It’s no wonder why hemp seed oil is taking the cosmetic industry by storm. With extreme skin benefits, it’s a perfect fit with the beauty industry even past skin care. Hemp seed oil has exceptional values of unsaturated fatty acids allowing the skin to repair and hold onto moisture. Who wouldn’t want subtly plumped and hydrating effects from their lip gloss or foundation? In a 2004 study testing different varieties from three different harvest dates, hemp seed oil stays stable with its ranges of palmitic acid, linolenic acid, and stearic acid, all great for our skin. This shows that hemp seed oil is reliable regardless of its seed variety or harvest. Palmitic acid is the most common saturated fatty acid naturally found in humans. Palmitic acid is also an awesome emulsifier, helping keep your water and oil ingredients mixed in your cosmetics. It is also an opacifying agent which naturally helps build coverage, which is why its great for concealer and foundation. Linolenic Acid is an essential fatty acid belonging to the omega-3 fatty acids groups. It is reported to inhibit the synthesis of prostaglandin resulting in reduced inflammation. Linoleic acid is also an essential building block for ceramides, strengthening your skin’s barrier which helps keeps irritants out! Stearic acid also is an emollient and helps builds the skin’s protective barrier.
Who wouldn’t want their cosmetics containing natural ingredients that help build coverage, maintain formula consistency, and help your skin stay healthy and strong? Make sure you read labels carefully when purchasing products. Many reputable cosmetic companies are starting to carry products with hemp seed oil.
Christian R. Vogl, Helga Mölleken, Gunilla Lissek-Wolf, Andreas Surböck & JÖRg Kobert (2004) Hemp (Cannabis sativa L.) as a Resource for Green Cosmetics, Journal of Industrial Hemp, 9:1, 51-68, DOI: 10.1300/J237v09n01_06