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The Benefits of Hemp Seed Oil for Skin, Explained

Aug 30, 2022

INDICA Skincare Team

Hemp seed oil is becoming increasingly popular as a natural remedy for a variety of issues, particularly skin problems. Adding to that the fact that people around the world are riding the wave of hemp-infused skincare, it’s no wonder that there is a lot of curiosity about this natural ingredient.

Although there isn't a very large body of research exploring the benefits of hemp seed oil, it is true that existing research and anecdotal evidence have observed that it can be good for the skin. So, let's take a look at how hemp seed oil might help you attain and maintain healthy and youthful skin.

What is hemp seed oil?

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Hemp seed oil (sometimes referred to as hemp oil) is extracted from the seeds of the hemp plant (the variety of Cannabis sativa that is for non-drug use) through the process of cold-pressing. Basically, the seeds of the hemp plant are crushed and broken so that they can release the oil that is stored within them. The oil is greenish in colour.

Unlike CBD oil, which is also derived from the hemp plant (from its stalks, leaves, and flowers, to be precise) but contains much higher levels of cannabidiol (CBD), hemp seed oil does not contain any cannabinoids. Hemp seed oil also does not contain any THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), which is what gives the "high" associated with marijuana.

Take a look at specific differences between hemp seed oil and CBD oil so that you can be fully aware of the ingredients when purchasing hemp-infused skincare products. Note that hemp seed oil is legal and used not only in the skincare industry but also in the food industry.

Historically as well, hemp seeds and hemp seed oil were used for nutrition, medicinal care, and skincare in Central Asia. This oil has been around for a long, long time!

What are the benefits of hemp seed oil for skin?

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Hemp seed oil has a unique fatty acid profile that helps to keep the skin moisturized without clogging pores. Yes, it's non-comedogenic! This quality makes it perfect for people who suffer from acne because it can help to regulate sebum production (too much sebum is often the cause of acne).

At the same time, hemp seed oil won't strip the skin of its natural oils, which is often a problem with products that are designed to treat acne. In fact, it is a humectant which can lock in moisture within the skin. This oil can also help to soothe inflammation and redness because of the fatty acids it contains. Plus, hemp seed oil is also known to promote skin growth and repair.

In addition, hemp seed oil is also known for its anti-aging properties. The well-moisturized and plump skin that results from using products containing hemp seed oil can help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. A small amount of research has also indicated that the oil can help repair sun-damaged skin (which also leads to premature skin aging). 

Hemp seed oil is also rich in antioxidants, which can help to protect the skin from damage caused by free radicals. Thus, it is definitely one of the best natural ingredients to combat premature skin aging. It's not surprising at all, then, that people are buzzing about the benefits of hemp seed oil for skin!

How does hemp seed oil work?

Hemp seed oil works in a few different ways to benefit the skin. First, as mentioned, it helps to regulate sebum production. Second, it contains omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids which nourish and protect the skin.

These fatty acids are also responsible for the anti-inflammatory properties of hemp seed oil. In addition, they can help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by keeping the skin plump and hydrated. Hemp seed oil also works as a humectant, moisturizing the skin. A 2017 study highlighted that it has mild anti-bacterial properties as well.

Finally, hemp seed oil is also rich in antioxidants. These work to protect the skin from damage caused by free radicals, which can lead to premature skin aging.

Does hemp seed oil have any side effects?

Generally, according to skin experts, hemp seed oil is safe for all to use topically and suits different skin types. However, it's always a good idea to do a patch test on a small area of skin first to check for any potential allergic reactions.

Hemp seed oil is also considered safe to use during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. However, as with any new skincare product, it's always best to consult a healthcare professional before using it if you're pregnant or breastfeeding.

What is full-spectrum hemp oil?

Full-spectrum hemp oil combines the powers of hemp seed oil and CBD oil. Essentially, hemp seed oil is used as the carrier oil for CBD in full-spectrum hemp oil. This ensures that the different parts and compounds of the hemp plant are used efficiently for skincare.

In general, the combination of hemp seed oil (inactive ingredient) and CBD (active ingredient) works better for the skin and in combating issues such as dryness, dullness, and premature aging.

Enjoy the benefits of hemp seed oil and CBD with INDICA Skincare

If you're looking for a skincare product that contains both hemp seed oil and CBD, look no further than INDICA Skincare! Ours is the first certified CBD CITY DETOX skincare line in Europe; our CBD skincare products promote your skin's health, combat premature skin aging, and fight against the damage caused by urban stressors such as pollution.

Our products are also vegan and free from animal cruelty, parabens, silicone, perfume, and GMOs.  So, are you ready to jump on the hemp-infused skincare bandwagon? Check out our PREMIUM CBD DAY CREAM and PREMIUM CBD EYE CONTOUR CREAM.

The Bottom Line

Products that contain hemp seed oil can offer a wide range of benefits for the skin. Hemp seed oil is a rich source of essential fatty acids and can help to regulate sebum production. It works as an antioxidant, has anti-inflammatory properties, combats premature skin aging, is hydrating, and may even have mild anti-bacterial properties. INDICA Skincare is a reputed brand that makes skincare products that contain both hemp seed oil and CBD.