Does you skin need a bit of revitalizing? If so, you definitely need to try hemp oil. It has a lot of wonderful benefits and is a natural oil extracted from the hemp plant.
Hemp oil is becoming a very popular skin remedy and with good reason. Here we will take a look at all it has to offer for happy, healthy skin.
About Hemp Oil
There are a lot of amazing qualities that have helped make hemp oil a favorite in skin care routines. Like many natural oils (e.g. coconut, almond, avocado, olive oils) hemp oil can be taken internally AND used externally. Both methods will help with long term skin health.
Hemp seeds contain 75-80% polyunsaturated fatty acids (the good ones), with 9-11% saturated fatty acids (the bad ones). This ratio is extremely desirable, as polyunsaturated fatty acids are what we need and are often lacking in our diets.
The ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3 fats is also optimal in hemp seed oil.
Hemp oil can be extracted from the entire plant, but the seeds give the highest quality oil. When buying hemp oil, choose unrefined, cold pressed varieties for the best quality.
The Benefits of Hemp Oil for Skin
When skin is inflamed in any way, it’s appearance can be affected. This is particularly the case if you suffer from acne, eczema or psoriasis. Hemp oil is anti-inflammatory and gives immediate relief to these skin issues. It reduces the red appearance, will help to clear the condition and give you back healthy, glowing skin.
Non comedogenic, hemp oil doesn’t clog pores and can be used on any skin type. Although it sounds counter intuitive, hemp oil can actually unclog pores.
Even oily skin can benefit from hemp oil as it helps to balance oil production. It protects the skin’s water barrier promoting softness and elasticity.
A Dry Skin Remedy
Storing hemp oil the right way is important to stop it going rancid quickly. It should be stored in a dark, cool place like the refrigerator, not in the bathroom.
Addition to Skin Creams
Hemp oil can be used alone, but it is also a great addition to lotions, creams and other skin moisturizers. It is often included in natural skin care creams because of its great properties. But you can also add it to your favorite creams if it’s not already included.
To do this, just add some hemp oil into the bottle or jar, shake or stir, and use normally. If you are unsure how much to add, just start with a small amount and mix it in well. You can then continue to add more while ensuring it doesn’t affect the consistency of the original cream or lotion.
How To Get Your Daily Dose
As mentioned above, you can take hemp oil internally as well. With a low smoking point, hemp oil can be used when cooking over low to medium heat. It is best to keep its exposure to heat minimized to maintain full health benefits.
With a slightly nutty flavor, it is a great addition to pesto, salad dressings, dips, salsas and hummus. Use it to add some delicious depth to soups and sauces as well by adding it once they are cooked. Also try adding some to smoothies for a healthy boost.
There are lots of great ways to get your daily dose of hemp oil so get creative.
Hemp oil contains many vitamins including vitamins A, C, E and beta-carotene. Calcium, phosphorus, sulfur, magnesium, and potassium are also contained in hemp oil.
And remember, hemp oil is rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids. This makes it a great source of healthy fats for not just your skin, but also the brain and entire body.
If you haven’t tried it before, give hemp oil a go, regardless of your skin type and condition. Your skin will thank you for putting hemp oil on your plate and into your beauty routine.
With so many wonderful benefits, use hemp oil for your skin and give it a happy and healthy boost.