Herbal solutions have done wonders for my skin (which is why I had to update my Instagram bio just to note I am herbal skincare obsessed) and that is one of many reasons why I’m excited to share this new release from KHUS KHUS, a natural beauty brand with a focus on health and healing through Ayurvedic medicine, yogic and vedic science, eastern and western herbalism, and aromatherapy. In December they released their brand new SEN Face Serum*, an oil-based blend featuring a formula that combines CBD oil (non-psychoactive compound found in the marijuana plant) with Ayurvedic and western botanicals to promote skin healing.
WHAT IS CBD?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of many cannabinoids that belong to cannabis, aka the marijuana plant. These cannabinoid compounds act on cannabinoid receptors within the brain and are involved in psychological processes including appetite, pain-sensation, mood, and memory. Next to THC (the psycho-active compound in marijuana), CBD is a major phytocannabinoid that makes up 40% of the plant’s extract. Unlike THC, CBD is non-psychoactive because at its last step of biosynthesis, it does not act on the same pathway as THC and it’s even less effective as a stimulant when separated. So, it’s well-tolerated and safe even in high doses.
What kind of topical effects can it have on our skin? One study has shown that CBD aids in cell proliferation (cell growth) and differentiation and in addition to concerns like anti-aging and acne, it has the potential to provide treatment for more serious skin conditions like eczema and skin cancers. Through it’s ability to aid in cell proliferation and its antioxidant-rich nutrition, it’s highly viable in anti-aging treatment. CBD also has anti-inflammatory properties.
The CBD used in the SEN serum is extracted via supercritical carbon dioxide (co2), which delivers an incredibly pure and unadulterated product that is free of chemicals and solvents.
Regarding the legal status of CBD: While in the process of writing this review, I came across the news that the DEA would be re-classifying any cannabis plant extract, which includes non-psychoactive hemp and CBD, as Schedule I Controlled Substances. I contacted Khus Khus’s PR (much out of my confusion on law) and asked for clarification on what this means, and what this means for Khus Khus’s product. They informed me that the law will require hemp and CBD ingredients to be from Europe (Khus Khus’s CBD is Eco-Cert and European) and that both Khus Khus and its CBD distributor have consulted with their lawyers to ensure their product is safe and fully legal. Through my own reading on news articles and forums, the general opinion seems to be that this new law/re-classification will not stick, especially considering the wide-scale distribution of hemp and hemp seed products.
In addition to the healing magic that is CBD, what else is in this beautiful herbal infusion? KHUS KHUS explains below!
+ Ruh khus also known as vetiver is highly valued in India for its aromatic properties. Having action on the endocrine system ruh khus assist in regulating hormonal secretions, creating a balancing effect on the skin and reducing hormonal acne outbreaks. Ruh Khus strengthens connective tissue repairing loose and devitalized skin.
+ Somalian Frankincense Co2 is reputed for its cell regenerative properties frankincense stimulates new cell growth making it an excellent oil to repair scar tissue, and revitalize skin, creating more youthful appearance and texture. This Co2 Somalian Frankincense extract offers the complete aromatic profile and is a true aromatic treasure.
+ Wild French Lavender while not all lavender is created equal, Wild French lavender sets the benchmark not only for lavender aroma but in the true complexity of the healing modalities of the lavender plant which are immense. Rich in esters, lavender creates a relaxing and tonic effect on the central nervous system, it is also highly anti-inflammatory containing many compounds that increase cellular regeneration and tissue healing. Lavender aids in the restoration of vitality to the skin cells creating balance and health.
+Wild Harvested, Nepal Rhododendron in Nepal, where Rhododendron has been used for many years it is considered a symbol of the balance of the fire meridian. Rhododendron is a tonic essential oil supporting adrenal and liver function, these bodily systems support the health of the skin. By restoring the adrenals during times of stress and fatigue overall health of the complexion is restored. Excellent for restoring Ojas by stabilizing the immune system. There is scientific research that suggests the essential oil of rhododendron reduced cancer cell growth in all types of cells tested.
