Sunflower oil is an all natural, healthy way to heal skin and maintain its health; and its calming and emollient (moisturizing) properties have been known for years. Sunflower oil has many medicinal and cosmetic uses and may be helpful if you are suffering from acne, eczema, inflammation, general redness and irritation of the skin. It's also a great product to use on your newborn baby for extra skin protection.
Healthy and Natural Skin Care
A light colored oil, sunflower oil has a delicate nutty scent. It is a relatively lightweight oil that is best obtained through the cold press processing of sunflower seeds. When consuming sunflower oil as a food, try using it as a good alternative to other cooking oils that are higher in saturated fats and lower in healthy linoleic (unsaturated omega-6 fatty) acid.
Perhaps the most important aspect of sunflower oil is its high vitamin E content. The health benefits of consuming vitamin E, or using it on the skin, have been studied for years and can be beneficial to your body in a variety of ways. Compared to other oils commonly used in skin care products, such as almond oil or shea butter, sunflower oil contains an extremely high amount of vitamin E. This vitamin is crucial in the prevention of damage to sensitive skin cells by ultraviolet light, or UVA, from the sun. Additionally, studies have shown that vitamin E may prevent scarring, smooth the appearance of existing wrinkles and generally improve the appearance and health of your skin.
Acne Treatment and Protection for New Born Babies
Sunflower oil is also high in vitamins A, C and D, all of which have protective qualities. Studies have shown that sunflower oil may help to protect the skin of infants born prematurely whose skin is more susceptible to skin infection and disease.
Because of the vitamins in sunflower oil, and the natural occurrence of healthy carotenoids (organic pigment) and waxes which help form a protective barrier on the skin, this oil is excellent when used to treat acne. Using a gentle cleanser and applying sunflower oil directly on acne prone skin helps keep bacteria out of pores and healthy moisture in.
How to Use Sunflower Oil on the Skin
The best way to use sunflower oil is to find either a cleanser or moisturizing product that contains the oil as one of its main ingredients. Additionally, you can use the oil directly as a cleanser and emollient. When using sunflower oil as a cleanser, try combining it with castor oil (another type of healthy, skin enriching oil), to give your skin suppleness and remove dead cells and impurities. When using it as a cleanser, the combination of castor and sunflower oil should not typically require any additional moisturizing, as the oils themselves contain fatty acids and vitamins to moisturize your skin.