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
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.
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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