SUNFLOWER OIL...NOT JUST FOR COOKING!
The sunflower actually contains about 70 species of plants and they are native to North America, except for 3 types that are native to South America. The oil from sunflower is compressed from sunflower seeds and is commonly used in good prep for frying, for example and also in some beauty products as an emollient. The Russian Empire first produced the oil in 1835 and the largest producers of the world's sunflower oil includes Ukraine, Russia, and Argentina.
Sunflower oil is primarily composed of oleic acids like omega-9 and linoleic acids such as omega-6, which contains amounts of vitamin E, sterols, and qualene. Sterols or steroid alcohols are a subgroup of steroids that make up an organic molecule class that is uber important- the most common one that you may have heard of being Cholesterol! Squalene however is an organic compound made up of carbon and usually obtained from shark liver oil, but it can come from plant sources like rice bran, wheat germ, and olives.
As for where the primary oil content of sunflower is derived from, it is mostly from the kernels which contain up to 55% oil- followed by the seed itself in which up to about 36% of the oil can be held. One great thing about this oil in particular, is that it has a high content of vitamin E and is also super low in saturated fat. The 2 most common types of linoleic and high oleic; linoleic sunflower oil is generally used for things like cooking as it gives a nice clean taste and contains low levels of trans fats! High oleic sunflower oil on the other hand tends to be more prevalent in cosmetics and skincare since it has a longer shelf life.
There are 2 extraction methods utilized in order to get the sunflower oil from the seeds: by using a chemical solvent method such as hexane or by "cold-pressing" sunflower seed oil under low-temp. This method is preferred among those who don't like to involve a chemical method or harmful ingredients to the process. When refining sunflower oil, solvent extraction can again be a choice of method however, there are other alternatives like de-gumming, neutralization, and bleaching. Since unrefined sunflower oil is usually more unstable in regards to heat, it's not as ideal for cooking- it will keep its natural color, flavor, and content though!
what does sunflower oil do for skin?
1. provides an awesome emollient: if you want your skin to feel and look super soft and moisturized, look no further than sunflower oil! it's one of the best natural moisturizers out there :)
2. soothes sunburn and dermatitis: since there is a high content of fatty acids [omega-6] & antioxidants in sunflower oil, new cell development is encouraged- in addition to anti-inflammatory properties that rejuvenate skin & prevents bacteria that can occur with these skin conditions!
3. prevents signs of aging: what it does it protect skin and help it maintain its youthful appearance by boosting elastin and collagen production w/its high content of vitamin e.
4. reduce acne & breakouts: as it creates a protective layer on the skin and prevents infection and bacterial growth can't make direct contact with your skin which means you won't get pores that are blocked even supplied with bacteria!
IS THERE A PRODUCT I RECOMMEND THAT CONTAINS SUNFLOWER OIL?!
BODY MERRY SUPER C-22 MOISTURIZER $23.99*
Organic Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera), Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Cassia Angustifolia Seed Polysaccharide (Plant Derived Hyaluronic Acid), Organic Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower Oil), Isopropyl Palmitate (Palm Oil), Glyceryl Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Niacinamide (Vitamin B3), CoQ10, Citrus Clementia Hort ext Tan (Clementine Essential Oil), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba Oil), Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexyl Glycerin, Xanthan Gum, Tocopherol Acetate (Vitamin E), Wildcrafted Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea), Citric Acid.
This has become one of my daily, go-to lotions in my skin care routine that I'm really happy I made the choice to give a try! It as a fantastic citrus-like scent that's not too overpowering, yet a nice change to the usual moisturizers that are so power-packed with such awesome ingredients! The bottle it a nice pump dispenser that makes it a cinch to get out the right amount of product for application and you can use this lotion for the entire face and neck areas as I do. I would avoid using this too close to your eyes, as I do- it contains coenzyme Q10 and vitamin C and this might irritate the under eye areas which can be more delicate skin!
There's a generous amount of product at 1.7 fl. ounces and it doesn't take me but one pump of the dispenser to get a nice thin layer for my face and neck area. It dries in about 2 minutes and although it does have a light orangish tint to the moisturizer, it doesn't stain my clothing or anything else. Even though there is a light fragrance and tint to the product, I did not cause any skin irritation for me one bit! I really noticed how soft and smooth my skin feels after each application and it's improved brightness as well.
If you're looking for an affordable moisturizer that really works and has organic ingredients as one of it's main obejctives, this is the facial moisturizer for you! It's excellent for younger skin and those that want to fight the signs of aging too with a 22% vitamin C concentration and 20% Hyaluronic acid formula that makes this product hard to beat! Body Merry promises a 90 day with 100% satisfaction guarantee too and that means to me that they really stand behind the quality of their products. They do NOT test on animals, use sustainable practices, and manufacture their beauty items in an FDA registered and GMP compliant facility that is here in the US [FL].