Hemp oil is a plant-derived oil which is becoming increasingly popular. For the uninitiated, it is a class of the cannabis sativa plant. However, it is different from CBD or hash oil, and lacks enough of the compound called THC, which gives marijuana its hallucinogenic properties. So don’t worry, it’s not a drug, and since it comes from hemp seeds, it’s legal!

Decoding The Skin Benefits Of Applying Hemp Seed Oil, And The Products To Try Image credit: istock
Hemp seed oil is ideal for really dry, broken skin. It calms redness and inflammation, and treats damaged and parched skin. Fresh red stretch marks, which are itchy and dry, are calmed by hemp oil. Chapped lips and cracked heels also benefit deeply from the use of hemp oils and butters.

 There are a fair few hemp seed oil-enriched products in India now. Here are our favourites. 
This Neemli Naturals Hemp Seed Oil & Shea Butter Lip Balm is amazing for dry, flaky lips Image credit: Neemli Naturals
Containing hemp seed oil, this soothing lip balm is amazing for inflamed, irritated lips which are chapped. It has nourishing shea butter, avocado oil, mango butter, and candelilla wax, and is scented with watermelon oil, so it feels really amazing. 

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The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector is great for fortifying your hands from peeling with dryness Image credit: The Body Shop India
If you wash or sanitise your hands a lot, this product is amazing for treating the peeling skin, dryness, and itchiness that your hands face. Apart from hemp seed oil, it also has soothing ingredients like allantoin, as well as the nourishing benefits of castor oil, and hydrating glycerin. It has everything you need to prevent transepidermal water loss from your skin, which helps keep skin smooth, hydrated, and soft. 

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The Soultree Organic Hemp Seed Oil is fabulous for massaging on the body Image credit: Soultree India
A pure and organic product, this is great for massaging the skin with. Ideal for applying on the body, this is good for the parts where the skin is weak, extra dry, or easily abraded, such as areas with stretch marks, elbows, knuckles, knees, and the feet. A tiny bit of this product goes a long way, even though it’s not a runny product. 

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The Nourish Mantra Vedic Elixir Facial Oil is great for nourishing dry and redness-prone facial skin Image credit: Nourish Mantra India
A mixture of vitamin E along with sunflower seed, sweet almond, grape seed, moringa, jojoba seed, hemp seed, coconut, and sea buckthorn oils, this product has a lot of nourishing lipids for a dry skin barrier. It’s great for using on top of water-rich skincare, as it seals in serums and gel moisturisers well, helping prevent water loss from the skin. So, if you have really dry skin, this is something worth trying to get rid of crusty, flaky skin. 

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Dry skin? You can bid it adieu now! Tell us which product you look forward to trying in the comments. 
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