Hemp Beauty: Does Is Actually Work?

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We trial the latest revolutionary hemp beauty products to put them to the test and find out if they really work.

The benefits of using a hemp beauty products? Rich in essential fatty acids, hemp seed oil in beauty products provides a healthy dose of hydration for parched skin, can work to heal skin conditions like dermatitis and eczema, and can even tackle unruly breakouts too.

For tackling dry skin and acne prone skin in particular, hemp beauty products containing a rich does of hemp seed oil, is fast becoming a popular skin care essential item.

But of course, like any anything, the question remaining on the lips of anyone yet to jump on the hemp beauty bandwagon is: Does it actually work?

With so many brands now releasing their own version of a hemp infused beauty product, we’ve road tested a few key brands to determine whether or not they work.

To add legitimacy to this trial, I opted to trial using hemp beauty products only for a full week to see what the results would be like. This meant I used nothing but hemp in a cleanser, a face oil, a serum and face cream.

I have combination skin. So depending on what the weather is like and what I eat, my skin will fluctuate from being either more oily or more dry in the t-zone area of the face.

So, breakouts are common at that time of the month and when there are rapid weather changes and if I wear a full face of makeup all day which will clog and congest my pores.

How do I rate the trial of using hemp beauty products for a full week? Simply amazing. In-fact., I am seriously considering rethinking my whole facial routine to ensure I include more hemp products.

As a beauty writer, it can be super challenging to stick to one type of skincare routine. But I find the older I get, the more I need to fine-tune the products I am using to really help me combat the signs of ageing, and focus on using only what really works for my skin type, to help me have better looking, healthier looking and younger looking skin.

Alongside retinol, vitamin C & B, and collagen – I am now going to be adding hemp beauty into the mix.

Here’s what the team had to say about the hemp beauty products they trialled.

Rawkanvas Remedy Caling Hemp Body Oil RRP $55

A lightweight, non-clogging body and hair oil that promises to reduce the appearance of stretch marks, keep skin supple and relaxed, and is supported by active ingredients including Hemp Seed Oil, Camellia Oil and Jojoba Oil.

I’ll admit, I was intrigued. An oil I could use for both my skin and hair. Though I do have fairly dry hair most of the time, I’ve never really been one to drench my hair with oils prior to washing or to let it sit in my hair overnight, so hair can soak in all the nourishing ingredients whilst sleeping. Skin sure, I use body oils often, so I was interested to try this oil in my hair, as this is an entirely knew regime I wanted to start experimenting with this year.

The oil has been blended with Bergamot, Sweet Orange and Ylang Ylang essential oils, so it smells amazing and I loved the feel of it it my hair. It’s a little awkward and messy to apply. I left in my locks for 45 minutes before washing out. Hair was definitely more hydrated and softer to to the touch after washing and then drying. A great product to add into your daily routine.

Burt’s Bees Moisturing Lip Balm – Hemp RRP $6.95

Rich in vitamin E due to the hemp seed oil, this lip balm works to soften the lips so that they feel super hydrated and healthy.

BB Writer Anisha says: “I trialled this product for 3 weeks, and found the balm applied to the lips easily and had a pleasant, fresh basil scent. My lips are always dry but this lip balm definitely helped to keep them feeling soft and moisturised throughout the day.

I also trialled the Burt’s Bees Hemp Hand Cream RRP $8.99 for a week and found the texture of the cream light-to-medium in consistency and smelt of verbena and basil. A little goes a long way with this product and left my hands feeling ultra-soft, as well as giving them a dewy appearance. Whilst I did need to re-apply once or twice throughout the day, my hands have never felt more hydrated.

TOP PICK: The NEW Bioré Hemp Skincare Range:

This NEW hemp infused skincare range by Biore is seriously next level and the ultimate care for blemishes and acne prone skin. Studies have shown Hemp is a unique ingredient made up of so many mysterious compounds within the one ingredients, proving to be effective in a managing and healing a variety of health and wellbeing issues, including the treatment of hydration and acne.

