Hemp is the latest beauty buzzword! An ingredient that was once considered niche has now found its way into a host of skin and hair care products. This plant-based ingredient is eye-catching as it is an excellent moisturizer. Building on the trend of skincare routines that focus on de-stressing the skin, hemp-infused products are clearing the shelves faster than you can say, “Is it even legal?”.
For the record, it is! Hemp – tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) free – is an excellent anti-inflammatory agent widely used in skin care products. Hemp seed oil, which is derived from hemp seeds, is different from hemp oil which is extracted from the flower of the hemp plant. Hemp seed oil is the main ingredient in skincare products that boast of using hemp as a targeted ingredient. It has a soothing effect on the skin and helps control sebum production, providing an effective anti-acne solution. It is also a humectant, which means it attracts moisture and holds it. If the ingredient intrigues the beauty lover in you, here are the products you can try to reap the benefits of hemp seed oil:
1. SoulTree Ayurvedic Hemp Treatment Facial Oil
Formulated with organic hemp seed oil, this face oil’s easy-to-absorb texture lets you wear it throughout the day without worrying about it getting greasy. It targets dryness, tightness and uneven texture to help improve skin’s appearance. Enriched with almond, olive and sunflower seed oil, this face oil can be used as the last step in the skincare routine followed by sunscreen.
2. Simple Skincare Hemp Seed Oil Serum
Formulated with 10% hemp seed oil and B3 (niacinamide), this face serum is a delight for sensitive skin. It is formulated without any harmful agents like artificial fragrances or dyes, and consists of naturally derived and biodegradable ingredients. This ceramide and omega-9 rich formula doubles as an elixir even for very sensitive and tired skin.
3. The Body Shop Hemp Body Butter
Your body care routine can also benefit from hemp! We love the intensely moisturizing and soft texture of this body butter. It works effectively for anyone who struggles to keep difficult areas of their body, like elbows or knees, hydrated. A quick tip to make it easier to apply heavy cream is to do it on slightly damp skin after showering.
4. Soothing Saltpeter Eye Balm
Using the soothing properties of hemp, this non-sticky balm provides comfort to tired eyes. Hemp seed oil works by breaking down fluid buildup around the under-eye area, which helps treat puffy eyes. This lightweight balm melts into the delicate skin around the eyes and targets dullness, dryness and fine lines.
5. Daughter Earth Hemp + Vitamin E Purifying Mask
When it comes to clay masks, people with dry skin often feel left out. This purifying face mask fills the void here with its creamy formula, the benefits of vitamin E and the fatty acids found in hemp seed oil. It also consists of super greens like green tea, tulsi, cucumber and gooseberry. The pack can be used twice a week without fear of excessive tightness on the skin. Here’s a pro tip, wash the mask when it’s 70-80% dry to avoid pulling when removing it.
6. Herbivore Emerald Deep Moisture Glow Oil
This face oil has a loyal fan! It’s proof that all-natural skin care can be very effective and powerful too. A little extravagant, its light texture penetrates quickly while calming the skin. Enriched with shiitake mushrooms and ashwaganda root, this formulation protects your skin from environmental stressors by effectively delivering its radiance-boosting claims.
7. Conscious Chemist Ritual Facial Cleanser
Rich in antioxidants with a balanced pH and enriched with detoxifying and skin-friendly ingredients like matcha green tea and hyaluronic acid, this face wash does not strip the skin of its natural oil. It is ideal to start the day with a hemp-based cleanser that is gentle on the skin and increases its level of hydration.
8. Colorbar Vita Hemp Balancing & Repairing Moisturizer
This versatile, creamy, lightweight cream is a hydration hero. Drawing on the oil-regulating and humectant properties of hemp, this moisturizer may be an ideal choice for oily skin types looking for a non-greasy moisturizer. Formulated with natural actives from Switzerland and Germany, it is further enhanced with the benefits of vitamin C, pomegranate extract and hyaluronic acid, and extracts of rice, olive leaf, papaya and green tea.