Spotlight on Sunflower Oil in Natural Skincare
Posted on 13th August 2020 at 12:56
The benefits of natural ingredients
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Any old vegetable oil can be used to make a balm but selecting carefully does enhance skin benefits
All of the vegetable oils used in the production of Minimise balms are organic which ensures high quality and minimal environmental impact, but the way in which different oils are blended together and their individual fatty acid profiles also play a part.
In most cases sunflower oil is used in skincare products for its high omega 6 component which is present in the form of linoleic acid. All fatty acids are important for skin health whether obtained from foods or topically and they are most effective when properly balanced. Omega 6 is relatively easy to obtain from a normal healthy diet and it works it's magic best in combination with omega 3. Foods that are high in omega 3 however naturally go rancid easily so this fatty acid is often removed during food manufacturing processes to optimise shelf life and the balance between these two fats is easily swayed towards omega 6. Omega 9 is made in the body in small amounts and is relevant in importance for enhancing the absorbency of omegas 3 and 6 so it makes sense to focus on omega 9 where possible to obtain overall balance.
At Minimise we use a high-oleic acid organic sunflower oil which contains 75-90% omega 9 as opposed to around 32% in a regular sunflower oil and this enhances its overall beneficial properties for skin health. It is highly absorbent and non-irritating, suitable for all skin types including dry, oily, normal, and those affected by eczema, acne and psoriasis. It has a light, dry feel for an oil and helps a balm to spread well with no excess stickiness. It's high vitamin E level protects the skin from free radical damage and from the adverse effects of the sun including premature aging and wrinkles (please note however that while it has a low natural SPF factor it should not be used as a substitute for sunscreen when required).
Sunflower oil helps to maintain the skin's natural water barrier, it has anti-inflammatory properties which make it beneficial for all dry skin conditions in babies, children and adults alike, and it protects naturally against bacteria and germs. A high oleic acid component aids in wound healing.
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