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There are many great natural oils available that do wonders for your skin and hemp seed oil is one of them.
What makes hemp seed oil so good is it large list of vitamins and minerals naturally found in the oil that are absorbed into the skin. Whilst hemp seed oil can not be sold for human consumption in Australia and New Zealand, it’s taken internally all over the world. Hemp seed oil contains good amounts of;
- A, B1, B2, B3, B6, C, D & E
- Copper, Phosphorus, Potassium, Zinc, Chlorophyll & Fibre.
- Essential Fatty Acids (EFA’s)
- Omega 3, 6 & 9
While its good to hear its jam packed full of good vitamins and minerals but how do all those vitamins and minerals benefit your skin? Well let me tell you….
Also know as Retinol or Carotenoids, Vitamin A is essential for skin health. It helps form, maintain and repair; new skin, soft tissue and mucus membrane. (1) It assists the skin in to clear up acne and psoriasis along with showing good potential in the repair of sun damaged skin (2) A lack of Vitamin A can lead to dry skin, and make the skin more prone to wrinkles.
B Vitamins are essential for healthy skin, hair, eyes and liver along with helping the body metabolise fats and protein. (3) B1 & B2 are essential for the energy production in cells. A lack in these vitamins could result in special forms of dermatitis (4). Vitamin B3 helps reduce redness of the skin and boost hydration of dry skin. Two key components of your skins outer protective layer are fatty acids and ceramides. Putting B3 on dry and sensitive skin will help the skin keep moisture in and irritants out (5). B6 is good as a topical application as there are many skin care treatments that use the antioxidants derived from vitamin B6 to treat sun damaged skin (6). Vitamin B6 is also essential for the body to manufacture vitamin B3, helping the body produce antibodies and red blood cells which all contributes to a healthy digestive system, healthy skin and a healthy central nervous system (7).
We are all no strangers to the fact that the sun (ultra violet light) causes skin damage, and that’s why vitamin C is so important. Vitamin C limits the damage induced by UV light exposure. Do not ne fooled, vitamin C is not a sunscreen (it does not absorb light) but the activity of is antioxidants is what protects against UV damage. Oxidative damage to proteins is a distinguishable feature of sun damaged skin which can lead to changes in skin structure. What vitamin C does is help regulate the synthesis of the structural protein collagen, and collagen is important to the stability and support of the epidermis (8).
While the best source of vitamin D is a balanced approach to sunlight exposure, topical applications of vitamin D can also be used to treat psoriasis. A healthy does of vitamin D in the skin helps stimulate collagen production, minimize acne, boost elasticity, reduce dark spots and lines, along with enhancing the skins radiance (9).
When it comes to skin repair vitamin E is your go to vitamin. While research is limited what we do know is so beneficial for skin health. Vitamin E is a fat soluble antioxidant which is essential for the maintenance of happy, healthy skin. A topical application may provide different forms of vitamin E otherwise not available through diet. It plays an important role in preventing UV-induced free radical damage to the skin by absorbing energy from UV light. After applying it to the skin it has been found that the vitamin E accumulates in the cell membranes and the levels of vitamin E greatly increase in the skin. It’s also a great anti-inflammatory and has been found when combined with vitamin C, the antioxidants in the two vitamins have been successful at decreasing sunburnt cells, a decrease in DNA damage along with a decrease in skin pigmentation after sun exposure (10).
Copper has only been used widely in cosmetic products since 1997. Studies have found that Copper promotes collagen and elastin production in the skin promoting the bodies natural tissue building processes. As a result it helps the skin become firm, smooth, soft and also helps remove damaged collagen and elastin form the skin (11). Phosphorus is important for the growth, repair and maintenance of all tissues and cells (12). Zinc has been found to have great benefits for the skin topically and orally. Studies has shown that is has the potential to help cells regenerate and alleviate inflammation which is beneficial for the prevention and treatment of acne, skin sores and minor wounds. Scalp infections and dandruff have also been shown to respond to zinc found in shampoos (13). Chlorophyll is said to be a super wound healer with stidies showing it reducing inflammation, aiding in killing germs, improves the resistance of cells against infection, and strengthening body tissues. Its ability to help the prevention of bacteria growth makes it skins environment hostile for bacteria growth which helps speed up the healing process (14).
Essential Fatty Acids (Omega 3, 6 & 9)
One of the most effective ways to receive your EFAs is by topical application to the skin. The liver may oxidise a significant portion of the EFAs before they have the opportunity to reach peripheral tissues. Ultra Violet Radiation (UVR) can still cause cellular damage, inducing inflammation and the suppression of your skins immune system. EFA n-3 and n-6 have been found to convert into compounds. Depending on the levels found in skin, can depend on the skins response to UVR inflammation and damage. Studies have shown younger looking skin and photoprotection (the prevention of UV damaged skin) are the result of a diet higher in EFAs (15).
In summary, I personally think hemp seed oil is amazing. If used as a base ingredient in cosmetics and beauty products it would be highly beneficial. Mixed with other vitamins and minerals or even essential oils (which also promote healing), hemp seed oil would have the ability to assist with an ever wider variety of skin issues. Just imagine if we could also legally consume it here in Aus & NZ as a multivitamin or to use in cooking. Combine a daily ingestion with daily use on the skin (along with a healthy diet) and we would surely be in business and on the way to better health.
I hope you have found this article useful. For more information on hemp or to purchase hemp based products feel free to check out our website www.salousia.com.au
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