Cannabis-Infused Detox Mask
Yup, cannabis and detox. Those two usually don't go along, right? Well, I like to use topical cannabis and other plant-based extracts as topical skin-soothers alongside green clay and natural exfoliants to gently revitalize skin. Ultimately, this gentle detox mask will leave your skin feeling clean, soft, and soothed. This clean beauty treatment will be a welcome addition to your skin care ritual, especially if you have dull skin, congested skin, or blemish-prone skin. Scroll on down to find out the science behind the beauty benefits of this mask and how to make it at-home.
science: What's in the mask?
We all know cannabis for THC and CBD. THC is the psychoactive component of the cannabis plant and CBD is the non-psychoactive potion, which has been shown to be helpful for a variety of conditions. However, there are so many other compounds found in the cannabis plant that work together to make it skin-soothing when applied topically. One specific compound is called palmitoylethanolamide, which has been shown to soothe dry skin. It does this by reducing skin water loss, which helps heal dry skin faster. My go-to topical whole-plant cannabis topical extract is Apothecanna's Everyday Face Oil.
The main active ingredient in Blue tansy is called chamazulene. Topical applications of Blue tansy can act as a great and natural anti-inflammatory. Chamazulene does this by acting as a potent anti-oxidant, which absorbs skin-harming free radicals from the sun's UV rays and from pollutants in our environment, causing inflammatory reactions. The topical Blue tansy product that I like to use is Herbivore Botanicals' Lapis Oil.
Green clay (aka Illite Clay):
Studies show that green clay has a lot of skin health benefits. Research indicates that compounds found in clay can have anti-microbial properties, and has been shown to be helpful against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections in animal models. Clay can do this by interacting with the ions found in bacteria. Ions are negatively- or positively-charged atoms naturally found in everything. Humans have ions, bacteria and viruses have ions, plants, animals, rocks, et cetera - they all have ions. Green clay has a special combination of ions in them that attract ions found in bacteria, which gives them their anti-microbial power. These same ions can also act as anti-inflammatories by pulling in inflammation-causing ions. Studies also show that illite clay can effectively pull in oils naturally found in human oil, which makes green clay especially helpful for people who have oily skin. And, it does this with the power of ions!
Natural exfoliants (Oat Flour, Almond Flour, Sea Salt):
Mechanical exfoliation resurfaces the skin and clears off dead skin cells, which makes your skin look less dull, more luminous, and softer.
Cool, we got the science all done with, scroll on down to see how you can make this detoxing mask at home!
Cannabis-Infused Detox Mask
1 packet of SW Basics French Green Clay
1 teaspoon of SW Basics Exfoliant
1 dropper full of Herbivore Botanicals Lapis Facial Oil
1 pump of Apothecanna Everyday Face Oil
4 ounces of water
Mix all of the ingredients until it's a paste.
Apply on a clean face and let it stand for 5-10 minutes.
Wash off with warm water.
Apply moisturizers as needed.
Always remember to do a spot test on your hand to see if you react to the mask!
And, remember to use the code DRBRYANT when shopping online on SW Basics to get a discount!
There ya' go! You got one of my favorite masks to make at-home when my skin needs a detox and pick-me-up. This clean beauty treatment will be a welcome addition to your skin care ritual, especially if you have dull, congested, or blemish-prone skin. Remember that skin health is more than just treating your skin on the skin level - you've also got to treat your skin from within and find out the causes of your skin issues. From what i have seen in practice, many skin issues occur because of hormonal imbalances and gut imbalances. So, find the root cause for clearer and more-radiant skin!
Schedule an appointment with me at Jupiter Naturopathic Wellness to see how you can simultaneously treat your skin from within and from the outside-in naturally, professionally, and effectively. At Jupiter, we offer advanced lab testing and energetic testing to identify the root cause and treat with modern natural medicine with treatment plans including therapeutic diet, IV nutrient therapy, nutrient injections, PRP facials, herbs, and energetic medicines. Click here for scheduling information.
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- Dr. B
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