How to Make Hemp Lotion (and why it’s so good for your skin)
Experts estimate that in 2016 the skin care industry reached a global worth of over $120 billion.
So many creams and lotions claim to nurture your skin with unique formulas - but what really works, and what can you trust?
Anyone who has browsed store aisles crammed with skin products knows how difficult it can be choosing one from the crowd, and at the prices they go for, it's hard to justify buying a bunch of them to compare.
Fortunately, as we've seen in other areas, the mighty hemp seed has an easy and inexpensive solution - hemp lotion.
In this article, you'll learn how to make a simple hemp lotion, and why it's a great choice for your skin care needs.
The Benefits of Hemp Lotion
The lotion we're going to make contains hemp seed oil, which includes many compounds that have been established by both tradition and science to contribute to healthy skin.
One of the hemp seed's benefits is that it naturally contains a tremendous amount of vitamin E, 90 milligrams per 100 grams. This is more than any other kind of seed or nut. Vitamin E is also known as tocopherol and is an antioxidant.
Hemp seeds contain a massive 90mg per 100g of vitamin E. This is more than any other seed or nut!
Antioxidants are important for all the cells in our body, to protect them from unstable molecules called free radicals. Free radicals can damage and even kill cells, but antioxidants neutralize them.
In addition to tocopherol, hemp seed oil contains another antioxidant, phytol. The effect of these antioxidants on the skin is to reduce what we think of as signs of aging like wrinkles and dark spots. Lotion made with hemp seed oil will, then, can help keep your skin youthful.
Hemp seed oil also contains several fatty acids that promote skin health. One is linoleic acid (LA), which makes sure the skin has the right amount of sebum. Your body releases sebum to the surface of your skin to protect it, but too much causes oily skin and acne, while too little leaves it dry.
The other fatty acid is gamma-linoleic acid (GLA). GLA is an anti-inflammatory agent. Inflammation is often the result of the immune system misfiring and targeting healthy tissue, including the skin. This can lead to problems like dermatitis, psoriasis, and eczema. GLA blocks the inflammation response, reducing these symptoms.
It should also be noted that hemp seed oil is non-comedogenic, which means that even though it's an oil, it won't clog pores. Because of this it is ideal for use in skin care products and won't cause those with oily skin further problems.
Making Hemp Lotion
Note that the shea butter and cocoa butter can be used exclusively or combined in any desired ratio. Examples of additional nourishing oils you can add would be tea tree oil or rosehip oil, both of which are also good for the skin. The corn starch or arrowroot powder make the final product feel less greasy, but can be omitted.
Essential oils like peppermint or lavender oil can be added for both their pleasant scents and their therapeutic nature. Lemongrass and rosemary oils are both excellent for those who are acne-prone.
Here is an article that discusses some essential oils for skin care.
Experiment with combinations of oils to create a personalized skin treatment and an aroma that makes you feel great, as part of the joy of making things like this yourself is making the perfect custom product that can't be bought at any store.
A hand mixer is the easiest way to combine the ingredients, but it can be manually stirred as well.
1. Put the shea/cocoa butter into a bowl and mix it alone until it's soft.
2. Add the hemp seed oil in small amounts, mixing in between.
3. Add the cornstarch or arrowroot powder and the other oils.
4. Mix the lotion until it is to the desired texture.
If your hemp lotion comes out too thick for your liking, add a little more hemp seed oil and a few more drops of your secondary oil. Adding more essential oil may make the scent too strong.
If you used unrefined hemp seed oil, make sure to keep the hemp lotion somewhere out of the sunlight, as that will shorten its shelf life.
You can also make a thicker hemp lotion, like a body butter, from this same formula minus the cornstarch/arrowroot powder. Start by melting 3 tablespoons of beeswax then adding the shea/cocoa butter and mixing. Then add the oils and stir. Pour this into a container and let it set.
Below is a video about making similar body cream with some useful tips, such as wiping your equipment surfaces with rubbing alcohol to make sure your product is sterile.
All in all, making homemade hemp seed oil lotion is a worthwhile and fun activity to try.
You'll be able to control exactly what goes into the mix, instead of guessing what the chemical names in store products mean for your health & skin. You can also customize the formula for your unique skin care needs.
Plus, you'll get the many benefits of the star ingredient: hemp seed oil. This often overlooked oil helps keep skin moisturized and vibrant, and its anti-inflammatory properties combat common, frustrating skin ailments.