Ha Ha Ha GOTCHA!! Poor poor Hemp Seed Oil carries such a negative stigma due to its notoriety for illegal usage. Hopefully after reading this article, I can shed some legal light on the wonderful benefits of hemp!
Hemp seed oil is processed from the seeds of the hemp plant and it has the reputation of containing many health benefits. Although the oil is produced from the seeds of the Cannabis plant, it does not contain THC, the active ingredient in marijuana. It is derived from a tall-growing variety of Cannabis that has a low concentration of THC.
Hemp oil is a good source of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which are called essential fats because they are needed to maintain healthy cells, nerves and brain function. These fatty acids have to be absorbed from food because the body does not produce them.
Nutritional benefits of hemp oil are accompanied by topical benefits when it is used to cleanse and moisturize the skin. It also adds a protective layer to the skin, helps prevent rashes and provides relief for acne.
Here are five ways natural hemp seed oil will benefit your skin:
The fats, or lipids, in hemp oil are similar to those found in the skin. This makes it an effective moisturizer and protectant for skin. It increases the elasticity of the skin and brings new life to dry, tired or dehydrated skin.
Taking it as a nutritional supplement can thin the blood, helping to prevent unsightly varicose veins on the skin. Hemp seed oil is made from the only edible seed that contains gamma-linolenic acid. This substance is needed to regulate hormone levels and it can diminish hormone-related acne outbreaks.
Because psoriasis is caused by a deficiency of omega-6 fatty acid, hemp oil is an effective treatment. It also hydrates the skin and brings more oxygen to it, which makes it a good treatment for eczema and dry, itchy skin. Because hemp oil is a natural product with no known side effects, it is ideal for treating skin irritations.
Hemp oil can also bring down the redness and irritation of acne outbreaks. Over time, it can help eliminate acne by keeping the skin healthy and hydrated. It absorbs quickly and doesn’t block the pores but will actually help the skin balance oil production.
Not only is hemp oil rich in vitamins A and E, it also contains trace amounts of important minerals like potassium, magnesium, iron, zinc, calcium and phosphorus. Ingesting it improves cardiovascular health and blood flow to the skin.
It is also high in antioxidants, which are elements that prevent or slow cell damage. Because of this property, some people believe that the regular application of hemp oil slows the aging of the skin.
Hemp oil is used in lotions, shampoos, conditioners, sunscreens, lip balms and other products for the skin. The moisturizing properties of the oil are one reason for adding it to these products. It also adds vitamin D to the skin, allowing the absorption of calcium that is needed for soft, smooth skin.
It can also be used as a gentle makeup remover. If all of the makeup doesn’t come off with one application of the oil, it can be repeated. You are getting the added benefit of providing moisture to your face while cleansing it.
As a dietary supplement, it helps control acne. The gamma-linolenic acid in it helps keep pores from clogging. Sebum is a waxy substance that can clog pores, causing blackheads and whiteheads. Taking hemp seed oil as a supplement keeps the sebum from hardening and clogging the pores.
Apply hemp oil directly to areas of the skin affected by acne. It alleviates the redness and inflammation of acne due to its anti-inflammatory properties. It is also rich in antioxidants, vitamin E and vitamin A and it promotes healing of the skin.