Hemp Seed Oil Is Amazing For Your Skin.
Contrary to what many companies in the business of skin might tell you simplicity is the key to attaining this holy grail. The answers do not lie in a cupboard full of skincare products or lengthy ingredient lists.
The best solutions come courtesy of Mother Nature and incorporate skin-cherishing factors we can put on our skin as well as ingest. We call this ‘the inside/out approach’. To that end, nature offers a plethora of beautiful plant-based oils that work in synergy with our bodies to encourage a clear complexion. Indeed, the beauty world is awake to this and many of these oils are taking centre stage in skincare right now. However, not all are created equal.
We’ve talked about the attributes of hemp seed oil before but did you know – from a healthy skin perspective – it could be called a miracle in a bottle?
Yep. Incorporating hemp seed oil into your daily diet and skincare routine offers endless ways to glow from the inside out. No wonder it’s the buzziest ingredient in the skincare industry right now.
Let’s break it down for you.
What Is Hemp Seed Oil?
Hemp seed oil comes from crushing and cold pressing (minimally processing) the seeds of the Cannabis Sativa plant. That may make you think of marijuana but while they come from the same plant family they’re more like cousins and siblings. Hemp seed oil is not psychoactive, contains insignificant amounts of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and is mostly made up of polyunsaturated fatty acids (good fats) including omega-3, omega-6, omega-9 and GLA (gamma-linoleic acid).
What Are The Skincare Benefits of Hemp Seed Oil?
Along with a healthy quotient of essential fatty acids, hemp seed oil contains the antioxidant power of vitamins A and E. Antioxidants are a mainstay in skincare offerings as they help protect against environmental and lifestyle aggressors and have been shown to have anti-ageing properties.
Hemp seed oil is rich in essential fatty acids such as omega 3, 6, 9, including GLA. These essential fats help support the skin cells and provide nutrients to encourage cellular rejuvenation and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
When it comes to moisture, hemp seed oil is a multi-tasker. First off, it’s a humectant which means it draws moisture to the skin. In addition, the omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids, plus vitamin E help form a skin barrier simultaneously softening and strengthening the skin and locking moisture in.
The omega fatty acids calm and soothe and lower skin inflammation – this is particularly true of the GLA (gamma-linolenic acid) component. Studies have shown hemp seed oil to be a potent anti-inflammatory agent when applied to the skin. This is also why it is proving to be a reliable natural treatment for acne, psoriasis and eczema.
Using oil on the skin combats oiliness. While this sounds counterintuitive using oils can help to regulate the over-production of the skin’s natural oil, sebum. Hemp seed oil is particularly useful here as unlike some of the other plant-based oils it’s non-comedogenic and won’t clog pores. This is brilliant news for those who experience acne as one of the main causes of this skin condition is excessive oiliness and dead skin cells which can build up and plug pores.
We’ve already alluded to this but because this is such huge information for sufferers it also bears its own paragraph. Experts believe it is the omega 3 and omega 6 essential fatty acids that hemp seed oil is so rich in that makes it particularly beneficial for these skin conditions. This study showed dietary hemp seed oil reduced the symptoms of eczema (aka as atopic dermatitis) after 20 weeks.
Or in simple terms, it won’t clog pores. Some oils such as olive and coconut oil are good for the skin but they have comedogenic properties which can lead to blackheads and zits. Hemp seed oil is considered a ‘dry oil’ which means it’s absorbed quickly, doesn’t leave an oily residue and is not pore-clogging.
Hemp Seed Oil Is Good For:
Because hemp seed oil is non-comedogenic, helps to regulate the production of sebum and is anti-inflammatory it is a good option for those struggling with acneic skin conditions
Hemp seed oil makes the perfect cleanser because it’s a gentle but heavy-duty makeup remover. Use on its own or try our Promise Hemp Cleansing Oil with Frankincense.
Hemp seed oil’s rich quota of essential fatty acids or EFAs makes it a natural hair conditioner that will help to restore strength, hydration and shine.
Applying hemp seed oil directly to the nails and cuticles will nourish, hydrate and strengthen plus it has anti-fungal properties.
Hemp seed oil is a wonderfully gentle and hydrating massage carrier oil that blends beautifully with essential oils.
Hemp seed oil’s anti-inflammatory properties help to calm down the redness of irritated skin or rosacea safely.
Hemp seed oil is a good option for all skin types but those with sensitive skin will appreciate how gentle it is while still being effective.
Because using alpha and beta hydroxy acids and retinol products can sometimes irritate the skin hemp seed oil can be used as an adjunct to calm and soothe.
HOW TO USE HEMP SEED OIL FOR SKIN:
- Take one to two tablespoons daily
- Use on salads, as a butter alternative or in smoothies
- The hemp seed oil has a smoke point of 165 degrees Celsius
- Cooking denatures hemp seed oils properties so it’s best consumed raw
- Use hemp seed oil directly on dry skin
- Use hemp seed oil directly on breakouts
- Try our hemp seed oil skincare range: Promise
- Explore our library of recipes
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I have very sensitive reactive skin and struggle to find products my skin doesn’t react to. My skin loves this stuff!! It smells great, moisturises without leaving my skin greasy and it’s super soothing. Since using this product my face is defnately less red than it normally is. The dropper bottle makes it really easy to use as you really do only need a couple of drops. Best product ever for sensitive skin!
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