+ Black currant seed oil is highly anti-inflammatory and rich in Vitamin C, it contains excellent therapeutic properties which make it an excellent healing oil. Increasing immunity through its antioxidant protection from free radical induced damage. Improving the of elasticity in the skin and creating a luminous appearance to the skin.
+ Buriti oil is grown in the Amazon River Basin, buriti oil contains carotenoids, aka vitamin A in one of the highest levels in any botanical species known on the planet. Resulting in a vast array of antioxidant compounds, creating an extremely high level of protection from free radical damage. Buriti oil contains numerous fatty acid compounds assisting in the production of collagen and providing excellent anti-aging skin nutrition.
Full INGREDIENTS —
+lavendula angustifolia (wild lavender), +boswellia serrata(frankincense co2),eco-cert CBD co2, +rhododendron anthopogon,*vetiveria zizanoides(vetiver),+ribes nigrum(black currant seed),+maurrita flexuosa(buriti),*camellia oleifera(camillia), Vit E non-gmo mixed tocopherals
KHUS KHUS reduces waste by ditching the box and instead stores SEN in a handy reusable linen bag!
How I Use It
My skin type prefers equal hydration and moisture, so I don’t solely moisturize with oils or oil-based serums. Rather, I apply them by layering with water-based serums and moisturizers in two different ways. After toning, I will add 1-2 drops of the SEN serum onto a scoop of a water-based moisturizer (my favorite for this kind of combo is Blissoma’s Pure Soothing Complex) to create a micro-emulsion, mix together and apply. The other way is to simply apply 2 drops of SEN as my serum step after toning, and then apply moisturizer. Both ways of application sound like the end result would be the same, but I find the finish is less oily and shiny when I apply it as a micro-emulsion. I’m more likely to apply it as the serum step at night when I don’t mind a shiny finish. By the way, SEN has a sister product named SEN Hydrolat – a toner which features wild french lavender hydrosol, witch hazel, frankincense co2 hydrosol, and vetiver.
I would describe SEN as a medium-weight oil that leans towards being lightweight, if that makes sense. It’s not as viscous and heavy as some of my medium oils, but not quite lightweight. It’s very nourishing, moisturizing (great for both day and night) and with my method of applications I find it to be fast absorbing. It gives off a gorgeous glow to my skin, which I actually found myself looking deeper at and wondering if this oil contained mica (it does not!) because how?! As for the scent, it has very pure and clean smelling notes of vetiver, lavender, and frankincense.
One of the key benefits of CBD is that it contains many healing properties. When I develop blemishes, especially deep ones, they take forever to heal and fade. To aid in faster healing and fading, I’ve been applying a combination of a vitamin C based serum and SEN at night. I kid you not, the blemishes and post-acne pigmentation are healing and fading at a faster rate than what I usually experience. Since I apply the two as a combo (with a moisturizer on top of SEN too) I can’t fully attribute my positive results to SEN since I’m not testing it alone and therefore do not know if it’s the vitamin C serum, SEN, or both, but I fully believe it’s helping and I really enjoy this combination.
On the topic of CBD being a great anti-aging treatment: I’m just a few weeks shy of turning 26 years old and while I don’t *see* wrinkles developing yet, I’m aware that our late twenties often brings on change with our skin (issues of dryness, usually) so each year I am closer and closer to the point where it’s no longer preventative, but am rather treating signs of aging. With that said, I’m really excited about CBD oil and it’s potential to be game-changing when it comes to anti-aging treatment. Cell death results in aged skin, so through CBD’s ability to control cell growth and death, it sounds highly viable and incredibly promising in both preventing and reducing signs of aged skin. I plan to incorporate SEN with long-term daily use into my routine (because I primarily use it for treating post-acne) and I’m looking forward to continuing using SEN and to see what miracles it might perform for my future skin!