Summer will be upon us soon, and now is the time to get ready to protect our skin from heat, sun, sand and salt (if you are a beach person) and air conditioning.
Hempseed oil contains two fatty acids in particular that are excellent for skin care. Hempseed oil contains 60-70% lineolic (LA) and 15-25% linolenic (LNA). It also has carotene and vitamin E (both are antioxidants). The LA and LNA (polyunsaturated fatty acids) contain phospholipids – organic compounds that are building blocks of cell membranes. Phospholipids are very similar to the natural lipids found in the skin, and help combat dryness and keep moisture in the cells.
The carotene and vitamin E help protect the skin from sun damage and aid in cellular healing.
Hempseed oil has natural properties that block UV rays, but do NOT block absorption of vitamin D.
When choosing hempseed oil-based sunblock, make sure it does NOT contain parabens. Parabens are chemicals that are used as preservatives. Some are natural, most are man-made. Some studies have suggested that parabens cause cancer. Parabens are also endocrine distruptors, because they mimic estrogen.
“The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in their report “Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products in the Environment: Agents of Subtle Change?” reported that the chemical preservatives called parabens—methyl, propyl, butyl and ethyl (alkyl-p-hydroxybenzoates)—displayed estrogenic activity in several tests. This means that these chemicals mimic your body´s own hormones and can have endocrine-disrupting action when they are rubbed into your body or washed down the drain into your drinking water. These disruptors interfere with your body´s endocrine system: your hypothalamus, your ovaries, your thyroid—virtually every system in your body. The EPA also stated that “continual introduction of these benzoates (parabens) into sewage treatment systems and directly to recreational waters from the skin leads to the question of risk to aquatic organisms.” Scientists in Europe found other endocrine-disrupting body care chemicals in the bodies of fish that humans are eating, and in human breast milk.
Dr. Elizabeth Smith has written that “It is a known medical fact that estrogen stimulates breast cancer” and that “anything absorbed through the skin may be as high as 10 times the concentration of an oral dose.” (www.terressentials.com)