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Nutritional Value of Sunflower Oil
1. High oleic sunflower oil:
This is the premium variety of sunflower oil and contains 80% and above monounsaturated sunflower oil. This is popular for industrial use.
2. Linoleic sunflower oil:
This oil is high in polyunsaturated or linoleic acid. The low levels of saturated fat making it an ideal candidate for cooking. It also has a high smoking point and a clean taste.
This is mild oleic sunflower oil. Mono-unsaturated levels are between 55-75%. This oil is best for commercial frying.
Beauty benefits of Sunflower Oil for Your Skin
1. A great source of vitamin E
Sunflower oil is a rich natural source of vitamin E. Vitamin E has antioxidant properties helpful in protecting the skin against free radicals, UV rays from the sun and other pollutants which can cause stress to the skin.
2. A natural way to fight acne
Besides vitamin E, we also find vitamins A, in sunflower oil. Vitamin A is effective in regenerating new skin cells and recommended for anti-acne treatment. Sunflower oil also contains various fatty acids helpful in caring for acne prone skin.
3. Great source of beta-carotene
Beta-carotene is a fat-soluble compound convertible into Vitamin A.
Beta-carotene is blessed with antioxidant properties. Antioxidants are responsible for the youthful appearance of skin and prevent fine lines.
4. Saviour of dry skin
Moisturizing properties of sunflower oil helps in soothing and calming dry skin. It also helps in removing dead skin and provides a new boost to dehydrated skin. Regular application of sunflower oil smoothen dry skin.
5. A natural way to heal your skin
Sunflower oil is rich in omega-6 (linoleic) fatty acid and vitamin E. Omega-6 fatty acid has anti-inflammatory properties. Vitamin E is beneficial for the skin due to its moisturizing properties. Therefore, sunflower oil can be helpful in enhancing the development and generation of new skin cells.
6. Cure for dermatitis
Sunflower oil is blessed with anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. This makes sunflower oil an ideal candidate to cure atopic dermatitis. Because of the emollient and moisturizing properties of sunflower oil, it can be used for curing dermatitis.
7. Natural makeup remover
It can be used as a makeup remover and face cleanser. Regular use of sunflower oil also reduces the appearance of dark circles.
8. Reduces blemishes
Because of vitamin E and fatty acids in sunflower oil, a regular application can make the skin blemish free and radiant.
9. Excellent anti-aging mask
By mixing lemon juice, yogurt, and sunflower oil, you can make a face mask. Sunflower oil provides the moisture to your skin, the yogurt is helpful in dissolving dead skin cells and lemon juice has brightening properties. This mask is excellent to delay the appearance of aging lines. This mask is also safe for acne prone skin.
10. Tames frizzy hair
Sunflower oil has a very light texture and is helpful in taming the frizz and flyaways. You can massage sunflower oil in your palms and apply it directly to dry hair.
11. Doubles up as a weekly deep conditioner
Sunflower oil can also help with deep conditioning of dry hair. Once a week, whip up a hair mask comprising of few drops of sunflower oil, yogurt, and egg white. Apply this thoroughly in your hair and massage deeply. Wear a shower cap and let it sit on your hair for two hours. Rinse it out thoroughly. You can also leave the hair mask overnight.
12. Improves hair growth
If you suffer from thinning of hair, sunflower oil is one of the best remedies you can consider. It is an important source of gamma alpha-linolenic acid (GLA). GLA helps with the prevention of hair loss. It is also helpful in the treatment of baldness. However, if you suffer from genetic baldness, consult your doctor first before you apply sunflower oil.
13. Helpful in curing athlete’s foot
Sunflower oil when infused with ozone has germicidal properties. This is helpful in the treatment of fungal infections and also prevent the recurrence of such infections in the future.
14. Natural moisturizer
Due to the presence of Vitamin E in sunflower oil, it acts as an excellent emollient. You can replace your regular moisturizer with a few drops of sunflower oil. It’s an economical option too.
15. Protects from sunburns
Consumption sunflower oil is helpful in reducing sensitivity to the sun because it contains beta-carotene and several antioxidants. These neutralize the free radicals that penetrate your skin. Regular consumption of sunflower oil will be helpful in preventing skin cancer and sunburns.
16. Provides a natural glow to the skin
Sunflower oil is also packed with vitamins. Vitamin E and A are extremely essential for healthy skin. For a natural glow from within, mix five drops of sunflower oil with rose water and glycerin. Apply this tonic on your face regularly for a rosy and healthy glow.
17. Softens your nails
Brittle nails can be a troublesome issue. But sunflower oil can come to your rescue. Presence of Vitamin E makes sunflower oil a great emollient and can be used for softening nails. Mix ten drops of sunflower oil in petroleum jelly and apply the paste over your nails overnight. You can also wear gloves before you go to bed. It will soften dry cuticles of the nails and provide you a better experience next time you opt for a luxurious manicure.
18. An excellent exfoliant
Sunflower oil is also effective in removing dead skin from your face. You can whip up a homemade scrub using a few drops of sunflower oil, brown sugar, and coconut oil. Apply it gently all over your face with special attention to the dry areas of the face. It will leave you with youthful and soft skin.
19. An excellent cleanser
Sunflower oil can also act as an excellent cleanser. It is effective in removing the dirt and grime from your face. Due to the absence of harsh chemicals, it is very gentle on your skin. If you feel that your face is still oily, use a normal cleanser to wash your face once you have applied sunflower oil.
20. Moisturizes your scalp
Do you suffer from an itchy and dry scalp? Have you noticed dead skin falling off from your scalp? Sunflower oil is an excellent emollient and can be very helpful in restoring the moisture in your scalp. Mix three-four drops of sunflower oil with cold-pressed coconut oil. This mixture should be applied to your scalp with special attention to the dry parts. Cover your hair with a hot towel so that the oil completely seeps in and provides a conditioning boost to your roots. Use a mild shampoo to rinse your hair.
21. Fights blackheads
If you have oily skin blackheads can be a real menace to deal with. Sunflower oil can help you fight off blackheads. You need to mix three-four drops of sunflower oil with two drops of tea tree oil and use it as a spot treatment on your blackheads on your face. Steam your face thoroughly for optimum results. You can also apply a charcoal mask to peel off the blackheads completely.