Beauty Buzz or Bull?

We’re the first to ad­mit there’s a pile of beauty BS to wade through be­fore you get to the re­ally good stuff. We sniff out the big­gest trends

Cosmopolitan (South Africa) - - BEAUTY - By Becci Val­lis

cannabis creams

say What? Hemp with­out the high is be­ing hailed as the an­swer to in­flamed skin. Rol­lies not re­quired. Turns out Bob Mar­ley may have been a bud­ding beauty guru… Cannabis pro­duces a com­pound called cannabid­iol (CBD) that pos­sesses an­ti­sep­tic and an­tibi­otic prop­er­ties, and the bit that’s (legally) blow­ing our mind is that our body pro­duces sim­i­lar cannabi­noids. These creams work in har­mony with our skin and are ca­pa­ble of keep­ing it in a state of calm. Hemp oil de­rived from cannabis has some of the same ben­e­fits, but for mar­i­juana’s sooth­ing and anti-in­flam­ma­tory magic, it’s the CBD you need. (Try The Body Shop’s Hemp range.) Don’t worry: you won’t space out when you slap on the prod­ucts be­cause they don’t con­tain tetrahy­dro­cannabi­nol (THC), the part that trig­gers the psy­che­delic side ef­fects.

Where can i finD it? Get The Body Shop Hemp Face Pro­tec­tor (R140), The Body Shop Hemp Lip Pro­tec­tor (R65) and The Body Shop Hemp Res­cue Balm (R270) at Clicks.

Bak­ing soda/ Bi­carb

say What? Sure, it’s ex­cel­lent for mak­ing cakes – but is scrub­bing your skin with this store-cup­board es­sen­tial a thing? See that fence? There’s prob­a­bly a pile of bak­ing soda sit­ting on it be­cause if there was ever an in­gre­di­ent to di­vide opin­ion among beauty schol­ars, this is it. While some pros be­lieve in its pore-un­plug­ging abil­i­ties and praise its ‘nat­u­ral’ ori­gins (in com­par­i­son to chem­i­cal ex­fo­liants), other shud­der at the thought of it. ‘It makes skin more al­ka­line and dis­rupts its bar­rier,’ says aes­thetic doc­tor Maryam Za­mani – which means you’d be more prone to in­flam­ma­tion, spots and sen­si­tiv­ity. Where can i finD it? We’re not say­ing that all prod­ucts con­tain­ing bi­car­bon­ate of soda should be tossed aside (tooth­paste and deodorant: you’re still good!) – but we’d ad­vise stick­ing to AHAs for A+ skin ex­fo­li­a­tion.

cave­man skin

say What? No, this does not mean the beauty world is giv­ing you the thumbs-up on chin hairs. In­stead, it’s a fo­cus on fa­cial flora – the in­vis­i­ble layer of bac­te­ria on skin’s sur­face (the mi­cro­biome) that could de­ter­mine how bright and peachy your com­plex­ion looks. Back in Bar­ney Rub­ble’s day, skin was … well … far more grubby. Dou­ble cleans­ing? Bah! A sev­en­step sheet-mask sys­tem? You’d be laughed out of the cave. But think about it: for all the ad­vance­ments, our skin is more trau­ma­tised than ever. Al­ler­gies and sen­si­tiv­i­ties abound. Yet 30 years ago, when skin was less scrupu­lously cleaned, these ail­ments were barely men­tioned. New re­search has also shown that bac­te­ria such as bi­fi­dobac­terium and lac­to­bacil­lus can help with skin re­ju­ve­na­tion – which is why the pro-b (probiotics) move­ment is ex­plod­ing. It’s an SOS for ar­eas where you’ve rinsed good bac­te­ria away with the bad. Where can i finD it? Ren has gone mi­croflo­ramad, Elemis added to its Su­per­food range in Fe­bru­ary, and El­iz­a­beth Ar­den has ex­panded its Su­per­start line with a sheet mask and a pro­bi­otic cleanser.

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