To be perfectly clear: this isn’t weed and it isn’t a drug. Cool? Cool. I’m getting interested in CBD and it’s benefits, just like everyone else in the wellness world. It’s been popping up all around the health world, and everyone and their mother seems to be debating the benefits (or lack thereof). One of the benefits that always makes the list is its ability to reduce anxiety and depression as well as helping with acne. I’ll be doing a deep dive into the world of CBD so I’ll keep the specifics until then, but I either put half a dropper straight under my tongue, or in a bottle of water mixed with freshly-squeezed lemon juice. It seems to be working so far.
A good moisturising mask is something I can never have enough of, and Manuka honey has a wealth of benefits – it does everything from calming redness and banishing spots to soothing inflamed skin and de-congesting pores. It leaves you looking fresh and plumped up, and the simple formula is great for those with sensitive skin. It’s a win-win.
Fushi Supplements – Neem Leaf and Ashwagandha
In my quest for ~optimal health~ I’m testing out a range of supplements to see how my body benefits. In my research, I came cross Ashwagandha and Neem, which seemed to be able to combat two issues I want to tackle: my lacklustre, breakout-prone skin and my exhausted nervous system. I take each of these twice a day and they seem to be doing the trick.
See below for what each of these supplements does for your body –
“Neem is a powerful cleansing herb renowned for its ability to purify both the inside and outside of the body. It has detoxifying properties, is an invaluable skin and blood cleanser. It is very effective for reducing any imbalances that can cause bloating, discomfort and skin outbreaks.”
“Ashwagandha is a traditional Ayurvedic herb that practitioners recommend to help relieve stress and for a tired and exhausted nervous system. It is valuable as a rejuvenating herb and helps to restore strength to those recovering from long term illness. It is also known as the Indian Ginseng because of its similar attributes.”
The INKEY List is a relatively new brand that has simple yet effective products without all the sparkle and frills of more expensive brands. This Q10 serum is part of my first test of the brand (along with the moisturiser featured later in this post) and targets and reduces fine lines, reduces wrinkles and hydrates the skin. I’m only 23 and don’t yet have wrinkles (lets keep our fingers crossed that I don’t for a long time) but prevention is the best cure and my skin does feel hydrated after I’ve used it.
BedHead Resurrection Shampoo + Conditioner
My hair care routine leaves a lot of be desired. I can’t even do a proper French plait, so it isn’t surprising that my hair is the last thing I think about when it comes to my health and physical appearance. I’m growing it out at the moment, and it went through a lot of damage last year with excessive sun exposure and the fact that I didn’t have it cut for the whole of 2018. I’m trying to reverse the damage and fix those split ends, and I always like Bed Head and their urban anti+dotes range. It leaves my hair pretty soft and so far it is feeling stronger. I find hair care takes a little while to kick in, but so far, I’m into it.
Milk Makeup Flex Concealer
I’ve already written about this concealer in my Milk Makeup review, but I’ll state it again: this is great. I love it. It has a fresh finish that gives you a “I didn’t really try this morning look” but still evens out your skin tone and covers pesky spots.
I think this moisturiser might be one of my new favourite skincare products. Because hemp oil is high in Omega-3 and Omega-6 the moisturiser does have a slightly weird smell, but I stopped noticing it after a few uses. It’s lightweight, calming on the skin, and refreshing and targets stressed skin meaning that you’re left looking smoother, calmer and more even. It’s only £7.99 for 30ml, so you really can’t go wrong.
So far I’m having a love-hate relationship with the Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil. It leaves an orange tinge on my skin, even when I use my jade roller, and I just can’t figure out how to stop that without washing it off. It also smells a bit weird. However I love how moisturised and soothed my skin feels after using this oil, and I can see why this is such a cult product. Containing, Omegas 3, 6, 7 and 9 and antioxidant carotenoids (which are produced by plants and algae) help to repair and protect skin against environmental stress and visible damage. If I can figure out how to not look like I’ve been smothering myself in fake tan after I use it and how to get used to the smell then this will be my dream product.