Hemp seed oil is making a mark on the skincare world and could be the missing part of your skincare regime. Made from cold-pressed hemp seeds, hemp seed oil is a nutrient-dense healing superfood for your insides and outsides! Loaded with vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids, this non-comedogenic (non-pore clogging) oil is on its way to defame coconut oil’s popular status. Here are 5 amazing ways hemp seed oil can make a difference in your skin.
Can Treat Acne
Hemp seed oil is rated “zero” on the noncomedogenic scale. This means that even though it is an oil, hemp oil is absorbent but will not clog pores. It has been suggested that coconut oil can fight acne, as it has lauric acid that kills bacteria. However coconut oil tends to sit on the skin like a film and has a comedogenic rating of 4, meaning it will likely clog pores, unlike hemp seed oil. Additionally, hemp seed oil moderates oil production, as it is high in linoleic acid which helps keep sebum and excess oil production in check. Hemp oil also contains stearic acid, which has incredible cleansing properties that purge dirt, sweat, and excess sebum from hair and skin. Lastly, the omega 3&6 essential fatty acids in hemp oil also help lower inflammation in the skin to hydrate and soothe red acne spots.
~ For an easy acne fighter: use hemp seed oil as a cleansing oil! Cleansing oils are a perfect way to cleanse the skin, without stripping the natural oils from the face. Simply wet your face with warm water and massage a tsp of hemp seed oil into your face. Let the oil sit on the skin for a few minutes before rinsing. Cleanse twice a day for smooth, acne-free skin!
Treats Inflammatory Skin Conditions
Hemp seed oil has gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), which acts as a powerful anti-inflammatory agent that simultaneously encourages skin growth and cell regeneration. 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, as hemp seed oil also acts as a humectant, drawing moisture to the skin.
~For anti-inflammatory leave-on moisturizer: Try messaging hempseed oil into the affected skin area for 5-10 minutes. Do not rinse the oil off. For best results, repeat every night before bed.
Slows Signs of Aging
Hemp seed oil contains lipids, fatty acids, magnesium, potassium, vitamins B1, B2, and E. Vitamins stimulate natural collagen production, leaving the skin hydrated and youthful. Hemp oil can also help reduce fine lines and wrinkles as well as prevent signs of aging. 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 make sure to add these nutrients to your diet and skincare routine!
~ For a hemp seed oil makeup remover: Try rubbing a tsp of hemp seed oil onto your face and neck until makeup begins to dissolve. After the makeup is lifted by the oil, take a wet cloth and gently wipe everything off. Repeat if needed.
Helps Treat Dry Flakey Scalp and Brittle Nails
Having painted nails is, of course, #onfleek but sometimes causes our nails to grow weaker and slower. Hemp oil is great to strengthen nails and heal cuticles, as hemp oil contains amino acids to aid protein building. Additionally, the soothing omega essential fatty acids help treat dry flakey scalp by soothing and moisturizing the skin and the hair follicles on your head!
~A trick for healthy nails: Try applying hemp seed oil directly onto your nails, massaging the oil into your nailbeds and cuticles. Rub excess oil into your hands. Do this before bed and wake up with silky smooth hands and strong, healthy nails!
~ A trick for healthy hair: Try applying 1 tsp-tbsp of hemp seed oil into your shampoo and conditioner. When washing hair, rub the hemp-infused products into the scalp for a couple of minutes. You will have shiny hair and a healthy scalp!
Helps with Overall Health and Wellness
Beauty starts from within. All skin conditions are ultimately an external indication of what is happening internally. So, what we put in our bodies matters! Did you know that human beings evolved on a diet with a ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 essential fatty acids of approximately 1:1 whereas in Western diets, the ratio is 15:1-17:1? Excessive amounts of omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids and a very high omega-6/omega-3 ratio, promotes the pathogenesis of many diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, and inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. This is why you should incorporate hemp seeds and hemp oil into your diet, as hemp has the optimal 3:1 omega 6 to 3 essential fatty acid ratio. This optimal ratio actually promotes anti-inflammatory benefits throughout the body.
~ Ways to add hemp to your diet: Hemp seeds are great in salads, granolas, and smoothies, deliciously delivering essential fatty acids, protein, vitamins A and E, but also essential trace minerals and a wealth of antioxidants. Hemp seed oil is also great in smoothies, soups, and salads, delivering similar benefits.
We wanted to test the healing benefits of hemp seed oil for ourselves here at Evo Hemp. Our film producer Josh had severely dry heels and rubbed hemp seed oil on his feet before bed. The results after one weak were amazing! He had baby-soft smooth heels. After Josh’s experiment and attainting further information about hemp seed oil, we became even more impressed with the hemp plant and its benefits for our skin. You’re going to want to try hemp seed oil for your skin to see for yourself!
- Bridey Keating