Depending on whom you ask, when mentioned, essential oils either light up a person’s face (literally and figuratively) or strike fear and disgust in their heart. Which makes us come back to the same question we have all asked at least once in our lives – are essential oils really good for our skin? Or are they a road to ruin?
In a world that is so damagingly concerned and conscious about beauty standards, it gets hard to be confident in your skin if you suffer from skin conditions such as acne – either hormonal or cystic, etc. No one wants to take the risk of causing any damage to their skin by trying new skin products. That is why it is important to do your research and testing before getting into or starting a new skincare routine, or introducing a brand-new product into your regime.
We will now discuss whether essential oils, especially hemp oil, are actually good for the skin or not.
WHAT IS HEMP OIL?
According to Wikipedia, hemp oil or hempseed oil is obtained by pressing hemp seeds. Cold pressed, unrefined hemp oil is dark to clear light green in color, with a nutty flavor. The darker the color, the grassier the flavor. Hemp seed oil has the reputation of containing numerous benefits for skin, hair, nails, hormones, etc. as it is an incredibly nourishing oil. We can say hemp seed oil has a bit of a cult following.
Hempseed oil is often confused with hash oil. This is because the oil is obtained from the seeds of the Cannabis plant, but it does not contain THC, which is the active ingredient in marijuana, like hash oil. If the hemp oil is refined, it is colorless and clear, has little to no flavor and lacks natural vitamins and anti-oxidants.
REASONS TO ADD HEMPSEED OIL TO YOUR SKINCARE REGIME
We can say that hemp oil for the skin is a godsend. Hence, there are a number of reasons as to why you should add hemp oil to your skincare routine as soon as possible. Some of them are listed below:
- MOISTURISING PROPERTIES
Hemp seed oil can often be used as a moisturizer for the skin. A number of studies have tested and proved that hemp oil works to decrease skin dryness drastically. So, if you have dry skin and have not found anything that tickles your fancy yet, this is the product for you.
- FOR ITCHING
Once you add hemp seed oil to your skin care regime, it automatically works on decreasing the dryness of your skin. Once that is taken care of, it helps get rid of itching and irritation, which keeps you from scratching your skin, transferring bacteria and formation of scabs.
- HELPS WITH AGING
The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of hemp seed oil protect your skin against the process of aging by really slowing the dreaded process down, all the while smoothing the skin.
- PROTECTS THE SKIN
Hemp seed oil is very effective in adding a protective layer to the skin, which helps in preventing rashes and provides relief from various skin conditions.
- AS A DIETARY SUPPLEMENT
Hemp seed oil can be consumed in the form of capsules as dietary supplements, as taking this nutritional supplement helps in thinning the blood, which helps in preventing unsightly varicose veins on the skin. This is because hemp seed oil is made from the only edible seed which consists of gamma-linolenic acid – a substance which is needed for regulation of hormone levels and also helps with hormone-related breakouts.
- HELPS WITH PSORIASIS
Since we know that the skin condition psoriasis is caused by the deficiency of omega-6 fatty acid, we can use hemp oil as treatment because it hydrates and provides more oxygen to the sensitive skin, which automatically helps with conditions such as eczema and itchy, dry skin. It is also important to know that hemp oil as no known side effects; hence it is ideal for skin rashes.
- TREATMENT OF ACNE
In simpler words, we can say that hemp seed oil is a lifesaver when it comes to acne breakouts. It helps in bringing down the redness and irritation of the pimples and cysts. Since hemp oil is non-comedogenic, it does not block our pores and instead helps in balancing skin oil production. It eases the irritation caused by a breakout and overtime, it works eliminate acne by keeping the skin happy, healthy and hydrated.
- RICH IN VITAMINS
Reputable non comedogenic hemp seed oil is known for being rich in vitamins A and E. Fortunately, it also contains small amounts of essential minerals such as magnesium, iron, potassium, phosphorus, zinc and calcium. Ingestion of hemp seed oil helps keep the insides of the human body healthy.
- USED IN COSMETICS
Hemp seed oil is used in the making of cosmetics such as lotions, shampoos, conditioners, sunscreens, lip balms and other products that are applied to the skin. The biggest reason for this addition are the moisturizing properties of the hemp oil. It also is very helpful in providing Vitamin D to the skin, which allows the absorption of calcium which is required to make the skin smooth and soft.
- MAKE UP REMOVING PROPERTIES
Hemp seed oil is very effective when it comes to removing make up gently. Your skin will not be damaged even if you have to use it multiple times to remove your make up because sometimes it does not come off all the way with only one application. The good thing about this property is that you are moisturizing and cleaning your face at the same time.
- CAN BE USED FOR ALL SKIN TYPES
The best thing about hemp seed oil is that it is not designed for only one type of skin. It can literally be used by anyone with any sort of skin problem of type or condition. It provides just the right amount of moisture, soaks up all that unnecessary oil and calms your skin at the same time. What more could anyone need?