Do you recall the skin benefits of cold-pressed Hemp Seed Oil and Apricot Oil? Read on if you don’t. We, at Oleum Cottage, have always been strong advocates of oil-based skincare and haircare. And this comes from our roots and our Indian upbringing. Be it the Coconut oil that our mothers used to apply on our hair on Sunday mornings or the Sesame oil that helped relax our muscles after a long day of play, oils have been a part of our lives since childhood. The anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, moisturising and protective properties of oils made them must-haves for generations in the past.
Very recently in the past century, synthetic chemicals have slowly made their way into our skincare routines, while natural oils have faded from our memories. Some like Coconut and Sesame may still find a place in our daily consumption, but the lesser known ones like Hemp Seed oil and Apricot (Kernel) oil are rarely spoken about.
In a humble attempt to spread awareness about natural oils, we thought of deep diving into the benefits of two of our favorite oils.
Hemp Seed oil
Unlike popular belief, Hemp Seed oil is not psychoactive which means it does not intoxicate you. Hemp Seed oil is extracted from the seeds of the Hemp plant and has varied benefits for all skin types. Let us now explore these advantages:
The potent anti-inflammatory elements present in Hemp Seed oil aid in reducing skin inflammation caused by skin conditions like eczema, atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, etc..
Hemp Seed oil is rich in unsaturated fats like linoleic acid, γ-linolenic acid, and α-linolenic acid. The three fatty acids help in retaining skin moisture and improve its structure.
Often dryness can lead to excess production of oil in the skin which can stimulate acne. Hemp Seed oil prevents dry skin without clogging the pores. This helps reduce acne caused by excess natural oil.
-Reduces signs of aging
Studies have shown that Hemp Seed oil can prolong youthful skin and fight signs of aging like wrinkles, fine lines, and loss of skin elasticity. The oil also boosts the skin’s collagen production, fights oxidative stress & enhances the natural glow.
The scent of the oil instantly brings a sense of calm and is a natural way to release stress and anxiety.
When one thinks of Apricot, one immediately thinks of the sweet and juicy fruit and the dreamy desserts made with the fruit. But did you know that the benefits of Apricot are not just limited to our taste buds? Rich in Vitamin A and fatty acids, the oil extracted from Apricot kernels can help address many skin concerns. Here is why we recommend using Apricot oil for your skin.
-Gives long-lasting hydration
Apricot oil is a strong emollient and locks in the moisture to give a long lasting hydration.
The texture of Apricot oil enables it to penetrate through the skin’s layers and deeply nourish the skin from within.
-Softens & strengthens the skin
The high content of Vitamin A in Apricot oil further softens the skin and makes it supple.
-Enhances the skin’s glow
Apricot oil contains Vitamin E which is known for protecting the skin from free radical damage. Additionally, Vitamin E along with Vitamin A & Vitamin C helps in improving the skin’s tone and gives it a radiant glow.
Just like Hemp Seed oil, Apricot oil also has anti-inflammatory properties which help it to soothe acne prone skin. The light carrier oil also does not clog your pores & fights acne-causing bacteria.
OC formulation that has the goodness of Hemp Seed oil and Apricot oil
At Oleum Cottage, we are constantly working on skincare and haircare products that bring to you the goodness of oils. Our Skin Softening After Shower Body Oil is one such formulation which is made from a blend of Hemp Seed, Apricot Kernel, Grapeseed and Sunflower oils.
Skin Softening After Shower Body Oil’s formulation is crafted to multitask for you. The oil gently moisturises your skin, smoothens blemishes, fights signs of aging. The fragrant blend of essential oils of Lavender, Geranium, Cypress and Bergamot relaxes your mind and is great for tightening and toning of the skin. And yes, it also doubles up as a natural deodorant.
Wondering how to use it? It is quite simple. All you need to do is apply the required amount of oil right after your shower. To improve the absorption of healing essential oils, wrap yourself with a warm cloth or towel for 20 to 90 minutes post application.
We would like to leave you with this thought. Cold pressed oils like Hemp Seed oil and Apricot Kernel oil are simple substances with umpteen benefits that are extremely beneficial for skin. Rather than finding superficial fixes for healthy skin, wouldn’t you rather include these in your skincare journey?If you have any queries on how to include natural oils in your skin or hair care routine then do share them with us in the comments section below.