Sunflower oil has been used as a natural skin care ingredient for hundreds of years all over the world, and it provides many benefits for the skin. The sunflower is actually native to North America and was cultivated by Indigenous people a very long time ago – they used parts of the sunflower plant to help soothe snakebites and to condition the skin and hair.
Hopefully we don't have to deal with snake bites very often and in the mean time here are a few of the characteristics of Sunflower Oil which are helpful for skin care. For starters, Sunflower oil is all natural and free from harmful chemicals or toxins.
The best choice for skin care is Cold Pressed Sunflower Oil. In this process the seed is simply pressed at a low temperature to extract the oil from the seed. No heat or chemicals are applied so the result is the most healthy and natural type of sunflower oil.
The main benefit when it comes to skin care for Sunflower Oil are its ability to soothe skin, strengthens the skin barrier, and hydrate the skin. It is a very gentle and mild oil which can be used daily for all skin types.
A major component of sunflower oil is vitamin E. Sunflower oil contains more vitamin E than other vegetable oils. Its an antioxidant that helps protect skin cells from harmful UV rays from the sun and other environmental stressors.
Sunflower oil has anti-inflammatory properties that help lower skin redness and roughness. It is high in omega fatty acids and vitamin E which helps reduce inflammation.
Sunflower oil has emollient properties that help the skin retain its moisture. Vitamin E helps trap moisture inside skin cells, keeping skin hydrated for a longer period.
Sunflower oil is an excellent source of beta-carotene, a fat-soluble compound that can be converted into Vitamin A. Beta-carotene’s antioxidant properties are beneficial for the appearance of your health and skin.
Sunflower oil is well absorbed into the skin and and non-comedogenic. This means it will not clog your pores, and it is well-suited for various skin types: dry, normal and oily. One thing you will notice is that it It does not feel greasy on the skin.
Sunflower oil is known for its ability to soothe irritated skin. It works for all skin types and provides gentle moisture and protection. For those with sensitive or mature skin, the benefits of sunflower oil include its gentle, calming properties and ability to soothe.
These are some of the benefits, how about ways of using it?
You can use sunflower oil as a face cleanser: rub a few drops between your fingers, then spread it all over your face. Wipe it off with a damp cloth and follow up with a regular cleanser. You can also use it to remove makeup with just put a few drops on a cotton ball.
To use sunflower oil as a face moisturizer, take a few drops of sunflower oil and rub it between your hands. Spread it all over your face and neck, avoiding the eye area.
To use Sunflower Oil for general skin care, pour a few drops on rough, dry or irritated skin and work in.
It has been used by mothers as a natural oil to help soothe baby diaper rash. It also does wonders to help soften rough dry hands.
Sunflower Oil can also be used to help with general healing of minor cuts and scrapes. Apply a few drops and work into the skin and let the Vitamin E and other ingredients do its work.
Sunflower Oil can also be used as a gentle massage oil and can be combined with essential oils such as Lavender and Eucalyptus to create unique aromatic blends.
Cold Pressed Sunflower Oil is a natural, moisturizing and healing oil with many properties giving it many uses for skin care.