Hemp oil, which is extracted from the seeds of industrial hemp plants, is a goldmine of vitamins, minerals, proteins, and essential fatty acids, all vital for the health of our hair and skin. It contains no THC (or only trace amounts) and is legal throughout the United States and Europe.
Aside from being used as a dietary supplement, hemp oil has been finding its way in the beauty industry lately. Those fatty acids and vitamins can seriously do wonders for the hair and skin. For example, it can provide moisture, elasticity, strength, and shine; and it can reduce oil and inflammation. The lipids produced by the hemp plant closely resemble the lipids produced in hair and skin so naturally, it works in sync with our bodies.
Let’s take a look at some of the specifics. It’s important to note that this isn’t an exact science and the information here is based on anecdotal, self-reported data. Unsurprisingly, hair and skin issues aren’t high on the list of topics that researchers are clamoring to do clinical trials for. However, many years’ worth of consumer reports indicated there are multiple benefits.
Whether you plan to use a shampoo or conditioner already formulated with hemp, or you decide to add your own hemp oil to various products or just apply it directly to the hair and scalp, you can embrace some of the many benefits it has to offer.
It Moisturizes the Scalp and Hair
It probably goes without saying, but if your hair and scalp are dry, they’re not the healthiest they can be. For optimal hair quality and to avoid an itchy scalp, a reasonable amount of moisture must be retained. This is especially true if you live in a drier climate. Hemp oil is said to be able to prevent the loss of moisture in hair without making it greasy, and it’s easily absorbed by the scalp.
It Stimulates Hair Growth
Due to the balance of fatty acids (omega 3, 6, and 9) and the high concentration of protein, it’s believed that hemp oil can help stimulate hair growth. This has to do with the fact that hair is made up of keratin, 90% of which is protein. Introducing healthy fats and proteins to the hair/scalp is essential for growth and added thickness.
It Strengthens Hair and Prevents Breakage
Another follicle-related hemp oil benefit is that is strengthens the hair. Strong hair doesn’t break, and in turn, looks healthier and grows longer. If your hair breaks easily, chances are you have to cut it shorter to keep if from looking unruly. Hemp oil can bring life back to your scalp and hair, helping to maintain it’s natural texture and sheen.
Applying hemp seed oil topically can do wonders for a variety of dermis-related issues and it’s great for almost every skin type. You can find creams, salves, and many other products with hemp seed oil in them or just apply the oil directly to the skin.
It Controls Oil Production
Although adding oil to oily skin may sound counterintuitive, it does work. What some people don’t realize is that sometimes, the root cause of oily skin is actually dryness. When your skin is dry, it overproduces oil to compensate and this leads to greasy looking skin and acne. Hemp oil can prevent dryness without clogging the pores and this can reduce acne cause by overactive sebaceous glands.
It Treats Inflammation
One of the prominent omega-6 fatty acids in hemp oil is gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), which is a scientifically proven anti-inflammatory. Inflammation can cause a myriad of skin conditions including acne, psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema, and rosacea. Using hemp oil can help alleviate many of these conditions and improve the overall feel and look of your skin.
It Has Anti-Aging Properties
Although official research in this area is limited, people who have been using hemp oil on their skin for a while swear by it and many claim that it has powerful anti-aging properties. According to consumer reports, hemp oil can help reduce fine lines and wrinkles plus it can prevent new signs of aging from developing. It’s theorized that this has to do with the linoleic acid and oleic acid that hemp oil contains, which are essential nutrients for skin health.
Have you ever used hemp oil for your hair or skin? Was it a successful endeavor and do you still use these products? If so, we’d love to hear your thoughts. Let us know in the comment section below!
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