I have noticed that Hemp seed oil is making waves in the skincare industry at the moment. But, what is the hype all about? There has always been a puff of controversy surrounding the use of hemp, due to its association with marijuana (I must admit I was a bit sceptical at first). However, I did some research about hemp seed oil and I was soon taken down from my high horse.
Hemp seed oil is in actual fact a cold-pressed extraction from the industrial hemp plant (Cannabis sativa), which is expertly cultivated to ensure there are only tiny amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) – so we can chill, there’s no trippiness involved. And let’s not forget about the somewhat mind-blowing benefits associated with hemp seed oil.
Keeping your skin happy and healthy:
Hemp seed oil contains 21 (known) essential amino acids, not actually produced by your body. And wait for it, these essential amino acids are in optimally 3:1 balanced ratio of omega 6 (Linoleic) to Omega 3 (alpha-Linolenic), which work wonders in restoring and enriching the skin. Hemporium has a wonderful Hemp Seed and Lemon Geranium Moisturizer (R145 for 67ml). With a subtle herby scent, this light and creamy moisturiser softly envelop your skin, leaving it feeling marvellously moisturised.
As soft as silk:
I just love the silky texture and beautifully smooth consistency that hemp seed oil seems to create. This characteristic has been mastered perfecly by The Body Shop, with their Hemp Hand Protector 100ml (R135 for 100ml). The silky texture of the cream melted to the touch and dissolved seamlessly into my skin, leaving my hands soft and supple, with no trace of residue oil.
These benefits are just the beginning. Hemp seed oil is also rich in “super polyunsaturated fatty acids, such as gamma-linolenic acids (GLA), oleic acids and stearidonic acids, which are miracle workers in relieving symptoms associated with skin inflammation. Theravine’s Clarifying Mango Face Balm (R448 for 50ml), was formulated for this purpose. I was truly amazed by its soothing powers on my easily irritated and sensitive skin. Scraping just a small amount from the tub (using the included scraper), I gently warmed the sticky, yet sensationally soft balm in my palms and applied in circular motions onto my face. Initially, the balm sat rather heavily on my face, giving it a shiny look. The oily glow however soon sank in, and all I can say is that the next morning my skin was as soft as a baby’s bottom. I was happy to hear that hemp seed oil is also non-comedogenic, which means that it does not clog the pores.
According to research, this somewhat rare presence of GLA is also potentially a natural sunscreen and has broad spectrum UV protector properties. So, hemp seed oil could help deflect those harsh UV rays, without affecting the adsorption of our much-needed vitamin D.
Best of all, these essential acids have highly effective anti-ageing properties, supplying epidural lipids (fats in the outermost skin layer), which also improves the overall functioning of the skin. This protective barrier that hemp seed oil creates on the skin also improves water-resistance and safeguards all the vital nutrients in the skin.
Hemp seed oil has an abundant supply of antioxidants (Vitamin E), carotene (precursor to Vitamin A), phytosterols, phospholipids and minerals, including calcium, magnesium, sulfur, potassium, phosphorus, as well as a small amount of iron and zinc – our saving grace when it comes to protecting the skin from environmental stressors.
So yes, it’s potent!
All I can say is that embracing Hemp seed oil in my beauty regime has been nothing but beneficial, and I’ll be keeping an eye out for more skincare brands in South Africa joining the hemp seed oil train.
What are your views on hemp seed oil in skincare products? Feel free to drop a comment, I’d really like to know.