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Hemp Oil and Skin Care – All You Need to Know

Hemp Oil Skin Care
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 ! Skin Layers 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.
  • Epidermis
  • Dermis
  • Subcutis(or hypodermis)

What does your skin, really, do for you?

The main functions of your skin are
  1. REGULATION: It regulates your temperature by sweating to warm and shivering to cold
  2. SENSATION: It gives you the sense of pain, temperature, touch, vibration and deep pressure
  3. PROTECTION: It acts as a barrier protecting you against microorganism, dehydration, UV radiation, chemical, and mechanical damage, bugs and insects.
  4. MOVEMENT PERMISSION: (your muscles can flex and your body can move)
  5. EXCRETION: Water, urea, ammonia are removed from your body in the form of sweat
  6. IMMUNITY: It helps alert the body of pathogens
  7. ENDOCRINE: It produces vitamin D
  8. AESTHETICS: No comment 🙂
One photo means a thousand words, right?

STUDY TIME!

Hemp Skin Healthy Visually. 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,
  1. it contains all the 21 known amino acids
  2. 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 What Hemp Oil 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
  • phospholipids.
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;
  • folate
  • niacin
  • thiamin, and more.
Amazing, isn’t it?

Hemp oil cosmetic propertiesHemp Oil Benefits Skin

Hemp oil
  1. has antioxidant properties.
  2. anti-inflammatory properties
  3. antibacterial properties
  4. is non-comedogenic (not pore-clogging),
  5. soothes,
  6. nourishes,
  7. cleanses skin
  8. improves skin elasticity
  9. 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. Either as a basic ingredient of your skin care cosmetics or as a diet supplement (you can consume it as oil or as seeds), hemp seed oil can be used for a variety of purposes. 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 !!! If you have any questions or want to share your personal experience with CBD, leave a comment below. If you want to know if I have published a new article, or get information about CBD news, product releases or promotions, don’t hesitate to sign up for my email list! 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.

22 Comments

  1. Hi, Effie! To be honest, I never gave much thought to what’s in the products I use on my face. I have used the same cleanser and moisturizer for many years, ever since I had a “try before you buy” opportunity. I tried it and liked it and continue to like it. One of your recent articles encouraged us to pay attention to ingredients and made me realize that I don’t have a clue what I am putting on my face each day. My skin has always been a bit blotchy. Perhaps I have rosacea but I’m not sure. I was just wondering if hemp oil would improve my condition and of course I figured if anyone knows, it’s you! This article convinces me that I need to be more conscientious about the products I use in my skin care routine and I will start by replacing what I have with a hemp-based product. Thanks for the great info! Theresa

    1. Theresa, the ingredients in the beauty and skincare products we use are a decisive factor we should take into consideration before buying them. I don’t give a darn about brand names or prices. I take a photo of their INCI, go home and research them using the database I gave you in my Sativa Hemp Deodorant article. Be patient and wait for some beauty care reviews I am planning. You will be impressed by their quality. Stay tuned!

  2. I have not heard of Hemp Oil before, but reading this post has enlightened me about this quality product meant to improve my skin. I need to give it a try and give my skin the boost it badly needs.
    Thank you for sharing this Effie

    1. Welcome, Ahimbe! I should thank you for joining our community! Feel free to ask any questions regarding this magnificent gift of nature.

  3. Very interesting and detailed information, reading the other articles I got to know lots of things I didn’t know about this precious oil. Hemp is a great and versatile plant indeed!
    Anyway I really like your writing style, so nice! Good job, I see much passion and dedication in your site!

  4. Well explained article and now I know a lot about my skin.

    I will be recommend hemp oil to my aunt who has been looking for a good oil for her skin so this article was timely thank you.

  5. Hi Effie,

    Thank you so much for the informative post! I have seen hemp oil added to tanning lotion for years but haven’t tried it myself yet. With all the other benefits I’ve seen with CBD oil and hemp, I would love to give it a shot and see how it goes. Hopefully it helps with dry skin since that’s the big problem I’m having right now since it’s winter. Do you think it could help with that?

  6. Lord I needed that article! My skin is very dry especially in those days (I live in Canada). But I’m curious. Is hemp oil useful for your hair too?

    1. Hello Jo. Welcome ! Of course it is useful for the hair. Stay tuned for specific information on this subject by a future post

  7. Hi, Effie.

    Very impressive and professional article, I must say. My wife uses hemp oil as a carrier oil to mix her own blends for skin and hair care. She combines it with sea bucktorn oil, holy basil oil and few drops of essential oils to achieve the better effect. The big advantage of hemp oil that it has very low comedogenic index, so it can be used as a moisturizer for any skin type. Even for my very oily skin it doesn’t do any harm.
    Thank you for a very useful info.
    Alex

    1. Welcome Alex! Actually, hemp oil has a comedogenic rating of zero and, yes, you are right, hemp oil is suitable for all types of skin!i appreciate you sharing your wife’s beauty secrets with us. Thank you !

  8. This is great information. Right now I use straight up Vitamin E oil on my skin (my arms). I have thin skin due to steroids, and I mean they bleed under the skin at almost nothing. My left arm, because I am left handed I suppose, always looks like a war zone. The vitamin does help it heal faster, but it doesn’t help the thin skin like I thought it would. Do you think this would help at all?

    1. Leahrae, I am convinced that the future in skin care is hemp oil. Remember that our skin is precious and being an organ itself (the biggest of our body) should be treated with more respect. Check the INCI of your cosmetics’ line. You ‘ll be terrified by the ingredients they contain. Stay tuned for two future articles. A review of a totally ” green” hemp oil based cosmetics line and another one that will explain you how to read the ingredients of your cosmetics.

  9. Loved your writing style. I learned so much about hemp and my skin too. Great content here. As Rachael said , its precise and absolutely on point. Still I am not sure how much of it applies to men.
    You can do a separate article on that 🙂

    Cheers

    1. Your comment’s value on this article is huge, for this simple reason: you are a man. Remember the photo of the skin layers? It wasn’t a man’s or a woman’s skin. We are made alike my dear. My skin functions the same way as yours. Your skin has the same needs as mine to be healthy. Beauty set aside, what should interest us all, boys and girls, is our skin’s health. Why? Because it can affect our health in general.Men are twice as likely to be diagnosed with skin cancer than their female counterparts. Why is that? I think because women take care of their skin more than men do. Don’t you think it’s time we changed this?

  10. Great article, Effie! It is very thorough and well put together. Unlike many sites that I come upon, you give me all of the information I need in one place!

    I am a skincare junkie, but hemp oil products are not in my repertoire. I’m definitely going to add it in!

    Thanks.

    1. Welcome Rachel! I’m a skincare junkie too! Stay tuned! Soon I will present you a magnificent skin care line that will astonish you with its quality!

  11. Its no secret to me all the positive products you can use hemp and hemp oil for, I think we should have been using this plant for everything we can years ago.
    You can make clothes, paper, and just about anything we need out of hemp and its biodegradable.
    CBD’s too should of been studied and made into medicines years ago…legally!
    Great website! =)

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