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4 Reasons to Use Sunflower Oil on Your Skin and 6 Easy Ways to Do It!

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 Sunflower oil has a balanced and rich nutrients composition. A large amount of Vitamin E and fatty acids (Omega-6 mostly) makes the oil effective for both internal and external usage. Before the incorporating sunflower seed oil for skin care, consult your dermatologist and check it for a personal allergy reaction.

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The benefits of sunflower oil for skin

Sunflower oil is the source of Vitamin E. Its large amount defines the powerful benefits of sunflower oil for skin.

1. Moisturizing

Vitamin E acts as an emollient that traps moisture inside skin cells. Therefore, using sunflower oil for skin helps keep it hydrated for a longer period. One of the options is to add a few drops of the oil into a commercial cream.

2. Anti-aging activity

Vitamin E is a strong antioxidant that struggles against the damage done by free radicals. The University of Maryland Medical Center proved that Vitamin E in skin care products may help protect the collagen and elastin in skin and reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Using sunflower seed oil for skin only several times per week can help postpone its aging.  

3. Anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial activity

According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, Vitamin E helps lower skin redness and roughness. Skincare tester Paula Begoun states that skin’s overall appearance will improve providing you regularly apply the sources of Vitamin E onto skin.

The anti-inflammatory benefits of sunflower oil for skin is evidently strong as the oil is high in Omega-6 (linoleic) fatty acid along with Vitamin E. The University of Maryland Medical Center reports that linoleic acid helps decrease inflammation in skin (i.e., acne, dermatitis, sunburns). The center also says that Omega-6 enhances the developing of new skin cells. Thus, sunflower oil for skin care ensures constantly rejuvenated and even skin surface.

4. Skin protection

Rich in Vitamin E product maintains outer protective skin layer, notes the Harvard Medical School. Therefore, the topical use of sunflower seed oil for skin helps shield it from future environmental damage and limit moisture loss. As Wikipedia reports, daily sunflower oil treatment for the skin of premature or low birth weight infants lowered their risk to develop infections in the hospital.

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The tips for using sunflower seed oil on skin

To get the beautifying benefits of sunflower oil to a full extent it is important to know some rules of using it topically.

1. You should apply sunflower oil only on damp and warm skin, for example after bathing. So the oil is absorbed well and its nutrients soak deep inside your skin.

2. Sunflower oil is extremely adaptable for the skin under eyes and sensitive skin. It smoothes the under eye area and reduce wrinkles.

3. A good solution of skin soothing is to add sunflower oil to your bath.

4. Sunflower oil is nice for massage and lubrication.

5. Sunflower oil is suitable as a diluting base in aromatherapy because it has a very little scent and a fine texture on the skin.

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  • xiaoban

    I hope you don’t mean sexual lubrication, if not I suggest making that more clear to avoid misunderstanding. It is not a good idea to use oil based lubricant, especially something like this, unless it is specifically formulated for sex. It is difficult to get out of the vagina and goes rancid quickly, attractingt a host of harmful bacteria, and can cause a myriad of vaginal irritations and infections. It is also not compatible with latex condoms and silicone sex toys.

  • http://www.acnewhisperer.com Daniela, The Acne Whisperer

    I, too, thought Sunflower Oil was the be-all-and-end-all for acne skin. Unfortunately, I have found that the vast majority of sunflower oils available to the public are High *Oleic* acid, rather than High **Linoleic** acid, which means if someone with acne-prone skin uses something from their local grocery store, or even from web sites that sell ingredients for making your own skincare products, they will be disappointed to find that available sunflower oils are all High Oleic. Any sunflower, or even safflower oil that I found that were high in Linoleic acid were ridiculously expensive, around 4 times the price of High Oleic acid. Worth it very much if you’re using small amounts with your regular skincare, but it’s important that people watch out for this. A High Oleic sunflower or safflower oil used on acne skin with result in complete disaster within about 3-4 months of use. :(