Sunflower Seed Oil, Helianthus annuus, expeller pressed from the seeds, is a light non-comedogenic oil that is easily absorbed and can be used on all types of skin, including dry, normal, oily, and acne-prone.
Sunflower oil may seem like a simple unexciting oil that sits in your kitchen cupboard, but it is one of our favorite skincare oils due to its composition.
There are two types of sunflower available on store shelves, regular (high in linoleic acid) and high oleic. The high oleic sunflower is made from sunflower seeds that have been bred to be high in oleic acid which is more stable when used for cooking and has a longer shelf life. While both are good for the skin, the high oleic version is heavier and feels and behaves more like olive oil.
Our organic sunflower oil is the type that is rich in linoleic acid. While many plant oils contain linoleic acid, sunflower oil contains about 70 to 80%. Linoleic acid is an essential fatty acid that studies have shown may help maintain the natural moisture barrier of the skin to prevent dryness. The linoleic acid in sunflower oil penetrates the skin easily and helps nourish and protect the skin from external stressors.
We like the skin benefits of the high omega-6 (linoleic) fatty acid content which along with vitamin E, helps decrease inflammation.
Sunflower oil is recommended by the National Eczema Association to help ease eczema. Oils rich in linoleic acid are also recommended for acne-prone skin.
Sunflower seed oil, known to be one of the most moisturizing vegetable oils, is a great oil for all skin types. It has emollient properties that not only help hydrate skin but also help the skin retain moisture which is great for delicate, dry, or mature skin. Its anti-inflammatory properties help soothe and heal skin irritated skin conditions, reduce redness, and promote smoother skin.
In hair care, nutrient-rich sunflower oil moisturizes, nourishes, and protects for healthy silky hair. It provides your scalp and hair with nutrients to help nourish and strengthen hair. Moisture is the key to natural hair growth.
The hydrating properties of sunflower promote scalp and hair health, add body and luster, and are helpful for dry hair, damaged strands, dandruff, frizz, or thinning.
Sunflower oil contains beneficial amounts of phospholipids which also help nourish and strengthen hair.