- Base Oil
- INCI: Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil
- Comedogenicity: 0-2
- Composition: Linoleic acid (up to approx. 62 %), oleic acid (up to approx. 30 %), palmitic acid (up to approx. 6 %), stearic acid (up to approx. 4 %), lecithin (up to approx. 1 %), tocopherols (mainly α-tocopherol), phytosterols.
- Cosmetic use: Dry, mature, irritated skin.
Sunflower oil is obtained from the seeds of the sunflower and has a light yellow color. Sunflower oil is a light, well-tolerated oil that is absorbed quickly by the skin and leaves no oily film behind. The high content of Omega 6 fatty acids, antioxidants and vitamin E make sunflower oil (both natural and cold pressed) a very nourishing cosmetic ingredient. The oil is also said to have anti-inflammatory and skin-protecting effects, which is why it is also used in the treatment of eczema and irritation.
In addition, the oil is also used in anti-aging cosmetics due to the antioxidants it contains. The effect of free radicals on cell damage and premature skin aging can be counteracted by regular application of the oil.
Sunflower oil does not have a very long shelf life and should be mixed with more stable oils in cosmetic products to increase its durability.