How Sunflower Oil Diet Helps in Maintaining Your Skin Health?
Sunflower oil is getting more popular among all the refined and non-refined oils available in the market. While there are many health-related benefits in this oil, very few people know that sunflower oil is also extremely helpful in maintaining a healthy skin.
Sunflower oil contains a number of characteristics which makes it suitable for skin care. Some important components being linoleic acid, pantothenic acid, oleic acid and appreciable quantity of vitamin E & K.
Types of Sunflower Oil
Sunflower oil is primarily divided based on the amount of oleic acid and linoleic acid present in them.
Hence there are three types of oil, high oleic, mid oleic and linoleic acid. The oils are also further divided based on the method of extraction and treatment.
Hence sunflower oil is divided into cold pressed oil, unrefined oil and refined oil.
The cold pressed sunflower oil is extremely light and contains a balanced level of polyunsaturated fats, making it suitable for cooking purposes. Its smoothing properties make it an excellent choice in skin care products.
Should you apply sunflower oil directly to your skin?
Sunflower oil can help you fight acne, wrinkles and can also acts as a moisturizer.
Although it can be directly applied to your skin, it is not advisable to do so. First, it makes your skin oily plus oil applied directly in pure form may cause skin irritation.
Instead, try adding sunflower oil in your daily diet and use skin care products made from sunflower extracts.
Let’s understand these by discussing individually the healthy components present in the sunflower oil
● Presence of Antioxidants
Our body is under a constant attack of oxidative stress. The stress caused by pollution, smoking, alcohol consumption and also created naturally over time. During these attacks, the oxygen atom splits into a single atom releasing a free electron. Since electron likes to be in pairs, it can cause damage by stealing electrons from other important cells from our body in order to become a pair.
An antioxidant is nature’s way of protecting us from harmful free radicals. Sunflower oil contains a good amount of antioxidants which can freely donate an electron to the unstabilized free radical and neutralize its harmful effect.
● Vitamin E
Vitamin E is the most important component when it comes to skin care. In fact, your skin contains more vitamin E than any other component.
Exposure to UV rays & pollution can damage your collagen present in the skin; thus resulting in early ageing of the skin contributing to wrinkles and brown spots. Daily consumption of sunflower oil maintains a good quantity of Vitamin E in the body. It improves the appearance of your skin by smoothing of scars and wrinkles. It can also reduce acne, inflammation, and irritation of the skin.
● Vitamin K
Sunflower oil is rich in Vitamin K, which works as an agent to increase skin resiliency. Vitamin K also strengthens the capillaries around the eye and reduces dark circles.
When your skin is wounded, it looks for available relief which helps in fast healing of the wounds. Vitamin K is an important component in the healing of injuries.
Whether your skin is sensitive or exposed to drastic weather conditions of wind, rain and sun, adding sunflower oil into your daily routine will make your skin less prone to bruising.
● Oleic Acid
Presence of oleic acid in sunflower oil makes it a potent moisturizing agent. In children, sunflower oil can act as a barrier preventing them from various skin infections.
Oleic acid contains compounds which strengthen the integrity of skin membranes and helps in repairing the damaged skin cells due to conditions like dermatitis, eczema and rosacea.
● The Essential Fatty Acids
Regular Sunflower oil contains two out of three essential fatty acids – Omega-3 and Omega-6.
High oleic sunflower oil contains even the third essential fatty acid – Omega-9. These fatty acids are essential in controlling the inflammatory response in the skin, protects skin against infection and early aging of skin due to sun exposure.
● Amino Acids
Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins that are needed for us to survive. These amino acids are not produced in the body and need to be supplied externally, as your body cannot store them. Hence daily consumption of sunflower oil will be a healthy addition to your diet, providing the essential amino acids.
Amino acids act as fuels for the skin renewal process. As skin divides to produce collagen, it needs enough amino acids to carry out the process smoothly.
● Brilliant source of Beta-Carotene
Beta-Carotene is a fat soluble compound present in sunflower oil that can be converted into Vitamin A.
Beta-Carotene imparts a healthy glow to your skin, prevents premature ageing and reduces sun sensitivity. Consumption of Beta-carotene may prevent and reduce the symptoms of oral leukoplakia, a condition where white lesions appear in the mouth or tongue, due to smoking or alcohol consumption.
It also helps you treat various skin conditions like scleroderma, ulcers, impetigo, boils etc.
This presence of beta-carotene in sunflower oil is not just beneficial in skin care but helpful for your health too.
Overall, Sunflower oil is one of the brilliant sources of nutrients required to maintain healthy skin and body. Due to its wide range of benefits for health, skin & hair, sunflower oil is preferred over other oils like coconut, olive and almond.
Sunflower oil helps you unclog the pores making your skin lose bacteria, dirt and dead cells.
Since skin is an external protective barrier between the outside world and the rest of the other internal organs, it is important to nourish this largest external organ.
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