What Is Hemp and Does My Skin Need It?

I love discovering buzzy new skincare ingredients as much as I love discovering a new lipstick shade that suits my skin tone perfectly (which is a lot). So you can imagine my excitement when a luxury botanical oil came across my doorstep that championed Hemp Seed Oil.

I wouldn’t blame you if you immediately start thinking of hippy clothing and weed when you hear hemp, but it’s familiar associations couldn’t be farther from the powers of this incredible oil. I personally hadn’t ever seen it used as a skincare ingredient so obviously I had to know more.

Hailing from the cannabis plant, Hemp Seed Oil is extracted from the seeds of the plant, as opposed to the flower that contains the THC. It’s super rich in essential amino and fatty acids and boasts powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

Translating that into the benefits you’ll notice on your skin, it can help to heal skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis, reduce inflammation caused by acne as well as balance the oils that cause it in the first place. It also helps to prevent cell damage that causes the signs of aging and can protect your skin from sun damage. When absorbed deeply into your skin, the anti-inflammatory properties also help to increase the elasticity of your skin, stimulate collagen and leave you feeling super hydrated and nourished.

So now that you’re convinced you need it, you’re probably wondering where to get it…

Ella Baché have just launched the first treatment oil in their collection and it just happens to be a 100% natural, Australian made oil that contains Hemp Seed Oil along with Kakadu Plum Seed Oil. The Botanical Skin Treatment Oil a luxurious texture that smells incredible and it sits really lightly on your skin. Those wanting to take advantage of the acne treating abilities of Hemp Seed Oil shouldn’t feel scared off by the mention of oil because this one is very light, fast absorbing and even helps to regulate oil production. It works well for all skin types from oily to very dry and is great for both evening and night time use.

Then there’s Hemple Hemp Seed Oil for those looking for a pure and basic option. It’s marketed as a food because the oil really does have as many internal benefits as it does external, but there’s absolutely no reason you can’t use this extra virgin, unrefined and cold pressed oil on your skin.

If you’ve got some cash to splash, try out Eve Lom’s Radiance Face Oil. It’s a blend of Hemp Seed Oil, Avocado Oil and Abyssinian that is very conditioning and enriched with Vitamin C that calms, soothes and treats skin with an extra boost of hydration.