Today we’re looking at 5 facts about hemp seed oil for skin care. Hemp seed oil is extracted from the seeds of the industrial hemp (cannabis) plant. Not to be confused with CBD oil, which contains cannabinoids extracted from the flowers and leaves of the plant. Hemp seed oil is legal and safe to use, it has many wonderful benefits for your overall wellbeing. We’re going to focus on skin care for today, but we encourage you to look into the other fantastic uses of hemp by browsing our website and reading our other blog articles. Without further delay, let’s get stuck in to our 5 hemp skin care facts!
Ingesting Hemp Seed Oil Is Good For Your Skin (and Hair)
Many skin care products contain hemp seed oil, and are applied topically to the skin. But did you know that you can double up on the hemp seed oil benefits by ingesting the pure cold-pressed hemp seed oil? With its rich nutty flavour, it’s a great replacement for olive oil in your kitchen. Best consumed unheated to preserve all of the nutrients within, it’s great drizzled on salads or added to dishes at the time of serving.
Proponents of the oil love it for its high protein content including the essential fatty acids Omega-3 and 6. These proteins exist in the perfect ratio for the human body (3:1) making them super easy to digest and circulate into your system. Omega 3 is proven to assist with all sorts of skin conditions, and improves skin barrier function, keeping out external irritants and sealing in moisture. Ingesting hemp seed oil helps to nourish skin and hair, as the amino acids present within are the very building blocks of our hair, skin and nails.
The vitamin E contained in hemp seed oil has antioxidant properties proven to help support cell function, and it also combats “free radicals” (toxins) produced by ingestion of food and absorbed from your immediate environment. Vitamin A balances your skin’s oil production and also stabilises skin cells to achieve normal function. It also assists in natural production of collagen and elastin to keep skin looking youthful and vibrant. Vitamin D is another key ingredient for maintaining healthy skin, with some studies showing that a healthy amount of vitamin D helps to combat dry skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.
Ingesting hemp seed oil introduces these wonderful compounds and a huge list of other vitamins and minerals into your system, benefitting your skin and hair. Work some hemp seed oil into your diet and see the results for yourself!
Are you suffering from skin irritation and inflammation? Try some hemp seed oil! Applied topically or ingested, it soothes irritation and reduces swelling. The natural anti-inflammatory effects provided by the high levels of omega oils have been widely studied in medical journals, which is why hemp seed oil is used in so many skin care products worldwide! The essential fatty acids also have antibacterial, antifungal and antimicrobial properties. As an added bonus, hemp seed oil is hypoallergenic making it a great choice for anyone who has sensitive skin or suffers from allergic reactions to other skin care products.
Are you thinking about using hemp seed oil for face wrinkles? The vitamin E content and essential fatty acids contained in hemp seed oil are proven to combat signs of ageing such as fine lines and wrinkles. Linoleic and oleic acid found in hemp oil are not naturally produced by our bodies but are essential for skin health and are great for reducing signs of ageing! Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant. This means that the oil moisturises and hydrates skin, while also protecting it from outside factors such as sun damage and toxins that can cause skin damage. All of this adds up to make hemp seed oil the perfect natural anti-ageing solution!
Dry skin conditions including eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis can all be soothed and treated with hemp seed oil creams and lotions. The essential fatty acids contained in hemp oil maintain good skin health by making sure cell membranes remain flexible, while the Vitamin D content ensures that skin stays hydrated and soft by promoting calcium absorption.
A clinical trial from 2005 studied patients for 20 weeks, comparing the effects of hemp seed oil vs olive oil in treating atopic dermatitis. The study concluded that hemp seed oil “caused significant changes in plasma fatty acid profiles and improved clinical symptoms of atopic dermatitis. It is suggested that these improvements resulted from the balanced and abundant supply of PUFAs (Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids) in this hempseed oil.”
The study also pointed out that “qualities of both skin dryness and itchiness improved and dermal medication usage decreased after hempseed oil intervention.”
If you’re looking for a product to treat dry skin conditions, we suggest you take a look at Balmonds Skin Salvation. This product is 100% natural and always gets great feedback from customers who are using it as a treatment for eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis.
Hemp Seed Oil Balances Your Skin’s Oil Production
The natural polyunsaturated fats content in hemp seed oil makes it great for treating skin conditions such as acne and oily skin. A study from 2014 published by the American Society for Clinical Investigation concluded that ingesting hemp seed oil could be a powerful treatment for acne. The results from before and after using hemp seed oil for acne treatment showed that the amount of acne decreased, and hemp seed oil is also great for reducing scarring caused by acne.
It may seem counterintuitive to use more oil to treat oily skin, but hemp seed oil actually helps to balance and regulate your skin’s oil production. It moisturises without blocking your pores. Your skin can overproduce oil when it is dry, which then stimulates acne. Hemp seed oil nourishes and hydrates the skin, helping to reduce any signs of acne caused by excess oil production.
Bonus: How to Use Hemp Seed Oil For Skin Care
We hope you enjoyed our 5 facts about hemp oil for skin, and now we’re offering one more bonus section with some tips on how to get the most out of your hemp seed oil skin care regime.
Work some hemp seed oil in to your diet. Ingesting hemp seed oil on a regular basis is the best way to boost your overall bodily wellbeing. It benefits hair, skin and a whole host of other functions. Try either the Hempiness bottled hemp seed oil, or if you’d rather take it in capsule form, then try their vegan hemp seed oil capsules.
Use a hemp seed oil based lotion after washing your hands, and after your bath or shower. This will help to lock in moisture and prevent dryness. We recommend Dr Bronner’s body lotion to leave your skin feeling soft, smooth and hydrated.
Try swapping your usual moisturiser for a hemp seed oil alternative to provide natural nourishment and hydration. We recommend the Yaoh range of moisturisers.
CBD is another powerful anti-inflammatory, and when combined with hemp seed oil in skin care products it adds a boost to the natural anti-inflammatory effects of the oil. Try Phytalize day and night cream, a wonderful mix of natural plant essential oils including CBD and hemp seed oil. Try the Hemptouch therapeutic skin balm for treating flare ups of dry skin conditions, or as a powerful tattoo healing balmMany of us suffer from dry lips, especially when the cold weather rolls around. If you’re looking for a natural way to prevent dry cracked lips then we have some good news, there is a hemp seed oil solution for this problem too! Try the Dr Bronner’s organic lip balm to soothe and moisturise your lips.
Many of us suffer from dry lips, especially when the cold weather rolls around. If you’re looking for a natural way to prevent dry cracked lips then we have some good news, there is a hemp seed oil solution for this problem too! Try the Dr Bronner’s organic lip balm to soothe and moisturise your lips.
Add some oil to your bath. A product such as Hempiness Organic Hemp Body Oil can be added to your bath to hydrate your skin while you relax in the tub, or applied directly afterwards to lock in moisture.