Do you want to know how to use sunflower oil in your beauty routine?
Sunflowers are undeniably a crowd favorite because of their brilliant, yellow petals, and sun-like appearance. They can easily lift someone’s spirits with their bright and cheery look. More than their stunning beauty, sunflowers symbolize adoration, loyalty, and longevity. Sunflowers are the perfect gift that brings joy, making them popularly known as “happy” flowers.
Sunflower oil is extracted from the seeds of the common sunflower plant, Helianthus annuus. The oil is obtained by cold-press extraction. Also called sunflower seed oil, the color can range from clear to amber yellow. Sunflower oil is used worldwide for cooking and is also used in many processed and commercial food.
Today, sunflower oil is widely used as an ingredient in skincare products. It is a highly absorbent oil that is non-comedogenic. It means that it won’t clog pores. Sunflower oil is very gentle and can be used without irritation on all skin types such as dry, normal, oily and acne-prone skin. Sunflower oil contains oleic acid, vitamin E, sesamol and linoleic acid. These compounds have great benefits for the skin. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that reduces premature aging and wrinkles. Linoleic acid has an anti-inflammatory effect and also helps to retain moisture in the skin. Oleic acid and sesamol aid in faster healing of wounds.
Here are five fantastic ways to use sunflower oil in your beauty routine:
1. Acne treatment
Sunflower oil is rich in vitamins A, C, and D, making it an effective solution for pimples or acne problems. Vitamin E in sunflower oil also accelerates the healing process of skin tissues. Sunflower oil does not clog pores and is easily absorbed by the skin. To fight acne-causing bacteria, simply dab a little oil on a cotton pad and apply it to the skin.
2. Antioxidant face serum
Sunflower oil helps retain moisture in the skin. Its high vitamin E content is effective in preventing fine lines and wrinkles. Use it as an evening antioxidant face serum by putting a few drops of sunflower on your palm and massaging it on the face in circular motions.
3. Eye serum
Sunflower oil has a light texture and is very gentle making it perfect for the thin and sensitive under-eye area. Use it as a night serum to prevent dark circles and wrinkles around the eye. At night, apply the oil gently with a cotton pad or ball.
4. Anti-aging mask
Make an anti-aging mask using sunflower oil and a couple of other ingredients to prevent or reduce signs of aging such as fine lines and wrinkles. Mix half a cup of yogurt, one tablespoon of sunflower oil and one teaspoon of lemon juice. Apply the mixture on the skin like a mask and leave for 15 minutes before rinsing. The yogurt will help life dead skin cells. The lemon juice will brighten the complexion and the sunflower oil will retain the moisture and resiliency of the skin.
5. Underarm smoothener
Apply sunflower oil on your underarms before you sleep or after shaving, waxing or tweezing. This can effectively get rid of bumps and darkness of the underarms.
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