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Safflower oil is both beneficial for your skin and your whole body!
Safflower oil is beneficial for those who have acne, scars, wounds, and skin conditions related to inflammation. It is also beneficial for weight-loss, for your hair, heart and can even relieve PMS symptoms. So why are we only hearing about it now? Because the hype around safflower oil is only just beginning! If you’re interested in being ahead of the game and want to know all there is to know on safflower oil, you’ve come to the right place. Now let’s get started!
What is Safflower Oil?
Safflower oil is extracted from the seeds found in the Safflower plant, which is also known as the Carthamus Tinctorius. The seeds have been collected and used for centuries and can be found in both ancient Greek and ancient Egyptian traditions. While the seeds have been used for dyes, it is actually white in color and contains high amounts of protein and healthy fats.
It has more vitamin E than olive oil, contains omega-6 fatty acids, and can be used in the kitchen when the seeds have been treated, or in soaps and beauty products when the seeds are untreated. Our favorite beauty ingredients are ones that we can use on our skin, but also in our salads and cooking, and Safflower oil is one of those special ingredients!
Skin Benefits of Safflower Oil
Usually those of us who are dealing with acne have low levels of linoleic acid. Low levels of linoleic acid give our skin’s natural oils, sebum, the ability to clog our pores and make us more prone to breakouts. The high levels of linoleic acid found in Safflower oil make it a great ingredient for enhancing skin conditions so that your skin glows. Safflower oil can work with your skin’s natural oil levels to unclog pores and clear away blackheads, acne and breakouts.
But there’s more.
It also has the power to heal wounds, which means it can clear away any pimples that are present on the skin, or scars left behind from previous breakouts. After cleaning out the pores on the face, and cleaning up any acne-type infections, it then promotes skin cell rejuvenation. Skin cell rejuvenation is really where the magic happens. It is through skin cell rejuvenation that our skin can shed its old habits and start looking even in color and radiant.
Safflower oil is also a great ingredient for those who have eczema. It will not only moisturize the skin, but because of its anti-inflammatory properties, it can reduce redness and swelling of the skin. It can both reduce dry patches, hydrate dry skin patches and reduce redness. All the effects we need to heal eczema.
Ways to use Safflower Oil on your Skin
Because of the high linoleic acid in safflower oil, it’s a great ingredient to clean and moisturize the surface layer of the skin. Safflower oil used for cooking can also be applied directly to the skin, whereas safflower essential oil will need to be diluted. If you’re looking for soap that includes safflower oil as one of their essential ingredients, then go for the TRUTH BAR, which is as honest as it sounds. The TRUTH BAR includes safflower oil as both a cleansing and hydrating ingredient, safe to use on the body and the face. It also includes shea butter, coconut oil, hemlock oil, and other ingredients to really clean and moisturize that skin all at once.
If you have an oily skin type, then we recommend the Balancing Moisturizer, which uses safflower oil to clear away excess sebum oil and acne, but will hydrate and soothe the skin all at once. It’s lightweight, so it’s easy for the skin to absorb, and it wont leave the skin looking greasy and oily. This one’s especially great for those of us living in humid places, or during those hot summer months.
If you have normal to dry skin, but want to keep your skin looking its cleanest and healthiest, then we recommend the Equalizing Moisturizer. Because yes, you guessed it, it includes safflower oil as one of its essential ingredients, but also includes shea butter and jojoba oil to really moisturize and hydrate the skin. Bye, bye flakage and dryness, hello skin that radiates!
Final thoughts on Safflower Oil Benefits
Safflower oil is one of those oils that will both clear away dirt and grease from the skin, and hydrate and revitalize the skin all at once. It’s almost as if it replaces the dirt and bacteria with a nourishing sheen. If you choose to include Safflower Oil in your diet as well, it’s a great oil for cooking and salads. It’s neutral in flavor, but is a much healthier option when compared to your other cooking oils like canola oil. It’s as healthy as olive oil, but as cheap as sunflower oil. Sounds like an addition to our shelves we shouldn’t be missing out on!
Have you recently used any beauty products with Safflower oil as an essential ingredient? How has that improved the condition of your skin? We’d love to hear about it!