With SO many oils on the market, what makes this gentle, fragrance-free classic such a go-to? We take a look into why you need sunflower seed oil in your routine, and break down the reasons it’s such an essential ingredient in our Radiance Ritual Glow Mask.
WHAT ACTUALLY IS SUNFLOWER SEED OIL!?
Helianthus annus, widely known as sunflower seed oil, is a regularly used emollient across skincare products and routines. Made up of a huge 60% linoleic acid, sunflower seed oil is all about rebuilding and nourishing the skin to reveal a glowy, healthy complexion.
Nutrient rich and a moisturising marvel, sunflower seed oil is seriously good at getting to work on skincare concerns like acne and inflammation, all the while soothing redness and renewing skin cells.
WHY SUNFLOWER SEED OIL IS A LUNEIA-APPROVED SKINCARE ESSENTIAL
It’s a moisturising powerhouse
Easily absorbable with a light texture, sunflower seed oil is packed full of emollient properties, meaning it’s great at helping the skin stay hydrated. The vitamin E in sunflower seed oil assists in locking in moisture, meaning your skin will stay plump and hydrated for longer.
It’s packs an antioxidant punch
That same vitamin E hit provides the best in antioxidant protection, working to protect against environmental stressors like UV rays and pollution. A bonus boost of beta-carotene makes sunflower seed oil amazing for the wider appearance of healthy, glowy skin.
It works hard to fight acne
On top of all that vitamin E goodness, sunflower seed oil is packed full of a range of other essential fatty acids and vitamins that help to rebuild and renew skin cells. Vitamin A, C and D get to work to aid acne prone complexions, ridding them of the bacteria that can lead to breakouts. It’s non-comedogenic, so won’t further clog pores of those that are susceptible to spots.
It can help the signs of aging
The antioxidant qualities in sunflower seed oil that help protect the skin from environmental aggressors make it a super hard working ingredient for reducing the signs of aging. Vitamin E gives sunflower seed oil the ability to preserve the natural elasticity of the skin, protecting the skin’s collagen and reducing the visibility of wrinkles and fine lines.
It’s skin soothing and a dry complexions’ best friend
High in linoleic fatty acids, also known as omega 6, sunflower seed oil has anti-inflammatory properties that help calm redness and speed up new skin cell regeneration. It’s natural soothing qualities also help to improve your skin’s ability to lock in moisture, making it amazing for those with sensitive or dehydrated skin.
SHOULD I BE USING SUNFLOWER SEED OIL?
A universally suitable oil, sunflower seed oil is of great benefit to the majority of skin types. Skin that’s been compromised due to environmental factors, like exposure to sun damage or pollution, benefits greatly from sunflower seed oil’s ability to repair the skin’s barrier. The result? Smoother, healthy skin that glows. This is heightened by the linoleic acid in sunflower seed oil, which maximises the skin’s natural lipids and ceramides.
If your skin’s feeling stressed, sunflower seed oil could be of aid here too. It’s natural anti-inflammatory effect helps to soothe signs of irritation, redness or rough texture, revealing a dewy, calm-skinned you.
WHICH INGREDIENTS ARE A PERFECT PAIRING WITH SUNFLOWER SEED OIL?
One thing we LOVE about sunflower seed oil, and the reason it was a total necessity in our Radiance Ritual Glow Mask, is that it’s a key building block for your other skincare ingredients.
It’s a great accompaniment to the majority of products, thanks to it’s emollient qualities that make it an essential carrier of other ingredients deeper into the skin, maximising their ability to hydrate, calm and offer protection.