7 Ways to Use Hemp Oil in Body Care

Hemp oils are often used as a dietary supplement, but many people do not realize that they can also be used externally as a skin and body care product. There are actually many ways that hemp seed oil can be used to care for and improve skin, hair, and nails.

Here are some of the best ways to use hemp oil in body care and make the most out of every drop of oil.

#1 Tackling Acne

People are increasingly turning to hemp oil as a way of treating and reducing the signs of acne. This might sound counterintuitive as acne is caused by a buildup of oil on the skin, but it may be useful for people with extremely dry skin. 

Gently rubbing a small amount of hemp oil on to clean skin at least once a day may help protect the skin’s lipid layer and hydrate.

Additionally, hemp oils may be helpful for cleansing and removing makeup. They have the advantage of providing the skin with additional vitamins and minerals. Hemp oil works by dissolving the oils and waxes in makeup and can be particularly useful when dealing with stubborn waterproof eye makeup.

Using hemp oil as a makeup remover is similar to using other liquid makeup removers. Apply a small amount of oil onto a cotton ball and wipe gently or press into the face.

But does it really work? It’s important to note that hemp oil is, of course, an oil. Therefore it may not be appropriate for every skin type. Additionally, it’s always worth being cautious the first time you use a new product. If you have sensitive skin and problematic skin, it’s worth talking to a skin specialist. 

#2 Moisturize Dry Skin

Hemp seed oil is packed with vital nutrients such as omega fatty acids, minerals, and vitamins, which help moisturize and revitalize the skin. Hemp seed oil can therefore be used as a hydrating and brightening face mask. 

Hemp oil masks can also be applied to the skin and left overnight for deeper hydration. Many overnight face masks can feel heavy and unpleasant on the skin, but this is not the case with hemp oil. However, be warned, this may encourage breakouts if you already have oily skin. 

The omega fatty acids and minerals found in hemp seeds work to promote healing while also hydrating the skin at the same time. Applying hemp seed oil daily to problematic areas of skin can prevent them from becoming damaged and painful.

Plenty of hemp creams are also on the market for those who prefer to use a cream-based product.

#3 Keep Skin Irritations at Bay 

Hemp seed oil is believed to have natural anti-inflammatory properties making it helpful in treating minor skin blemishes and irritations. Applying a few drops of hemp oil to red or inflamed areas of skin could provide fast-acting relief both in terms of appearance and the level of pain felt. 

There has been evidence to show that hemp oil can be used to treat eczema and alleviate many of its symptoms. One study carried out in 2005 found that adding even a small amount of hemp seed oil into a person’s daily diet can help to relieve the signs of eczema. 

However, it’s always worth visiting a dermatologist if the eczema rashes become increasingly painful. 

#4 Revitalize Damaged Hair

Some people use hemp oils in place of conditioners to revitalize and repair damaged hair. Hemp oils tend to provide more noticeable effects than regular conditioners as they offer a deeper level of hydration, making them a great way to repair extremely dry hair.

Additionally, people with curly hair may find the oil useful as a pre-shampoo treatment. 

#5 Strengthen Nails

Hemp seed oils are an effective way to strengthen nails. The rich blend of vitamins, minerals, proteins, and fatty acids within hemp oil could work to hydrate and strengthen nails. Hemp oil can be used as part of a manicure or applied more regularly for faster and more noticeable effects.

#6 Reduce Joint and Muscle Pains

Hemp creams are often used to ease stiff joints and muscles, improve flexibility, and reduce the level of pain felt. Hemp seed oils can also be used in the same way, and some argue it provides the same effects.

However, opting for a hemp cream crafted for that purpose is preferable for those wanting to treat muscle pain. Hemp oil by no means should be treated as a cure-all.  

#7 Relaxation

Hemp seed oil infused with calming aromas such as lavender or chamomile is excellent as a relaxation tool, especially when used in the evening. Applying a small amount of hemp oil to the main pressure points on the body can help relax the mind and body and, in some cases, even improve sleep quality. 

Susan Kowal
Susan Kowal is a serial entrepreneur, angel investor/advisor, and health enthusiast.