While many people would commonly use lotions and body oils produced by popular commercial brands to get the skin care benefits they need, a growing population is learning about an equally beneficial alternative: hemp seed oil.
Pressed from whole hemp seeds (produced by the Cannabis sativa plant), this oil has not only been found to be rich in essential fatty acids but it also has the ideal ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids, 3:1, which is recommended by the World Health Organization for optimal health. And people need not worry about hemp oil containing tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, the psychoactive component for which the plant is known; only traces of this element can be found in the seed, and these are removed during the manufacturing process. THC can mostly be found in the rest of the plant.
In Australia, hemp seed products are not recognised as ideal for use as food, and thus these products are not meant to be sold for human consumption. They can, however, be used for industrial or skin care purposes, and from the latter, people can expect to experience quite a number of positive benefits.
These are some of the properties of hemp oil that make them a fast-rising star in the field of skin care:
Most women are concerned about products that could trigger allergic reactions or breakouts, but hemp oil is known to be ideal for the different skin types.
If you’re already suffering from rashes, redness and other signs of irritation, hemp oil can help alleviate these symptoms. Those with dermatitis, acne, psoriasis and eczema can also safely use this product on their skin.
It’s loaded with moisturisers.
Regardless of whether you have dry or oily skin, hemp oil works as an effective moisturiser thanks to its essential fatty acids. Skin retains moisture without the heavy or greasy feeling commonly associated with many lotions or body oils made from other ingredients — and you don’t need to worry about getting your pores clogged.
It’s good for your hair, too.
Hemp oil makes a great ingredient for shampoos and conditioners because of its conditioning properties. And when it’s good for making hair thicker and stronger, it’s good for making nails stronger, too.
Aside from these skin care benefits, hemp oil has also been used to reduce pain and swelling brought about by arthritis and osteoporosis. It can also help relieve premenstrual stress, act as a natural sunblock, and even contains vitamin D which is important for the body’s ability to absorb calcium.