Beauty Beauty tips: Hemp-up your skincare regime

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October 12, 2019

An ingredient on the rise in the world of skincare and sustainable clothing, hemp, which was once considered a mere ‘weed’, is now a prized inclusion.

The world of skincare is ever evolving with the invention and inclusion of sundry ingredients that promise to improve a product’s potency. One such wonder ingredient to have entered the market in recent years is hemp seed oil. With extremely limited production in the country, it’s a rarity found in niche skincare and lifestyle products.

What is Hemp Seed Oil?

Cannabis — more commonly known as marijuana and hemp, are two varieties of the same plant species – Cannabis Sativa. Hemp seed oil comes from the small seeds of the Cannabis Sativa plant and those seeds do not contain the same levels of cannabinoids (CBD) as the plant itself, but they still have a rich profile of nutrients, fatty acids and useful bioactive compounds.

Why should you use it?

“Cold pressed hemp seed oil contains essential fatty acids such as linolenic acid, which supports skin repair and improves the moisture balance of the skin. It works beautifully against fine lines and can prevent stretch marks. It also has anti-inflammatory properties, which can calm down acne, rosacea and skin rashes,” says Dr Nikita. Skincare aside, the oil has various other uses too.

Yash Kotak, co-founder and director of business development, Bombay Hemp Company (BOHECO), says, “Whether on your skin, hair or toast, hemp seed oil is a nutritious oil that will keep you glowing on the inside and out. Adding it to your food will incorporate a nutty flavour along with its nutritional goodness for a wholesome meal. It can also be drizzled over dips, salads, humus or pasta.”

The wonder crop also boasts of several medicinal benefits, which Robin Gupta, co-founder, Conscious Chemist, throws light upon. “Our body has natural receptors to CBD, which are located throughout and are part of the endo-cannabinoid system. In several studies done abroad, CBD has helped people with post-traumatic stress, anxiety, depression, acute pain and more. There have also been so many cases where patients with Alzheimer’s and epilepsy were treated with medicines formulated with CBD.”

Why should you use it?

“Cold pressed hemp seed oil contains essential fatty acids such as linolenic acid, which supports skin repair and improves the moisture balance of the skin. It works beautifully against fine lines and can prevent stretch marks. It also has anti-inflammatory properties, which can calm down acne, rosacea and skin rashes,” says Dr Nikita. Skincare aside, the oil has various other uses too.

Yash Kotak, co-founder and director of business development, Bombay Hemp Company (BOHECO), says, “Whether on your skin, hair or toast, hemp seed oil is a nutritious oil that will keep you glowing on the inside and out. Adding it to your food will incorporate a nutty flavour along with its nutritional goodness for a wholesome meal. It can also be drizzled over dips, salads, humus or pasta.”

The wonder crop also boasts of several medicinal benefits, which Robin Gupta, co-founder, Conscious Chemist, throws light upon. “Our body has natural receptors to CBD, which are located throughout and are part of the endo-cannabinoid system. In several studies done abroad, CBD has helped people with post-traumatic stress, anxiety, depression, acute pain and more. There have also been so many cases where patients with Alzheimer’s and epilepsy were treated with medicines formulated with CBD.”

Who should avoid it?

“As with all other oils, hemp seed oil needs to be used with some caution. Cold pressed oils have a short shelf life. Hemp seed oil has a nutty aroma and a slightly greenish hue. Discard your bottle of hemp seed oil if it smells ‘off’ or if it changes colour,” advises Dr Nikita.

She adds, “I would recommend hemp oil for dry, sensitive and mature skin, due to its hydrating and anti-wrinkle benefits. For those who have oily skin, I personally do not recommend oil-based skin care routines, as at times, there is an initial flare of acne or purging.” Although there are no known health risks associated to using hemp seed oil, Yash says, “When in doubt, it is best to consult one’s personal physicians. Hemp contains numerous nutrients, including folic acid, so it could be a nutritious addition to expectant mothers’ diets. In the case of children, one must take into consideration the child’s age, and body weight while determining the portions.