When you think of a skin-healthy oil, we think it’s fairly safe to assume that hemp seed oil would not be one of the first on your list. Why is that? Perhaps it is the “elephant in the room”–hemp seed oil comes from the cannabis sativa plant. Whatever your stance is on the legalization of marijuana, you might avoid it simply because of its historic hippie image or controversy (although hemp seed oil doesn’t contain detectable levels of TSH). It has a dark green color which some might worry will stain the skin; plus it has a low price, which some equate to lesser therapeutic value. Because of these reasons, hemp seed oil might not have the same exotic appeal as the uber-expensive Moroccan Argan Oil which has been referred to as “the Moroccan Miracle” and “liquid gold” by many.

Well, we say–All hail the hemp! Hemp seed oil has received a marketing makeover. Hemp is now a featured ingredient far and wide, from the small farmer’s market handcrafted product to the salon-ready and apothecary green beauty markets. We’re glad that everyone now has ready access to hemp seed oil, as it has a host of of internal and external benefits.

12187945_888707331183570_3081447470362170839_n-1Here are 6 reasons we think hemp seed oil belongs in any Nutritional Aesthetics™ practice:

  1. Its dark green color not only adds unique beauty to a product, but also denotes the presence of antioxidant-rich and anti-inflammatory chlorophyll (which is prebiotic deliciousness for the skin’s microbiome) and beta-carotene. And no worries–it won’t stain the skin!
  2. Hemp seed oil has an exceptional omega fatty acid profile. It’s high in both omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, particularly oleic and linoleic acids.  
  3. It’s less expensive than carrier oils with a similar composition such as evening primrose oil and borage seed oil.
  4. It’s non-comedogenic, which allows even oilier skin types to benefit from its nutrients without the risk of breakouts.
  5. Hemp seed oil promotes healthy sebum production and is easily absorbed into the skin, without leaving a greasy residue.
  6. Hemp seed oil is an excellent choice for a wide range of skin types. It makes a great cleansing oil, facial massage oil, or serum because it seals in moisture and nourishes the skin. Those with acne, eczema, dry skin, mature skin, and hyperpigmentation all sing its praises.

Here’s what to consider when using hemp seed oil:

Not all hemp seed oil is created equal. For the most nourishing benefits, purchase hemp seed oil with the words ‘organic,’ ‘cold pressed,’ ‘unrefined,’ and ‘virgin’ on the label. Hemp seed oil is very sensitive to light and temperature changes. Quality hemp seed oil should come in a dark glass bottle, and should be stored in the refrigerator for its longest shelf life. If you don’t want to refrigerate your oil, consider adding an antioxidant like vitamin E oil to the bottle. Regardless, label your bottle with the date, be aware of its expiration date, and check for signs of rancidity (cloudiness, odor, etc.) before use. You can also look for hemp seed oil-containing products that include antioxidant ingredients.

Hemp seed oil isn’t just great as a skincare ingredient–it’s a skin-nourishing food too!

Hemp seed oil provides skin health benefits from the inside out too, not only because of its vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids, but also because it’s rich with amino acids and is a highly digestible source of plant proteins. For its internal and external skin benefits, hemp seed oil is a true star in our book.


What do you think?

Has the renaissance of hemp seed oil’s image  peaked your interest? Tell us your thoughts about hemp seed oil, and whether or not you recommend it to your clients in the comments below.

*Hemp seed image by Rubyran.