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Cannabis sativa or hemp is one of the oldest and most versatile herbs, with its human usage dating back to 6,000 years. In earlier days, it was used for purposes like manufacturing fibre, rope and oil. However, its popularity in recent times could be attributed to the innumerable benefits of hemp, which significantly impacts the skin and hair. Hemp is being recognized as a ‘wonder herb’ in the beauty world.
Hemp, an extremely sustainable, multi-purpose medicinal herb, has recently gained much attention in the beauty domain for various reasons.
To know the rage around this new beauty ingredient, HealthShots spoke to Dr Ipsita Chatterjee, beauty expert, Lotus Organics+.
Known as the most balanced seed oil, hemp is a powerhouse of anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial qualities. Hemp seed oil is made from Cannabis Sativa seeds that have been cleaned and cold-pressed.
“It hydrates the skin and reduces oil production without clogging pores. The comedogenic rating of hemp oil is zero; it is non-comedogenic, meaning it won’t clog your pores. This feature makes it a versatile and safe ingredient, suitable for all skin types,” says Dr Chatterjee.
Hemp seed oil is anti-acne and anti-inflammatory, and it may even modify skin oil production, which is a deal-breaker for people with acne or oily skin. It helps calm acne-prone skin by reducing sebum production, which triggers outbreaks. As a result, including hemp oil in your beauty routine or utilizing products with hemp oil as an active ingredient can be beneficial for people with acne-prone skin. Hemp oil provides instant relaxation and comfort to irritated skin while reducing inflammation.
Dr Chatterjee suggests regular use of hemp can help with various skin issues and is strongly recommended by dermatologists.
Hemp seed oil can permeate into the deepest layers of the skin, making it very hydrating. It is abundant in omega acids 3, 6, and 9, which help rebuild the skin barrier and seal the skin to keep moisture retained inside. Not to forget, these fatty acids aid in the reduction of wrinkles and fine lines too.
Antioxidants including Vitamin A, C, E, and F and fatty acids help strengthen the outer layer of the skin, allowing it to retain water. Hence, this helps to firm up the skin and reduces the appearance of laugh lines and wrinkles over time, boosting collagen and glow.
“Cold-pressed hemp seed oil restores the skin’s barrier, protects against environmental aggressors that harm the skin, and promotes premature ageing (sunlight, radiation, pollution, cigarette smoke, and exposure to extreme temperatures).” adds Dr Chatterjee.
Hemp seed oil is also an all-natural way to relieve anxiety and tension. The soft, enchanting scent of this oil provides immediate relief and healing. It’s ideal for everyday use, roughly twice for all skin types.