As the weather starts to get a little warmer, not only do I feel summer approaching, I can imagine it. Whether I’m lounging by the pool or taking a long beach vacation, we all envisioned our perfect summer. However 2020 has thrown a wrench to our plans and left us with a global pandemic instead. In the midst of such stressful times, we can get so caught up in the loneliness quarantine brings out of us that we may forget the unique opportunity this gives us. While we are all stuck in our homes, the world is telling us it’s finally time to prioritize ourselves. Bring the summer spirit indoors, by working on self-care whether it's through introspection, education, or one of my favorites….skin-care. I know I will be taking these next few months to understand better ways in which I manage my sensitive and acne-prone skin, and that starts by understanding the components that make up my skin care routine.
In fitting homage with summer, let's give some ingredient love to SUNFLOWER SEEDS!
Infused in centuries of ancient traditions, various parts of the sunflower were used for therapeutic and medicinal purposes. For example, the Paiute civilization used the root to alleviate rheumatism, meanwhile Russian folk medicine would use the head of the flower as herbal remedies to cure coughs, bronchitis, rheumatism, and malaria. Sunflower seeds on the other hand were particularly present in Native American practices.
What are Sunflower Seeds?
The sunflower was cultivated by American Indian tribes circa 3,000 B.C. Tribes used parts of the sunflower seed oil to help soothe snakebites and to condition the skin and hair. When it comes to skincare today, sunflower seed oil is a great source of vitamin E, rich in nutrients and antioxidants, and is effective for combatting skincare issues like acne, inflammation, general redness and irritation of the skin.
These seeds serve as an excellent source of natural polyunsaturated lipids, containing key components in addition is Vitamin E such as Vitamin A, Omega 6 fatty acids, and especially linoleic and oleic acid, which are all essential to skin and hair health.
So how does it work?
When you add a layer of this oil, its thin consistency allows these nutrients to be absorbed into your skin without clogging your pores. This is why sunflower seed is especially great for acne-prone skin. If you are someone who has frequent breakouts, it is likely because you are deficient of linoleic acid, with higher concentrations of oleic acid, making your sebum thick and sticky. Sunflower seed oil works to soften this sebum, reducing the appearance of pores and leaving your skin feeling soft.
What are Sunflower Seeds Benefits for the Skin?
If it isn’t already clear, sunflower seeds are MIRACLE WORKERS, offering a solution for those with sensitive skin, like myself.
- By locking in moisture, this leaves you skin feeling fresh and baby soft
- Fights signs of premature aging
- The high content of Vitamin E neutralizes the free-radicals in the skin that contribute to premature ageing. This will protect the collagen and elasticity of your skin from diminishing as you age. It’s the anti-aging serum we all need!
- Sunflower Seed oil fights acne
- The combination of Vitamin A, E, and Beta-Carotene play an anti-inflammatory role. The magnesium in the sunflower lowers cortisol and helps stabilize hormonal imbalances. All of these help destroy bacteria and helps to regenerate new cells.
- Reduces hyperpigmentation
- Once again Vitamin E to the rescue! In addition to its smoothing properties, it offers protection from the damaging effects of over exposure to the sun. The sunflower extract helps to reduce lipid peroxidation (skin cell damage caused by UV rays), to reduce your skin’s sensitivity to the sun.
- Soothes and heals skin-Sunflower Seed oil leaves the skin SOFT and FRESH.
Is the Sunflower Seed Safe?
The beauty of this oil is it is gentle for a wide variety of skin types. Whether you suffer from dryness and flaking to oily / acne prone skin, or maybe you’re like me, who battles between both on a seasonal basis, sunflower seed oil can transform your skin-care routine.
Using Sunflower Seeds in Your Skincare Routine
Due to its hydrating properties, Sunflower Seed Oil serves as an excellent moisturizer that also works to protect your skin. I know that my personal struggle with a combination of dry and oily skin often makes it difficult to find ingredients that can balance my skin’s needs, but sunflower seed oil actually helps to do that. It’s incredibly effective for all skin types and especially for those who suffer from sensitive/ acne prone skin.
This is why we see Sunflower seed oil in a variety of face masks and especially moisturizers. Our Daily Moisturizer has this as one of its key ingredients, ultimately controlling the excess oil/ shine on your skin, while leaving your skin hydrated for the day. It’s due to the effective properties of sunflower seeds that this moisturizer is formulated to help strengthen your skin for the long run. Who knew that these golden goddesses could be more than just a pretty view.
I know this summer may not have been the one we all envisioned ,but it gives us an unique opportunity to educate ourselves on how to better take care of ourselves. Sunflower seeds may be the exact ingredient you need to spice up your skin-care routine and your quarantine!