I’ve been on a natural products only binge since Brandon’s been suffering through these severe withdrawals coming off his anxiety medication. I’ve never been one to take medication anyway but watching him struggle like this has made me wary of any chemicals at all. I’ve been concentrating on eating only real whole foods and I’m doing my best to eliminate excess chemicals in every other possible place as well. I recently switched to a natural deodorant so it only made sense that updating my skin care routine would come next.
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I was shopping in our local Fresh Thyme a few weeks ago when I spotted a line of hemp-infused skin care from Andalou Naturals called CannaCell. I shared our experience using CBD products for our dogs so we’re certainly not opposed to using products derived from cannabis. CannaCell does not include any THC or CBD in it so it’s an entirely different type of product but it is made with bioavailable vegan ingredients. It’s gentle and effective for all skin types and contains no gluten, phthalates, sulfates, silicones, or parabens. I was really excited to try it so I bought the Andalou Naturals CannaCell exfoliate scrub and the foam cleanser.
This is the best skin care line ever! I mean, I may be biased because it’s my current obsession but I am seriously so, so happy with it. The exfoliating scrub works really well without being too harsh on my dry already-flaky skin and the foaming cleanser is gentle with a light citrusy scent (no, it doesn’t smell like cannabis). The skin on my face tends to be dry and easily irritated but these products are cleaning and very gentle. I noticed how much cleaner and softer my skin felt the very first day I used it. Seriously. The FIRST day.
I immediately put both products in my Amazon shopping cart so they’d be there for easy reordering when the time came. I’m totally committed to them and I love that they don’t contain added chemicals or extra garbage. I’m trying really hard to purge all that stuff out of my life. Plus, hemp has a ton of additional skin care benefits I’m happy to take advantage of.
Using hemp in your skin care routine (especially my favorites from Andalou Naturals!) provides your skin with:
- Vitamin E – an antioxidant that encourages healthy skin-tissue growth
- Vitamin C – an essential building block of collagen that helps your skin elasticity, skin tone, and skin brightener
- Vitamin B (B6) – which encourages firmer skin by providing beneficial fatty acids
Plus, it’s eco-friendly so, for real, what’s not to love?
My goal now is to eliminate chemicals in my makeup. I don’t see myself being able to go completely makeup-free although wouldn’t that be fabulous? Unfortunately, I have dark circles around my eyes, super fair lashes, and pale lips so I’d look like the literal walking dead without at least a little makeup on each day, haha. For now, my focus is on my skin-care and doing everything I can to improve the health of it so I can wear as little makeup as possible. One step at a time though, right?
I’m searching for chemical-free natural brands though so I’d love your recommendations if you have them!