You’ve no doubt heard of sunflower oil when it comes to cooking, but skincare?
Yes, really! As with many other plant-based oils, sunflower oil is packed with its own bunch of skin beautifying benefits.
The oil is obtained from pressing the seeds of probably the world’s happiest plant, the sunflower – and it’s been around a while.
Dating back to around 3000 BC, the sunflower sure has stood the test of time, with its seed oil making a name for itself globally!
What Make Sunflower Oil so Great?
When it comes to skin oils, you’ve probably read about how argan oil, rosehip oil and even castor oil have amazing skin benefits, but what have you heard about sunflower oil?
If not, no worries…
Making an appearance on yet another skincare guide – vitamin E knows how to take care of your skin. In fact, sunflower oil helps protect you against free-radical damage – from exposure to pollution, harmful chemicals and radiation.
Sunflower seed oil sure has a lot of linoleic acid in, which we’re super grateful for. This omega 6 fatty acid combats inflammation, making it perfect to treat skin issues that cause sores, redness and flare-ups.
Applying sunflower oil to the skin can help to improve and repair the skin’s barrier, which helps to protect your skin against infections.
How Can Sunflower Oil Benefit the Skin
Clears Up Acne
Sunflower oil contains vitamins A, C and D, as well as carotenoid waxes – which make up the skin’s protective barrier . Keeping this barrier in good health is key to staying free from acne.
The barrier prevents bacteria from getting into your skin and clogging up your pores – preventing breakouts.
Sunflower oil is also antibacterial, fending off dirt and grime that causes acne, and is full of antioxidants which heal to speed up the healing of pimples and acne scars.
Reduces Signs of Aging
The antioxidants contained within sunflower oil protect against free-radical damage. The consequence of this is fine lines and wrinkles – making the skin look aged.
However, regular use of sunflower oil can make skin appear more youthful.
It’s also reported that those omegas can protect the skin against sun damage. Whilst a natural tan can look healthy, too much sun exposure is dangerous and will age skin.
So keep in the shade and keep sunflower oil on hand.
Vitamin E, which is found in sunflower oil, is known to moisturise, which is why it’s so popular with dry skin types. This oil can increase your skin’s ability to retain moisture, which keeps skin looking and feeling healthy.
Is it Suitable for All Skin Types?
Yes! Sunflower oil truly is a one-oil-fits-all kind of product. Whether you get greasy or your skin feels shrivelled up like a prune, this oil is for you.
Oily Skin Types
Sunflower oil helps to treat acne that is commonly associated with oily skin. It’s also important to keep skin hydrated if you suffer with oily skin, as starving it from moisture will only cause excess oil production.
It’s also an incredibly light oil that’s easily absorbed, but won’t clog your pores – even rating 0 (the lowest) on the comedogenic scale.
Dry Skin Types
Sunflower oil’s ability to lock moisture in the skin will keep dry skin types looking and feeling hydrated. It also protects against potentially drying free-radicals.
Combination Skin Types
Never has a product seemed so suitable to treat all your different skin needs. Sunflower oil is effective at treating both your greasier areas and your drier patches – without the need for separate products and precise application!
Sensitive Skin Types
Sunflower oil is a light oil, with little scent – meaning it most probably won’t irritate your sensitive skin (it’s always best to patch test to check). In fact, this oil helps to treat inflammation.
How to Use Sunflower Oil on the Skin
It’s best to get cold-pressed, organic sunflower oil. The cold-pressing process means no heat, ensuring all the nutrients haven’t been altered.
Buying organic will ensure the oil will have a high antioxidant level to really get all those skin nourishing benefits.
Sunflower oil is best applied to the skin as it comes – preferably as a moisturiser or serum. However, make sure to either dampen your face first, or combine the oil with some water.
This is crucial as water aids the oil’s ability to penetrate into the skin.
Use regularly – daily or a few times a week – to start reaping the rewards.
If you like to incorporate natural products into a more spa-like home treatment, try making this face mask, packed with anti-aging benefits.
Mix 2 tablespoons of the oil with 1 of aloe vera gel – adding in a teaspoon of cinnamon. Mix up and then apply as a mask, taking care around the eye area. Leave it on for up to 15 minutes before washing off.
Use 3-5 times a week to start seeing line-filling results.
If you relish the moment you can take your makeup off at the end of the day – or maybe you just love that fresh skin feel before bed – you’ll love this method.
Mix ¾ cup of sunflower oil with ¼ cup of castor oil and pour into an empty bottle. Take a small amount into the palm of your hands and warm up by rubbing your hands together.
Apply to the face, making sure to massage the oil in.
Then take a damp warm face cloth and place over your face for a minute or so to allow the heat to remove the grime. Wipe the excess oil and dirt off and you’ll look brand new!
Under Eye ‘Cream’
You’ll be pleased to know that sunflower oil is safe to use under the eyes, and with it’s anti-aging properties we definitely want it to start working magic on those fine lines.
Take a small amount of sunflower oil, that’s been diluted with water, on a cotton pad and gently dab under the eyes.
Make sure not to swipe from the inside out as this can encourage wrinkles, instead go from the outside in.
Q: Can I use the same sunflower oil I can find in my kitchen?
A: If you’re sure the oil you’ve got in your pantry is cold-press, organic then we don’t see why not. However, if you’re unsure it’s best to source your new skin care product from stores you can trust.
Try your local health food store or pharmacy.
You could even buy online – making sure to read the reviews first so you know you’re getting yourself a quality product.
Q: Won’t sunflower oil clog my pores and make me greasy?
A: No, it will do the opposite! Sunflower oil ranks at 0, the lowest grade on the comedogenic scale, meaning it’s unlikely to clog pores. The oil works to protect your skin from bacteria getting in – fighting breakouts!
Q: Is sunflower oil expensive?
A: No! There are many pricey brands out there that use sunflower oil in their skincare products, however you can shop savvy.
Check out health food stores to find organic, cold-pressed versions that have been marketed for cooking purposes – these are still fine to use on the skin!