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    Hemp Seed Skincare is the Secret to Banishing Dry, Flaky Skin

    Popsugar Australia
    Written by Bianca Davino | Popsugar Australia
    Hemp Seed Oil Skincare

    Winter is notorious for wreaking havoc on usually supple, glowy skin.

    It can be so difficult to maintain moisture while brisk winds and intense heaters lurk around every corner, ready to strip our skin of its natural goodness.

    However, it doesn't mean there aren't ways to win the battle against dry, flaky, cold weather-conditioned skin and banish it for good.

    Enter, hemp seed-based skincare, the miracle ingredient everyone's been raving about.

    They are packed full of moisturising properties (as they're high in essential fatty acids such as Omega-3 and Omega-6) and, when used correctly, they are the ultimate hydration armour. Model, presenter, writer and Swisse beauty ambassador Jessica Vander Leahy is just one of hemp oil's advocates, applying it before bed for overnight hydration. "When I wake up in the morning I love touching my smooth, velvety cheeks," she told POPSUGAR Australia.

    Have you seen that girl's skin? Serious envy. And trust me when I say, she's not the only one out there reaping the benefits of this 'darling' of the skincare world. Below, we take a deeper look into just how effectively hemp-based products work to keep your skin supple and soft all year round.

    1. Hemp Seed Oil Is an Emollient — it Literally Softens and Smooths the Skin

    So, here's the sitch — hemp seed oil is a natural 'emollient', meaning it has the power to potentially soften and smooth the skin for a more supple complexion. Sounds like a total dream, right?

    Using a hemp-based cleanser not only helps to purify the skin after a long day of makeup and battling the elements, but can also prep the epidermis for a night of restoration.

    Another bonus: all of these elements combined can help prevent the signs of premature ageing, which is always a plus.

    Swisse Hemp Seed Gentle Clean Cleanser

    2. Hemp Seed Oil is Naturally Rich in Essential Fatty Acids

    There are so many benefits to including an oil in your skincare routine but if you're specifically looking to target moisture, promote a complexion and even out skin texture, hemp-seed oil could be the way to go. It's high in omega-6 and omega-3 which are both essential fatty acids our bodies. Getting these fatty acids from outside sources is important, as these can decline in the epidermis with age.

    It's also beneficial to look out for hemp based products with additional antioxidant ingredients that can help protect the skin from free radical damage caused by environmental factors.

    Swisse Hemp Seed Enriching Face Oil

    3. Hemp-Based Products and Retinoids Are a Dream Combo

    I'm sure you're already aware of the benefits associated with using a retinol-based product, and you may already be using one. As retinoids can help transform ageing skin by boosting the production of collagen, using them along side a hemp seed oil naturally full of skin-friendly fatty acids could be beneficial. Both types of products can work to help strengthen the skin and maintain its texture, overall helping lead to a glowy, fresh complexion.

    Swisse Hemp Seed Replenishing Cream Moisturiser

    This article was first published on Pop Sugar Australia here.