The world of hemp skincare may seem a little intimidating to someone that’s never used hemp before. Let us reassure you that not only is hemp perfectly safe to use (trust us when we say, it won’t get you high), it also has extraordinary benefits for the skin. Below, we’ve put together a beginner’s guide to adding hemp-based products to your skincare routine.
- Do Some Research
First and foremost, we recommend that everyone do a little research into hemp-based skincare products before jumping on in. It’s important to understand the benefits that hemp seed oil offers, to determine whether it’s right for you. In addition, you want to make sure that you’re buying what you actually mean to buy. The labels on hemp or cannabis-based skincare products can be a bit confusing. For example, CBD oil and hemp seed oil are NOT one and the same. While they are both known to have powerful effects on the skin, the benefits differ. Generally speaking, if you’re looking to see a skin transformation, products containing hemp seed oil or extract are the way to go. There is much more research to support the skin benefits of these ingredients, not to mention the fact that they are often less expensive than CBD oil. A few key benefits that you’ll enjoy should you decide to enter the world of hemp skincare are moisturized skin, reduced redness, fewer breakouts, and a smoother overall complexion. When doing your research, look for skincare products with labels that say cannabis sativa seed oil or hemp seed oil, so you know the oil was derived from the seeds of the cannabis sativa plant (CBD oil, sometimes just called hemp oil, is derived from the flowers or leaves of the plant and is different).
- Consider the Product
After you’ve done a bit of research into the differences between CBD and hemp seed oil, as well as the benefits of hemp-based skincare, it’s time to consider which products you might want to work into your skincare routine. Keep in mind that certain products are better suited to your body versus your face. Boosters, face oils, and serums that contain hemp seed can have a magical impact on the skin on your face, but heavier balms and lotions may be better suited to other parts of your body, like your legs and arms. It’s worth noting that hemp seed oil is a non-comedogenic, meaning it won’t clog your pores. This makes it suitable for almost all skin types. However, you’ll want to pay attention to the other ingredients in the formulas you’re looking at to ensure they don’t contain any other ingredients that may not agree with your skin.
- Do a Patch Test
With all new skincare products, especially those that contain ingredients you’ve never used before, it’s critical that you do a patch test before continuing with regular use. Even though hemp seed oil is considered safe when applied topically, and is very unlikely to cause an allergic reaction, it can happen so it’s better to be safe than sorry. If you experience no adverse reactions to the patch test, then you’re ready to officially add hemp to your skincare routine.
Dermatologists agree that if you want to reap the benefits of hemp seed oil, you should commit to using it regularly. This means applying it to your skin on a regular, possibly even daily, basis. This is the best way to see results. The frequency of use will depend on the product you’re using, as well as your skin’s sensitivity. Cleansers can be used twice daily, whereas facial oils and serums should only be used once a day at most, possibly even only a few times a week in warmer months. In addition, for more sensitive skin, it’s best to ease into a new skincare regimen, which means using a new product only once or twice a week for the first month and gradually increasing the frequency of use from there.