Hemp seed oil. It’s deeply moisturising, rich in antioxidants and prone to controversy. However despite the often confusing association, hemp seed oil is free from THC (the active ingredient in marijuana), meaning it has no psychoactive properties.
Extracted from cold pressed seeds, hemp seed oil is ultra nourishing and commonly found in skincare products. Suitable for all skin types, read on to see how your complexion could benefit from hemp seed oil.
What are the benefits of hemp seed oil in skincare?
One of the reasons hemp seed oil is often included in skincare is for its high concentration of essential fatty acids (EFAS), such as omega-3 and omega-6. Ideal for anyone with dry or dehydrated complexions, these EFAs work to reduce water loss through the epidermal layer of the skin . The key to maintaining our skin’s protective barrier is moisture… which is where hemp seed oil comes in. Why hemp seed oil is so effective in skincare is down to its humectant properties. The EFAs in this natural oil attract water, helping our skin to to retain moisture, preserve the epidermis and regenerate cells . 10 & Co was formulated using hemp seed oil specifically to complement other oils like olive and jojoba, which work to lock in moisture once it’s drawn to the surface of the skin.
Who can benefit from using hemp seed oil?
As we age, our skin’s metabolism gradually slows down and less essential fatty acids are released . The result? Dreaded wrinkles and sagging skin. This is where hemp seed oil comes into play. Filled with essential fatty acids, this oil helps to keep ageing and dry skin soft and hydrated. Although its well known for its moisturising properties, hemp seed oil is also beneficial for acne prone skin. Naturally anti-inflammatory and rich in antioxidants, hemp seed oil can help to calm irritated skin without clogging pores.
How else can you use hemp seeds?
Have you ever tried hemp milk? As well as being pressed into an oil, you can use hemp seeds for both cooking and drinking. Often found in health food recipes, this superfood contain a long list of vitamins and nutrients. The potential health benefits of consuming hemp seeds include a reduction in heart disease (thanks to gamma-linolenic acid). Despite this, it is currently illegal to consume hemp seeds in Australia . If you’re living elsewhere in the world however, you’re in luck! With a similar consistency to rice milk, hemp milk is one of the thinnest dairy free alternatives, making it the perfect addition to your morning smoothie or coffee. For those who enjoy cooking, hemp seeds can also be used in anything from baked oats to chia seed puddings. However, until it becomes legal to cook and drink with hemp seeds here in Australia, we’ll be satisfied with seeing the incredible benefits through our skin.
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