Natural Hemp Soap benefits for fresh, glowing skin

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When it comes to natural products, you can’t get much better than hemp oil. This unrefined clear green oil is made with cold-pressed hemp seeds and contains an abundance of fatty acids, essential amino acids, and vitamins that work marvels. But what happens when it goes through a saponification process along with other key ingredients?

Well, you get a bar of natural soap.

Your skin can enjoy all of the benefits without having to wait for an oil slick to sink in. So what are the benefits of hemp soap and should you try it?

In this post, we’re going to take a look at its ingredients and side effects so you can decide if it’s right for you. Let’s dive into the details.

What are the benefits of hemp soap?

Various studies have looked at the benefits of hemp oil as it has a potent mix of nutrients. Here are just a few:

  • Omega-3 fatty acids
  • Gamma-linolenic acid
  • Iron
  • Calcium
  • Magnesium
  • B vitamins
  • Vitamin C
  • Arginine

Hempseed oil (from the seeds of the cannabis sativa plant) has also been shown to improve skin, lower blood pressure and promote heart health because it’s high in polyunsaturated fatty acids. So, how does skin benefit from these natural ingredients?

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Moisturizes your skin and regulates oil production

One of the biggest benefits of hemp is that it’s a natural moisturizer. Those fatty acids can easily penetrate your skin, as they’re similar to the body’s natural lipids. It’s a great gentle cleanser if you have dry skin.

Surprisingly though, it’s also a great option for oily skin as it regulates excess oil production. Overproducing oil is one of the main causes of breakouts. When you strip your skin of its natural oils with a harsh chemical cleaner, you’re just telling it to create more oil.

Using an oily soap might feel counterintuitive but it will actually balance your skin’s oil production. 

Humectant properties

The organic hemp seed oil used in hemp soap also acts as a natural humectant, drawing moisture from the air and relieving dry, itchy skin.

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Hemp soap enriched with essential oils can also have calming aromatherapy effects. Whether you have dry, oily, sensitive, or problematic skin, hemp soap benefits skin health.

Reduces inflammation

If you’re prone to skin irritation, hemp soap is gentle yet effective. It has anti-inflammatory properties that can help soothe skin conditions, reducing redness and discomfort. If you suffer from any of the following, hemp soap or oil may help:

  • Eczema
  • Lichen planus
  • Atopic dermatitis
  • Acne
  • Psoriasis
  • Rosacea

When I first developed rosacea, I tried many (many) natural remedies to calm down the redness but I got some of the best results from gentle cleansing and moisturizing with hemp oil and hemp soap.

The seeds of the hemp plant are rich in gamma-linolenic acid. GLA has incredible anti-inflammatory properties that can reduce redness and swelling (and pain) without being too harsh on your skin. Linoleic acid also helps fortify the outermost layer of the skin against environmental elements.

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Has anti-ageing properties

As if that wasn’t enough it’s anti-ageing too. With its powerful antioxidants, vitamins, and nutrients, hemp oil can reduce wrinkles and fine lines.

Interestingly, your body can’t naturally produce linoleic acid. This Omega-6 essential fatty acid comes from plant-based oils and is important for healthy cell growth, and maintaining the skin barrier.

Ever rolled your eyes at celebrities attributing their youthful looks to hydration and good living?

(Also money. Lots and lots of money.)

Well, they’re technically right. Drinking lots of water and preventing its loss is the easiest way to get plump, dewy skin. Adding hemp skincare products to your routine can help get you there.

Free radicals

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study looking into the antioxidant properties of hemp seed oil found that it worked to reduce oxidative stress at the cellular level, showing that it could prevent and treat conditions caused by oxidative stress.

And what is Oxidative stress?

It’s the one that causes wrinkles, fine lines, grey hair, fatigue, brain fog and all manner of other things that make you feel ancient. As if we didn’t have enough stress already.

But the benefits of hemp seed oil mean that while you’ve got to deal with all your current skin issues, at least you’re also getting some protection against environmental stressors. Future you will thank you.

Has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties

You don’t need harsh chemicals to eliminate the bacteria on your skin either. Hemp oil is naturally strong enough to inhibit bacteria.

That includes Staphylococcus aureus, which is often the main culprit in skin problems like impetigo, folliculitis, boils, cellulitis, and erysipelas.

I don’t know what that last one is but it doesn’t sound fun.

Research also shows that those with poor circulation, diabetes, older age, or a weakened immune system are more likely to get skin infections.

Hemp though, might also be effective against resilient microbes. All that, and it’s still not too strong for sensitive skin.

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What are the potential side effects of hemp soap?

Hemp seed oil and CBD are derived from different parts of the hemp plant. While hemp seed oil is less likely to cause an allergic reaction, it’s still possible to be allergic to it, especially if you’re allergic to CBD products.

CBD oil (and CBD-infused soap) is extracted from the flowers and leaves of the hemp plant which can cause allergies for some. If you know you have an allergy to CBD it’s best to avoid hemp seed oil products as well in case of cross-reactivity. 

That said, hemp soap is generally safe for most people. Before you jump in, do a patch test and check there’s no skin irritation.

Also, I can’t stress this enough: Always, always consult a healthcare professional instead of taking advice from the internet. 

Hemp soap varieties

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There are various ways to get the benefits of hemp soap. It also comes in liquid form or blended with things like essential oils or olive oil (also high in vitamins and great for the skin).

This citrus hemp bar soap, for instance, contains orange, lemon, olive, jojoba and coconut oil and is lovely and zesty. The scent is light and refreshing and it’s gentle on the skin.

I have to say though that this one from the Clovelly Soap Company is one of my favourites. It includes lavender, patchouli and frankincense oil- and you all know how much I love that for its anti-ageing properties. This soap is perfect if you have sensitive skin. It reduces inflammation without leaving your skin dry. 

I can also highly recommend this fabulous lemongrass and hemp soap with shea butter and coconut oil from the Friendly Soap Store. Organic, natural and super affordable, this soap not only smells lovely, but lemongrass shrinks pores, detoxifies the skin and reduces the signs of ageing. It’s antibacterial and antiseptic, with no preservatives, sulphates or palm oil and the hemp bran it contains exfoliates your skin too. It does all the things. 

I’ve also got to add an honourable mention for this Hemp and Walnut Soap Bar, also palm oil and sulfate-free. Walnut leaves have anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and astringent properties which means they can help treat skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and acne. 

The benefits of liquid hemp soap

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Finally, you can try liquid hand soaps. These are perfect if you have eczema, irritation or sensitivity. Hemp hand soaps will gently cleanse without drying your hands out even further. 

This one is natural, organic and rose-scented. You can use it for just about anything: hair, face, hands, dishes, pets or laundry and as with all Dr Bronner soaps it leaves your skin lovely and soft. 

Hemp soap benefits: should you try it?

So, should you try hemp soap? Well, the best thing for healthy, nourished skin is a good diet, sleep and hydration. But, if you want to add a completely natural way of preventing and treating the visible signs of ageing, like wrinkles, fine lines and dull skin, hemp soap is worth a look.

It offers numerous benefits that go far beyond cleansing. It’s moisturizing and suitable for all skin types. It’s also rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and essential fatty acids that nourish and hydrate, all while regulating the skin’s oil production.  

If you’re not likely to have an allergic reaction to CBD, you’ll get to enjoy all of the natural goodness of hemp soap and you’ll be thoroughly cleansed and moisturised too. 

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