The 2018 Farm Bill passed! Now What?

In some of our more recent blogs, we’ve discussed the benefits of hemp oil and CBD for your skin but now with the passing of the Farm Bill, everyone will be able to reap the amazing qualities that hemp-derived CBD has to offer! The passage of the Farm Bill could potentially affect everything from your morning coffee to your skin care regimen because it sets the stage for CBD to go big-time with a new wave of products.

So, you might be asking yourself, “What does the 2018 Farm Bill say about hemp, exactly”? First things first, it’s important to differentiate industrial hemp – the plant that’s addressed in the Farm Bill – from the one that typically comes to mind, which is marijuana. Although both are varieties of the cannabis plant, industrial hemp contains less than 0.3 percent THC, while marijuana is cannabis with 0.3 percent of THC or more.

Since the passage of the 2014 Farm Bill, only certain farmers were allowed to cultivate industrial hemp as part of a pilot program – one with a lot of rules and restrictions as to how much hemp could be produced and why. That’s one of the reasons we’ve started to see so many beauty and wellness products containing cannabidiol (CBD, the non-hallucinogenic form derived from the cannabis family) as well as hemp seed oil enter the market over the past couple of years. Hemp officially was lumped in with marijuana in terms of its regulation – meaning it was what’s called a Schedule 1 drug, which requires a prescription and is highly regulated.

The passing of the 2018 Farm Bill, however, brings that pilot phase to an end, allowing industrial hemp to be grown more freely nationwide. This gives manufacturers the opportunity to experiment with hemp-derived CBD oil and incorporate them into their skincare products. Trilogy Laboratories is currently developing skincare products containing hemp-derived ingredients and we are loving the results! To learn more about how CBD and hemp oil can help your skin, check out our blog on the incredible skincare benefits of hemp oil and CBD. Be sure to keep an eye out for Trilogy Laboratories’ private label and branded CBD skincare products so you and your clients can experience all the wonderful benefits!

Trends in skin care ingredients

As we mentioned in our previous blog, we recently attended the New York Society of Cosmetic Chemists meeting in New York City and learned all about the latest innovations, revelations and trends. Now that we’ve discussed and taken you through what’s trending in skin care, let’s take a look at trends in skin care ingredients.

Clean skin care products – Fewer ingredients means a cleaner product. This is more than just a trend –  it is a shift. Clean and natural skin care is important to the consumer and continues to grow in popularity. Since there are no regulations defining what those terms “clean and natural skin care” mean, some companies tout that their products and ingredients are clean when, in fact, they are not. One thing you can do is take a look at the list of ingredients on the back of your everyday skin care products. The fewer the ingredients and the more you can pronounce, the cleaner your product is. Read the label next time you’re in the market for a new product. The long list of ingredients may surprise you!

Pre- and Probiotics – Every now and then, the skin care world gets taken over by trends and ingredients that people suddenly can’t get enough of. Some may appear to be unlikely heroes at first but have since gone on to prove that they truly are skin care powerhouses (like coconut oil, for example). Probiotics belong to that category of ingredients that may raise some eyebrows but can do a lot of good. Probiotics are live strands of “good” bacteria that are formulated to help your skin. When applied topically, probiotics have also been found to provide numerous benefits. Similar to how dietary probiotics impact your stomach’s biome, probiotic skin care products try to promote a healthy skin biome by influencing the types of bacteria that live on your skin. In order to keep those probiotics working effectively, prebiotics have hit the market. Prebiotics are food for the probiotic bacteria that help them thrive on your skin. Using pre- and probiotics together is a one-two punch! Some of the known benefits of pre- and probiotics include improving inflammatory skin conditions, strengthening the skin barrier and delaying signs of aging. There are now multiple pre- and probiotic ingredients on the market that aim to restore harmony to the microbiome of the skin and keep it healthy.

Cannabinoids – Beauty and wellness products containing cannabidiol (CBD, the non-hallucinogenic form derived from the cannabis family) are becoming increasingly popular. These ingredients have tremendous anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.  Hemp oil, which is loaded with fatty acids, also addresses sun damage. CBD products derived from hemp are legal in all states, those derived from the marijuana plant are not.  Trilogy Laboratories is currently working on developing skin care products that contain hemp-derived CBD ingredients!

We hope you enjoyed our two-part mini blog series on what’s trending in skin care and current skin care ingredient trends. Trilogy Laboratories is taking advantage of the knowledge we learned at the New York Society of Cosmetic Chemists meeting and putting it to work. Keep an eye out for some of our new products containing these trending ingredients in the near future!