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We’ve talked a lot about the powers of oil for the skin and how the right oils – like sunflower oil, jojoba oil, and marula oil – can help restore the natural skin barrier, hydrate skin, provide antioxidant benefits, and more.
One popular oil we haven’t talked about yet? Hemp seed oil. But that doesn’t mean it’s not popular or great. In fact, hemp seed oil is another MVP in many ways, as it can help to hydrate skin, regulate oil production, reduce inflammation, and more.
Here’s everything you need to know.
Hemp seed oil – unlike more generalized hemp oil (which comes from many parts of the hemp plant) – is extracted exclusively from hemp seeds. Unlike other hemp oils, it contains basically no cannabinoids. Instead, it’s rich in:
These can provide many skincare benefits.
Among other things, hemp seed oil can provide many benefits to the skin. Specifically, it can:
The high concentration of omega acids in hemp oil provides lots of anti-inflammatory benefits when applied topically. Gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), in particular, has been proven to contain anti-inflammatory properties andencourage skin growth and cell generation.
In the big picture, then, hemp seed oil can help soothe inflammatory skin conditions like:
Omega-3, omega 6, and omega 9 fatty acids found in hemp seed oil are also great for repairing the skin’s natural barrier, which is largely made up of fatty acids to begin with. This can help:
Hemp oil is also known for its ability to:
This is thanks to hemp seed oil’s small molecule size, which makes it more similar to our sebum and less likely to clog pores. This makes it an excellent oil for those with sensitive or already-oily skin.
In addition to moisturizing and soothing the skin, hemp oil also has anti-aging properties thanks to its high concentration of linoleic acid and oleic acid. These are known to play a crucial role in anti-aging and skin health.
Find it in: Almond Butter Sugar High hand cream.