Cannabis health products are everywhere right now. From celebrities tweeting their love for Cannabidiol (CBD) and its treatment of pain, stress and anxiety, to CBD-infused soft drinks. Now Murad, a cult skincare line by esteemed US dermatologist Dr Howard Murad, has released a serum that’s infused with Hemp Seed Oil.
The product is called Revitalixir Recovery Serum and its purpose is to combat the new wrinkle-inducing phenomenon of ‘cultural stress’. Different to traditional stress which is confined to an event or act that brings on a period of stress that eventually subsides, ‘cultural stress’ is something that we live with every day. Dr Murad explains it is “constant, pervasive and ever-increasing thanks to the rules and regulations, digital dependency, unachievable expectations, growing traffic, pollution, and even the anger we are seeing in society.”
So what does this have to do with our skin? “One word: Cortisol (also known as “the stress hormone”), a natural hormone that helps the body deal with stress.” Dr. Murad observes that cortisol is “the body’s chief stress hormone, aiding in the famous fight-or-flight response. Cortisol causes tissues to break down, including muscle, skin and collagen, while at the same time it assembles fat.”
Enter hemp seed oil, made from the seeds of the hemp plant, Cannabis sativa. They are from the same species as cannabis but a different variety, and contain only trace amounts of THC, the psychoactive compound in marijuana.
Hemp seeds are exceptionally nutritious and rich in essential fatty acid (EFAs) omegas 3, 6 and 9, protein and various minerals.
“EFAs play a key role in skin barrier and maintenance of healthy skin,” explains Murad. “They are critical for cell membrane integrity and act as precursors for vital bio-active substances such as ceramides. Cannabis sativa seed oil (or hemp seed oil) can serve as a vegan source of omega 3, 6 and 9 in a similar ratio as found in fish sources, and more importantly in a representative ratio that is most beneficial to skin.
“EFAs help soothe and nourish the skin, and restore skin softness and moisture, which helps relieve dehydration and wrinkles as it plumps the skin,” says Murad.
Murad Revitalixir Recovery Serum $140, is available now from select professional clinics. Launching January 2019 at murad.com.au and Sephora Australia.
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