What is hemp seed oil? And is it good for your skin?

When you google for the words ‘hemp seed oil’, you’ll probably see a lot of associations with CBD oil. CBD or Cannabidiol is an active ingredient in cannabis derived from the hemp.  People often mistake the two oils as being the same but they are essentially different. Although both oils are derived from different varieties of the cannabis sativa plant, hemp seed oil or hemp oil is harvested by pressing the seeds of the plant while CBD oil uses the whole plant including leaves, flowers and stalks.  CBD oil is typically used for holistic and wellness including pain relief and to reduce anxiety or depression and rebalancing the internal systems.  Hemp seed oil is mainly used in food and skincare products.

Beauty & skincare benefits of hemp seed oil

Here are just a few other benefits of this amazing oil:

Regulates the skin’s moisture balance – some people think that oils are only suitable for people with dry skin. However, hemp oil can also be very helpful for those with oily and combination skin.  Hemp seed oil not only hydrates the skin but at the same time, controls excessive sebum production to maintain the skin’s proper condition and to keep the skin’s moisture levels balanced.

Hemp seed oil can help reduce acne – rich in anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, hemp oil is a great ally in the fight against acne.  Acne, blackheads and whiteheads are all caused by deep-seated bacteria trapped inside the pores. Regular application of hemp oil can help tackle pimple-causing bacteria to reduce acne breakouts.

Slows down skin aging – whether you choose to apply it onto your skin or ingest it, hemp oil can help slow the hands of time. This oil is jampacked with essential amino acids, omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids which all play an important role in cell production. As hemp oil has nutrients which aid in cell repair and regeneration, your skin can be smoother, softer, and brighter and plumper – absolutely youthful, right?

Strengthens the skin’s protective barrier – hemp seed oil’s rich amino acid content is highly essential in creating protein and protein is quite vital in making the skin (even our nails and hair!) a lot stronger. In addition to this, its moisturizing properties helps create an extra protective barrier on the skin to prevent damage caused by the harsh UV rays of the sun or environmental pollutants.

Soothes irritation and redness – studies show how hemp seed oil is also highly beneficial to those with skin conditions such as atopic dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis and rosacea. Its anti-inflammatory properties help relieve the skin from itch and stinging pain which are usual symptoms of problem skin conditions.  In addition, the rich Vitamin A, E, omega fatty acids and amino acids content of hemp seed oil helps the skin to resist infection and therefore prevents further irritation.

Is hemp seed oil safe to use for the skin?

Natural oils are rated in terms of comedogenicity. Certain types of oils have heavier components and therefore deemed comedogenic in the comedogenicity scale (0 being non-comedogenic and 5 being highly comedogenic). Hemp oil is graded 0 in the scale, which only shows that it’s perfectly safe for the skin. It is a very concentrated and lightweight substance which is why it doesn’t clog the pores at all.

Why hemp seed oil works best for dry and sensitive skin

Hemp seed oil contains healthy fats or lipids, which is very similar to what our skin naturally has. If you have severely dry skin, rough patches, flaking and redness are all common enemy. Fortunately, hemp oil is a natural humectant that also attracts moisture to the skin so using it will be help to relieve dry skin symptoms.  Sensitive skin tends to react to foreign substances quite easily, more so when the ingredient is harsh or synthetic.  Hemp seed oil is not only natural but it features a structure that is very similar to our skin thereby reducing the risk of any skin reactions.

Different ways to use hemp seed oil in your natural skincare routine

So now that we understand some of the benefits of this oil, how do you use it?  Hemp seed oil is one of the most versatile oils. It is commonly used in beauty products, either stand alone as a face or body oil, or infused with other natural ingredients to make different types of creams, lotions and moisturisers.  Hemp oil can also be found in food products.  Here are some of the ways you can use this oil in your wellness regime.

Topical application – hemp seed oil is lightweight and non-comedogenic so you can easily apply a few drops directly onto your skin. This makes a perfect hydrating and nourishing serum for your morning and night skincare routine. As this doesn’t leave a greasy film, hemp seed oil can also be used prior to makeup, too! This will allow smoother makeup application with a more glowing finish.

As a face mist – if you suffer from dry, sensitive and irritated skin, a hemp seed oil face mist should come really handy! This one is very easy to DIY as well. As hemp seed oil is a very versatile substance, you can mix this with rose water and aloe juice to concoct your own go-to face mist.

By ingesting it – of course, one of the best ways to get all the nutrients from these superfoods is to actually eat them. Our body has the ability to break down all the essential nutrients we need to keep us healthy. Hemp seed oil has a bit of a nutty taste so it works great with a number of recipes. It can be used as a salad dressing or as cooking oil!Have you tried hemp oil for yourself? Let us know in the comments and feel free to share us your ways of using it!