Trend To Try: Get Your Glow On With Cannabis-Infused Skincare
Cannabis has become quite popular in the skincare world, and with its tendency to provide users with next-level results, we can definitely see why. Living in Colorado, I have learned the countless benefits of cannabis and why adding it to your skincare regimen is a must. Its anti-inflammatory properties paired with the embedded antioxidants make it perfect for alleviating many of our skincare woes. Recently, we had a chance to check-in with CEO of Undefined Beauty, Dorian Morris, to deep-dive into the power of CBD.
Undefined Beauty founder, Dorian Morriswingedcbd.com
Though a champion for its capabalities, the beauty and social entrepreneur quickly proclaimed that CBD isn't a panacea. "You have to take a holistic approach, using known botanical superpowers and CBD as the supercharger. What's in the formula and not in the formula is just as important, if not more, than the presence of CBD," she explained.
Dorian also shared the four main skincare benefits that make CBD a powerful ingredient in your beauty arsenal:
- "It's antioxidant-rich and has more antioxidant horsepower than Vitamin C and Vitamin E. Antioxidants are critical for skincare because they help prevent free radical damage that leads to early skin wrinkling and hyperpigmentation - both things nobody has on their skin wishlist.
- "It's anti-inflammatory, and inflammation is what's at the heart of most skincare concerns, from rosacea to acne to wrinkles. Again, it's a partner in crime for 'graceful aging' (I'm not a big fan of the term 'anti-aging').
- "It's a balancer. If you have overactive sebum (aka oily skin), it turns off oil production. If you have dry skin, it turns on oil production. This is why CBD has been heralded as a game-changer for acne but more broadly, it has the power to help all skin types move back to homeostasis.
- "The most important benefit is that CBD is an enabler. Your body has a natural endocannabinoid system--Mother Nature knew what she was doing--and your skin has many receptors. When using CBD topically, it allows for better penetration aka better performance aka more bang for your buck, taking all the other ingredients in the formula along for the ride, which is why choosing a clean/non-toxic formula is key."
With all of that said, we just know you can't wait to try this trend. Ahead, find some amazing cannabis-infused products that will elevate your skincare collection to new heights.
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Apply this gem day and night to hydrate, brighten and balance your skin. This product is a miracle worker when it comes to unclogging your pores, while the CBD revitalizes. The clean, floral scent also makes it a joy to apply. Pro-tip: Pat the product into your skin for easy absorption.
e.l.f is my go-to because it's effective and coin-efficient. When I learned they had a CBD product, I added it it my cart in a heartbeat. The hemp-derived Cannabis Sativa seed oil aids with acne-prone skin and is a great base before applying makeup.
True to its name, SheaMoisture maintains your skin's natural moisture and the vitamin E gives it extra nourishment. This rescue face oil was created to calm your skin and make your skin happy — think of it as your skin's therapist.
You only need a few drops of this gem from Kiehl's. The power-packed product is ideal for those that have blemish-prone skin because after a few days you will find that your skin feels soothed, healthy and fresh.
Looking for a product that will quench your skin's thirst? Herbivore's Glow Oil is the answer. If you're having issues with redness, irritation or environmental stressors, this glow oil is guaranteed to give your skin the deep moisture and relief it deserves.
We often forget about our body when we talk skincare. Not today. With ingredients like grapefruit, coconut and sunflower oils, the hand-cut body bar lathers like a dream, leaving your skin feeling pampered.
Black don't crack but that doesn't mean we shouldn't do the work to make sure it stays that way. Try this repairing eye serum at night to prevent puffiness. The only bags we carry are handbags.
We love a good mask, especially when it soaks your skin with lulling minerals. Beboe Therapies' masks support brighter, even-toned skin which is a godsend for skin recovery.
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I have a preference for tall men — really tall ones, at that. I ain’t got no lies to tell you. And I am definitely one of those kinds of people who don’t think that anyone (male or female) has to defend or justify what their preferences are (nor be bullied out of them). At the same time, though, some of my best friendships consist of shorter guys, some of the best sex of my life came from shorter guys, and some of my favorite and most inspiring folks in this world are shorter guys…so, in my opinion, they definitely deserve their props.
Not to mention the fact that the average height for men in this country is 5’9” (genetics play a huge role in that), and — get this — only 15 percent of American men are 6’ and over. And you know what that means, right? If you decide to not even give a shorter guy a chance, you are cutting out 85 percent of the male population.
I know that some of y’all couldn’t care less about anything that I just said — you have a type, you want what you want, and you’re sticking to it. Yet what if staying close-minded is costing you without you even realizing it? Because while having a preference (knowing what you naturally gravitate to) is more than fine, an unfounded prejudice (an unfavorable opinion or feeling formed beforehand or without knowledge, thought, or reason) is something that’s completely different. And the reality is the latter could be blocking you from your blessing.
To further solidify my point, I asked some men who fit into the height majority (some of y’all will catch that later) to share their thoughts on being under 6’ and how that can actually be a win in the realm of relationships. Some of their thoughts just might show you how you could be “coming up short” by not dating them.
(As always, middle names are used.)
1. Roman. 31. Married. 5’7”.
“I’ve never had a problem being short — or at least, what our culture says is short. Only athletes in my school were super tall, and I find women with heels on to be sexy because I’m a legs man. I guess I’m lucky because I don’t even remember hearing ‘short man jokes’ back in the day. As far as what makes short guys a good catch, overall, is I think that we have such a level of confidence and self-awareness that makes our brand of masculinity appealing…at least, that’s what my wife says. She’s 5’4” and has always preferred guys who are on the shorter side of things.”
