Hemp For Skincare

Posted by Brendon McIntosh on

Hemp seed oil is perfect for most skin types, it has a comedogenic rating of zero which means it doesn't clog pores. It can help balance out oily skin, hydrating it and regulating the skin's oil production.

Dryness can also cause your skin to overproduce oil, which in turn, can stimulate acne. Hemp seed oil can prevent dry skin without clogging pores. This helps reduce acne that’s caused by excess oil.


Inflammatory Skin Conditions: (Acne/Psoriasis)

One of the omega-6 fatty acids that hemp oil contains is gamma-Linolenic acid (GLA), which acts as a powerful anti-inflammatory while simultaneously encouraging skin growth and new cell generation.

This can help to calm inflammation and irritation on the skin, including acne and some conditions like psoriasis while keeping the skin nourished and moisturised.


Dry Irritated Skin: (Eczema/Atopic dermatitis)

This study highlights the benefits of hemp seed oil changing the fatty acid profile of eczema sufferers and in turn improving clinical symptoms. It it thought that these benefits are directly related to the balanced source of omega 6 and omega 3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) found in hemp seed oil.


Anti-Aging Properties:

Hemp seed oil contains linoleic acid and oleic acid, these cannot be produced by our bodies but when applied topically, play a crucial role in skin health. Namely helping to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. 


Active Botanicals:

Kōaka also contains:

Vitamin D - boosts elasticity, stimulates collagen production, enhances radiance, and lessens lines and the appearance of dark spots on the face.

Vitamin E – antioxidant that encourages healthy skin-tissue growth

Vitamin C – an essential building block of collagen that helps your skin elasticity, skin tone, and skin brightener

Vitamin B (B6) – encourages firmer skin by providing beneficial fatty acids

Kōaka increases skin elasticity and water retention capacity.


Time to start incorporating Kōaka into your daily routine:

Our Kōaka hemp seed oil is very low-irritant so shouldn't react with sensitive skin. But if you do have very sensitive skin we recommend doing a patch test before covering your face in the delicious nectar:

  • Wash and dry a small area of your upper arm (such as the crook of your elbow).
  • Apply a small amount of Kōaka. 
  • Cover the spot with a bandage and leave it in place for 24 hours, being careful not to get the bandage wet.
  • If any redness, burning, itching, or other irritation occurs, you can assume you’re sensitive to the oil and shouldn’t use it. If you have a reaction, remove the bandage immediately and wash the spot with soap and water.
  • If you don’t see or feel any reaction, then the oil is probably safe to use.

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