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Sunflower Oil Has Serious Skin Benefits

Sunflower Oil Has Serious Skin Benefits

Who knew those pretty sunflowers had such great skin perks? Not only is sunflower oil the ultimate hydrator, it helps strengthen the skin barrier and is a skin soother so it’s great for those with skin conditions like eczema.

Containing several compounds that are beneficial for skin including oleic acid, vitamin e, sesamol and linoleic acid, it’s often included as an ingredient in moisturisers and anti-aging skincare products because its such a serious skin hydrator. As it’s a non-comedogenic carrier oil, it’s good for any skin type and won’t clog your pores.

There should be no surprise that sunflower oil is extracted from the seeds of the sunflower plant. It may surprise you though (as it did us), that there are 70 different varieties of sunflower, however most sunflower oil is extracted from the common sunflower (Helianthus annuus), the type you’d find in most images of sunflower fields.  

Due to its high linoleic acid content, it helps maintain the skin’s natural barrier supporting its ability to retain moisture making it a beneficial ingredient for those with dry skin conditions like eczema. For those with super thirsty skin (dry skin types) it’s the ultimate ingredient as it’s effective at giving your skin the hydration it craves and helps maintain the integrity of the skin’s outer layer.

Sunflower Oil is great for dry skin

It’s rich in protective antioxidant vitamin E, helping protect skin from free radicals and from the signs of sun damage, wrinkles and premature ageing. The oleic acid content within sunflower oil makes it beneficial for wound healing as well.

As an ingredient it plays well with others but as with any oil it should be used in combination with other ingredients rather than just liberally applying it straight to your skin.

You’re unlikely to experience any consequences when using sunflower oil however if you have seed or nut allergies first test to see if you have a reaction. If you’re allergic to sunflower seeds you may be able to consumer highly refined versions of the oil but first consult with a doctor.

Cleanser for dry skin with Sunflower Oil, Hydro Gel Cleanser

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