What is Hemp oil?
Hemp oil, also known as hempseed oil, is extracted by crushing the seeds of the hemp plant, rather than the leaves or flowers. It is usually a transparent green oil with a nutty flavour. Hemp oil doesn’t contain any of the psychoactive components, such as THC, that can be found in other part of the plant so it is legal. While it contains little to no cannabinoids is it full of omega fatty acids, so it has some great benefits for your skin and hair.
What can hemp oil do?
Hemp oil is a great natural moisturiser. It is high in Omega acids 3,6 and 9, which can all help repair to your skin’s barrier, forming a seal between your skin and the outside world. This protects your skin and locks in moisture, and can also help your skin feel smoother and softer. Even better, hemp oil acts as a humectant, meaning it draws moisture towards your skin and keeps it moisturised. It’s high fatty acid content can also soothe unhappy skin.
Hemp oil is also non-comedogenic, meaning that it won’t block your pores, so this powerful moisturiser is safe for acne-prone skin. Not only that, but dry skin will tend to over-produce oils, so using a non-comedogenic moisturiser such as hemp oil can help regulate your skin’s oil production. This means that it will work with all skin types, and makes it perfect for those with notoriously hard-to-please combination skin. The benefits it provides to acne-prone skin are only improved due to hemp oils natural antibacterial properties.
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also naturally contains vitamins E and F. Vitamin E is already well known for its nourishing benefits for skin and anti-oxidant properties. This along with vitamin F, also known as Linoleic acid, keeps your skin supple and healthy which can fight some signs of ageing such as fine lines.
But the benefits of hemp oil go beyond skin care. All these great nourishing and moisturising properties work just as well on hair, making it perfect to prevent breakage and split ends caused by dry hair. Using it before you brush or comb your hair will also make detangling easier, further reducing breakage caused by dragging a brush or comb through knots. And, because dry hair encourages your scalp to compensate by over-producing oils, using hemp oil to keep your hair healthy and moisturised can reduce oiliness at your roots. Finally, hemp oil can help prevent impurities from penetrating into your hair shafts and follicles, keeping your hair fresh and clean for longer.
How to use hemp oil
Hemp oil is considered to be a “dry oil” meaning that when you apply it to your hair or skin it will absorb quickly and not leave you feeling greasy. However, if you are applying oil to your skin, it is advisable to start with a very small amount and work your way up, particularly if you have oily skin. This allows your skin to get used to the fact that it no longer has to over-produce oil to nourish and hydrate your skin. There is also always a risk that any change to your regular skin-care routine could cause a break out, however this should clear up within a week or so, as your skin gets used to the adjustment.
Before applying hemp oil to your skin, make sure your hands and face are clean and dry, then pour a small amount into your hand (or use a dropper to apply directly to your face) and use your fingers to gently massage it into your face. Pay particular attention to your temples, cheek bones and brow bones for a relaxing face massage. For an even more relaxing experience, get someone else to give you a back rub, knowing that your back won’t be greasy afterwards. Or if your hands are dry and irritated, just rub a bit in for nourishing on-the-go hydration.
To apply to hair, coat your palms and fingers in the oil, then run your hands through your dry hair, trying to make sure the oil gets applied to every section of your hair. Pay special attention to the lower half of your hair, and if you have an oily scalp you may want to avoid your roots altogether. You should then ensure it is distributed evenly by combing through your hair. This is best done with a wooden comb, as the wood will absorb the oil where there is too much, and re-distribute it where there is too little. It is up to you whether you do this before or after you shower. If you are using it before a shower, you can apply extra oil and leave it in for up to an hour as an intensive hydrating hair mask. Or if you prefer to use it afterwards, use a little less to ensure your hair doesn’t look greasy, then style it however you like. This is particularly good to protect your hair in autumn and winter from extra damage due to cold weather and dry, artificially-heated environments.
Are there any risks to hemp oil?
Sensitivity to hemp oil is rare, but just in case we recommend you do a patch test on the inside of your elbow 24 hours before you apply it to a larger area of skin. If you notice any redness, itching, blotchiness or swelling, wash it off and do not use the product.
As hemp oil has no psychoactive components there are none of the risks associated with cannabis products, but it is still advisable to make sure you are getting your hemp oil from a reliable source to ensure there are no contaminants.