So, what about hemp seed oil? What is hemp seed oil, how do we use it and wait... hemp? Isn’t that made from cannabis, meaning that it’s illegal? (No!)
What is Hempseed Oil?
Hemp seed oil is extracted from the seed of the Cannabis sativa plant. It’s usually extracted by cold press methods, meaning that there’s only minimal processing involved, with no heat or chemical solvents used to extract the oil (which can degrade the nutritional quality of the resulting oil).
Instead, cold pressing is a mechanical process during which hemp seeds (or other oil seeds) are pressed using a hydraulic press to force the oil out of the seed through pressure.
What Are the Benefits of Hemp Seed Oil on Skin?
Hemp seed oil is rich in omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, it’s also rich in anti-inflammatory agents
Hemp seed oil can also help to moderate oil production when applied to the skin, as it helps to nourish and moisturize the skin without clogging the pores with excess oil. This means that those with oily skin can use hemp seed oil on their skin without having to worry about excess oil production and shine.
It also means that those with acne prone skin can use products containing hemp seed oil to help both moisturize and support their skin without upsetting it or causing acne outbreaks.
What Does Hemp Seed Oil Do for Skin
Biggest benefit of hemp seed oil to the skin is its ability to effectively moisturize the skin. Hemp seed oil is a type of emollient, which helps to support good skin elasticity, leaving the skin supple and smooth.
The omega 3 and 6 fatty acids in hemp seed oil help to support the health and strength of the natural barrier function of the skin. This helps to lock in moisture, keeping the skin well hydrated
Hemp Seed Oil for Acne
Acne is often caused by an overproduction of sebum, inflammation, a buildup of skin bacteria, or all three. Hemp seed oil contains compounds that can help to reduce oil production, inflammation and bacteria, making it ideal for managing acne prone skin.
Hemp Seed Oil for Balancing the Skin
If our skin becomes dry, or we have oily skin and we avoid moisturizer, both scenarios can send our skin into oil production overdrive to compensate for dryness. This can lead to clogged pores, acne breakouts and inflammation.
Since hemp seed oil is naturally hydrating and non-pore blocking, it’s ideal for balancing the skin.
Hemp Seed Oil for Improved Skin Texture
As well as beneficial fatty acids, hemp seed oil is also rich in vitamins A, C and E that all help to rejuvenate the skin, helping to keep it looking fresh and youthful
Hemp Seed Oil and Anti-Aging Properties
The vitamins A, C and E along with the omega fatty acids, help to keep the surface of the skin healthy, allowing it to hold onto water more efficiently. This helps to keep the skin hydrated and in turn keeps it plump with fewer visible fine lines and wrinkles
Hemp Seed Oil and Free Radical Damage Protection
Free radicals are unstable molecules of oxygen that can cause damage to the skin cells, leading to free radical damage and eventually oxidative stress.
Since hemp seed oil helps to keep the natural barrier fiction of the skin strong, it can help to protect the skin cells against free radical damage. The consequence of this is less premature ageing caused by stressors such as UV damage, pollution, environmental toxins and exposure to harsh weather.
Are There Any Side Effects to Using Hemp Seed Oil for the Skin?
Despite hemp seed oil coming from the same plant as cannabis, there are no known side effects to using hemp seed oil on your skin.
Adding Hemp Seed Oil to your Skincare Routine
It’s ideal for use on cleansed skin at night, helping to nourish all skin types and feeding it with beneficial oils and nutrients.