You might not know it, but a lot of skin care products out there are full of harmful chemicals and all sorts of artificial ingredients that are simply bad for your skin. At Apprenti Ôr’ganik, we love your skin, so that’s why we’ve committed to making our products exclusively with natural and organic ingredients.
So if we’re not using harmful chemicals traditionally used in cosmetics, what are we using?
One of our favourite ingredients to work with is hemp seed oil, or what we call liquid gold. In fact it's the commun ingredient in all of our products. Hemp oil has been called the most perfectly balanced oil because it contains all 21 known amino acids and offers 3:1 ratio of Omega 6 (linoleic) to Omega 3 (alpha-linoleic) fatty acids. This might sound a bit technical, but according to dermatologists, that’s the ideal ratio for producing and maintaining healthy skin. But that’s not all, hemp oil is also chock-full of antioxidants (Vitamin E), and carotene and a number of important minerals such as calcium and magnesium.
Hemp oil has been proven to dramatically reduce the itching and dryness associated with dermatitis and inflammation of the skin. It’s also been proven to help protect the skin against signs of aging by improving the natural functions of the epidural lipids (the fats on the outermost layer of the skin). Best of all, it’s great for every skin type. This miracle oil is highly emollient and non-comedogenic, meaning it’s easy for the skin to absorb, but it won’t block your pores.
Still not convinced? Hemp is also a sustainable power house crop in Canada.
Hemp plants are great for the environment for a number of reasons. One of the best reasons is that the plant is naturally resistant to pests, meaning the crops don’t need to be treated with pesticides. Because hemp is so pest-resistant it can easily proliferate, which is good because hemp naturally absorbs and filters C02, while simultaneously rejuvenating the soil in which it’s planted through a process called phytoremediation in which toxins in the earth are absorbed through the roots of the plants and ultimately metabolized and destroyed.
This is also great for farmers, partly because hemp is such an easy and profitable crop to grow, meaning that more farmers are growing organic hemp to support their small farms. Also, since hemp leaves the soil better than how it found it, farmers are able to harvest crops and grow food directly in the soil without the need of a fallow period. Talk about a win-win.
Wait, aren’t hemp and marijuana the same plant?
Technically, sort of. Although hemp and marijuana are both plants of cannabis genus, marijuana is all about THC, which is the psychoactive component, hemp however, doesn’t produce THC (or if it does, it’s an amount so small it’s negligible) but is plentiful in medically-rich CBD.
Hemp is one of the most versatile and generous plants in existence, it’s been used as medicine, food, made into clothing, and woven into baskets, it helps clean the earth and the cold-pressed oil from its seeds nourish our skin. It’s no wonder that this incredible plant has been cultivated
Clay Sandhu is a Montreal based writer. He’s driven by an insatiable love for food and wine and he believes that everything that goes in or on your body should be of the highest quality and as natural as possible. But that’s probably obvious, he is a Tauras after all.