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The 13 Best Cannabis-Inspired Face Masks

Face masks are fast becoming a safety necessity, so why not make them a fashion accessory? That’s the thinking behind these new trendy designs.

The Center for Disease Control is recommending “wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.”

Face masks can slow the spread of the coronavirus and help people who have the virus but are asymptomatic from transmitting it to others.

White surgical masks? So 2019—plus it’s better to donate the medical-grade masks to local hospitals that are in desperate need. Try on these fashion-forward masks instead.

With the CDC recommending the use of face coverings to help slow the spread of COVID-19, some design entrepreneurs are getting super creative.

How to Give Yourself a Cannabis Facial

If you, like us, appreciate a good mind-blowing fact, then here’s a humdinger: Did you know that THC—the main psychoactive ingredient found in marijuana—is actually an antioxidant? It’s also an anti-inflammatory (though, given weed’s reputation to dull pain, that might seem more obvious). What this also means is that the cannabis plant has major topical benefits as well.

In other words, get ready, because it’s time to give your skin a contact high.

While smoking (no matter the substance) is not good for your complexion, and has been shown to advance aging, THC actually does quite the opposite when applied on the skin. As an antioxidant, it can combat wrinkles and fine lines, and scientists and dermatologists are currently studying the ways that it could combat skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis. There are ways, if you are a Washington or Colorado resident, to create a THC-heavy oil (or buy it, of course). But because we are based in New York, and because 48 out of 50 states don’t have access to marijuana, we decided to sub in hemp oil, the legal by-product of cannabis. Hemp oil has trace levels of THC that are just enough to offer an antioxidant effect, and are heavy in omegas, which are essential for moisturizing dull skin.

It’s a great, natural addition to throw into your skincare rotation, but for those times you’d like to hunker down at home and give your visage a little extra TLC, consider yourself covered: We concocted a cannabis facial that gave our own tired, dry skin a new lease on life. We decided to supplement the omegas found in the hemp oil with another hefty dose from creamy avocado; to kill toxins and brighten up skin, we tossed in amino acid-packed, vitamin-heavy spirulina, and amazing superfood sea algae. Finally, we had to throw in a little bit of patchouli, natch—not just for the novelty factor, but also because the stereotypically hippie-loved oil actually does a number on both acne and sagging skin.

-1/4 cup hemp oil (or marijuana oil, where legal)

-2 tsp spirulina powder

-several drops patchouli oil (optional)

-a large makeup brush that you don’t mind getting gross (optional)

What we used:

Nutiva Organic Hemp Oil, $12; vitacost.com

Earthrise Spirulina Natural Powder, $9; vitacost.com

Sunshine Spa Patchouli Oil, $6; iherb.com

Our price breakdown*: 1 avocado ($1) + 1/4 cup hemp oil ($1.50) + 2 tsp spirulina powder ($0.80) + approx. 1/8 tsp patchouli oil ($0.60) = $3.90

Learn how to make a moisturizing, anti-aging face mask with hemp oil (or cannabis oil if you're in a state that has legalized marijuana).