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6 Skin Benefits from Hemp Seed Oil


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Hemp seed oil has a bit of a cult following. As an incredibly nourishing oil for skin on many levels, it plumps the look of your skin, firms and tightens and provides powerful antioxidant activity to help promote beautiful skin.

But this oil’s benefits don’t stop there. People with oily skin and clogged pores swear by it because it’s moisturizing without adding to the problem. Those with sensitive skin love how gentle it is—widely tolerated by all skin types—and some even use it in their hair, because it’s so naturally conditioning.

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If you’re looking for a new oil that can do all these things and more, look into hemp seed oil.

What Is Hemp Seed Oil?

Hemp seed oil comes from the seeds of the hemp plant, which is a variety of the Cannabis sativa plant species. You’ve probably heard of Cannabis as it relates to marijuana, but the species used to make the drug contains higher levels of the component “tetrahydrocannabinol (THC),” which is the component that contains psychoactive properties.

Regular hemp, however, has much lower concentrations of THC, and higher concentrations of “cannabidiol (CBD),” which actually reduces or eliminates the psychoactive effects. In fact, the standard hemp plant has been used for centuries to make rope, clothes, food, paper, plastics, insulation, textiles, and more, while the seeds were eaten raw or ground into a meal.

In addition, the hemp seeds don’t contain THC.

Cold pressed hemp seed oil is dark to light green with a nutty flavor. The refined oil is clear with little flavor, and also contains fewer skin-nourishing qualities. As with all oils, the cold pressed is the most healthful.

How Does Hemp Seed Oil Benefit the Skin?

As we mentioned, Hemp Seed Oil is full of elements that essentially act as food for your skin, leaving it nourished and healthy. Here’s what that means as far as the look and feel of skin:

  • Plumps tired, dry skin: Rejuvenates the skin, creating a more youthful glow.
  • Provides-long lasting moisture: If your skin gets dry halfway through the day, you may want to try this oil, since continued use over time will help your skin’s ability to retain moisture.
  • Balance Oily Skin: Because hemp seed oil doesn’t clog pores, it’s often thought to be the ideal moisturizer for skin that has suffered from these issues.
  • Skin calming: If you could use some relief from the feeling of some temporary skin irritation, this may be the oil for you. Hemp seed oil is naturally calming and the moisture it provides combats temporary discomfort.
  • Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles: Hemp seed oil can protect against different environmental factors and can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Suitable for all skin types: What do you do if your skin is just struggling? Maybe you have clogged pores or dryness all at once. Hemp seed oil is calming and soothing while providing just the right amount of moisture.

Have you used hemp seed oil? Let us know in the comments below!


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  1. Diane says:

    I’ve used a couple different body oils that both contained high concentrations of hemp seed oil (number one listed ingredient in one of them, and number two ingredient in the other), and they are both amazing! I got one of them as a sample and loved it and got some for my sister-in-law, and it transformed her neck. With the other oil, it saved me last winter: my hands were really irritated, itchy, red, dry, and cracked, and every other organic oil/lotion I tried only made it worse! Then I got a sample of this other body oil with lots of hemp oil in it, and I tried a little on my hands, and it felt much better! I’m sure it was the hemp oil, because that’s the only big difference between that oil and the other products I was using: this was the only one with hemp seed oil. It instantly became my favorite oil, and I bought more. I also like the way it absorbs pretty quickly and is far less oily/greasy than my other body oils. I’m planning on stocking up on more for winter! 🙂

    • Cydni says:


      What body oils did you use? I get super dry, cracked hands in the winter and would love something to try!

      • Diane says:

        Hi Cydni — The body oil that saved my hands, and is now my favorite, is Pink Horizons Winter Edition Body Oil. I love the fragrance, too! The other one I described is Pink Horizons Décolleté Serum for Neck & Chest (the one my sister-in-law fell in love with!).

    • Judith F Sarchielli says:

      The hemp oil I use takes too long to absorb and is a bit sticky. do you have a brand you prefer? Thanks, Judith

      • Diane says:

        Hi Judith — I’ve never used straight hemp seed oil neat, I’ve only used it in the following blends: Pink Horizons Décolleté Serum for Neck & Chest, and Pink Horizons Winter Edition Body Oil. Note that Pink Horizons does sell pure organic hemp seed oil, too, so you might try theirs (note that it should be refrigerated).

