Skincare Ingredient Spotlight: Hemp Seed Oil
It’s no secret that CBD oil has been creating quite the buzz in the wellness and skincare world lately — but don’t overlook its close cousin, hemp seed oil! Over the years, this natural ingredient has made its way to shelves in many health food stores, but is really starting to make its mark in beauty thanks to its incredible hydrating skincare benefits.
Here, we delve into how hemp seed oil can help your skin — including what it is, how to use it and how hemp seed oil is different to CBD.
What is hemp seed oil?
Hemp seed oil is a cold-pressed oil derived from the seeds of the cannabis sativa plant. These seeds have different compounds to the plant itself, but still have many nutrients, fatty acids, vitamins, minerals and bioactive compounds with strong health and skin-boosting benefits. Other names for hemp seed oil include cannabis sativa (hemp) seed oil, virgin hemp oil, and hemp oil.
Hemp seed oil vs. CBD oil — what’s the difference?
Hemp seed oil and CBD are both derived from Cannabis Sativa. However, CBD and hemp seed oil are derived from different parts of the plant. CBD oil is made from the entire plant, including the stalks, leaves and flowers. Meanwhile, hemp seed oil is, of course, derived only from the seeds.
What are the benefits of hemp seed oil?
While they may be comprised of different compounds, hemp seed oil has just as much going for it as CBD oil. It’s high in antioxidants and polyunsaturated fatty acids such as omega-3 and omega-6, which are essential for keeping skin in tip-top shape. In Swisse beauty products, we use cold-pressed, 100% Australian hemp seed oil. Compared to other types of oils, cold-pressed oils go through less processing, meaning they generally retain more nutrients. Research shows that as a result, they are able to deliver a higher dose of antioxidants to the skin and have a longer shelf life.
How to use hemp seed
Due to its nutritional profile, some people choose to take hemp seed orally. This includes eating the seeds, taking it as tincture or even cooking with hemp seed oil or using it as a salad dressing. Hemp seed oil has a slightly nutty taste that falls somewhere between sunflower seeds and pine nuts. However, those who aren’t keen on the taste may opt to buy hemp seed powder and mix it into their soups and smoothies.
More people are also beginning to apply hemp seed oil topically to the skin, due to a multitude of benefits.
Hemp seed oil benefits for the skin
So, why is hemp seed oil so great for the skin, exactly? Many of its skincare benefits come down to its strong moisturising properties. Its uses in skincare include:
Hemp seed oil moisturises the skin
As mentioned, hemp seed oil is rich in nourishing fatty acids. These can moisturise your skin, without clogging your pores. This makes it an excellent moisturiser for dry and oily skin types alike!
Hemp seed oil nourishes & hydrates skin complexion
The oleic and linoleic acids in hemp seed oil are an iconic duo when it comes to improving the appearance of ageing skin. Their strong moisturising properties can soften the skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, while also preventing further ones from appearing. It also helps to strengthen the skin, making it the perfect recipe for a glowing, youthful complexion!
How to incorporate hemp seed oil into your skincare routine?
Keen to give nature’s powerhouse a spin yourself? Hemp seed oil is readily accessible! This means it’s super easy to incorporate into your skincare or body care routine.
At Swisse, we have a range of hemp-infused products, with hemp seed oil supplied from our friends at Australian Primary Hemp. Our hemp seed range includes:
Ready to say ‘hemp yeah’ to super glowy skin? This enriching oil combines raw, cold-pressed hemp seed oil with a potent blend of natural oils to replenish, rehydrate and restore less-than-luminous skin.
Is your skin crying out SOS right now? This hydrating moisturiser is formulated with raw, cold-pressed, 100% Australian hemp seed oil, and shea butter to provide a boost of intense hydration to dry or dehydrated skin.
Ready to part ways with your harsh, oil-stripping cleanser? This super gentle cleanser helps cleanse, soften and restore your skin with rich ingredients like raw, cold-pressed 100% Australian hemp seed oil.
Introduce your shower to some plant power with this refreshing body wash! It helps cleanse, condition and revive the appearance of skin, with natural ingredients including cold-pressed hemp seed oil. It’s formulated with a mix of natural ingredients to help restore moisture and leave your skin feeling soft and smooth!
Who says your face has to have all the fun? The rest of your bod can experience its skin-boosting benefits thanks to this super hydrating moisturiser.