Why Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil is the skincare ingredient you need right now

Cannabis-derived beauty has just about blown-up overseas, and now we’re getting a taste of the skin calming action with Kiehl's Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil Herbal Concentrate—a super soothing, stressed-skin relieving oil with cannabis sativa seed oil.

But, as it turns out—and to our surprise—some of our existing skincare favourites already feature this trending ingredient, too. In perfect timing (when we’re probably feeling more stressed than ever), we caught up with Kiehl’s Educator Jemma McBride to find out everything you need to know about cannabis sativa seed oil.

What is cannabis sativa seed oil, and what does it do?

Derived from the hemp variety of the cannabis sativa plant, cannabis sativa seed oil is an emollient rich in fatty acids, which, according to McBride, are “highly effective in soothing stressed, irritated, problem skin, including blemish and acne prone skin.”

Important for overall skin health, fatty acids form the building blocks for healthy cell membranes, lipids and oils, which are essential for general hydration and healthy barrier function. They’re required from our diet (often in fish, nuts and eggs) and don’t form on their own—so applying them directly to your skin is game-changing. This natural oil is non-comedogenic too, so you can be sure it won’t cause breakouts (it’ll actually do the opposite).

Use products with cannabis sativa seed oil, like Cosmetics 27's Recovery 27 Serum and Pure 27 gel-cream, Eve Lom’s Radiance Transforming Mask, Mecca Cosmetica’s Self-Tan Drops and, of course, Kiehl’s Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil Herbal Concentrate and Cleanser, and you’ll probably notice a reduction in redness, balanced-out oil production and clearer, calmer, skin that glows.

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Aren’t CBD products illegal in Australia?

You’re right—for now, they are. Although cannabis sativa seed oil has similar skin-saving capabilities to cannabidiol (CBD), in that it soothes stressed and irritated skin, cannabis sativa seed oil doesn’t contain traces of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)—the psychoactive chemical responsible for the cannabis plant’s ‘high’. As McBride explained, “the cannabis sativa plant has lots of different varieties—two of the varieties are hemp and marijuana. The leaves of the cannabis sativa plant contain chemical compounds including THC and CBD. Cannabis sativa seed oil, however, is derived from the hemp variety, which is non-psychoactive and does not contain THC.”

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Where does it fit in my routine?

Well, that depends on its form. Oils—like the aforementioned from Kiehl’s and Eve Lom’s Radiance Face Oil—are best applied after skin has been cleansed, and, if you’re so inclined, treated with any serums. Use it morning and night, before applying moisturiser.

Whatever you do, don’t feel intimidated by this herby ingredient: it’s featured in products like Malin+Goetz’s Hair Pomade (yes, it’s even good for your hair!), Kate Somerville’s Deep Tissue Repair Moisturiser and Sol de Jainero’s Brazilian Kiss Cupuaçu Lip Butter, which can all be used as you usually would.

During a stressful time—like the one we’re all currently going through—McBride will take it one step further; “if I’m feeling a bit stressed, after my skincare routine each morning I’ll apply either the Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil Herbal Concentrate, or our Midnight Recovery Concentrate to my hands and neck. Then if I need it during the day, I’ll apply some more to my hands and take a moment to breathe.

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