Have you heard about hemp oil? Because of its controversial origins, some avoid cannabis products altogether.
Even though hemp oil comes from the cannabis sativa plant, it is not the same as marijuana. Actually, hemp oil is derived from hemp seeds and is one of the best ingredients for your skin, especially if you have acne.
Just to get acquainted, here are a few of the many benefits of hemp oil.
1. It can both cleanse and moisturize your skin
Not only does hemp oil remove makeup, but it doubles as a moisturizer! Oil dissolves oil, so applying hemp oil to your face will draw out sebaceous oil (the oil which causes acne) and leave behind good oils to moisturize your skin.
Just rinse your face with warm water to open up your pores, and massage the hemp oil on your face. Wet a washcloth with warm-to-almost-hot water, wring it and wipe the oil away.
You can also leave the washcloth on your face for a steaming effect until the washcloth cools. Rinse the towel out and repeat until you get all the oil off your face. You’ll even see makeup coming off on the towel. Cleansing this way can easily be done in the shower.
Some even like to use hemp oil as a makeup base to get that dewy look, because it works great as a non-greasy moisturizer. Just use a light layer, as a little goes a long way!
2. It helps with acne
Hemp oil is non-comedogenic, meaning it won’t clog your pores, which is why it’s great for those who have acne. It is known to reduce acne, blackheads, as it regulates sebum (acne oil) production. It sounds counter-intuitive to apply more oil where your skin is already producing oil, but hemp oil is great because it is balancing. Besides, if your skin is moisturized, it won’t feel the need to produce more!
3. Hemp oil benefits your skin in a number of other ways
including that it helps improve skin’s elasticity and texture, reduces stretch marks and cellulite, not to mention evens out skin tone, because it naturally has Vitamin E. Also, the zinc found in hemp oil also helps you heal, and can repair scars. If you have sensitive skin, its natural green color will counteract redness.
Hemp oil also has calcium and without calcium, your skin itches, feels dry and as a result, can get wrinkly. The calcium found in hemp oil works perfectly as a moisturizer so your body won’t take calcium from your teeth or bones to compensate for the dry skin. It’s also been known to help heal eczema, dry skin, oily skin or any inflammatory skin issues with its balancing properties.
4. It also has internal benefits
Not only is hemp oil effective topically, but you can also eat hemp seeds! Hemp seeds provide a plethora of health benefits, serving up all nine essential amino acids, protein and also offering Omega-3 fatty acids. They are also gluten, nut, and allergen-free.
Hemp seeds are a complete protein and just 3 tablespoons of hemp seeds pack a punch of 10 grams of plant-based protein, which is excellent, especially for vegans.
What do they taste like and how do I eat them?
Hemp seeds taste like chopped walnuts or sunflower seeds. Drop a few spoonfuls into a smoothie (in which case, you won’t really taste them), toss them into a salad, or sprinkle them into your yogurt or cereal.
You can also make hemp seed milk the same way you make almond milk (blending with water). Hemp seed oil is better used as a finishing oil rather than as a cooking oil, since heat breaks down its omega fatty acids. You can drizzle the oil over pasta, salads or vegetables. You can even make hummus with them!
And, if you were curious, eating hemp seeds won’t get you high. Hemp grown for food contains about 0.001 percent of THC, the ingredient in marijuana that causes psychoactivity. So you can eat as much as you like without worrying!
If you’re looking for an all-encompassing health food and product, hemp oil is the way to go.
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