Hemp oil has recently come to light as a powerful ingredient of skin care cosmetics and an effective solution for many skin care concerns. Furthermore, it is used as a food supplement.
I will try to give you all the information you need regarding hemp oil and help you understand the skincare benefits that you can get from introducing it in your skincare routine.
Before revealing the relationship between hemp oil and skin care and explaining why this oil is so important to your skin health and beauty, we’ ll stop and take a look at your skin.
I think I should tell you some things about what your skin, really is and why you should take care of it. (Hey guys! I’m talking to you too!! )
Let me introduce you to your Skin
First things first… This is your body’s BIGGEST organ ! Pretty impressive, isn’t it? To tell you the truth, watching this photo makes me want to take care of it! ( OOPS, I forgot to put my moisturizer today! BRB!) As you can see, your skin is divided into three well-defined layers which collaborate to make it function effectively.
- Subcutis(or hypodermis)
What does your skin, really, do for you?
The main functions of your skin are
- REGULATION: It regulates your temperature by sweating to warm and shivering to cold
- SENSATION: It gives you the sense of pain, temperature, touch, vibration and deep pressure
- PROTECTION: It acts as a barrier protecting you against microorganism, dehydration, UV radiation, chemical, and mechanical damage, bugs and insects.
- MOVEMENT PERMISSION: (your muscles can flex and your body can move)
- EXCRETION: Water, urea, ammonia are removed from your body in the form of sweat
- IMMUNITY: It helps alert the body of pathogens
- ENDOCRINE: It produces vitamin D
- AESTHETICS: No comment 🙂
One photo means a thousand words, right?
After all this, I hope you are beginning to respect your skin more than you used to. I assure you, I do!!
Let me introduce you to Hemp Oil
The use of hemp oil both for medicinal and cosmetic purposes isn’t new. Hemp seed oil has been around for years and has been studied by a lot of professionals in the cosmetics industry.
The best hemp oil is produced from the seeds of hemp (although oil can be produced by pressing the whole plant). It is obtained by cold pressing them. This method of extraction ensures that all the precious elements it contains remain intact. It has a relatively low smoke point and is not suitable for frying! It is primarily used as a food oil, dietary supplement or basic ingredient in skin care cosmetics. Hemp oil is often called as “The most balanced oil nature provides us ” because among others,
- it contains all the 21 known amino acids
- and offers a perfect 3:1 ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3 essential fatty acids which is ideally balanced and is considered the optimum requirement for healthy skin.
Here is what it contains
Hemp oil is “one-of-a-kind” !!!
Hemp oil has a similar composition to the fatty acids in your skin. It is considered one-of-a-kind among oils deriving from seeds because of the essential fatty acids (EFA) combination it contains, including two of the most important for the health of your skin,
- omega 3 (alpha-linolenic acid [ALA]) and
- omega 6 (linoleic acid [LA] and
- omega 9 gamma-linolenic acid [GLA])
It is also rich in “amazing” polyunsaturated fatty acids, oleic acid and stearidonic acid.
What do essential fatty acids do?
I knew you would ask! Well, fatty acids are truly a miracle! Their presence in our body is essential to maintain healthy cells, nerves and brain function.
Our body does not produce them so they have either to be absorbed by our skin or enter our body through the digestive system. They have the ability to penetrate the lipid layers of the skin cells and fill out the oils that are missing from our skin due to sun exposure or incomplete nutrition.
Also, clinical investigations have shown that they can delay the aging of the skin. With simple words: Radiant skin! In addition to these, hemp seed oil also provides an adequate supply of antioxidants that fight free radicals in the skin like
- Vitamin E which blocks free radicals from the body and helps slow down the aging process
- carotene (precursor to Vitamin A)
- phytosterols and
It goes without saying that it contains a number of minerals like calcium, magnesium, sulfur, potassium, phosphorus, and modest amounts of iron and zinc. And if that was not enough, hemp oil is packed with nutrients like
- vitamin A which stimulates the cells responsible for producing the tissue that keeps skin firm and healthy
- vitamin C which triggers collagen production, and helps to reduce signs of aging;
- thiamin, and more.
Amazing, isn’t it?
Hemp oil cosmetic properties
- has antioxidant properties.
- anti-inflammatory properties
- antibacterial properties
- is non-comedogenic (not pore-clogging),
- cleanses skin
- improves skin elasticity
- slows the aging process etc etc etc
This is a “sample” list of hemp oil benefits to your skin. I assure you the list is long.
What are the possible side effects and risks?
Hemp seed oil is safe for most people to use. It doesn’t contain THC so it has no psychoactive properties. Before using it topically, do what you always do with a new cream:
apply it to a small test patch of skin first.
Some people have very sensitive skin and might experience mild irritation.
Consuming hemp seed oil might cause some negative side effects in some people: the most common is digestive upset.
To prevent this, start by taking a small amount of hemp oil daily and working your way up. People who are on blood thinners should pay attention because hemp oil can interact with them by potentially inhibiting platelets. For this reason, consult your doctor before taking it regularly.
So what is stopping you?
As you can see then, there are is a huge number of skin care benefits to using hemp oil.
A lot of pioneer cosmetics companies have created beauty products that contain hemp. Did you know that Estée Lauder has recently launched a new face mask that contains cannabis sativa seed oil (= hemp seed oil)? The giants in the cosmetic industry are waking up and launching innovative cosmetic products containing hemp oil. I bet many others will imitate Estée Lauder soon. Hemp will be the new Eldorado for the beauty industry worldwide. And it’s not just for women’s skin health. Men can try it too… SO try hemp oil based cosmetics and see how amazing you feel !!!
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DISCLAIMER: The content of this article is for informational purposes only. It is not meant to substitute professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. The information provided is not meant to alleviate or cure any disease or disorder. Always seek the advice of a qualified health provider for any medical condition.