Move over, hyaluronic acid. Hemp skincare is the new 'it' product. It has developed a cult following over the last few years, and deservedly so; hemp skin care benefits are impressive.
Hemp seed oil is an incredibly nourishing ingredient for all skin types, provides powerful antioxidants and omega fatty acids to the skin, and has numerous health benefits linked to its rich mixture of beneficial plant chemicals.
An introduction to hemp for skin
Hemp Seed oil, also known as "hemp oil", is packed with antioxidants and vitamins that contribute to the unique benefits of hemp skincare, which we'll look at more closely in a moment.
While hemp seed oil and CBD oil both derive from the cannabis plant, hemp seed oil doesn't contain any THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), which is the psychoactive component of the hemp plant found in CBD oil.
Vitamins and minerals in Hemp Seed Oil
Hemp seed oil boasts an impressive nutritional profile, containing various vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids that benefit the skin:
Essential Fatty Acids: Rich in omega-3 and omega 6 fatty acids, Hemp seed oil delivers all-important alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) and linoleic acid (LA) to the skin. These fatty acids help maintain the skin's natural barrier, retain moisture, and reduce inflammation.
Vitamin E: A potent antioxidant, Vitamin E helps defend the skin against free radical damage caused by oxidative stress and environmental exposure. This helps improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and other signs of ageing.
Vitamin A: Also found in Hemp seed oil is carotene, a compound that our bodies transform into vitamin A. This essential vitamin plays a key role supporting the skin’s well-being and enhancing overall texture and elasticity.
Minerals: zinc, magnesium, and iron all play key roles in various skin functions, such as collagen synthesis, wound healing, and sebum production regulation.
Amino Acids: Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins, which are vital for maintaining healthy skin structure and function. One of the unique things about hemp seed oil is it contains all 20 amino acids; including the nine essential ones our bodies cannot produce.
Hemp benefits for skin
So, what are the hemp benefits for the skin exactly?
Provides long-lasting moisture
One of the biggest benefits of hemp seed oil lies in its rich profile of fatty acids, which allows it to act as a superior skin moisturiser for all skin types - dry, oily or normal. Because it is non-comedogenic, it does this without clogging pores.
The high content of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids in hemp seed oil also plays a role in strengthening the skin's barrier function, locking in moisture and preventing transepidermal water loss, keeping your skin hydrated and supple throughout the day.
Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
Hemp Seed extract and oil contain oleic and linoleic acids, which can improve the appearance of ageing skin. The acids have moisturising properties, which soften the skin and reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles, allowing your skin to glow.
These essential fatty acids also promote the production of collagen and elastin, which we know are vital for maintaining the skin's structure and elasticity. By supporting the skin's natural regeneration process, hemp seed oil helps to maintain a plump, radiant complexion
Helps with skin inflammation
A 2014 study found that hemp seed oil may reduce types of inflammation such as acne, psoriasis, eczema and lichen planus, due to its anti-inflammatory properties, omega 3 and omega 6, alongside its numerous antioxidants.
The gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) present in hemp seed oil is particularly effective in soothing skin irritation and inflammation, relieving various inflammatory skin conditions. The rich antioxidant profile of hemp seed oil, including vitamin E, help to neutralise harmful free radicals that can exacerbate inflammation and damage the skin.
It's an all-rounder powerhouse
Hemp seed and our Hemp Stem cells are packed with skin-friendly vitamins such as Vitamin E, D, B1 and B2, and minerals such as potassium, magnesium, iron, zinc, calcium and phosphorus. These allow your skin to maintain a healthy barrier function and plump your skin's look.
The combined effects of these vitamins and minerals contribute to overall skin health. They support cellular function, promote healing and repair, and protect the skin from environmental stressors like UV radiation and pollution.
The bottom line? Hemp seed oil and extract is a comprehensive skincare solution that nourishes, protects, and revitalises the skin.
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