Published on: 01/27/17
Do you keep hearing how hemp oil is the new superfood? Well, its amazing health benefits don’t end there. Turns out it is also an amazing addition to your skincare routine?
Hemp oil is abundant with potent nutrients and its remarkable healing and beautifying qualities are gaining more and more appreciation among beauty and health professionals. The full potential of hemp products is still to be discovered, right now scientists are looking deeper into an array of potential uses of hemp oil and various benefits it brings, but we can already claim that hemp oil is one of the most versatile and effective skin care products. It can be used for both cosmetic and medical purposes.
Benefits of Hemp Oil For Skin Care And Hair Care
Hemp oil can be used in a number of ways – as an excellent, non-greasy moisturizer, as it is easily absorbed by the skin and does not clog the pores or leave a film of grease, as a make-up removal product, instead of a night cream etc. Typically hemp oil is applied directly on the skin and its beneficial effects can soon be noticed. When used regularly, it contributes to a beautiful, healthy and youthful looking skin.
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The importance of nutrition
The key to a radiant and healthy complexion is skin nutrition. Being our body’s largest organ, our skin needs a lot of vitamins and minerals to ensure its flawless look and healthy condition, and this is why hemp oil’s chemical composition makes it ideal for skin nourishment. Hemp oil contains plenty of important skin nutrients: vitamins, protein, essential fatty acids etc. One of hemp oil’s key compounds, CBD, also exhibits multiple positive effects on skin.
Vitamins E and C, which abound in hemp oil, function as antioxidants and play an important role in neutralizing the skin-aging effects of free radicals, whereas vitamins A and D help to maintain skin’s elasticity and smooth texture as they stimulate collagen and elastin production and promote skin cell growth, thus ensuring skin regeneration. In addition, hemp oil is a good source of B vitamins that also participate in skin and hair re-growth.
Essential Omega Acids
Hemp oil contains large amounts of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids that make our skin and hair smooth and silky. A lack of these essential fatty acids can result in dry skin and dry, brittle hair, which is why it’s important to make sure one gets enough of them. Fatty acids are also very important for the skin regeneration process, preventing fine lines, premature wrinkles and age spots.
CBD: ‘The Antioxidant Effect’
The hemp plant is rich in an active compound called CBD or Cannabidiol, which among other things, has been shown in preclinical studies to be a powerful antioxidant. Antioxidants are extremely important, as they mitigate the effects of environmental factors that contribute to our skin’s aging: UV rays, free radicals, various pollutants etc. All these harmful factors may lead not only to wrinkled, lifeless skin and limp, dull hair but also cause more serious damage, such as skin cancer.
What about the hair?
As well as nourishing our skin, hemp oil also offers so many benefits to our hair. When massaged into scalp or applied directly on hair hemp oil supplies hair with many important nutrients and makes it softer, shinier, helps to prevent excessive hair loss, dryness and broken or split ends. It may even reduce seborrhea.
Hemp helps treat problem skin
Some scientific studies suggest that hemp oil may have potential in treating various skin conditions, from fungal infections to melanoma. It can be applied directly on the affected area and will be immediately absorbed by the skin by cannabinoid receptors.
Hemp oil may be a good acne remedy as well. Among other things, acne is caused by excessive lipid excretion. Since lipid producing skin glands react to cannabinoids, CBD, one of the most prominent components of the hemp plant, helps to regulate the process. Amazingly, it can also act the other way round, stimulating lipid production when it’s insufficient, that way preventing skin dryness.
A possible antibiotic
CBD may also help fight infection when applied topically as it is thought to possess antibiotic properties. It can be applied on superficial cuts and scratches to keep wounds clean.
Helps wounds heal faster
CBD also helps control the growth and death of skin cells, therefore regulating skin regeneration. This is important for wound healing. Skin lesions are likely to heal faster if regularly treated with hemp oil salve. Be careful not to apply it directly on the wound, especially if it’s still bleeding, instead, gently massage it on the area around the wound.
May help control psoriasis
CBD seems to be able to influence growth of epidermal cells: this is probably why hemp oil tends to demonstrate positive outcome when used for psoriasis treatment. Psoriasis is an autoimmune disorder caused by uncontrollable fast growth of skin cells. The rapid build-up of cells makes the affected skin areas thick and scaly, the skin around the scaly patches often becomes red, itchy and inflamed. Hemp oil may relieve the symptoms of psoriasis.
A possible eczema remedy
Hemp oil has also shown positive results in alleviating the symptoms of eczema outbreaks. Causes of eczema may be various, but, just like psoriasis, it makes skin dry, itchy, and flaky, which can be very uncomfortable and irritating. Hemp oil’s moisturizing and protective properties help to hydrate and soften the affected areas, the oil may also reduce the unpleasant burning sensation that often occurs in case of eczema.
No side effects of hemp oil use have been documented, so it seems to be a completely harm free skin care product.
Be sure to go organic!
If you choose to incorporate hemp oil into your daily skin care routine, please be sure you choose it carefully. It’s your skin we’re talking about, so it’s a good idea to make sure what you are buying is indeed a pure, high quality product, that way you will get the maximum benefits hemp can offer. Look for organic, GMP certified products, such as Endoca Hemp Oil with high concentration CBD.
So who knew that that the humble hemp plant was so amazing? As more and more people discover the host of benefits it brings, we predict that soon hemp products will gain the appreciation and recognition they deserve. That’s why at Endoca we’ve developed some amazing hemp oil skin care products that are high in CBD like our Hemp Salve and Whipped Body Butter.
It is truly inspiring to think that nature has given us this fantastic plant, so why not make the most of it?
Disclaimer: Views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of Endoca and its staff. This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis, treatment or cure. Endoca CBD products have not been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).