The medical benefits of the cannabis plant have it gaining popularity. It can relieve chronic pain, ease anxiety, and offer an insomniac a decent night’s rest. No longer widely stigmatized, cannabis is reaching mainstream markets in the form of chocolates and sprays. One time-honored variety of cannabis is the hemp plant which lacks psychoactive compounds. Hemp seeds produce a valuable oil that is an ideal addition to natural skincare products.
Hemp in Skincare
Hemp, a cannabis variety, offers a powerhouse of nutrients in the oil pressed from its seeds. There is a lot of discussion in natural beauty circles about plant oils, and rightly so. They offer excellent regenerative benefits. Because hemp seed oil is rich in antioxidants, fatty acids, and minerals and is unlikely to cause allergic reactions we consider hemp seed oil to be one of the best oils for skin. Hemp oil has a comedogenic rating of 0, meaning it will not clog your pores. Your skin will maintain elasticity and softness, thanks to the essential nutrients present in hemp oil. Hemp oil is even recommended as a top natural oil to soothe psoriasis and eczema, as it reduces redness and inflammation.
Adding hemp oil to your skincare is a no-brainer, especially if you have irritated skin or eczema. It is one of the best oils for skin, and can deliver you more balanced skin in just days.
It's important to use only unrefined, raw, cold pressed hemp seed oil. Many commercial skincare lines shy away from using this fragile oil in their recipes due to a shorter shelf life and low heat tolerance. Mass market lines often use refined hemp seed oils which are stripped of valuable nutrition, and processed to a totally colorless, odorless appearance. The refining process can cause the oil to partially oxidize as well, making it already partially rancid by the time it hits your skin or hair. This makes their hemp seed oil mostly a marketing claim and even possibly bad for skin!
Raw, unrefined hemp seed oil is carefully sourced from the presser and has a beautiful green color to it. It should be kept under refrigeration until it is blended with more stable oils that can help keep it fresh for a longer period of time at room temperature. A good quality oil is never heated during creation of the finished product. The finished product may have an amber or green hue to it from the color of the natural oil.
You should also look to see if the oil appears at the very end of the ingredients list, or up towards the top. Ingredients are listed in order of concentration in the formula and the last few ingredients are generally only in the last 1% of the recipe. That's not enough to make a measurable difference to the appearance of skin and hair. Look for hemp seed oil to appear in the initial or middle portion of the ingredients list for higher proportions.
Want to get your hands on skincare with ultra-nourishing hemp oil? Try our Restore Deep Healing Oil Serum or Flawless Equalizing Anti-Blemish Oil Serum.
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