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        Hemp Seed Oil in Beauty Care Products?

        Although the cosmetic industry claims generic use of unsaturated or essential fatty acids as beneficial to the skin, only the EFA, linoleic acid (Omega-6)and its metabolite gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) have clinically proven biochemical and therapeutic effects on the skin. Hemp seed oil contains 50%-60% linoleic acid (Omega-6) and is the only high EFA oil that also contains GLA. Because its EFA profile so closely resembles the skin's natural lipids, hemp seed oil instantly counteracts the effects of degreasing and dehydration, conditions that produce dry skin. Due to its ability to quickly moisturize and condition the skin, hemp seed oil is a choice ingredient for today's performance skin care market. The skin acts as a barrier to protect the body from excessive water loss and from penetration by foreign substances and pathogens such as bacteria and viruses. The optimal state of the skin is characterized by a balanced ratio of skin lipids to skin moisture. The health of skin depends largely on moisture retention provided by the stratum corneum, the outer layer of the epidermis. The weakening or failure of this natural barrier can be caused by sun, dry air, harsh soaps, free radical damage or the slowdown of cell metabolism with aging. The result is changes to the lipid composition of the epidermis and reduced moisture retention capability. Lipids are composed of fat-like substances including sterols, free fatty acids and ceramides. Chemically speaking, ceramides are a class of substances that contain different polyunsaturated fatty acids that make up about 18% of the upper lipophylic layers of the stratum corneum. Ceramide 1, found in the Omega-6 linoleic acid, is of critical importance to the moisture control of the skin. Due to its superior EFA profile that closely resembles the skin's natural lipids, hemp seed oil, when topically applied, replenishes skin with these essential components, thus increasing moisture retention. Amino acids, the building blocks of proteins, have become an increasingly important class of cosmetic raw materials from a standpoint of both performance and consumer appeal. The proteins used in personal care products have traditionally been derived from collagen or keratin. Recently, however, there has been an increasing demand for proteins that are vegetable derived. Whole hemp seed contains about 23% protein. Hemp seed protein contains all nine (out of 20) essential amino acids and features a high content of the two sulfur-containing amino acids methionine and cystine, usually under-represented in vegetable proteins.

Hair Care

        Hemp seed oil is one of the world's riches sources of EFAs, essential amino acids and other nutrients responsible for strong healthy keratin formation. Keratin is the principal protein of hair (and nails) characterized by the presence of cystine and responsible for its structural integrity. In addition to improving the structural quality of the hair, hemp seed oil's high lipid, protein and mineral content help increase elasticity, volume, comb ability and shine. Hemp seed oil's impressive fatty acid composition and high performance moisturizing emollients make it an ideal ingredient for both dry hair and scalp conditions. A dominant theme held by customers is a desire for gentler hair care products that contain milder, naturally derived ingredients, but continue to provide high performance. In response, hair care marketers now incorporate conditioners, such as vegetable derived moisturizers and proteins, giving the products a natural appeal. Shampoos and conditioners almost always contain surfactants that are capable of solubilizing and stripping the hair of its normal lipid coating, thus leaving it dry, brittle and lacking luster. Hemp seed oil produces a film that smooths down the cuticle, which in turn reduces the scattering of light, thus improving the luster and feel of the hair. This film tends to keep the resident moisture of the hair because the amino acids are small enough to penetrate the cuticle and moisturize from within.

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For Technical Information on Essential Fatty Acids and the way the body uses them ,click EFA's.

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