Today Vine Vera continues our series on various fruit extracts…
Sunflower oil, or Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, is derived from sunflowers, one of the oldest known plants used in skin care. Sunflowers are native to the Americas and the oil has traditionally been used for cooking for centuries. The oil is extracted from sunflower seeds and is non-volatile. It also found its way into cosmetic formulations because of its rich emollient properties. The highly nutritious composition makes sunflower oil one of the healthiest oils for the skin and the hair.
The main component that makes this oil so special is linoleic acid. Other ingredients found in sunflower oil include palmitic acid, oleic acid, vitamins A and E, carotenoids, lecithin, beta-carotene and tocopherols. Beta-carotene is a fat-soluble compound that gets converted into vitamin A and offers all sorts of antioxidant properties to the skin. Vine Vera reviews some of the main benefits of adding sunflower oil into your skin care routine.
Sun protection – According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, since Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil is very rich in beta-carotene, it can help out with sun protection by making the skin less sensitive to the sun. The antioxidants found in beta-carotene also help in fighting free radical damage that often result in sun damage and sunburns.
Repairing the body – Sunflower oil is rich in certain proteins which are essential for repairing tissues, tissue building and the production of enzymes and hormones. Since the body cannot store proteins, sunflower oil offers the right amounts required for regular consumption.
Anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory – Vitamin E is believed to boost the appearance of the skin and help in lowering the roughness and the redness. Apart from being rich in vitamin E, sunflower oil is also rich in linoleic acid (omega-6 fatty acid). This allows the oil to offer anti-inflammatory benefits and also assist in decreasing inflammation in the skin.
Free radical protection – Sunflower oil acts as an excellent antioxidant because of the presence of vitamin E. Vitamin E has often been termed as “the protector” because of its ability to help out with anti-aging, neutralize free radicals and prevent them from damaging the cells and the immune system.
Effective against eczema and acne – Since sunflower oil is extremely rich in antioxidants and vitamins such as vitamins A, C and E; it can help out against all sorts of skin issues such as acne and eczema. Being non-greasy and lightweight, the oil easily gets absorbed into the skin without blocking the pores.
Can be used as a cleanser – Sunflower oil can improve the moisture retention capability of your skin, thereby making it an ideal addition for people with sensitive or dry skin. It helps in removing dead cells and impurities from the outermost layer of your skin, and this means that it can be effectively used as a cleanser as well.
Used for aromatherapy – Sunflower oil isn’t just suitable for skin care, it is an excellent addition for aromatherapy as well. Its mild scent and light texture means that it helps in creating a softened feel and works wonders in enhancing a relaxed state of being.