Recent research has found that around 60-70% of women and 50-60% of men identify their skin as being sensitive. In a crowded skincare industry, hemp is making waves as a gentle, sustainable solution that suits many different skin types and has much to offer. While hemp seeds are already known to reduce inflammation and stress, hemp oil is a moisturizing, soothing product that deserves a place on every bathroom shelf. Integrating hemp oil into your daily skincare routine is not only a sustainable option for the environment, but it can lead to overall better skin for you.

Tackling acne
Acne affects up to 50 million Americans annually and can often harm people’s self esteem and confidence. It is typically caused by dryness initially as a result of your natural skin type or by using products that are overly drying. The body will seek to correct dryness by producing oil, which then creates the conditions for acne to develop. Hemp oil is great for moisturizing dry skin without clogging the pores, which means that the skin won’t become overly oily and the likelihood for acne to form will be reduced.

Reducing inflammation
Hemp contains several Omega 6 fatty acids, including Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA), which has been used for centuries as a natural remedy for inflammation. For people who experience irritated, inflamed skin or conditions such as psoriasis (which affects 7.5 million Americans), hemp oil is a useful, natural way to soothe skin discomfort. Similarly, both tea and honey have several natural anti-inflammatory properties that can reduce inflammation. All of these remedies are effective and sustainable ways to calm your skin, whether it’s a temporary shaving rash or an ongoing chronic condition.

A natural anti-aging solution?

Hemp oil is also emerging as a natural anti-aging solution since it contains linoleic and oleic acids, which the body can’t produce by itself.  These oils help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Coupled with the presence of GLA, which also encourages new skin cell generation, hemp can help to give skin the youthful boost that so many people seek.

Hair and beauty trends have a habit to come and go at breakneck speed. Hemp, however, has already displayed an unwavering staying power that is bound to make it an even a bigger force to be reckoned with in an ever-evolving industry

Getting started

As with any new product, it’s important to test hemp oil on a small area of your skin first in case of any reaction. It is gentle enough for you to apply it undiluted to skin without having to blend with other oils (as you have to do with tea tree oil, for example). Leave it for 24 hours, and you should be able to go on to incorporate it within your daily skincare regime after that. It is also possible to take hemp oil orally; speak to your healthcare professional to agree the best approach for you.

Hemp oil can be a game-changing addition to your skincare regime, being moisturizing without clogging pores and offering the anti-inflammatory properties that so many skin types require. With its added anti-aging appeal, hemp is likely to remain the buzzword in skincare for years to come.

~Jennifer Pill

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