The Science of Hemp Seed Oil in Skin Care Products
Temps de lecture 7 min
Temps de lecture 7 min
With the growing popularity of hemp seed oil in skincare, many people are curious about the potential benefits of using hemp seed oil in their skin care routine. Hemp seed oil contains active compounds like essential fatty acids and vitamin E that may offer hydrating, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties. This article will explore what is currently known about hemp seed oil, and help you decide if its right for your skin! To get started, take the Baumann Skin Type quiz by clicking the button below!
Hemp seed oil is extracted from the seeds of the hemp plant, Cannabis sativa. Unlike marijuana, hemp contains very low levels of THC, (the psychoactive compound that causes a "high.") Hemp seed oil contains little to no THC. It has been used for centuries for cooking, industrial applications, and even skincare. With the recent boom in CBD beauty products, hemp seed oil has also gained popularity for its potential skin benefits.
Hemp seed oil contains a unique composition of fatty acids and plant compounds, including:
While hemp seed oil comes from the cannabis plant, the refinement process removes nearly all THC and CBD. The fatty acids and Vitamin E remain the primary active compounds making hemp seed oil potentially beneficial for skin health and appearance.
With its high concentration of fatty acids and polyphenols, using hemp seed oil may offer these benefits for skin:
Hemp seed oil is safe to use in skin care products, and safe to use on your face if it fits into your skin care routine. Organizations like the Environmental Working Group (EWG) rate hemp seed oil as a safe and sustainable ingredient.
While hemp seed oil is not usually considered an irritant, there are some potential side effects to consider:
CBD (cannabidiol) oil from hemp has also grown in popularity for skincare alongside hemp seed oil. While both of these ingredients come from cannabis plants, they do not come from the same parts of it. CBD is extracted from the flowers of the cannabis plant, it interacts with the body's endocannabinoid system to reduce pain and inflammation.
Hemp seed oil is extracted by pressing the seeds of the cannabis sativa plant. The seeds are high in fatty acids that nourish and moisturize skin, and do not contain CBD or THC.
When shopping for hemp seed oil, you may come across organically grown options. Organic hemp oil comes from plants grown without pesticides or chemicals. Though more expensive, organic hemp seed oil eliminates the risk of skin irritation from chemical residues. However, non-organic hemp oil that tests free of contaminants can still be a high-quality option.
With its lightweight texture and mild aroma, hemp seed oil can suit most skin types. Some examples of skin types that could benefit from hemp seed oil products are:
Hemp seed oil is a great choice for dry skin. The unsaturated fatty acids reinforce dry skin's protective barrier to prevent water loss. They also moisturize the skin without a heavy, greasy feel. Hemp seed oil may help flaky, itchy, dehydrated skin retain moisture, and help your skin glow.
As long as you are not extremely prone to acne, hemp seed oil is a safe choice for moisturizers on oily skin types. It has a very low concentration of heavy saturated fats. If your skin is extremely prone to acne, you should typically avoid most oils in your skin care products unless they're marked specifically for use in acne care. Otherwise, the anti-inflammatory compounds may help calm acne redness while keeping skin hydrated but not greasy. Hemp oil provides just the right amount of moisture for most oily skin types without clogging pores. Its linoleic and alpha-linolenic fatty acids reduce inflammation caused by breakouts.
Hemp seed oil is a good ingredient to include in anti-aging products.
Antioxidants like Vitamin E protect mature skin against wrinkle-causing free radicals. It's also able to stimulate collagen production which minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Like all anti-aging ingredients, hemp seed oil is most effective at fighting wrinkles when combined with other anti-aging ingredients like exfoliators, retinoids, peptides, or others.
Hemp seed oil is unlikely to cause irritation for those with sensitive skin. The soothing fatty acids present in the oil reinforce the skin barrier and relieve inflammation. Hemp oil is useful for sensitive skin prone to redness, itchiness, and other kinds of inflammation. It is considered a very gentle oil.
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No, hemp seed oil comes from the seeds of the cannabis sativa plant, not the flowers. This means there is a negligible amount of THC and CBD in hemp seed oil.
Hemp seed oil is packed with fatty acids that are beneficial for dry hair. It can aid in repairing damaged hair strands, and can soothe inflammation on the scalp. Overusing this or any oil in your hair can leave your hair feeling greasy, so be careful to only use as much as you need.