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We’re all so keen to learn about the latest innovation on the market when it comes to improving our skin, but did you know that you can get the same (if not better) benefits from totally natural ingredients? These are very easily found either in your own kitchen cupboard, or in health stores, and are super-healthy for your skin overall. One of those useful miracle cures is hemp seed oil.
What is Hemp Seed Oil?
Hemp seed oil is made by basically pressing hemp seeds, to extract the oil, which is dark in color. For a long time, many people were a little on the fence about using hemp seed extract, because of its connection with cannabis. You don’t have to worry, however, as hemp seeds are free from the hallucinogenic and even psychotropic effects of cannabis, and instead, you can make use of them for their wonderful skin enhancing properties!
Hemp seed oil is packed with omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, and overall its make up is very similar to the skin lipids you would buy over the counter. This means that hemp seed oil is a fantastic natural way to feed tired, dry, and dehydrated skin, and restore it to its former glory.
Omega Fatty Acid Content
- Oleic Acid (Omega 9): 9%
- Linolenic Acid (Omega 3): 22%
- Linoleic Acid (Omega 6): 54%
The Skin Benefits of Hemp Seed Oil
Now we know that hemp seed oil is, and we now that it’s totally safe to use (always do a patch test, however), let’s check out the skin benefits you can enjoy by incorporating this into your skincare routine.
You can easily use hemp seed oil as an effective cleanser, as it encourages old sebum to move away from the surface of the skin, and also cleanses of dirt and other environmental factors which cause build up in the pores.
To make your own DIY cleanser, simply use a teaspoon of hemp seed oil and massage it into your facial skin with your fingertips, using circular movements. Soak a washcloth in warm water and dab onto your skin to remove build up.
A Natural Moisturizer
Hemp seed doesn’t block the pores at all, so that means if you use it as a moisturizer it is literally going to do what it says on the tin, and it isn’t going to cause breakouts from blockages.
If you have oily skin or you’re prone to acne, this is a double whammy of advantages for you, because the oil will help to form a protective layer, which will stop moisture from escaping.
A Good Acne Treatment
Whilst hemp seed oil is not going to treat acne completely, it is great to use on skin which is prone to the condition. The oil will not only calm the skin but it has astringent properties within it, so it will help to balance out the production of sebum within your skin, cutting down on greasiness and acne symptoms.
Can be Used to Relieve Dermatitis Symptoms
Hemp seed oil will help to relieve dryness and itchiness of the skin, which is a common cause and irritant in dermatitis cases. By helping to relieve these two factors, dermatitis can be relieved if you already suffer from the condition. Again, this is all down to those omega fatty acids.
A Good Anti-Aging Treatment
The high level of antioxidants means that hemp seed oil is great for fighting aging effects. Skin’s elasticity is improved and it also helps your skin to retain water and therefore plumpness.
All of this adds up to a more youthful appearance, as well as a tightening effect. Basically, if your skin is starting to sag a little, try some hemp seed oil!
Can Help With Skin Rashes
Whilst you certainly need to find out what is causing the rash first, hemp seed oil can help to relieve it. The oil has anti-inflammatory powers, and when you add that to its soothing and moisturizing effects, any red, itchy, or inflamed rash will be relieved quite quickly.
Can Tighten Large Pores
We mentioned that hemp seed oil has anti-aging properties, but it also helps to tighten pores that are quite large in appearance. This is yet again do to those astringent properties we mentioned earlier, which are prone to causing extra sebum and resulting in breakouts on a regular basis.
Regular use of hemp seed oil can help to shrink down and tighten those pores, to eradicate problems.
A Good Treatment For Psoriasis
One potential cause of psoriasis is a lack of omega 6 fatty acid in your system. We have mentioned a few times that hemp seed oil is high in that particular property, so it makes sense that putting back what you’re deficient in can help out!
In addition, hemp seed oil will help to soothe and calm down psoriasis affected skin, which may be red, dry, and itchy.
All of these benefits should have you reaching for the hemp seed oil! How do you use hemp seed oil?
To your lovely skin,