Humans who love their skin have noticed that the Cannabis plant has an increasingly strong reputation in the world of beauty and wellness. It’s known as “Nature’s most perfectly balanced oil” because there are zero chemical formulas and no other plant sources that can match the natural effects of Hemp Seed Oil – whether you’re looking for a solution to a persistent issue or simply a daily supplement, Hemp Seed Oil is perfect as a:
- daily moisturiser to firm, rejuvenate and tighten your skin while leaving it supple, plump and luscious.
- method to gently repair stressed, dehydrated and damaged skin, giving you a youthful glow.
- full spectrum treatment for skincare challenges including acne, eczema and psoriasis.
- solution to redness, discolouration, soreness, dull greasy skin, rashes and a lacklustre complexion evening out your skin tone and reducing blotchiness.
- counterbalance to signs of aging such as wrinkles and fine lines…great for us Aussies who’re a little too fond of lying on the beach or getting about in the sun!
“I already have loads of skincare products. Why should I bother with Hemp Seed Oil?”
The majority of skin care products currently on the market are petroleum-based, and many contain minerals which do you no good. These minerals can’t be absorbed, meaning they sit on the skin, clogging up pores, starving you of oxygen and leading to blackheads. Yuck. This is why more and more progressive skincare producers are starting to use hemp seed oil as the foundation of their products. Hemp Seed Oil is a non-comedogenic, so it won’t clog pores or cause breakouts. It’s an excellent alternative to other natural oils such as coconut oil, flaxseed oil and palm oil, which have high comedogenic ratings, which means that those with sensitive skin can more-or-less guarantee a breakout.
In addition to adding hemp seed oil to your skincare regime, many people are finding cannabinoids such as CBD work extremely well to treat a range of skin diseases and can help reduce surface inflammation. Acne is classed as an inflammatory condition and cannabinoids could prove to be a lifesaver for life long sufferers of this skin condition. CBD has soothing properties which can help minimise redness and reactivity to other substances and particles that our face or skin surfaces come in contact with. More research does need to be completed with cannabinoids as an ingredient for skincare to ensure efficacy. In the meantime, many companies globally are selling a wide range of creams and serums to suit almost all skin types.
1. Save Your Skin, Save Your Planet
Unlike those afore-mentioned petroleum-based products, Hemp Seed Oil is 100% natural. It’s good for the environment as well as your skin. Rather than using our rapidly dwindling supply of fossil fuels, we prefer to use Hemp – the Tree of Life, and one of the most sustainable plants in the world. It actually replenishes the soil as it grows! It even draws moisture to your skin, as it’s a humectant. If you continue daily use over time, this will actually improve your skin’s ability retain moisture.
2. Nailed It
Gorgeous nail polish is gorgeous. The downside is that frequent use has a negative impact on nail growth. However, the amino acid content in Hemp Seed Oil means that applying it directly to your nails and massaging it in will strengthen and heal both nails and cuticles. It’s also a natural antibacterial and antifungal, meaning your hands stay clean and fresh!
3. Teenage (Health) Kicks
How many different nonsense products have we all used to deal with spots and acne? Tons – and none of them ever live up to their promises. Every day, more and more people are turning to Hemp Seed Oil, and the internet is full of accounts of how it’s helped those who’ve long suffered from inflammation and dry skin conditions such as Acne, Eczema, Rosacea, Psoriasis and Dermatitis. Dermatologist Dr. Joshua Zeichner believes that this is because it may “modulate skin oil production”, which is why it’s so good for acne sufferers. What’s more, it also contains GLA – gamma linoleic acid – which is an anti-inflammatory. It also contains oleic acid and stearidonic acid (more good stuff). In fact, this controlled single-blind crossover study from The Journal of Dermatological Treatment (published in the mid-2000s) found that Hemp Seed Oil led to a rapid improvement in both the appearance and symptoms of dermatitis.
4. Natural UV Protection
Hemp Seed Oil provides natural protection against the sun, with an SPF 6 rating. While this is not enough to protect you outside (the recommended minimum here in Australia is SPF 30+), it’s enough to protect you whilst driving.
5. Omega Kisses!
Hemp Seed Oil’s naturally occurring 3:1 ratio of omega fatty acids are absolutely crucial to keep your skin healthy. The EFA (essential fatty acids) profile in Hemp Seed Oil is very similar to our skin’s natural lipids (fats), meaning that it’s perfect for skincare. That’s because it can easily be absorbed into your skin, right down into the deepest layers through the epidermis. Not only do EFAs make your skin more elastic and softly resilient, they also contribute to stronger, shinier hair.
6. Vitamin D(ope)
You get Vitamin D from the sun, but you also get it from hemp. In fact, hemp is the ONLY known plant source of Vitamin D. Why do we need it? Primarily, because it’s essential for calcium absorption. Vitamin D is the “key” which allows your body to access the calcium you consume. Without it, you end up with brittle bones, weak muscles and poor overall health. Your skin needs calcium to say silky smooth and kitten soft!
Oxidation is the process of aging, essentially – it’s what makes metal rusty and apples turn brown after you slice them. Over time, the same happens to your skin. ANTI-oxidation counteracts that process, and hemp contains antioxidants in high levels. Not only will this reduce skin cell damage, but it slows down skin cell death and literally makes you appear younger. Next time they ask for your ID at the bottle shop, thank hemp!
“Okay, I’m convinced.”
…no, wait, there’s more! Hemp Seed Oil is also packed with Vitamin A and Vitamin E, in addition to a whole rake of B Vitamins: Vitamin B1 (thiamin), Vitamin B3 (niacin), Vitamin B5 and Vitamin B9 (folate). Hemp contains all 10 of the essential amino acids (which your body needs as the building blocks of protein) in addition to chlorophyll (you can see that in its lovely green colour), copper iron, magnesium, phospholipids, phosphorous, phytosterols, potassium, sulfur and zinc. Plus, you can eat it, leading to improved heart health and blood circulation to the skin!
With zero side effects, Hemp Seed Oil is 100% natural and great for the planet. Next time your skin is feeling dry or cracked, give it a cannabis kiss. You’ll be delighted with the results. Read more about the benefits of Hemp and CBD for a range of conditions and symptoms here.
Just like humans, animals do encounter difficult times with their skincare regimes and the most common questions we receive are around itching, smelly and flaky skin plus allergic reactions with either nature or unknown substances. The best course of action is to choose a hemp seed oil-based product that lathers well, uses natural ingredients and of course, smells amazing. What we found when we tested a number of different products for pets were that there was no actual hemp or cannabis in the product even though the products were claiming they had. Always check the brand you are buying from is reputable and above all has reviews from real customers to ensure the efficacy stacks up.