Hemp is an often misunderstood (and underutilized) plant. Although it's considered a part of the cannabis family, hemp, unlike its better known relation, contains such minuscule traces of the psychoactive compound THC that it's impossible to get a "high" from the plant. What hemp does contain in high amounts is CBD, a chemical noted for its anti-inflammatory, analgesic properties, making it incredibly useful for a variety of mild health concerns.
Derived from the hemp seeds, hemp oil is a versatile ingredient to add to your beauty routine, and can either be consumed or applied externally. It's also extraordinarily high in nutrients—calcium, magnesium, antioxidants, and healthy fats, just to name a few. To help you make the most of this holistic substance, here 10 hemp oil uses for skin, nails, and hair.
A More Even Complexion
Who doesn't want clearer skin? While adding oil to oily skin may sound counterintuitive, massaging a bit of hemp oil into acne-prone skin will help to neutralize the sebum that causes breakouts.
Milk's blotting papers are made of hemp fibers that thoroughly absorb oil.
One of our favorite hemp oil uses is for all-natural nail repair. Apply hemp oil directly to the nails and cuticles, or treat yourself to hemp oil foot bath.
This cuticle oil by French Girl Organics contains hemp oil, which the brand notes for its antifungal properties.
Natural Makeup Removal
Using a soft cloth or cotton swab, gently massage hemp oil into makeup (especially eye makeup) to effortlessly remove it from your skin.
An organic hemp oil option that can also be ingested for pain relief.
Like many natural oils, one of the best hemp oil uses is as a moisturizer. Apply directly to dry or cracked skin to restore softness.
Meow Meow Tweet Body Oil contains hemp as one of its main ingredients, and it immediately soothes dry skin.
Better Skin Texture
Going hand in hand with improved moisture, hemp oil can also help to make skin stronger and more supple.
Along with hemp-seed oil, this lightweight face oil by Eve Lom is enriched with vitamin C to soften skin.
One of the most sought-after elements of hemp oil are essential fatty acids, also known as EFAs. These help to restore hair’s natural strength, softness, and shine.
The Hempz line contains a variety of beauty products for skin and hair, all with a focus on hemp oil.
Gamma-linolenic acid is a component of hemp oil that reduces inflammation. This makes it a terrific product for topical applications on red or irritated skin, as well as a natural shampoo ingredient that can help alleviate inflammation of the scalp.
Fig + Yarrow's hemp-enriched Hair + Scalp Tonic isn't limited to hair—use it on nails and skin for a little extra nourishment.
Natural Hair Conditioning
While you'd normally condition hair after shampooing, hemp oil should be applied in the opposite order. Allow a small amount of hemp oil to soak on hair and the scalp for 10 to 20 minutes; then wash as usual.
For an alternative to DIY conditioning, SheaMoisture's Moisture Seal Masque can be left in for 30 minutes to revive dry strands.
Heal Minor Cuts & Scrapes
Like several anti-inflammatory oils (tea tree oil and coconut oil are also good examples), hemp oil has a natural ability to help cleanse and restore chafed, cracked skin.
With over 3000 positive reviews on Amazon alone, Nutiva Organic's Cold Pressed Hemp Oil is one of the best pure hemp oils you can invest in.
Boost Your Detox Efforts
Hemp oil helps support healthy liver function—another benefit of its high EFA content—making it an ideal supplement to your healthy detox efforts.
The Nue Co.'s protein-rich "gut food" contains hemp powder to promote a healthy metabolism.
Up next, read on to learn more about the benefits of CBD.