      • Diane says:

        Hi again, Judith — a trick I use when an oil is too “oily” is to mix it with a little hydrosol before applying, and that really cuts down on the oiliness and helps it absorb faster. I spray a couple pumps of hydrosol into the palm of my hand, then add a drop of oil and quickly stir with a finger to combine, and then immediately apply — works great! My skin also loves the “oil and water” combination. Hope this helps! 🙂

    • Brenda says:

      Hi Diane,
      I would love to know the names and brands/manufacturers of those products, particularly the one you gave your sis in law. If you would be so kind as to share this info it would be greatly appreciated.
      Thank you,

      • Diane says:

        Hi Brenda — sure, they are: Pink Horizons Winter Edition Body Oil, and Pink Horizons Décolleté Serum for Neck & Chest, available from Pink Horizons Botanical Skin Care. Notes about the fragrances: the Winter Body Oil has a warm, earthy, spicy, woodsy scent which I love, while the Décolleté Serum has a strong but pleasant Rosemary scent, almost like Menthol, so you might want to apply it sparingly. Hope this helps!

  2. Cheryl says:

    I have been using hemp seed oil mixed with lemon essential oil on my face every night for about 6 months. I had read that the hemp seed oil is moisturizing but not pore clogging, and the lemon essential oil helps to lighten dark spots. I absolutely love the results. My skin is bright and moisturized without being oily. I have had a lot of people ask what I use on my skin. My morning routine includes Annmarie face serum and oil, and in the evening I use the hemp seed oil with lemon essential oil. Love it.

  3. Terissa says:

    Diane, comment below : Which hemp oil products did you buy ? Would love to try. Any rec from Annmarie staff? Thank you.

    • Diane says:

      Hi Terissa — the products I’ve used with hemp seed oil in them are: Pink Horizons Winter Edition Body Oil, and Pink Horizons Décolleté Serum for Neck & Chest, from Pink Horizons Botanical Skin Care. They also sell pure organic hemp seed oil on its own (I have not tried that yet!).

  4. Dareena says:

    Where do I buy it

  5. Michell Bainter says:

    I have used hemp seed oil for years and it HYDRATES the skin instead of just moisturizing. It is an essential product for your skin!

  6. Birthe Andersen says:

    I make a whipped body butter from hemp seed oil, coconut oil and shea butter. It is abolutely fab! No more dry patches. I don’t even have to apply it daily. It has long term effect and it is easily absorbed.

    • Ann says:

      Where do you get your shea butter? I’d love to try this combo since I love coconut oil. Thank you

      • Birthe Andersen says:

        I buy my unrefined shea butter from eNaissance in the UK but there are lots of vendors online. It really is a winning combination, and when it is whipped it seems to be absorbed much more easily into the skin. I ad a bit of rosemary EO which compliments the grassy scent of the hemp. Do give it a try Ann

      • Rebecca says:

        Be careful with coconut oil as it is high on the comodegenic scale. It could make you break out. Some people swear by it though! Hemp oil is 0 on the scale, no chance of clogging pores.

  7. Diane says:

    Pink Horizons Botanical Skin Care has organic hemp seed oil plus other organic oils and blends. I’ve tried several of their products and was impressed with the quality.

  8. Annmarie Skin Care says:

    Hi Janine,

    Please write into our help desk and our customer support angels will be happy to help you out! [email protected]

  9. Diane H. says:

    I’ve enjoyed using skin care blends containing hemp seed oil for a while now, and I recently bought some pure organic hemp seed oil from Pink Horizons, to see what this oil is like on its own. I’ve tried other pure carrier oils, such as jojoba, coconut, and rosehip seed, and I must say, hemp seed is the “wettest” oil I’ve ever tried! It feels like it’s full of water, if that makes sense. It is very moisturizing, and stays “wet” a long time on my skin. For me, I have to use it very, very sparingly on my face (which I would rate as normal skin, as opposed to oily or dry), otherwise it looks oily for hours, but I can use more on my neck and chest, and hands. It is novel with its strikingly deep green color, and its grassy fragrance with a hint of herbal and nutty qualities, and just a touch of sweetness. I do like it, and I can see it will last me a long time, since a little goes such a long way! I especially like to use it before bedtime, to moisturize and protect my skin all night.

  10. Pauline says:

    Since discovering hemp seed oil, my skin has never looked better. I just love this oil. 🙂

  11. Elizabeth says:

    Just started using it in and over our food…thanks for the tip about using it on the face…LOVE IT.

  12. Deanna Fletcher says:

    After trying to make my own moisturizer (and failing miserably) and buying an entire set of completely natural pre-made products (toner, moisturizer, SPF, soap) and getting an allergic reaction I finally gave up. My face was the worst it’s ever been. Super oily, red, blotchy, bumpy and AWFUL. I finally decided to give up everything and start over. The ONLY thing I have been putting on my face for a week now is the hemp seed oil. Nothing else.
    I love how soft it is. The redness is going down. The clogged pores are getting better. My face doesn’t feel like an oil pit as much.
    I will add in a sunscreen at some point, but for now…it will just be the hemp seed oil.
    I used the Sweet Essentials Cold Pressed Unrefined Hemp Seed Oil.

  13. Ashlyne says:

    Hi, I have been using virgin unrefined hemp seed oil as my moisturizer after washing my face with organic castile soap with lavender and tea tree essential oil and it’s been great for my skin so far