Benefits of Hemp Seed Oil for Skin
If you want to get the softest feeling and looking skin possible, then you might find that the amount of information available online is overwhelming. There are thousands of products available in stores and a lot of mixed reports about how well they all work. Not only that, but there are countless blogs telling you to ignore all of those products and to instead use a range of different ‘home remedies’ to nourish and moisturize your skin.
Some of these work better than others. While some foods can actually provide your skin with important nutrients and save you from spending lots of money on harsh chemicals, others are clearly not designed to be used on the face and are more likely to upset your PH balance and destroy your skin barrier.
So where does hemp seed fall on this spectrum? What are the hemp seed oil benefits for skin and how do you go about using it? Let’s take a look…
What is Hemp Oil?
Before we get into the hemp oil benefits for skin, let’s first address what hemp is. Because you might have some interesting associations of your own.
So, hemp seed oil is processed from the seeds of the hemp plant and is known for its many different health benefits.
When a lot of people hear the word ‘hemp’, they will immediately think ‘pot’. Yes, hemp comes from the same plant as cannabis but it does not contain the active ingredient that causes people to get high: that being THC. Hemp seed oil is taken from a tall-growing variety of the cannabis plant that specifically has low concentrations of THC.
What hemp oil does contain though is high levels of omega 3 fatty acid and omega 6 fatty acid. These are essential fatty acids, meaning that the body needs them to maintain healthy cell function. Because the body can’t produce these acids itself, it requires a food source in order to get them. Hence they are ‘essential’.
Hemp Seed Oil Benefits for Skin
So, what are the hemp oil benefits for your skin?
Firstly, hemp oil acts as an amazing choice for moisturising your skin. That’s because the lipids (fats) found in hemp oil are structurally similar to those that are found on the skin already. This means that they can help to add to the protective layer of the skin without upsetting the natural balance. It can help to add elasticity for the skin and to help restore moisture to dry, damaged skin.
Skin Rash Treatment
Hemp seed oil can help to prevent psoriasis, seeing as this condition is often considered to be caused by a deficiency in omega 6 fatty acid. The oil will both hydrate and nourish the skin in the short term and provide the essential fatty acid that it needs to prevent the dryness from coming back. At the same time, this also makes it effective at treating or soothing eczema and otherwise dry and itchy skin.
Hemp oil is of course completely natural and doesn’t contain any of the harsh chemicals that you might find in your other moisturisers. If you have been experiencing a reaction to one of your current face creams, you may wish to try switching to hemp oil in order to see if this might make a difference.
Hemp can also help to reduce swelling and combat breakouts.
Vitamins and Nutrients
Hemp oil skin benefits also come from the many different nutrients found within. Hemp oil provides the body with vitamins A and E, both of which are well known to be important for the skin and which can help the body to heal wounds, stretch marks and other damage. These can be used either topically, or orally.
All these benefits ensure that hemp oil is often found in a range of skin products. If you’re assessing the quality of a skin product, then check the ingredients to see if it is here – consider it a good sign if so!
Another way to use hemp oil is as a makeup remover. This gentle oil can be used to wipe away unwanted makeup without damaging the skin or causing other issues.
Hemp oil can also be used as a hand wash for keeping the hands nicely moisturized!
It is possible to consume hemp oil, in which case you will still benefit from many of the important nutrients and other active ingredients. Vitamin A and E will be absorbed this way, along with the all important omega 3 and omega 6.
Hemp oil is also a powerful antioxidant. This means that it can neutralize free radicals which roam the body and react with cell walls causing damage. Free radicals are responsible for the gradual deterioration of the skin over time and the appearance of wrinkles and age spots. UV damage accelerates this process and both types of damage might eventually lead to the formation of cancers.
Fortunately, consuming hemp oil – like many other antioxidant-rich foods – can help to destroy these free radicals before they have a chance to cause damage. This can keep the skin looking younger for longer and help to reduce the likelihoods of developing cancer or other serious conditions.
And oral consumption might also be useful for controlling acne. This is thanks to the content of gamma-linolenic acid, which can prevent pores from clogging. Often, those struggling with acne will experience it because the pores clog with the waxy substance produced by the skin called ‘sebum’. Hemp seed oil supplements can prevent the hardening of this substance, thereby keeping it smooth and moist and preventing it from blocking pores.
You can also use hemp oil directly on the skin in this fashion.
So what's stopping you?
As you can see then, there are a huge number of benefits to using hemp oil for the skin. This can improve your complexion, moisturize your skin and even prevent acne. It can be used for a variety of purposes and in a variety of ways… so keep some in your cupboard!