Hemp oil has many benefits for our skin. It is particularly an excellent anti-aging and helps reduce imperfections. Zoom on this ingredient that we will all want to include in our beauty routine.
Acne, wrinkles, eczema… hemp vegetable oil would have many benefits for the skin. What are they and how to use it on a daily basis? Cosmo tells you everything.
What is hemp oil?
Hemp oil is a vegetable oil extracted from the seeds and stems of the cannabis sativa plant. It is obtained in particular by pressing hemp seeds. It is easily recognizable by its green color and its vegetable smell, fresh and light. Rest assured, it has no psychotropic effects. By law, the plant used to make hemp oil for sale must have a maximum THC content of 0.2%.
For some time now, hemp oil has become a star ingredient in natural cosmetics. And for good reason, it is known to have benefits on the quality of our skin. It has many nutrients and minerals:
- Vitamins A, E, B1, B2 and B6
- Essential fatty acids (omega 3, 6 and 9)
- Potassium, magnesium, iron, zinc, calcium and phosphorus, among others
In addition, this oil does not stick and does not leave a greasy finish on the epidermis. Two important criteria for beauty enthusiasts.
Note: a hemp cosmetic product must not contain any trace of THC.
Hemp oil to use as anti-aging
Did you know ? Hemp oil is ideal for fighting against skin aging. It has firming and regenerating properties.
Hemp oil has an antioxidant action, in particular because it is full of vitamin E and fatty acids. This allows it to fight against the effects of free radicals, responsible for premature aging of the skin. If these are essential for the proper functioning of our body, produced in too large quantities, they lead to a deterioration of our cells.
This oil will also boost collagen production, activate blood micro-circulation and restore elasticity to the skin. As a result, it is plumper and smoother: the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles is reduced.
Hemp oil to moisturize dry and sensitive skin
Among the benefits of hemp oil on the skin, we can note its moisturizing properties.
The vitamins, minerals and polyunsaturated fatty acids that compose it help to rebuild the hydrolipidic film of the skin. This cutaneous film is composed of an emulsion of water and fat. It is located on the surface of the epidermis and helps protect it against bacteria, fungi and external aggressions. It is therefore essential for the good health of our skin.
In addition, hemp oil is emollient and nourishing. It penetrates easily into the skin and helps fight against skin dehydration. It is particularly interesting for dry and sensitive skin, which regains its suppleness while being soothed.
Fight acne and blemishes with hemp oil
Hemp oil is known to act on many skin problems. And especially on acne, eczema or rosacea. It has anti-inflammatory properties and soothes very sensitive and reactive skin.
In addition, it helps to fight against imperfections by regulating the production of sebum. It helps reduce the appearance of pimples. Thanks to its nourishing action, it is also effective on acne scars and even stretch marks!
Do not hesitate to apply it locally on the area to be treated and massage in to make the oil penetrate the epidermis.
Hemp oil to soothe a sunburn
Sunburns are never very pleasant. They are hot, itchy and can be painful.
Know that you can soothe them with hemp oil. Indeed, this oil has a calming action, which will act on redness and irritation. Its nourishing properties will also help prevent dehydration of the skin in the area.
Moreover, some brands of sunscreen products are beginning to include this ingredient in their formulations.
A study dating from 2002 also highlighted the anti-UV properties of hemp oil. However, we do not recommend that you spread this oil before exposing yourself to the sun, at the risk of burns. It does not replace a suitable sunscreen product with a high SPF. Remember that the sun’s rays are dangerous for the skin. It should be well protected.
How to use hemp oil on the skin?
You can easily find hemp oil in specialty stores, such as Aroma Zone, in elixir or pure oil form. Be sure to choose a 100% natural and organic oil, so as not to have any unpleasant surprises. Store hemp oil in a dark place to prevent it from oxidizing.
It is applied locally on imperfections or redness, massaging gently.
If you want to use it on the face, here is the procedure to follow:
- Cleanse your face thoroughly
- Moisten your skin with floral water
- Add your serum
- Apply your eye contour
- Apply your cream
Add hemp oil while massaging your face
If hemp oil does not have a greasy finish, we still advise you to use it in the evening – because it remains an oil. If you wish, you can also put it in place of your moisturizer. Be careful to always do a test on your wrist or in the bend of the elbow before using a new product on the face. In addition, also check the composition of your serums and creams to see if there is a risk of interaction with hemp oil. Do not hesitate to seek advice from a dermatologist or health professional before you start.
If you don’t want to use hemp oil directly, many brands also use hemp in some of their formulations. This is particularly the case for brands such as Ho Karan, Sephora Collection, The Body Shop or Milk Make Up (with a mascara infused with cannabis oil!).
Hemp oil: what are the contraindications?
There are no specific contraindications regarding hemp oil. Make sure that it can be used on the skin before applying it and always read the instructions.
It is also necessary to respect the indicated doses.
If hemp oil is not prohibited during pregnancy or breastfeeding, be sure to seek medical advice and use products suitable for pregnant women and new mothers.
Never cook hemp oil.