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Saturday, February 1, 2020
Review: high five cannabis facial moisturizer #highbeauty #highfive #cannabisfacialmoisturizer #sativaseedoil #calm #soothe
high beauty is a brand that has emerged in the skincare marketplace and it is based on the cannabis plant, or what is more commonly known as marijuana. As it turns out, the cannabis plant has tremendous qualities that make it remarkably useful when used for skincare purposes. For a long time the cannabis plant, specifically the cannabis sativa seed that is used in their formulations, has been illegal for use in any sort of mass market or legal product formulation. Now that laws have changed, people are able to study and use cannabis sativa in products, especially skincare.
I was sent the high five cannabis facial moisturizer to try out and review. This product is called high five because it calms, balances, hydrates, protects and replenishes the skin. As it turns out, the oil in the cannabis sativa plant is incredibly nutrient dense and it has the highest percent of essential fatty acids. This product contains the following: 20% cannabis sativa seed oil, red grape, cranberry, pomegranate, black cumin, broccoli, bergamot, petitgrain and melissa. Cannabinoids are highest in the percentage of essential fatty acids. They fortify the skin’s extracellular matrix of collagen, elastin and the lipid barrier to help inhibit the dehydration of skin cells. It acts like skin’s daily multivitamin, as it contains high levels of vitamins such as Vitamins A, B,C, D, E, beta carotene, phytosterols, phospholipids, minerals and 20 amino acids.
The cream helps neutralize an epidermal inflammatory response, meaning it helps to calm inflammation in the top layers of the skin. Also, this product helps to lower epidermal cortisol levels (helps to destress the skin). It calms and soothes stressed and fatigued skin. There are also a number of potent antioxidants in this moisturizer. Fine lines and wrinkles are diminished. This moisturizer also has adaptogenic action that helps stabilize healthy epidermal function by adjusting to the changing conditions and skin’s specific needs, adaptogens help to adjust to the stress in the environment. It normalizes skin’s acid mantle and sebum levels for optimum epidermal barrier protection against environmental stressors. Also, this moisturizer helps to purify and detoxify skin. It balances, hydrates and replenishes moisture to the skin. This cream was formulated without any parabens, harsh preservatives, petrochemicals, pesticides, BPA, phthalates, sulfates, GMOs, gluten, PEG, MEA, TEA, DEA, propylene, butylene glycols, silicones, artificial fragrances, synthetic colors and dyes. It truly is what we refer to as “clean beauty”.
Formulated without THC and CBD, c annabis sativa oil is made by cold pressing the seeds of the cannabis sativa plant. This way they get the oil from the seeds and get all of the nutrients without getting any THC or CBD, which is in the full leaf that occurs when the plant is grown. What is extracted from the cold pressing is vitamins, minerals, polyunsaturated essential fatty acids that are all essential to good skincare. The reason high products do not contain CBD is because it is not the most potent part of the plant for skincare. h igh five is formulated with the highest level of cannabis sativa seed oil, certified organic plant oils, high-potency antioxidants and pure plant essential oils. high five leaves your skin feeling balanced and replenished for healthy, beautiful skin.
To use, apply daily to skin after cleansing. Generously smooth over face and neck. I would recommend this cream for normal, dry, sensitive and mature skins. I would not recommend this for combination, oily and acneic skins. The reason being is that this cream is extremely rich. When applied one only needs a small amount because it is so rich and creamy. It sinks right into the skin but leaves a little bit of an oily residue on the face. Also, I would recommend this product for night for two reasons. First, the little bit of oily residue on the face leads me to recommend this for night. Two, this product doesn’t have a sunscreen in it, so I believe it should be worn at night. It is too rich to be worn with a sunscreen, unless your skin is so parched that it would absorb both so well. If one applies this during the day and a sunscreen isn’t used, then the results that are seen will just be negated. It is vitally important to wear at least a SPF30, preferably a mineral sunscreen such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, daily before foundation is applied or instead of foundation.
I like this product very much. It is extremely rich and buttery and when applied, makes the skin feel less parched and fully moisturized. I happen to have normal to dry skin, with my skin feeling much drier in winter, so this product is perfect for me. After cleansing, even with a mild cleanser, my skin feels dry. This cream was applied and my skin felt amazing. I also suffer from some eczema and this helped to calm it down by soothing it and getting rid of the itching. It helped with the redness and irritation that I have. My eczema is located only on my neck on the left side (I know, kind of weird, right?) and this cream made it practically disappear. The high five cannabis facial moisturizer is one of those creams that is perfect for anyone with normal, dry, sensitive or mature skin. It definitely calms inflammation, soothes skin, balances it out, replenishes moisture and hydrates skin with moisture.
High Beauty – High Five Facial Moisturizer
Formulated with 20% pure hempseed oil, the High Five Facial Moisturizer works to calm, protect, balance, hydrate and replenish stressed skin.
