In a city where CBD is less popular, like Hong Kong, many would mistake it for some harmful chemical. But anyone who is obsessive about beauty ingredients must have heard of the latest beauty buzzword: the hemp derived cannabidiol (CBD). It is not psychoactive, and can be applied in topical and sublingual ways. In other words, not only is CBD non-harmful and non-addictive, it also carries many advantages in terms of skincare!

CBD is available in several different forms, including creams, oils, tinctures and even gummy bears, allowing people to tailor their method of use to their specific needs. Recently, JOYCE Beauty, has hunted down the best CBD products by natureofthings, Saint Jane and Treaty from the U.S.A. to demystify this special ingredient and showcase the benefits that can be reaped from a misunderstood botanical hero. They are now available from now until 16 Aug. Don’t miss out!

Cannabis consists of up to 100 different cannabinoids, principally CBD and THC. Hemp contains a high level of CBD. While hemp and marijuana are often indistinguishable from each another visually, they are different varieties of the same plant species, cannabis sativa. The main difference between the two is the level of THC in the plant (yes, THC is the cannabinoid chemical that makes people high). Hemp has very low levels of THC, no more than 0.3%, and marijuana between 5-35%).

Hemp is now asserting its right to a place on our vanity tables, thanks to its unequaled calming, skin-soothing and anti-inflammatory properties. Research has shown that CBD offers great antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits to reduce inflammation, dryness and free-radical damage. Ideal for acne-prone, ageing and sensitive skin, studies also indicate CBD may be effective in treating chronic skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.

natureofthings believe that health is the harmony of body, mind and the natural world. Their ingredients come from the Earth – plants, minerals and elements. Its Restorative Floral Bath, Nourishing Body Crème and Superlative Body Balm are rich in fatty acids and cannabinoids like CBD and terpenes for its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, emollient properties; reducing puffiness and controlling excess sebum production.

The Restorative Floral Bath nourishes your skin and soul with a heady bouquet of plumeria, jasmine, vetiver and cedarwood, as well as malachite extract which detoxes and protects the skin from oxidative stress; and mineral-charged seawater from a deep marine lake, which conditions skin and reduces pore size.

The citrusy scented Nourishing Body Crème is an indulgent, moisture rich formula powered by shea butter and botanical oils including jojoba, grape seed and plant derived squalane. It contains terpene beta caryophyllene and black pepper, targeting inflammation, calming irritation, fighting free radicals and boosting immunity.

Superlative Body Balm eases pain and soreness. The ingredients Boswellia can reduce inflammation, improve skin elasticity for firmer skin; while Turmeric, rich in anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and antioxidant properties, can fight eczema and psoriasis, bring out skin’s natural glow.

Named after Jane De Chantal, a bold and determined feminist in the 1500s, Saint Jane strives to restore the skin and empower women to be their most beautiful, confident selves. The brand’s Luxury Beauty Serum, Luxury Body Serum, The C-Drops and Luxury Lip Shine are all made up of full-spectrum CBD with calming and soothing benefits. The “entourage effect” amplifies CBD’s ultra-calming properties.

Luxury Beauty Serum encompasses sea buckthorn, which is excellent for sensitive skin; it promotes skin hydration, elasticity, cell regeneration and reduces swelling and redness associated with eczema, psoriasis and rosacea; meanwhile the famous Calendula which is rich in antiseptic properties, helps with treating wounds, preventing acne and protecting skin against UVA/B rays.

Luxury Body Serum reveals soft, radiant skin with potent moisture from head to toe thanks to the Vitamin E-rich Jojoba, Avocado, Grapeseed and Sunflower seed oils. And it contains pink grapefruit, which acts as a gentle natural exfoliant, while lightening dark spots and nourishing damaged skin.

The C-Drops is a potent, brightening elixir packed with 20% active vitamin C, 500mg CBD and citrus AHAs for bright, glowy skin. Glycerin-encapsulated vitamin C is used to maximise penetration to the skin’s deepest layers, while rich concentration of CBD soothes the irritation Vitamin C might cause on sensitive skin.

The silky Luxury Lip Shine glides on smooth with calming botanicals and deeply hydrates the lips with sunflower seed oil and aloe. All three shades – Bliss, Elixir and Alchemy – deliver a wash of luminous, sheer color.

Treaty was born out of love for the nature, an alliance between 3 parties, with a noble goal to create a mutually and profoundly beneficial connection between the health of the individual, of our community, and of our environment. The Treaty tinctures are in three different formulas, Calm, Focus and Balance, all containing broad-spectrum CBD that helps minimise everyday stress and anxiety, relieve pain and inflammation, alert the mind and energise the body.

Calm formula’s broad spectrum hemp extract is enhanced by rose, linden and basil. It gives you relief from the pressures and depleted feelings, and sooths your senses when you feel anxious, fearful, tense and nervous. It mimics the sensation of relaxing in an open field, making you feel at peace.

Focus formula creates the sensation of spending time in brisk forested areas, clearing your mind. With white pine, ginseng, and spearmint, it eases the respiratory system, sluggishness and fatigue while alerting the mind. Take some when you feel overwhelmed, distracted and defeated, and you’ll be able to tackle the tasks.

Balance formula includes only the brand’s proprietary organic hemp, and the hemp seed oil supports healthy system functions with an ideal ratio of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.

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