You will notice many our.gentle.truth products have these 2 ingredients listed, sunflower and safflower oil. There are many reasons for this. These two wonderful oils are great for everyone in your family, from infants to elderly ones.
Sunflower Oil Benefits
1. Helps moisturize your skin
Sunflower oil has emollient and humectant properties that help the skin retain its moisture. Emollients are used to soften and smooth the scales of the skin, which help reduce rough, flaky skin. A humectant is a substance that actually bonds with water molecules to increase the water content in the skin itself. Vitamin E helps trap moisture inside skin cells, keeping skin hydrated for a longer period.
2. High in vitamin E
Sunflower oil is extremely high in vitamin E – an antioxidant that helps protect skin cells from harmful UV rays from the sun and other environmental stressors.
3. Helps fight acne
In addition to vitamin E, sunflower oil is also rich in vitamins A, C, and D, making it effective in the treatment of acne. Sunflower seed oil contains vitamins and fatty acids that act as antioxidants to regenerate new skin cells and help your skin rid itself of acne-causing bacteria.
4. Rich in beta-carotene:
Sunflower oil is an excellent source of beta-carotene, a fat-soluble compound that can be converted into Vitamin A. Beta-carotene’s antioxidant properties are beneficial for the appearance of your health and skin.
5. Reduce signs of aging
The antioxidant properties of sunflower oil help in preventing premature signs of aging, as it helps protect the skin from exposure to sunlight. The vitamin E in sunflower seed oil can help protect the collagen and elastin in the skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in your face.
6. Beneficial for particularly dry skin:
Sunflower oil has natural calming properties that improve your skin’s moisture retention capacity and is beneficial for individuals with dehydrated or sensitive skin. Using sunflower oil regularly can help remove dead cells and impurities, leaving behind smooth, moisturized skin.
7. Helps soothe and heal your skin
Sunflower seed oil has anti-inflammatory properties that help lower skin redness and roughness. Sunflower seed oil is high in omega-6 (linoleic) fatty acid and vitamin E. Omega-6 acid helps decrease inflammation in the skin and enhances the development of new skin cells.
Safflower Oil Benefits
1. Slows down the appearance of aging
Safflower oil contains a large amount of linoleic acid works as both an analgesic and antioxidant. This antioxidant property is what works to minimize the appearance of aging, as it also works to help restore the collagen that was lost due to environmental factors like UV exposure and free radicals. Linoleic acid also has a significant role in opening the skin to moisturizers. Plus, safflower oil has been shown to be a penetration enhancer, making the skin more receptive to other ingredients found in cosmetic product formulations.
2. Contains essential fatty acids
Safflower oil contains both omega-6 and omega-3 essential fatty acids, which are crucial to overall skin function and a healthy skin appearance. Because both essential fatty acids have a profound effect on the fatty acid composition of our skin, topically applying safflower oil can help to minimize the inflammatory response in different layers of the skin.
3. Nourishes hair and keeps it shiny
Because safflower oil can help to prevent loss of proteins, it is used for hair moisturizing and growth. As a rich source of vitamin E, safflower oil helps to keep the scalp fully hydrated, and thanks to its oleic acid content it also helps to penetrate deep into the scalp prompting increased blood flow. This works to cause widening of the smooth muscles in the scalp bringing more nutrients to the hair follicles, resulting in hair regrowth.
Now that you know the benefits of each oil, you can see why we combined the two.
We would also like to happily announce that coming this October we will have three new oils that contain both Sunflower and Safflower oil. Better yet, the scents will be Unscented, Lemongrass, and Lavender. We hope you will have a chance to try it before it's sold out.