Disclaimer: Depending on the severity of the acne, ie: if you have cystic acne, you may still need a professional to assess your skin. However intense hemp and UV treatments have been proven through research to assist in the healing and reduction of acne and acne scarring.

All products from the new 3-step skincare kit by Biore are made from ingredients such as Cannabis Seed Oil and Green Tree Extract which effectively work to deeply clean dirt, oil and pollution from the skin. There is a cleanser, an exfoliator and a toner. The toner also contains Salicylic Acid for the treatment of acne.

I chose these three products as my top pick for the price point, as they are the most affordable acne and blemish treatment products available today in skincare, which do work.

Shea Moisture Cannabis Sativa Hemp Seed Oil Shampoo & Conditioner RRP $11.99 each

The formula uses THC and CBD seed oil to deliver nourishing moisturisation for hair. It is sulphate and paraben free. 

BB Writer Montana says: “I used this shampoo and conditioner for a month. It smells super fresh and light. With a tinge of citrus scent, in my opinion it smells exactly like a  Lemon, Lime and Bitters drink. 

Often once I have washed my hair it goes quite frizzy, but this product really softened my hair. My ends became less dry which is an added bonus as my hair was fallen victim to bleach and excessive direct sun recently.”

BB Writer Anisha also trialled the Shea Moisture Cannabis Sativa Hemp Seed Oil Leave in Treatment RRP $29.95 and says: “This spray had a strong scent of ginseng from the ginseng root extract. It promises to deliver soft, luscious hair, moisturising not only the scalp but hydrating the lengths and ends of the follicles to promote healthy thick hair.

As I have quite dry ends and an oily scalp, I preferred to use this product just on the lengths of my hair. It worked well to moisturise the ends and left my hair with a bit more body after drying.

Bare Body Beauty Co Hemp RRP Hemp Face Moisturiser $48

Designed to enhance skin hydration and balances the natural pH level in your skin which helps to protect against dry and sensitive skin, sun damage, fine lines and breakouts.

I trialled this product for over a month, until there was none left and loved using every single drop of the area, until there was absolutely nothing left. I literally scrapped the barrel with this product LOL.

It smells so luxurious, and the texture is smooth and silky, creating the illusion of an expensive day spa every time I used the cream. Though made with hemp seed, it is also infused with Green tea extract, coenzyme Q10, Sunflower oil, Shea butter, Macadamia oil, natural, vitamin E and soya bean oil – so it smells absolutely delicious and skin stays hydrated all day long.

I also noticed an improvement in skin tone and a reduction in congested pores, which is great. It meant less breakouts.

The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector Hand Cream RRP $10

Though not a new product by The Body Shop, and one of the originals in the hemp range globally by any brand, this hand cream helps to soften and protect dry hands and has been doing so for many years now.

BB writer Anisha says: “This product was thick in consistency and had a light herbal scent. The effects of this product were instant. The cream really works to soften the skin, leaving my hands supple and hydrated with a natural glow.  

There has also been a fabulous new launch of a NEW beauty product called ‘Hey Bud‘ and what a fabulous brand name for a hemp inspired beauty product – we love it.

Hey Bud is Australian made and owned, completely natural and organic, cruelty-free, vegan and will offer you a money-back guarantee if you feel the product doesn’t work. They are so confident in their products, and we understand why.

Not only does skin feel renewed, refreshed and well hydrated. The hemp component of the products delivers an outstanding natural treatment for blemish prone skin, helping to reduce acne and spot scaring, and help prevent the onset of any more appearing. I mean, what a winner that is.

Check out their latest package RRP $114.99 and includes they clay mask, a face oil and a face cream. Literally all you need to give you great skin which is both glowing and healthy.

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Rebecca Wilkinson

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Say hello to Bondi Beauty's Beauty Columnist. Rebecca is a pescatarian, who may yet become vegan. She loves all things beauty, health & travel with a weakness for coffee. If she's not answering her mobile - it's probably because she's trying out the latest beauty craze like ice baths or rubbing smashed avo on her face. We know, what a waste of smashed avo. Reach out to her with your beauty questions.

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