Full Ingredient List
Aloe Barbadensis Juice*, Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil*, Cetearyl Alcohol, Propanediol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Vitis Vinifera Seed Oil, Glycerin, Xylitylglucoside, Anhydroxylitol, Xylitol, Sorbitan Stearate, Jojoba Esters, Phenylpropanol, Tocopherol, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter Extract, Glycine Soja Oil, Xanthan Gum, Caprylyl Glycol, Vaccinium Macrocarpon Seed Oil*, Sugar Cane Extract*, Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil*, Silybum Marianum Extract, Punica Granatum Seed Oil*, Dog Rosa Canina Oil*, Cocos Nucifera Oil*, Behenyl Alcohol, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil*, Acacia Decurrens ower Wax, Acacia Catechu Gum, Lonicera Caprifolium ower Extract, Helianthus Annuus Seed Wax, Lonicera Japonica ower Extract, Lactic Acid, Borage Seed Oil*, Sodium Phytate, Oenothera Biennis Oil*, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Oil, Polyglycerin-3, Linum Usitatissimum Seed Oil*, Troxerutin, Magnesium Aspartate, Zinc Gluconate, Brassica Oleracea Italica Seed Extract, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Copper Gluconate, Citrus Aurantium Amara Extract, Vitis Vinifera Seed Extract, Vaccinium Macrocarpon Fruit Extract, Punica Granatum Extract, Nigelia Sativa Seed Oil, Ubiquinone, Mentha Citrata Leaf Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate And Melissa Ocinalis Leaf Extract *Organic/Bio
About the Brand
They say: “Founded by Melissa Jochim, High Beauty is a skincare brand committed to creating natural and organic products that are genuinely beneficial and healthy. Fascinated by hemp’s chemistry, Jochim created High Beauty to develop skincare compositions that captured hemp’s endurance and longevity. Today, the brand continues to utilize hemp’s power to formulate skincare products that ensure everyone feels beautiful and comfortable in their skin at any age. High Beauty aims to use hemp seed oil to its full potential, hydrating and replenishing your skin.”
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Also-called: Form of Vitamin C, Ascorbyl Isotetrapalmitate, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, ATIP | What-it-does: antioxidant, skin brightening
Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate is a stable, oil-soluble form of skincare big shot Vitamin C. If you do not know, why Vitamin C is such a big deal in skincare, click here and read all about it. We are massive vitamin C fans and have written about it in excruciating detail.
So now, you know that Vitamin C is great and all, but it’s really unstable and gives cosmetics companies many headaches. To solve this problem they came up with vitamin C derivatives, and one of them is Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (let’s call it ATIP in short).
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It’s a really promising candidate (see below), but while reading all the goodness about it in a minute, do not forget that derivatives not only have to be absorbed into the skin but also have to be converted to pure vitamin C (ascorbic acid or AA) and the efficacy of the conversion is often unknown. In addition, vitamin C’s three magic properties (antioxidant, collagen booster, skin brightener) are all properly proven in-vivo (on real people), but for the derivatives, it’s mostly in-vitro studies or in the case of ATIP, it’s in-vitro and done by an ingredient supplier.
With this context in mind let’s see what ATIP might be able to do. First, it is stable (if pH < 5), easy to formulate and a joy to work with for a cosmetic chemist.
Second, because it’s oil-soluble, its skin penetration abilities seem to be great. So great in fact, that it surpasses the penetration of pure vitamin C threefold at the same concentration and it penetrates successfully into the deeper layers of the skin (that is usually important to do some anti-aging work). There is also in-vitro data showing that it converts to AA in the skin.
Third, ATIP seems to have all three magic abilities of pure vitamin C: it gives antioxidant protection from both UVB and UVA rays, it increases collagen synthesis (even more than AA) and it has a skin brightening effect by reducing melanogenesis by more than 80% in human melanoma cell cultures.
So this all sounds really great, but these are only in-vitro results at this point. We could find Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate mentioned only in one published in-vivo study that examined the anti-aging properties of a silicone formula containing 10% AA and 7% ATIP. The authors theorized that the 10% AA is released slowly from the silicon delivery system and probably stays in the upper layer of the skin to give antioxidant benefits, while ATIP penetrates more rapidly and deeply and gives some wrinkle-reducing benefits. The study was a small (10 patients), double-blind experiment, and the formula did show some measurable anti-aging results. However, it is hard to know how much pure vitamin C or ATIP can be thanked.
Bottom line: a really promising, but not well-proven vitamin C derivative that can be worth a try especially if you like experimenting (but if you like the tried and true, pure vitamin C will be your best bet).
A copper salt (copper cation + gluconate anion) probably best known for promoting cellular regeneration and wound healing. It works mainly in the final healing phase that complements nicely with the wound healing abilities of its mineral salt sister, zinc gluconate.
Other than that, copper is also involved in several enzyme systems: it is a cofactor for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase and also a cofactor for the melanin stimulating enzyme, tyrosinase. This means that copper has some tan activating properties, though we think you should not be into tanning at all, as UV is so bad for the skin.
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The gluconate part is there to promote the bioavailability of copper and it also plays a role in cellular regeneration (involved in the synthesis of ribose sugars, structural components of DNA and RNA).