By now, we've all learned that essential oils are necessary to keep our skin in tip-top shape. Clear skin, brighter complexion, evened-out discoloration—there are a lot of benefits to having them incorporated into our everyday skincare routine. From coconut to Moroccan oil, it seems that we've heard about every oil that we need—until now. Allow us to introduce you to the next It oil: hemp oil.
Hemp oil, not to be confused with cannabidiol oil, which is made from leaves, stalks, and flowers of hemp, is made out of purely hemp seeds. You can find it in a variety of skincare products, and you can even eat it. We spoke with dermatologist Joshua Zeichner, MD, and estheticians Tammy Fender and Amity Spiegel and asked them to break down the benefits of hemp oil for us, from how it is great for dry skin to why we should mix it into a salad.
Scroll down to see what they say about hemp oil and its skin benefits.
According to Spiegel, hemp oil is high in omega acids 3, 6, and 9, which all help hydrate the skin when applied topically. "It is also a humectant, so it draws moisture to the skin," she says.
Those same omega acids also help lower inflammation in the skin. "Hemp seed oil is rich in fatty acids which help hydrate and soothe inflamed skin and may even modulate skin oil production treating acne," says Zeichner. Spiegel also says that because hemp oil is non comedogenic, it won't clog pores and cause breakouts.
Slows Signs of Aging
Hemp oil isn't just an ingredient that can be found in skincare products; you can mix it in your food as well. "It has a crispy, nutty taste and can be used on salads as a replacement for olive oil," says Spiegel. "It is high in omegas and full of essential amino acids that help make younger, smoother-looking skin and reduce inflammation in the body." Because it a highly volatile oil, she says it must be kept refrigerated, not heated.
Helps With Overall Wellness
Fender is also a huge fan of incorporating hemp oil into your diet because its nutrients are so good for your body. "I especially like to use raw hemp seeds in cooking, because they are in their natural state, so the body can absorb all the nutrients they offer most easily," she says. "Hemp seeds are great in salads, granolas, smoothies, and mixed in with grains, deliciously delivering vitamins A and E, but also essential trace minerals and a wealth of antioxidants."
The downside to loving nail polish is that sometimes it causes our nails to grow weaker and slower. Lisa Bronner, author of the blog Going Green with a Bronner Mom, wrote for the Huffington Post that because hemp oil contains amino acids for protein building, it's great for strengthening nails and healing cuticles. She suggests applying the oil directly on them and massaging it in.