Hemp oil compounds achieve anti-aging cellular benefits by targeting the underlying causes of aging skin which is characterized by dryness, discoloration, redness, wrinkles, and loss of facial structure.
Research suggests that the main factors behind skin aging, the development of wrinkles, and impaired cellular regeneration are inflammation, oxidative stress, mitochondrial dysfunction, collagen loss, clogged pores and acne.
Studies show hemp oil compounds target causes of aging with anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, mitochondrial function improving, collagen-promoting, moisturizing, and acne-combating properties [ 1].
As a result, hemp oil can help to prevent signs of aging from developing, while simultaneously reversing the appearance of existing cellular damage such as fine lines and wrinkles. This is one powerful oil!
Hemp oil contains numerous components with anti-inflammatory properties including amino acids, fatty acids such as omega-3s and gamma-linoleic acid (GLA), and polyphenols.
These compounds help reduce skin inflammation, which can lead to cell damage and cell death, redness, dryness, and a compromised immune barrier. They can be applied directly to the skin in the form of a hemp balm or face oil.
A study of medical students found that when compared to control subjects, students who received omega-3s showed a 14% decrease in production of the inflammatory cytokine interleukin-6 (IL-6) [ 2].
Amino acids, fatty acids, and polyphenols are sometimes referred to as phenylpropionamides because they all have a phenylpropionamide portion in their molecular structure. Researchers have isolated over 30 phenylpropionamides from hemp seeds [ 3].
In a recent study, researchers tested the anti-inflammatory effects of hemp seed extract containing phenylpropionamides on mice with induced inflammation. They found that hemp seed extract administration reduced levels of inflammatory markers IL-1β, IL-6, and TNF-α [ 4].
Hemp oil is non-comedogenic, meaning it moisturizes skin without clogging pores. Clogged pores, known as comedones, can take the form of blackheads, whiteheads, or bumps when they become blocked with oil, debris, dirt, or dead cell parts.
There is a comedogenic scale with ratings from 0 to 5. Hemp seed oil has a 0 on the comedogenic scale, meaning it will not clog pores whatsoever. When you look at the ingredients in your skin care products, be sure they all have this quality! The closer the number gets to 5, the higher the likelihood that the oil will clog your pores.
Although our cells naturally produce oil or sebum to nourish the skin, supply antioxidants, and lock in moisture, these abilities diminish as we age, leaving our skin dry, stressed, and in need of hydration.
By not clogging pores, non-comedogenic oils such as hemp oil provide antioxidants and nutrients while allowing the skin to breathe, remain hydrated, clean out waste, and turn over dead cells. This helps keep dry skin supple and oily skin free of acne.
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