E1011 Labs Explores Hemp Value in Skin Care
An addition of all-natural hemp oil into your daily skincare regimen can have outstanding effects. Found in various beauty and rejuvenation products, such as creams, facial oils, and serums, hemp oil has proven to be extremely beneficial for skin health.
Hemp and CBD for Skin Care
As you may already know, hemp is a variety of the Cannabis sativa plant, also known as marijuana, which is grown particularly for its seeds and fiber. Hemp contains very low amounts of the psychoactive compound tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and hence does not have psychoactive effects. This makes it a tremendously popular ingredient in natural, modern skincare products.
Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a chemical compound that is also found in hemp plants. CBD oil has also established its place as a potentially beneficial skin care compound. However, despite sharing the common plant species, hemp oil and CBD oil are quite different.
Hemp oil is obtained from hemp seeds, whereas CBD oil is obtained from the stalks, leaves, and buds, and may also come from other plants in the cannabis family.
Benefits of Hemp Oil in Skin Care Products
Here are some of the outstanding qualities that make hemp a valuable ingredient in skincare products.
This is well-verified and possibly the most useful property of hemp seed oil. Hemp oil is a natural emollient and contains polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), Vitamin E, and amino acids. When used topically, these compounds act as natural emollients and help moisturize the skin, making it soft and agile.
The hemp seed oil contains an impressive makeup of antioxidants, such as fatty acids (gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), and Vitamins A and C. Hemp seed oil is predominantly rich in Vitamin E, which is a scavenger of compounds known as free radicals that are usually present in the environment and cause skin damage and deterioration. Also, the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays contain free radicals that can accelerate premature signs of aging, including fine lines, wrinkles, and dark spots.
Hence, topically applied hemp oil tightens skin and can help reduce previous skin damage and protect skin cells from deterioration and premature aging.
Certain components of hemp oil possess anti-inflammatory properties, such as Vitamin C, phytosterols, and carotenes. Research shows that these substances can help relieve skin inflammation.
More research is also underway to assess the exact mechanism by which hemp oil can be used for treating dermatologic conditions such as pruritus, inflammatory skin disease, and even skin cancer.
Studies have also shown that hemp oil possesses anti-bacterial properties, which means that it can be effectively used for treating several skin diseases and infections, such as dermatitis, eczema, acne, and psoriasis.
A study published in 2005 in the Journal of Dermatological Treatment stated that:
“Dietary hempseed oil caused significant changes in plasma fatty acid profiles and improved clinical symptoms of atopic dermatitis. It is suggested that these improvements resulted from the balanced and abundant supply of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) in this hempseed oil.”
Collagen Producing Capabilities
The Vitamin C present in hemp seed oil plays an important role in collagen synthesis. Collagen is a family of proteins that form the basic structural component of many connective tissues, such as skin and cartilage. Collagen keeps skin flexible and fresh-looking.
Without Vitamin C, certain vital steps in collagen formation can be interrupted or altogether inhibited. Hence, using hemp seed oil for skin means increased collagen production, which increases skin elasticity and reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
Excess of sebum (natural oil secreted by skin cells to keep it moist) or sebum of low quality (usually due to unbalanced diet) can cause clogged pores and skin breakouts. The hemp seed oil has been shown to effectively reduce sebum production and redness of the skin.
So, if acne is your main concern, incorporate a skincare product enhanced with hemp oil to rid yourself of pimple-ridden skin, and enjoy a clean and clearer complexion.
Moreover, hemp oil can also be used for oily skin, since it is non-comedogenic, meaning it won’t clog your pores.
Hemp Skin Products: Oral, Tincture, or Topical?
Due to the popularity of its impressive properties, finding a skincare product containing hemp oil is fairly easy.
There are three types of products available: pills, tinctures, and topical formulations (hemp cream).
Hemp tinctures contain the optimum 3:1 ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids. As mentioned before, these fatty acids help keep the skin moisturized and also reduce inflammation.
If you prefer to use hemp topically, you will still see the desired results. When applied topically on the skin, hemp seed oil has been shown to exhibit anti-inflammatory and anti-itch properties.
Ingesting hemp orally will target skin breakouts from the inside out. Hemp seed oil is rich in linoleic acid, essential omega-6 fatty acids, iron, magnesium, zinc, potassium, and phosphorus — all of which help promote healthier skin.
Are There Any Side-effects of Hemp Skin Care Products?
Even though hemp is considered safe for use on the body and face, it is recommended that you first use hemp skincare products on a small test area to ensure you do not have an allergic reaction.
Also, always keep a special lookout when choosing a hemp tincture or topical product, and always buy organic. Organic is the best hemp oil for skin since it normally contains more nutrients, including the beneficial vitamins and minerals found in hemp.
Non-organic products often contain synthetic fragrances, added colors, and preservatives to increase their shelf life. These substances can cause skin irritation and reactions.
Choosing the Right Hemp Skin Care Product
When choosing the hemp-based skincare product, you’ll come across two types of labels, and both are considered safe to use:
- Full-spectrum hemp oil: contains all the components found in hemp, along with trace amounts of THC.
- Broad-spectrum hemp oil: contains a variety of cannabinoids, flavonoids, and terpenes obtained from hemp, but no THC.
Always buy products that mention ‘cannabidiol’ (CBD), ‘hemp extract’, or ‘hemp CBD’ on the label.
However, the most significant factor to contemplate is the quality of the product you are purchasing. Make sure you trust the brand, are confident that the product you’re purchasing is safe, and that it contains precisely what the label claims. It's best to always buy products that have been tested in a third-party lab.
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