Sunflower Oil Is Essential For Beautiful Skin
September 19th, 2008
By Joanna Vargas
Many of the organic skin care products that we carry have as one of their main ingredients sunflower seed oil. The specific compounds of this oil are amazing and deserve to be highlighted as an essential ingredient in skin care products and for achieving beautiful skin. The story of the sunflower, like any good story, has an amazing beginning and for that we have to time travel to 3000 BC North America. Where, in what is present day New Mexico and Arizona, American Indians cultivated the flower for a myriad of purposes.
Archaeologists agree that the domestication of the sunflower plant made the crop common amongst Native American Indians throughout North America. Evidence suggest that the sunflower was use for a wide variety of purposes: flour to make cake or bread or pressed for its oil for baking bread and medicinal ointments. And even the stalk was use as a building material. The oil’s many medicinal purposes included usage as an antiseptic and antibacterial to help reduce infections. And in fact the oil was more of a panacea that could include things as distinct as a snake bite or a treatment for the hair and nails.
By the 1500’s Spanish Conquistadors had brought the plant to Europe where it was mainly used as an ornament although some medicinal uses were developed. But it wasn’t until the 18th Century that the sunflower became very popular and most of the credit is given to Peter The Great. And it was here in Russia where the plant became greatly cultivated not just for decoration or as an ornament but for its oil and the consumption of it.
Sunflower oil today is considered one of the healthiest and most popular oils in the world. And much research has been done to validate the claims. Many consider that this is an all purpose oil although there is some controversy surrounding this last statement.
As some considered the oil to have a low heat threshold and thus losing all its health benefits once used for cooking. Therefore some experts only recommend it in its raw state with salads or as part of a vinaigrette.
Sunflower oil is additionally rich in linoleic acid, an Omega 6 essential fatty acid, as well as oleic acid, an Omega 9 fatty acid. Linoleic acid is vital for healthy skin as it is the most abundant essential fatty acid in skin but it declines with age and can be stripped by harsh soaps and cleansers.
Essential fatty acids have a long tradition of providing a variety of therapeutic benefits for the skin and as oils they are easily absorbed by the cell wall membrane. In skin care products these essential fatty acids can have the added benefits of being an antiseptic and antimicrobial and delivering therapeutic nutrients that will sooth, heal and regenerate the skin.
Sunflower oil is a good moisturizer and it is easily absorbed by the skin. And because of its light texture wont leave the skin feeling greasy or oily. And it is gentle enough for all skin types making it ideal for skin care products, hair conditioners and bath oils.
Researchers have also discovered additional vital nutrients in sunflower oil which help to restore normal skin functions when applied topically. Nutrients like vitamins A, B complex, D, and E, as well as calcium, zinc, potassium, iron, and phosphorus.
The essential fatty acids and vital nutrients in the sunflower will nourish and condition the skin, making it more supple and radiant. And in combination with other organic ingredients in the skin care product you will reverse any signs of skin damage or better yet prevent it.
Visit our online store and look for Phyt’s skincare products as they generally have this ingredient in each product. This organically certified skin care line from France is a pure treasure that will restore and bring your skin to a whole new level of health and radiance.