There’s really no other way to put it.) Utilizing both hemp and peppermint oils, you get all the moisture benefits of hemp, with the cool, tingly finish of the peppermint. The best color? Shoegazer, a deep red that’s begging you to bust it out. (Bonus: The glosses are long wear and can survive even the most intense bout of the munchies.)
Hemp oil pairs up with Goji berry extracts to create one hell of an antioxidant-rich moisturizing facial oil. While it strengthens your skin’s natural moisture barrier and balances hydration levels, it also fights wrinkles, fine lines, and age spots. The best part? It absorbs super fast, so you can liberally quench your skin and still be able to put makeup on. The only complaint: it needs to come in bigger bottles so we can use it eeeeverywhere.
BUTTERelixir Lip, $12
Your lips are about to meet their new best friend. This doesn’t just contain hemp oil, but rather an entire symphony of ingredients that are going to have you singing their praises (or at least belting out something by Taylor Swift in your car). Think: Soy bean oil, sunflower oil, beeswax, avocado oil, jojoba oil, cacao butter, shea butter, vitamin E, aloe, argan oil, vanilla, and cardamom. With a sweet, warm smell and silky smooth texture, it hydrates your lips in a jiff. Do your hands need a little pick-me-up? You can rub some of this magic elixir on your cuticles to clean them up in a hurry.
It’s hilarious how we all thought acne would go away once we graduated from our teenage years. (I, for one, still deal with breakouts along my jaw, even as 30 looms ever-closer.) Enter: Cannabis Cosmetics’ Acne Skin Creme. It’s a blend of hemp oil, oak bark, myrrh, and thyme extracts, making for a creme that smells fresh and clean, even as you’re soothing away your skin troubles. Not only does it promote healthy skin barriers, but it shrinks pore size and reduces the size and frequency of your breakouts. Next time a zit pops up, put on some of this miracle cream. (You can thank me later.)
Named after a giant joint and flaunting hemp oil for hydration, this bad boy pumps your lashes up to maximum volume while delivering a hefty dose of moisture. This means smooth, silky lashes, even when you take the mascara off. While it’s not totally waterproof, it touts some solid water-resistance, making it perfect for those times you laugh so hard you cry. (We’ve all been there.)
For an envy-worthy beauty regime, use the acne creme cleanser followed by the facial moisturizer and topped off with the lip butter. Finish it all off with one of the matte glosses and a few swipes of mascara, and you’ll be sitting pretty—not to mention totally hooked on hemp.