Hemp oil is one of the few oils that are rich in essential fatty acids (ESAs). Essential fatty acids are fats that the body needs for healthy cells but cannot be produced on its own. EFAs include polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA), omega-3, omega-6, omega-9, linoleic acid, and gamma-linolenic acid (GLA).
Although GLA is very important in nourishing the skin, it is rarely found in organic hemp oil. Some excellent sources are evening primrose, borage, and flax seeds.
Cosmetic tests have shown that EFAs play a preventive role in the skin aging process. The release of moisture from the body is regulated by the barrier formed by the skin to protect itself from the external environment. Hemp oil especially omega-6 and GLA, maintain the "barrier function" of cell membranes.
Skin lacking these nutrients causes greater moisture loss and can lead to dryness and loss of elasticity. Hemp oil has also been shown to prevent dry skin and help restore damaged skin to normal.
Omega 6 and Omega 3 EMCs are needed in our diet more than any other vitamin, but our bodies don't produce them naturally. This oil must be taken in its pure form as it cannot be metabolized from other food sources. These healing enzymes can be absorbed directly into the skin to replenish lost oil, making them ideal for many cosmetic and skincare products.
Hemp oil also provides adequate carotenoids, phytosterols, and phospholipids, in addition to a large number of minerals including calcium, sulfur, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium. Due to its rich content of essential fatty acids, flaxseed oil is the perfect choice for skin, hair, and lip care.