5 Benefits of Hemp Oil for Skin - Soften and Strengthen Your Skin Barrier

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5 Benefits of Hemp Oil for Skin - Soften and Strengthen Your Skin Barrier

There are many benefits of hemp oil for skin.

Hemp seed oil can soften your skin, strengthen your skin barrier, calm redness and inflammation, and protect against oxidative stress and damage. 

This article will discuss:

    • What is hemp seed oil?
    • Hemp seed oil can nourish your skin
    • Hemp seed oil can soften your skin
    • Hemp seed oil strengthens your skin barrier
    • Hemp seed oil calms redness and irritation
    • Hemp seed oil has antioxidant activity
    • Summary
    • References

What is hemp seed oil?

Hemp oil (Cannabis sativa), or hemp seed oil, is obtained by pressing hemp seeds from the hemp plant and extracting the oil. 

Cold-pressed, unrefined hemp seed oil is a vibrant green color, with a nutty flavor. 

Hemp seed oil should not be confused with hash oil or cannabis oil, which also comes from the cannabis plant, and contain psychoactive cannabinoids THC and/or CBD.

Because hemp seed oil is derived from the seeds of hemp plants, rather than the stalks and leaves, it contains only trace amounts of cannabinoids. 

Hemp seed oil has a long history of safe and effective use (Callaway et al, 2004).

5 Benefits of Hemp Oil for Skin - Soften and Strengthen Your Skin Barrier

1. Hemp seed oil can nourish your skin

Cold-pressed, unrefined hemp seed oil is a rich vibrant green and is packed with essential nutrients, including fatty acids, vitamins and antioxidants (Leizer et al, 2000).

Hemp seed oil is rich in essential nutrients including linoleic acid (n-6), linolenic acid (n-3) and vitamin E.

These nutrients are essential for skin health and can strengthen your skin barrier and improve the appearance of your dry skin.

These essential nutrients cannot be made by the body, and must be supplied through the diet, supplements and skincare. 

5 Benefits of Hemp Oil for Skin - Soften and Strengthen Your Skin Barrier

2. Hemp seed oil can soften your skin

Hemp seed oil is rich in beneficial fatty acids, including linoleic acid (n-6), linolenic acid (n-3), and oleic acid (n-9) which act as emollients and can soften your skin.

What are the benefits of emollients?

The function of emollients in skincare is to soften the skin, help the skin retain its moisture and to support the skin’s barrier function.

Skin that does not have sufficient lipid content on its surface can appear dull, dry and rough. Emollients "fill in the gaps" in the skin barrier and soften it along with giving it a healthier look

The role of emollients in the treatment of dry skin conditions is often underestimated. Emollients promote optimal skin health and prevent skin breakdown, and their use can improve quality of life (Moncrieff et al, 2013; Newton et al, 2021).

Emollients are skin conditioning – the give skin a soft and smooth appearance, restoring suppleness and improving elasticity (Brown et al, 2005).

Emollients:

  • Make your skin feel soft and smooth.
  • Help reduce flaking and roughness from dry skin.
  • Help assist the skin barrier by filling in gaps between cells.

Learn more: What are Emollients? Benefits for Your Dry Skin

5 Benefits of Hemp Oil for Skin - Soften and Strengthen Your Skin Barrier

3. Hemp seed oil strengthens your skin barrier

Hemp seed oil contains 56% linoleic acid, the major essential n-6 fatty acid found naturally in our skin barrier. Linoleic acid is a precursor for ceramides (Breiden et al, 2014), which are bioactive lipids that play a role in keeping our skin barrier firm, smooth and healthy.

Linoleic acid has many benefits for your skin when applied topically. It softens your skin and strengthens your skin barrier. 

Linoleic acid is an essential nutrient and must be supplied through diet, supplements and skincare.

Learn more: What is Linoleic Acid? Omega 6 Essential Fatty Acid for Dry Skin

Hemp seed oil also contains 11% oleic acid; an omega-9 fatty acid found naturally in the protective outer layer of the skin.

Learn more: Beneficial Fats in Your Skin Barrier

5 Benefits of Hemp Oil for Skin - Soften and Strengthen Your Skin Barrier

4. Hemp seed oil calms redness and irritation

Hemp seed oil contains 16% linolenic acid, an essential omega 3 fatty acid that calms redness and irritation (McCusker et al, 2010).

Hemp seed oil also contains 5% γ-linolenic acid, a unique n-6 fatty acid with potent anti-inflammatory activity (Kapoor et al, 2006).

5 Benefits of Hemp Oil for Skin - Soften and Strengthen Your Skin Barrier

5. Hemp seed oil has antioxidant activity

Hemp seed oil is rich in vitamin E, and phytosterols including β-sitosterol, phytol and campesterol, compounds with potent antioxidant activity (Chen, et al 2010; Chen et al, 2012; Porto et al, 2014).

Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that can protect your skin from stress and environmental damage.

The largest body of scientific evidence for a beneficial role of topical vitamin E exists for photoprotection. Numerous topical studies have shown that applying vitamin E prior to sun exposure significantly reduces skin damage, such as erythema and edema, sunburn cell formation, and lipid peroxidation. Chronic skin reactions due to long-term ultraviolet exposure, such as skin wrinkling were also diminished by topical vitamin E (reviewed by Thiele et al, 2007). 

Vitamin E is used in skincare mainly as anti-ageing and emollient and to prevent oxidation in both cosmetic formulations and ingredients.

5 Benefits of Hemp Oil for Skin - Soften and Strengthen Your Skin Barrier

Summary

There are many benefits of hemp oil for skin.

Hemp seed oil makes your dry skin feel nourished, soft and calm.

Hemp seed oil is rich in key nutrients that play a critical role in maintaining skin barrier, calming inflammation and protecting against oxidative stress and damage.

We use organic hemp seed oil that is cold-pressed and unrefined. Our hemp seed oil is from Canada. It has a rich vibrant green color and a mild grassy aroma.

We use hemp seed oil in our Dry Skin Love Oil to Milk Face Cleanser for Dry Skin.

References

Breiden B., Sandhoff K. The role of sphingolipid metabolism in cutaneous permeability barrier formation. Biochim. Biophys. Acta. 2014;1841:441–452.

Brown A, Butcher M. A guide to emollient therapy. Nurs Stand. 2005 Feb 23-Mar 1;19(24):68, 70, 72 passim. 

Callaway. Hempseed as a nutritional resource: An overview. Euphytica. 2004;140:65-72.

Callaway, et al. Efficacy of dietary hempseed oil in patients with atopic dermatitis. J Dermatolog Treat. 2005 Apr;16(2):87-94.

Leizer, et al. The Composition of Hemp Seed Oil and Its Potential as an Important Source of Nutrition. J Nutraceut, Funct Med Food. 2000;2(4):35-53.

McCusker, et al. Healing fats of the skin: the structural and immunologic roles of the omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids. Clin Dermatol. 2010 Jul-Aug;28(4):440-51.

Moncrieff G, Cork M, Lawton S, Kokiet S, Daly C, Clark C. Use of emollients in dry-skin conditions: consensus statement. Clin Exp Dermatol. 2013 Apr;38(3):231-8; quiz 238. 

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