Hemp seed oil has become a cult favourite, transforming the skincare industry due to its profound ability to help firm the skin and fight the signs of aging, as well as it's ability to reduce and prevent acne breakouts.
This miracle ingredient has actually been around for centuries, in fact, according to historical records, the ancient Chinese used hemp seeds and hemp seed oil in culinary applications as early as 6000 BCE. Much later, in around 2,700 BCE, it was discovered by Chinese pharmacologists that hemp seed oil had useful medicinal properties.
Not to be confused with hemp oil, hemp seed oil is extracted purely from the seeds of the hemp plant. These seeds have little to no THC or CBD, and therefore have no psychoactive effects. Instead, they have a rich profile of nutrients, fatty acids, and useful bioactive compounds that have powerful benefits not only for our skin, but also for our general health.
With it's balanced composition of essential fatty acids, hemp seed oil has earned the reputation of being called "nature's most perfectly balanced oil". It contains unusual and rare polyunsaturated fatty acids, gamma-linoleic acid (GLA), and stearidonic acid (SDA). GLA is anti-inflammatory and supports the immune system, while SDA is effective in treating atopic dermatitis and other irritating skin conditions. It also infuses the skin with key vitamins such as E, B and carotene, vital minerals and modest amounts of iron and zinc.
1. ANTI INFLAMMATORY
The abundance of essential fatty acids found in hemp seed oil, particularly gamma-linoleic acid help to reduce inflammation and irritation, providing relief from discomfort associated with these conditions. It is often recommended by dermatologists as an alternative solution for acne, psoriasis, rosacea, eczema, atopic dermatitis and other inflammatory conditions.
2. BALANCES OILY SKIN
Acne or regular breakouts in the skin can occur due to over production of oil, resulting in accumulated sebum on the surface of the skin. Hemp seed oil’s lipid profile closely matches that of our own skin which means it prevents the skin from this over production, balancing the skin and preventing clogged pores. This makes it highly compatible for all skin types, even acne prone skin.
3. PLUMPS THE SKIN
The close resemblance to our own skin also means that it easily penetrates into the deeper layers of the dermis, delivering nutrients to the skin cells. This results in a smoother, plumper, glowing complexion and a more even skin tone.
4. LOCKS IN MOISTURE
The fatty acid profile of hemp seed oil helps to repair the skin barrier, forming a seal which keeps moisture locked in. It also acts as a humectant, meaning that it attracts water, making it the perfect choice for dehydrated skin.
5. EFFECTIVE ANTI AGING AGENT
Hemp seed oil strengthens cell membranes and supports the growth of new skin cells, helping to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, dark spots and hyperpigmentation.
6. CAN PROTECT FROM FREE RADICAL DAMAGE
Antioxidants are essential for the skin to fight free radical damage caused by excessive sun exposure, pollution and other environmental stressors that contribute to premature aging. Hemp seed oil contains antioxidants along with a profile of nutrients that boost skin health and help reverse this damage.
At Merkaba skincare we only use certified organic virgin hemp seed oil which has been cold pressed. This method undergoes very little processing and therefore preserves a superior nutritional content. You'll find this miracle ingredient in our organic healing balm, a multi tasking balm to regenerate, heal, hydrate, soothe and moisturise.