We have all marvelled at Van Gogh’s famous paintings of this delightful flower. The sunflower suggests warm summer weather, rolling fields and organic earthiness. But did you know the common sunflower is rich in nutrients that are highly beneficial to our skin? Read on to find out why we use it in our ChitoCare beauty Hand Cream.
Why is the Sunflower so Special?
The Helianthus Annuus, as the sunflower is officially known, has more than just aesthetic qualities. It has been an integral part of many communities around the world for millennia. It has been used for its ornamental, nutritional, medical and culinary properties, making it a versatile and valuable plant. Native American tribes have been using the sunflower plant for thousands of years, to treat skin and hair, and to soothe snake bites, bug bites and skin irritations. Cultivated as a crop for its fruits and oils, one flower can produce up to 2000 seeds. These are rich in healthy fats, compounds, vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that have significant health benefits.
What Can Sunflower Seed Oil Do For My Skin?
The common sunflower is perhaps most famous for its cooking applications, but it does have cosmetic applications too. Its benefits for the skin have been well documented. It has nourishing and reparative properties and is effective for combating inflammation, redness, irritation and acne. It is a reliable source of nutrients and antioxidants, including calcium, zinc, magnesium, Vitamins A, K and E.
This vitamin content helps regenerate skin cells, boosting renewal and preventing premature signs of aging. Vitamin E and selenium work as antioxidants to protect your skin from free radicals, UV rays, blue light and other environmental stressors that can cause damage. Vitamin E protects the collagen and elastin in the skin, keeping it firm and smooth.
Another benefit of the oil derived from this pretty flower is that it has anti-inflammatory properties, thanks to its Omega-6 acid content. This helps reduce skin redness, roughness and irritation, and is particularly beneficial for sensitive skin. It also balances essential lipids or oils in the skin, that are necessary for keeping out harmful allergens, bacteria, fungi and irritants.
Sunflower seed oil also contains linoleic acid that supports the skin’s natural protective barrier, helping retain much-needed moisture, improving elasticity and promoting wound healing. This works excellently for treating dry skin and conditions such as eczema. Linoleic acid is also used in hair products, as it helps prevent it from breakage and keep it healthy and silky soft.
Lastly, sunflower seed oil is also a great source of beta-carotene whose antioxidant properties will help give your skin a healthy and glowing final appearance.
Where Can I Find Sunflower Seed Oil?
Sunflower seed oil can be found in many skin care products and cosmetics. As it is rich in Vitamin E, it is often used as an emollient to lock in moisture and help keep skin hydrated and supple. ChitoCare beauty Hand Cream, containing chitosan, sunflower seed oil, sweet almond oil, macadamia seed oil and other nourishing ingredients, will give your skin moisture and a smooth and healthy look.