My blog is dedicated to the exploration of industrial hemp in America including the rich history of all forms of cannabis, the evolving law and politics of hemp and marijuana, the many products made from cannabis and the capacity, real or imagined, of hemp to re-industrialize rural America and revitalize the American family farm.
Thursday, May 18, 2017
3 Big Reasons Why Hemp Oil Is Your Skin’s Best Friend
Hemp oil might just be the next “big thing” in natural skin care.
In fact, hemp oil is already used in lotions, shampoos, conditioners, sunscreens, lip balms and other products for the skin. It is also used as a gentle makeup remover.
What Is Hemp Oil?
Hemp oil is made from hemp seeds, one of the most versatile and nutritious seeds humans can consume. Their rich content in omega 3 fatty acids, their optimal balance between omega 3 fatty acids and omega 6 fatty acids, their rich content in electrolytes, minerals and antioxidants (mainly Vitamin E) make hemp seeds one of the most potent super-foods known to man.
If hemp seeds are so healthy, then hemp oil (which is the oil produced from them) can only be a concentrated form of the benefits hemp seeds provide.
Why Is Hemp Oil Good For Your Skin?
Hemp oil contains polyunsaturated fats, which are very rare to obtain in a healthy and optimal proportion from the plant kingdom. These fats are also called “essential fats” due to the fact that they are needed for optimal functioning of the nervous system, the endocrine system and our immune system.
Traditionally speaking, it is though that the best source of polyunsaturated fats is seafood. That is why vegetarians and vegans struggle with this ratio, which should be 3:1 omega 3 fats : omega 6 fats. If this proportion is disrupted, then inflammation would occur throughout the body, lowering the immune system’s effectiveness and bringing all sorts of health issues as a consequence.
That is why consuming hemp seeds and hemp oil is a great alternative for vegetarians and vegans – they can obtain their optimal ratio of polyunsaturated fats easily from them without having to eat seafood.
What is also very interesting is that due to its lipid profile, hemp oil has a very similar structure to that of our skin. This means that hemp oil can rejuvenate, hydrate and nourish our skin in the easiest way possible due to the fact that it has a similar lipid profile to our skin. It cleanses and moisturizes the skin as well as adding an extra protective layer for it.
How Exactly Does Hemp Oil Help Your Skin?
Let’s explore the various ways hemp oil can benefit your skin’s health, in the most natural and easiest way possible…
Hemp Oil Skin Benefit #1 – Moisturizes The Skin
Due to its similar biochemical structure, hemp oil is like a close friend for your skin. This makes hemp oil an effective moisturizer. This also means that hemp oil is a powerful protector factor for your skin, either against sunburns or other stressful factors.
Hemp oil also increases the elasticity of the skin, bringing new life to dry, tired or dehydrated skin. This means that it can be used successfully as a face mask, as a beauty aid to look many years younger and to rejuvenate your skin when you expose it to stressful factors (excessive sunlight, excessive cold, dehydration, dust and pollution and so on).
Hemp Oil Skin Benefit #2 – Regulates Local Circulation and Hormones
In “normal” words, this meas that gama-linolenic acid (contained in hemp oil as well) thins the blood, helping to prevent the appearance of varicose veins on your skin. This means that you can keep a healthy looking skin well into your senior ages without the presence of unpleasant signs of aging.
As a side benefit, due to the fact that gama-linolenic acid regulates local hormones, this means that hemp oil can aid in diminishing hormone-related acne outbreaks. Less acne for you, more health for your skin!
You already learned that hemp oil is great for reducing hormone-related acne – but did you know it is great for reducing the symptoms of psoriasis as well?
Psoriasis is an auto-immune skin disorder which triggers the apparition of irritations on the skin. Because hemp oil hydrates the skin and improves the local circulation, bringing more oxygen into cells, psoriasis symptoms can be reduced.