The Benefits of Hemp Bodycare
Many things meet our skin before they interact further with our bodies. Our absorbent skin helps us to take in the world around us, like breathing and tasting. In fact, the forehead is one of the places on our skin which absorbs materials the quickest. This might make you think differently about your facial care routine! Fatty acids, like those abundant in hemp oil, help protect our skin and retain moisture while also packing a healthy punch of feel good chemicals that reduce inflammation and manage pain. Creams and lotions aid in the absorption of healthy minerals and vitamins by keeping them on the skin and promoting absorption over time.
Hemp oil is actually one of the best for our skin because it is one of the rare oils that is non-comedogenic, meaning that it doesn’t clog pores. This quality makes hemp oil an amazing moisturizer because it is able to penetrate the layers of the skin and actually hydrate, rather than just resting on the surface and causing buildup and irritation. It also provides a light, natural SPF of 6 when you wear it in the sun!
Herbal salves made of plant-based ingredients offer the same benefits as petrochemical skincare products while remaining holistic. Petroleum jelly, such as Vaseline, and skin-clogging mineral oil products are highly processed byproducts of the fossil fuel industry and incredibly common in skincare. Not only are these petrochemicals unfit for human consumption, but their production is totally synergistic with the global oil industry. It is imperative that we move away from our dependence on fossil fuels and plastics. Our bath and body care is just one of the many ways we can give our power back to plants.
The benefits of hemp are boundless, for our bodies and for our world. Hemp oil is full of essential fatty acids which impact our immune system and, specifically when applied to the skin, may treat the causes of inflammation, dryness, redness, acne, and other symptoms of irritation and imbalance. Omega-6s and Omega-3s help to retain moisture and provide essential resources to our bodies that can only be obtained through external sources. Hemp oil is also protein rich, and proteins are our body’s construction crew helping to build, repair, and maintain tissue such as bones, muscle, and skin, Hemp is one of the most impactful plants we can harness not only for its ecological and social benefits but for its nutrient and medicinal content.