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August 1, 2021

The rapid rise of hemp in the beauty industry

The hemp plant is becoming a staple for the beauty industry. Find out how and why!

Introduction

Hemp is a plant that has been used for centuries in many different industries. But recently, hemp products have been making their way into the beauty industry, from skincare to makeup and hair care. Hemp is an environmentally friendly material with properties perfect for skincare, haircare, and makeup applications. It's also hypoallergenic, vegan-friendly, and cruelty-free! This blog post will explore why hemp is quickly becoming one of the most popular ingredients in natural beauty products as well as how you can incorporate it into your own routine. 

Let's get started! 

What is Hemp?

Hemp seeds are the hemp plant seeds, Cannabis sativa L. Hemp plants are a member of the cannabis family but do not produce a mind-altering drug as marijuana does. They can grow up to 5 meters tall and contain more than 400 compounds, including cannabinoids and terpenoids. The seed of the hemp plant has been shown to be high in essential fatty acids such as omega-6 and omega-3 and vitamins A, E, C, B1, B2, B3, minerals zinc, iron, and iron calcium. It's also naturally rich in proteins. 

How is it used in the beauty industry?

Hemp is used in a variety of different forms in the beauty industry, ranging from food to skincare. Hemp seeds are used to make shea butter, which is commonly found in cosmetics such as lip balm and lotion. Hemp oil has also been known to help relieve dry skin and reduce signs of aging. Hemp seed oil can be found in some shampoos, soaps, and toothpaste. The less popular form of hemp is industrial hemp--it's the same plant that produces milk from its seeds, fiber for rope-making, and power for biofuel. 

The more interesting type of hemp is cannabidiol or CBD; it's becoming increasingly popular as an ingredient among consumers who are interested in natural ingredients and skincare products. It's a naturally occurring organic compound found in hemp. The National Academy of Science study demonstrated that CBD has anti-inflammatory, antipsychotic (anxiety reduction), antioxidant, and neuroprotective properties that may be beneficial for acne treatment. 

CBD is derived from hemp stalk instead of seed. This form of hemp also contains a number of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, essential fatty acids, terpenes, flavonoids, color compounds, chlorophyll, and carotenoids. The extraction process is fairly simple-you need to soak the plant material in alcohol until the cannabinoids are dissolved; this mixture can then be used as an ingredient in cosmetics or consumed as an oil. CBD and other hemp extracts can be used to create a variety of different products. They're known for their ability to penetrate the skin's surface, leaving you with softer and smoother skin. Hemp-derived ingredients are also great at hydrating and moisturizing your skin. 

Why is it so popular?

As mentioned before, hemp has a wide range of health benefits for the human body; however, there is growing interest in using hemp in natural skin care products due to its anti-aging properties such as antioxidant activity and Vitamin E content. These properties can help fight acne while preventing premature aging by strengthening capillaries, reducing wrinkles, improving elasticity, and boosting cell regeneration. Our bodies produce less collagen as we age, causing our skin to lose its elasticity, firmness, and strength. Hemp seeds can help replace collagen in your skin by boosting microcirculation and delivering essential nutrients to the dermis. Collagen is also vital for preserving youthful skin appearance as we age; it helps us maintain a smooth texture while preventing wrinkling.

How to incorporate hemp into your routine

There are many easy ways to use hemp in your daily skincare regimen! You can add hemp oil or capsules into smoothies, make an eye cream from shea butter and CBD, mix it with other oils (jojoba, argan), or apply it directly onto your skin. If you're looking for something easier, there's even face wash made with hemp.

You can also make a DIY hemp face mask: soak 1 tablespoon of dried hemp seeds (or 3 tablespoons of fresh ones) in 2 teaspoons of honey for 15 minutes. Afterward, you can mix it with 4 ounces of water or milk and apply it to your skin for 15-20 minutes before rinsing off with warm water. 

Is it really environmentally friendly?

On top of its health benefits, hemp is a great way to minimize your carbon footprint. Industrial hemp requires much less water and pesticide than other crops; it also grows faster. Hemp can be used as biofuel and is known for absorbing CO2 by producing oxygen. There are many ways to reduce the environmental impact of cosmetics--you can start by choosing more natural ingredients that come from renewable resources or recyclable materials, recycling when possible, and using reusable containers if you're planning on taking them with you when traveling. 

Since hemp is naturally grown and does not contain harmful chemicals, it's an excellent choice for those who are interested in natural ingredients.

What is the future of hemp in the beauty industry?

The future of hemp in the beauty industry is looking bright! Most anti-aging products on the market are made with synthetic ingredients, so it's a great option to introduce hemp into the beauty market. Currently, there is some controversy concerning CBD use in cosmetics; however, the FDA ruled that it can be used as long as you don't have THC (the psychoactive ingredient) contained in your product. We will likely see more products containing hemp extract as more people realize how beneficial it is for their skin because they won't want to lose out on all of these wonderful benefits! 

Conclusion

We hope you enjoyed this article on the rise of hemp in the beauty industry! Hemp oil has been part of the beauty industry for centuries; however, there is always room for improvement. Hemp is known for providing moisture and being easy to absorb into our skin. Due to its antioxidant activity, hemp can help reduce signs of aging while preventing premature aging by strengthening capillaries, reducing wrinkles, improving elasticity, and boosting cell regeneration.

You can find an entire range of beauty products in our Body Care section. Happy shopping!

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