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Hemp Extract for Skin Health

The biggest organ in our body, skin health tells us a lot about what is going on internally. Whether dry and dehydrated or oily and blemish prone, the causes of these complaints aren’t simply skin-deep. 

Healing your body from the inside out has been shown to be far more effective at improving the appearance of your complexion than simply applying a product over the top, but where do you start? Can an extract from the hemp plant really help? 

Whether you’re looking for relief from problem-skin, or simply wanting to improve your skins appearance, the vitamins, oils, and minerals in hemp oil can make a difference. Here’s how…

How Hemp Extract Improves Skin

Being a Hemp Extract, the oils pulled from the hemp plant contain the full range of beneficial plant compounds that are naturally present in the plant. This is great news for your skin as hemp is rich in nourishing substances which work together to repair the skin from the inside out. 

Vitamin E

An essential nutrient that protects the outer layer of cell membranes, Vitamin E is one of the regularly touted ingredients in high-end skincare products. Cells are not able to hold moisture when they are damaged, but as a lipid antioxidant, Vitamin E protects the cells outer layer from free-radicals. 

You can get Vitamin E naturally from a diet rich in leafy greens and nuts, but studies show that the majority of Americans don’t reach their recommended daily intake of this important nutrient. [1]

Vitamin A

Vitamin A is actually a group of different compounds which you may have heard of before. Retinol, retinal, and beta-carotene are all present in Vitamin A, with retinol, in particular, being an important skincare ingredient. Vitamin A is very nourishing to the skin but also helps to protect it from UV damage which can ultimately lead to aging.

Most Americans consume less than the recommended intake of Vitamin A, despite it being present in fruits, vegetables, dairy products, and often added to breakfast cereals.[2]

Essential Fatty Acids

Essential fatty acids cannot be produced by the body, instead, we rely on consuming them in our diet. Hemp Extract contains both Omega-3 and Omega-6, which the body uses to retain moisture in cells, protect the skin’s oil barrier and reduce inflammation. 

Omegas 3 and 6 can be found in fish and shellfish, as well as in many seeds and oils derived from seeds. Critically, studies have found that having too much Omega-6 and not enough Omega-3 can lead to poor health. The ratio found in Hemp Extract is ideal at 3:1.[3]

Terpenes

With antimicrobial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, terpenes are a powerful tool in your skincare arsenal. A fragrant compound produced by plants to protect themselves, there are over 20,000 terpenes in existence, with 100 of these being found in hemp.

Hemp Extract for Cat and Dog Skin Health

The great news when it comes to Hemp Extract is that it has the same benefits for our furry pals as it does for us. There are products made specifically for pets, such as our Wellness for Cats and Wellness for Dogs line, but the key ingredients remain exactly the same, just in a reduced concentration proportionate to pet size. 

The internal systems that we have to regulate inflammation and process nutrients are largely the same. So whether you want help to clear your acne, or your pooch is suffering from dry skin, a high-quality Hemp Extract can help.

Skin Complaints Helped by Hemp Extract

No matter the complaint, Hemp Extract has been shown to support skin health. From acne to dermatitis, the healing properties of the plant compounds found in hemp can reduce inflammation, improve moisture retention and prevent damage.

Skin Redness

If you’re plagued by skin redness, you’re not alone. Whether from prolonged sun exposure or conditions such as dermatitis or rosacea, skin redness is a highly common complaint. The good news is, Hemp Extract can help.

The visible redness is caused by inflammation, a response which has been triggered by your body in order to protect itself. Inflammation is simply your body’s way of defending an area that it thinks is under attack. Sometimes this is a helpful response, but often it isn’t necessary. 

Many skin creams that claim to reduce redness have ingredients that soothe, such as aloe vera, or that disguise, by the addition of green pigment. Neither of these actually address the root cause of the inflammation, they’re simply a temporary fix. 

Hemp extract reduces inflammation internally by utilizing a range of natural compounds. Various terpenes work to reduce inflammation at the source, while hemp’s interaction with the neurotransmitter adenosine creates an additional anti-inflammatory response.[4]

For anyone suffering from redness, a Hemp Extract can alleviate skin inflammation and promote a clearer complexion.

Dry Skin

If you suffer from dry or dehydrated skin which is prone to flakiness, using a Hemp Extract can be a great addition to your skincare routine. 

Vitamin E and essential fatty acids which are present in Hemp Extract combine to provide an all-encompassing treatment to aid moisture retention. While Vitamin E supports the membranes of skin cells, allowing them to function well and retain moisture, omegas 3 and 6 impact the skin oil barrier, preventing further moisture loss.  

Those with dry skin often find that they suffer from sensitivity too, which is why the additional anti-inflammatory benefits of Hemp Extract make it an ideal choice.

Aging Skin

For mature skin, the rejuvenating and protecting qualities of Hemp Extract are worth their weight in gold.

The antioxidant properties of various terpenes and of Vitamin E combine to fight the free radicals which create oxidation of skin cells. These free radicals, if left uncontrolled cause significant cell damage and can accelerate the aging process. The nature of Hemp Extract keeps the range of antioxidants intact, allowing them to protect cells.

Meanwhile, the compounds which make up Vitamin A protect your skin from UV damage, while actually repairing skin appearance on a cellular level by boosting collagen production.

Oily, Acne Prone Skin

Like skin redness, an element of the appearance of acne is caused by inflammation. Excess oil production is also at play, and when follicles become filled by this oil combined with dead skin cells, dirt, and bacteria, acne rages. 

Hemp Extract can combat acne in two ways. Firstly, being full of anti-inflammatory compounds, the inflamed appearance of an acne-breakout is reduced. Secondly, Hemp Extract can actually reduce the production of oil, making breakouts less likely to occur.[5]

Topical or Drops?

Deciding which form of Hemp Extract to buy can be complicated by the options available. When it comes to skin, it may seem the obvious choice to purchase a lotion or salve, but this isn’t actually the best way to get results. As we’ve mentioned before, you’ll see the best improvements by healing your skin from the inside. 

Applied directly to the skin, there will be moisturizing properties and inflammation at the area will be somewhat reduced, but because the skin is designed to be a protective layer the Hemp Extract cannot penetrate deeply. For optimal results, you can use a Hemp Extract on the skin and also take it in drop form, orally. 

If you’ve noticed improvements since adding Hemp Extract to your skincare routine, we want to hear from you! Let us know how you’ve found the process.

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