My 14-year old son asked me to make one of his favorite hemp seed smoothies the other day after tennis practice and it got me to thinking how radically the food scene has changed since I was 14-years old, which was back in 1990. Let’s just say, if I had asked my mom to make me a hemp seed smoothie when I was my son’s age she would have insisted I was running with the wrong crowd! But these days, just about anyone who has even a marginal interest in nutrition knows a tid bit about the benefits of hemp seeds from a nutritional standpoint. Even people who don’t know what hemp seeds do know they are good for you!
As with just about any other nutrient-dense food, the benefits of hemps seeds extend beyond boosting just your health—they also have beautifying properties. But I am not just talking about eating hemp seeds, I am talking about using them externally.
Beauty-Boosting Benefits of Hemps Seeds
Taken internally, the beautifying benefits of hemp seeds can primarily be attributed to their potent anti-inflammatory properties and their high concentration of the “super fat”, GLA (gamma-linolenic acid), that nourishes hair, skin and nails. The soothing, good anti-inflammatory fats are also incredibly healing and nourishing for your skin when used externally too, especially if you have skin that is easily irritated (like me!) And, while oatmeal is a time-honored ingredient to soothe dry, irritated or red skin, which is often used in homemade face masks, I find my hemp mask (see recipe below) does a much better job.
In addition to nourishing skin, hemp seeds also do an amazing job of effectively exfoliating without being overly abrasive. Many expensive exfoliants are formulated with finely ground nuts and nut shells, but I think my homemade hemp mask does a much better job. Although I am certainly not a skin expert, one big skin-beautifying tip I learned a long time ago is the power of exfoliation. My skin will always look dull if it is not well exfoliated. I know a lot of skin experts who insist you should only exfoliate 2 or 3 times a week, but for me, a gentle exfoliation every day is the only way to keep my skin looking fresh and bright. If you have sensitive skin and find harsh abrasive exfoliants or thing like alpha-hydroxyl acid and salicylic acid are too much for your skin, you might be amazed at what your skin looks like after using the homemade hemp mask as an exfoliant too.
Recipe for Homemade Hemp Mask
The homemade hemp mask recipe below is super easy to make! Other than hemp seeds, the only other two ingredients you will need are pure maple syrup and nutmeg. You may have heard of using raw honey as a face mask treatment, but did you know real maple syrup, which comes directly from the sap of the maple tree, is also great for your skin? A natural humectant, maple syrup not only preserves moisture in skin, it also boasts a number of different anti-inflammatory phytonutrients as well as over 50 different antioxidants, all of which are good “skin food”. On our recent trip to Canada, I actually learned that Canadian health organizations classify maple syrup as a superfood because it has the same group of antioxidants found in flax, tomatoes, berries and tea. To read more about the skin-boosting benefits of maple syrup Click HERE.
And what about the nutmeg? It’s a great exfoliant and amazing for removing blackheads!
If you follow the directions and use the hemp mask as both a mask AND exfoliant, you should see notice a brighter and more radiant complexion after just one use.Print
- 1/4 cup hemp seeds
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
- Put all ingredients in a mini food processor and process for about 45 seconds, until hemp seeds are crushed and ingredients are well blended.
To use: Apply mask to clean, slightly damp face. Let mask sit on face for 10 minutes. To use as an exfoliant, use your fingertips to massage your face in a circular motion. Store hemp mask in a mason jar in the fridge for up to two weeks.
What Should You Use After Your Hemp Seed Mask/ Exfoliant?
Where Can You Buy Hemp Seeds?
Any well-stocked natural foods store will carry hemp seeds; you can often buy them in bulk. You can even order hemp seeds online. Nutiva sells organic shelled hemp seeds as does Vitacost.com. They are as easy to buy as they are to eat!