Summer Is On The Way, Time To Protect Your Skin With Hempseed Oil


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)

Acne? Try Hemp!


Acne is a very common skin condition, and it’s not a condition that is only experienced during the puberty phase of growth. From teendom and onward, almost anyone at any age can suffer from acne. It can be a painful (and esteem-lowering) condition.

Acne is the blockage of follicles due to over secretion of cells. The blockage is sebum, or oil, that is present in the skin. These blockages then allow bacteria growth, which in turn cause the appearance of whiteheads, blackheads milia, inflamed patches, pain, and scarring.

Acne that appears during puberty is normally the result of increased amounts of testosterone (yes, females have testosterone as well).  For most people acne diminishes when they reach their early 20s, but for some people the acne will continue on into 30s, 40s or even 50s.

Hempseed and hempseed oil are excellent for healthy skin. Hempseed oil is rich in protein and Omega fatty acids, and both are great for the skin. The essential fatty acids in hemp hemp with healing and cellular growth.

Hemp is anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial (antiseptic), and nutritive for hair and skin.

Adding hempseed and hempseed oil to the diet will help most skin conditions (I noticed that my skin felt fresher, cleaner, more alive); applying it topically can also be beneficial. There are several hempseed oil based skin products on the market.

*I personally use Versativa’s Hemphoria on my skin. It is meant to be taken internally, but I experimented and put it on my face at night (not a good idea to put it on in the morning, it is orange-colored). Hemphoria is a product with whole hemp, astaxanthin, orange, passion fruit, pomegranate, sweet lime, rose, and frankincense. Not only does it make my body feel incredibly fresh when taken internally, but after using it on my face for 3 nights I noticed my skin was smoother, fresher, younger-looking, and my minor acne had disappeared. I had a few lesions on my face as well, and they were reduced by half after 3 days.

**This post is based on my own research and personal experiences. It is not mean to be used as professional medical advice. If you are on medication for severe acne and have questions, please contact your medical care provider.

Love Your Body With Hemp-Enhanced Body Products


Hempseed is one of the finest nutritional products around. Not only is it an excellent food source, it also helps heal and treat health conditions and disease. It simply does wonders for our insides.

However, we can’t forget our ‘outsides’. Hemp-enhanced body care products are on the rise. People are becoming more conscious about what they put on their skin and hair.

The skin is the largest organ on the human body. It is also the ‘gateway’ for absorption of nutrients, as well as chemicals that may be put on the body. The skin sees a lot of rough treatment – harsh soaps, chemicals, abrasives, and environmental exposure (wind, ice, snow, cold, dry heat, sun).

Hemp-enhanced face and body lotions are wonderful. They moisturize the skin; the hemp oil does not sit on top of the skin, but penetrates it, leaving skin soft, smooth, and non-greasy. The Omega 6 and 3 fatty acids in hempseed oil aid in cellular repair and also protect from UV radiation. Omega fatty acids also help replenish the fats lost in the skin, reducing scaliness and dryness, AND helping the skin to look younger and fresher. (I use a hempseed oil-based lotion several times a day, with no greasy feel left on my hands and skin.)

Let’s not forget the hair. Shampoos and conditioners can be quite harsh to the hair. Some are detergents and strip the hair of it’s natural oils. Hemp oil-based shampoo and conditioner leaves hear feeling clean, fresh, silky smooth, and looking and feeling shiny and healthy. The Omega 3 fatty acids in hempseed oil-based hair products penetrate the scalp and moisturize from the inside, reducing dry, flaky skin and adding nutrients to the hair follicles.

I personally use Versativa’s Juice Citrus Flower hemp-enhanced shampoo and conditioner. My scalp is moisturized; my hair feels fresh and clean, and looks healthy and full of body.

Whether you are wanting to treat your hair, or body, or both to some exceptional care, try hempseed oil-based products. Your skin and hair will thank you.