Welcome back to the latest post in our series investigating some of the amazing superfood ingredients that we use in our raw, organic, skincare products here at Rawgaia.
As well as blending this stunning oil into quite a few of our products, we also simply offer the organic oil alone because it really is that super! This is one of the more commonly known ingredients that we use; a lot people have hemp vaguely on their radar as a great plant with a lot of uses so we'll have a bit of a deeper look now into why using it's seed oil is so beneficial to our skin.
Organic Hemp Seed Oil is definitely worthy of any accolades it receives, as the seeds are 'rich in protein, polyunsaturated fatty acids, omega 6, omega 3 and insoluble fibre' as well as being a great source of tocopherols, also known as Vitamin E antioxidants (1). These essential fatty acids are what make hemp seed oil an excellent moisturiser as they create a protective barrier on the skin which helps prevent the loss of moisture. It also 'has a comedogenic rating of 0, meaning it does not clog pores at all' which also contributes to it's amazing moisturising properties (2). But, it's capabilities as a great moisturiser don't end there. Hemp is also rich in vitamin D, which aids calcium absorption and can help to 'achieve soft, smooth and hydrated skin'. (3).
Hemp seed oil really takes centre stage is in it's well known ability to work in perfect harmony with even problem skin.
Hemp seed oil has high levels of gamma-linolenic acid (or GLA). This omega-6 fatty acid holds a whole host of anti-inflammatory properties and 'several studies show that the linolenic acid...can slow down the ageing process and fight psoriasis'. (1). As acne is caused by excess sebum oil clogging pores and leading to inflammation, linolenic acid in hemp seed oil has been known to help clear the excess oil, thereby alleviating the symptoms of common skin conditions.
According to a 2014 study, it concluded that hemp seeds are useful in treating a wide range of skin diseases 'the skin strengthened and made better able to resist bacterial, viral and fungal infections' (4).
Finally, this super oil is rich in antioxidants, minerals and vitamins A, D and E (5) which can all work to help prevent premature ageing of the skin. These vitamins help with skin cell production and the oil provides a good vehicle for them to reach the inner layers where they are often most needed. Additionally, 'the presence of polyunsaturated lipids in the form of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids helps in restoring skin elasticity...(and) to reset the collagen productivity of your skin' (6).
Here at Rawgaia, we use only certified COSMOS Organic cold pressed / raw Hemp Seed Oil to ensure that we are getting the absolute highest quality oil available to use in our raw, superfood skincare collection. Having looked into some of this oil's incredible properties, it's easy to see why we chose to create our NEW Hemp Glow Ritual around this amazing superfood!
We LOVE Organic Hemp Seed Oil so much, that we also include it in these superfood skincare blends too...