August 19, 2019 4 min read
Sunflower oil is likely something you may have passed by in the grocery store next to the other more “exotic” oils, but you might not have given it a try. Sunflower oil is not onlygreat for cooking, it also boasts a number of health benefits when incorporated into the diet and when it is used as an ingredient inskincare products. Made from the same basic stuff ball players chew on summer afternoons, sunflower oil isn’t as exotic as it might sound!
So what does this all mean? Today, we will take a look at sunflower oil as a product, how it can be used in skincare applications, and why sunflower oil offers such a wide range of potential health benefits.
Sunflower oil is the oil pressed from sunflower seeds. Extraction methods may differ, but it is a similar process of manufacture from other familiar items such aspeanut oil or olive oil. There are three basic forms of sunflower oil:
NuSun sunflower oil is the most modern form of sunflower oil. It was created in the mid 90’s in order to create a product which met market demands. As a result, many companies have switched to manufacturing NuSun oil, which is free of trans fat, boasts a great flavor profile, and is known for its health benefits.
Linoleic Sunflower Oil is the granddaddy of sunflower oils. Until the introduction of NuSun, linoleic sunflower oil was also the most commonly produced of all sunflower oils. Linoleic sunflower oil is named for its high linoleic acid content, which is an essential omega-6 fatty acid.
High Oleic Sunflower Oil is non-hydrogenated oil with a high monounsaturated oleic acid content. Monounsaturated fats are primarily known for their ability to raise HDL (good cholesterol) without impacting LDL (the bad cholesterol).
Sunflower oil is amongst the most nutritionally dense and health beneficial oils on the market today. In addition to high monounsaturated fats, omega-6’s, and high Vitamin E content, organic sunflower oil has been shown to offer a number ofacute health benefits, including:
So far we have covered the traits of sunflower oil for overall health, but what about for your skin? Sunflower oil actually has a number of characteristics which mayimprove the health and visible appearance of skin, such as:
Sunflower oil is what is known as acarrier oil. This means that sunflower oil is gentler, less aromatic, and generally milder than essential oils. Other types of carrier oils include avocado oil andcoconut oil.
Absolutely! Sunflower oil is extremely safe to use directly on skin, as part of a healthy diet, or as an ingredient in a curated skincare product. In fact, sunflower oil is such a healthy ingredient for the skin that it is ideal for daily use.
One of the best features of sunflower oil is its lightness. Sunflower oil has acomedogenic rating of 0, which is the best possible score.Comedogenic scores essentially tell you how much an oil or other skin product will cling to your skin and clog your pores. A score of 0 tells you that there is little to no risk of this happening!
Here atThe Yellow Bird, we love sunflower oil so much that we use it in about a dozen of our favorite products! Our commitment to natural skin care has led us on a search for effective, safe, and naturally sourced ingredients. The products you find at The Yellow Bird will always be free ofparabens, sulfates, GMOs, synthetic dyes, and synthetic fragrances.
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