Hemp Oil for Skin
Hemp oil is currently one of the most talked about products in the health and beauty industry, and for a good reason. Recent research has helped to solidify just how useful this plant extract is, suggesting that it is effectively used as a treatment for a wide variety of skin concerns and health concerns.
The oil is specifically popular as a topical solution, and people use it to treat simply dry skin all the way to severe conditions, like psoriasis. The oil is approved by many physicians and professionals as a safe, effective, and natural way to provide your skin with the oils and nutrients it needs to thrive.
Where Does Hemp Oil Come From?
Hemp oil is extracted from the seeds of the cannabis plant, usually through a cold pressed extraction process. The result is an oil, usually greenish in color, that is lightweight but nutrient packed. There is a lot of controversy surrounding its use due to its similarities to marijuana products. However, although both are from the same plant, hemp oil has only trace amounts of THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol.
Alternatively, THC is found in large amounts in marijuana products and is responsible for the psychoactive effects of the substance. Instead, hemp oil is high in CBD content, which is responsible for most of its health benefits, and doesn’t cause any psychoactive effects, or the “high” you get from marijuana products.
Hemp Oil Nutrition
Hemp oil, like many plant-based oils, is packed with nutrients that are beneficial to the body and mind. The most notable of these are the essential fatty acids (EFA’s), which are not naturally produced by your body but are used by your body in many of its functions. Hemp oil includes the EFA’s omega-3, omega-6, and omega-9. Hemp oil also has antioxidant properties provided by its carotene and vitamin E content.
Antioxidants are responsible for fighting off free radicals found in the body, which are dangerous and can cause damage to the tissue of the skin. Hemp oil also is packed with other nutrients, including some proteins that can be used by the skin and hair. You can find polyunsaturated fats, too, like gamma linoleic acid (GLA) and stearidonic acid.
There are also significant amounts of minerals like iron, magnesium, zinc, phosphorus, calcium, and sulfur that can benefit the skin through topical applications.
How Hemp Oil Affects Your Skin
Hemp oil contains cannabinoids similar to the ones your skin produces naturally. Your body regulates things like oil production, how the skin releases toxins, and other skin functions through its endocannabinoid system (ECS). When the ECS is imbalanced, it causes adverse reactions to your skin, like extreme dryness, excessive oil production, or itching or burning. Thankfully, the cannabinoids in the hemp oil are so similar to the ones found naturally in your skin that they have no problem binding with the cannabinoid receptors in your skin. Therefore, the body is able to easily absorb and process the hemp oil. The oil then helps to regulate your ECS. If your ECS is producing too much oil, hemp oil will notify the receptors, which then reduce oil production.
For dry skin that lacks moisture, the fatty acid content will easily bind with and nourish skin, soothing dryness and providing a protective layer to protect from some environmental factors.
Hemp oil has anti-inflammatory properties that are beneficial to the skin and help to soothe inflammation and irritation. Hemp oil is non-comedogenic, meaning it will not clog your pores. This makes it a great topical solution that won’t cause blockages or breakouts like many other oils, even if you have oily skin. Of course, you should always talk to your doctor before changing your skin care routine, especially if you are using hemp oil to treat any medical conditions or skin concerns.
When using hemp oil as a topical skin care product regularly, you should see changes in your skin. Hemp oil nourishes skin and produces a healthy glow while fighting bacteria and free radicals that cause blemishes and acne. Additionally, hemp oil will help control your skin’s oil output and balance the oils found in your skin, so that your skin is neither too oily or too dry.
Is Hemp Oil Safe?
While there is still much to be discovered about the use of hemp oil as a topical skin treatment, many studies have been done concerning the safety and toxicity of hemp oil when applied directly to the skin. However, no relevant studies have shown the need for alarm and instead, list a few mild side effects.
One study on the toxicity of hemp oil when used in large amounts showed that hemp oil provided no toxic threat, even in doses almost 300 times higher than the usual recommended dose. Many doctors will recommend hemp oil as a topical treatment for skin, but you should always talk to your doctor to be sure that it is right for you.
Using Hemp Oil in Your Skin Care Routine
Hemp oil can be found in many beauty products designed for specific sectors of skin care. Therefore you may be able to find a product directed toward your concern areas. This includes special facial soaps, moisturizers, medicated skin products for eczema, acne, or psoriasis, hemp infused salves and butters, and sprays. However, hemp oil can be applied directly to the skin and used as a carrier oil for your choice of essential oils.
It is best to apply hemp oil directly to the skin right after a warm bath or shower when the pores are open. Simply rub a liberal amount of the oil onto your skin. There is no need to remove it. Your skin will absorb the oil and all of its nutrients quickly.
You can also use hemp oil to make your own beauty products at home. Try combining the hemp oil with other ingredients that are beneficial for your skin. Mixing the oil with bananas and honey can make a mask that is ultra-hydrating and antimicrobial.
Mixing it with essential oils will allow you to create skin products to target your specific concerns. Hemp oil can be applied to a cotton pad and used as a makeup remover since most makeup is oil soluble.