Sunflower Oil

Sunflower oilSunflower oil is incredibly gentle not to mention mild when it comes to natural soaps. It contains Vitamin E which is a natural preservative so it resists becoming rancid. When used as an ingredient in natural soap it is actually among the more conditioning natural oils acting as an emollient to soften, relax and smooth the skin. Sunflower oil also includes lecithin, carotenoids, tocopherols and waxes. Sunflower oil is light in taste and appearance. It is a mix of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats with low saturated fat amounts.

As a noncomedogenic substance it doesn’t obstruct the pores of the skin. Noncomedogenic products are in some cases known as non-occlusive. The theory associated with making use of skin care products that are noncomedogenic is that by way of not blocking pores, they can decrease the occurrence of pimples.

As a skin protectant, sunflower oil, can preserve moisture in the skin. It may also give you a protective barrier resistant to infections in premature infants. Studies using sunflower oil have been carried out concerned with low birth weight infants who are frequently  vulnerable to infection because of their underdeveloped skin. The study established that infants getting a skin treatment of sunflower oil on a daily basis were 41% less likely to acquire infections in the hospital.

Sunflower oil is created from oil type sunflower seeds (Helianthus annuus) . It was first industrially manufactured in 1835 in the Russian Empire.

Not all sunflower oils are created equal and only the high oleic type seems to have a shelf life adequate for the production of natural soap.

The main characteristics of sunflower oil in natural soap are:

  • Gentle
  • Mild
  • Conditioning
  • Softening
  • Relaxing
  • Feels great on the skin

Watch the video to learn more about the potential benefits of sunflower oil.

References:
1. Wikipedia – Sunflower Oil
2. Wikipedia – Linoleic Acid
3. Wikipedia – Oleic Acid
4. Wikipedia – Vitamin E
5. Sunflower Oil May Help Reduce Nosocomial Infections in Preterm Infants

 

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