By Paridhi Goel, Founder of Love Earth , Herbal and Organic Skin Care Brand
Hemp Oil is extracted from the seed of the hemp plant; mostly from the flower and leaf. The oil is cold-pressed and has numerous health benefits. These benefits include improving skin health thanks to its nourishing vitamins and moisturizing qualities.
It is quite popular right now because of its anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties. Hemp oil is a go-to ingredient for bath and skincare products, including bath salts and lip balms.
How does hemp oil benefit your skin?
There are a number of skincare benefits that you can get from using hemp seed oil, either topically or by consuming it.
Moderates oil production
Hemp oil is perfect for most skin types as it can moisturize without clogging your pores. It can even help to balance out oily skin, hydrating it, and regulating the skin’s oil production. Dryness can also cause your skin to overproduce oil, which in turn, can stimulate acne. Hemp oil can prevent dry skin without clogging pores. This helps reduce acne that’s caused by excess oil.
Moisturizes and soothes inflammation
One of the omega-6 fatty acids that hemp oil contains is gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). Which acts as a powerful anti-inflammatory while simultaneously encouraging skin growth and new cell generation. This can help to calm inflammation and irritation on the skin, including acne. And some conditions like psoriasis, while keeping the skin nourished and moisturized.
Treats atopic dermatitis
Part of what makes hemp seed oil so beneficial to the skin is that it’s rich in omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids. Consuming these nutrients can help to treat skin conditions like atopic dermatitis. One randomized, single-blind crossover study found evidence that dietary hempseed oil reduced the symptoms and appearance of clinical atopic dermatitis after 20 weeks.
Has anti-aging properties
In addition to moisturizing and soothing the skin, hemp oil has anti-aging properties. Hemp oil can help reduce fine lines and wrinkles as well as prevent signs of aging from developing. The linoleic acid and oleic acids found in hemp oil can’t be produced by the body but can play a crucial role in skin health and anti-aging, so they’re important nutrients to add to the diet.
Hemp oil is considered safe for most people to use, and it can help moisturize the skin from the inside out. Start with just 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of hemp oil a day before working up to more.
You can also combine hemp oil and other anti-inflammatory and soothing ingredients with a recipe like the following, which can be applied directly to the skin:
1/4 cup hemp oil
2 teaspoons melted coconut oil (can be melted in the microwave; place the desired amount in a microwaveable container and heat in 30-second intervals, stirring between each interval, until completely melted)
4 to 5 drops of skin-boosting essential oil, like lavender or rosemary oil
There is a slight confusion about Hemp oil because it has been called by various names and is associated with CBD or cannabis oil. Hemp oil is mostly extracted from Cannabis Sativa plant seed and therefore is known by that name too. But whatever be the name, the oil has magical properties and is also prescribed for oral consumption but do not consume it without a prescription.