2. Caide. 29. In a Serious Relationship. 5’5”.
“I ain’t got no lies for you. When I was growing up, I was pissed about being the size that I am now. It wasn’t so much because of women — I just didn’t like it. Once I got to college and met this 5’10” girl who I dated for about two semesters, my entire perspective changed. We both like fashion a lot and have hella natural style. Before long, we had a reputation for being trendsetters on campus, and people liked that she didn’t care that I was shorter and that I got over the fact that she was pretty much towering over me when she had on her heels. When two people like each other, no matter what, there’s something really appealing about that. My lady now is taller than me too. Ask me if either one of us cares.”
3. Jakari. 45. Married. 5’7”.
“I’ve never understood why a woman who is five feet thinks that she needs a man who is towering over her. If she even got with a guy who is 5’5”, he’s gonna be taller than her. Relax."
"Anyway, my wife is 5’6” and she’s gonna keep some heels on her feet. The two boyfriends before her were over 6 [feet], and treated her like sh-t. She said that a man who is tall in character beats a man with height any day. You see who she’s with…right?”
4. Nicco. Single. 5’3”.
“Some men have a so-called ‘Napoleon Complex,’ I won’t lie. But for the most part, if you ask any woman about the traits of shorter men, they are almost always gonna say that we’re funny, charismatic, and great communicators. Those are things that we had to work at so that our height wasn’t the main focal point. If you want one hell of a good time, a short man is almost gonna guarantee you that. I swear, y’all be missin’ out.”
5. Elias. Married. 5’6”.
“I’ve personally never really cared what people think. For what? Folks change like the weather. I personally think that’s what a lot of women found attractive about me. Why should I stress over something that I cannot change or want someone who doesn’t want me over something as shallow as my height? I once read that people who care about what others think tend to be paranoid, unstable and that they constantly blow things out of proportion. No woman is gonna feel safe around that kind of man. Embracing who you are and then maximizing its potential is gonna make you stand out — no matter how tall you are.”
6. Oryn. Single. 5’3”.
“You asked, so I’ll tell you why so many women trip. It’s because they think that ‘short’ automatically means ‘small.’ Please tell them that penis size has to do with genetics, not height, and there are a lot of tall men who won’t bless you like some of the shorter fellas well. That sh-t needs to be taught in science class because the way that ignorance gets spread is wild, boy.”
(Shellie here: He’s right. Some of the tallest guys that I’ve been with had some of the smallest packages. Please let the hand and shoe-size myth go.)
7. Enzo. 25. In a Serious Relationship. 5’8”.
“Back when I was trying to get my now-girlfriend to go out with me, I asked her who her favorite celebrity was. She said, Usher. In my mind, I thought, ‘Perfect!’ because I already knew what his height was. I said, ‘I thought you said that you’re not into short men,’ and when she said, ‘I’m not,’ I said, ‘Google the brotha.’ You should do it too because that man is 5’8” — just like me. I took her to his show in Vegas, and we’ve been going strong ever since. It’s kind of wild how that totally changed her perspective — just realizing that he’s not as big as she made him up in her mind to be. Pretty sure that there’s a deep life lesson in that.”
8. Langdon. Married. 5’5”.
“Back when I was dating my wife, she said that she was concerned about what people would think when they saw us out. She wondered if they would assume that she was settling because she’s close to 5’10”. All we get are compliments because we’re often told that our style and energy are attractive. She also said that I’m what made her finally consent to the fact that we all really are the same height lying down. I’ll let y’all read between the lines with that one.”
9. Carter. 40. Engaged. 5’7”.
“I’m not playin’ these games. While women are out here turning their nose up at ‘regular’ short guys, their favorite celebrities are short too. I work in entertainment, and even the ones who claim they are 6’ are usually lyin’. Pay attention to how women measure up to men the next time you watch a movie or television show. Watch how many guys are eye to eye with the ladies. Y’all don’t care about height as much as you think you do…so long as men have other things to bring to the table.”
(Shellie here: I got to give this “height hack” to him because I once read that the average height for leading men is around 5’9” while the average leading lady clocks in at about 5’5”. Do with that what you will, chile.)
10. Braylon. 32. Single. 5’8”.
“Hypocritical jargon and double standards withstanding — women having preferences don’t bother me. I just tend to ask women who claim that you have to be a certain height to ‘ride their ride’ to explain where they are coming from because a lot of them only repeat what someone else has said as far as the whole height thing goes. As far as what they’re missing, I think it should be approached from a different angle — if you’re so caught up in a man having to be a certain size to even get a date with you, aren’t you setting yourself up to miss out on some really great people?
"Wanting a tall person for no reason than ‘just because’ is limiting. As for me and my dating life, I’m doing just fine. You’d be amazed how many more dates you can get when you’re open to different types of people.”
11. Jaxen. 34. Single. 5’4”.
“I’ll put it to you this way: There are certain sex positions that can be enjoyed so much more because two people are standing eye to eye. Hell, even a hug and kiss can feel more intimate when your bodies are lined up with each other. I don’t have to sell anyone on it — too many women have told me directly. Short guys are up to the challenge of making women fans of their size. Trust me.”
12. Roosevelt. Married. 5’8”.
“Remember when you told me about that woman who said that she didn’t need a tall man because she had a father to look up to? My wife told me something similar. She said that she thinks that a lot of women think that a tall man is a sign of protection, especially if they didn’t have a father while growing up. But because her dad is 5’7”, a military man and a marksman — she has never seen masculinity through height. I think the main thing that women miss out on when they refuse to even consider a shorter man is that a good man has nothing to do with if you can physically look up at him…it’s if you can respect how tall his character is. If that isn’t something that you care about, you’re not as ready for a relationship as you think you are.”
(Shellie here: WELP.)
There you have it: 12 men who aren’t 6’, who are out here living their best life — because they know that height isn’t everything. Never has been. Never will be.
May we all take the hint.
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