Sunflower Seed Oil in Skincare

Sunflowers bring skin healing and sunshine!

Sunflowers bring skin healing and sunshine!

Ever wonder about the benefits of sunflower seed oil? This readily available oil has some amazing skin benefits.

When it comes to skincare, sunflower seed oil is a great source of vitamin E, is rich in nutrients and antioxidants, and is effective for combatting skincare issues like acne, inflammation, eczema, general redness and skin irritation.

Here are seven benefits of sunflower oil for your skin:

  1. Sunflower seed oil moisturizes your skin. Due to its rich vitamin E content, Sunflower seed oil has emollient properties that help the skin retain its moisture. Vitamin E helps trap moisture inside skin cells, keeping skin hydrated for a longer period. This is good news for people with eczema.

  2. Sunflower seed oil is high in vitamin E. Sunflower oil is extremely high in vitamin E – an antioxidant that helps protect skin cells from harmful UV rays produced by the sun and other environmental stressors such as pollutants.

  3. Sunflower seed oil helps fight acne: In addition to vitamin E, sunflower oil is also rich in vitamins A, C, and D, making it effective in the treatment of acne. Sunflower seed oil contains vitamins and fatty acids that act as antioxidants to regenerate new skin cells and help your skin rid itself of acne-causing bacteria. In addition it's high content of Linoleic acid makes it a great choice for breakouts.

  4. Sunflower seed oil is rich in beta-carotene: Sunflower oil is an excellent source of beta-carotene, a fat-soluble compound that converts into Vitamin A. Beta-carotene’s antioxidant properties are beneficial for the appearance of your health and skin.

  5. Sunflower seed oil can reduce signs of aging The antioxidant properties of sunflower oil help in preventing premature signs of aging, as it helps protect the skin from sun damage. The vitamin E in sunflower seed oil can help protect the collagen and elastin in the skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on your face.

  6. Sunflower seed oil is beneficial for particularly dry skin: Sunflower oil has natural calming properties that improve your skin’s moisture retention capacity and is beneficial for individuals with dehydrated or sensitive skin. Using sunflower oil regularly can help remove dead cells and impurities, leaving behind smooth, moisturized skin.

  7. Sunflower seed oil helps soothe and heal your skin Sunflower seed oil has anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce skin redness and promote smooth skin. Sunflower seed oil is high in omega-6 (linoleic) fatty acid and vitamin E. Linoleic acid helps decrease inflammation in the skin and enhances the development of new skin cells. It's even recommended by the National Eczema Association for eczema.

External skin care treaments combined with internal herbs help the skin to heal in the most efficient way. Using the right products is key when it comes to balancing the skin!

Perioral Dermatitis

Perioral Dermatitis is an inflammatory skin condition often found in females 20 to 35 years old although it can occur at any age. Less commonly, males can be affected but no matter who it affects or at what age, it can cause misery for many.

Sometimes due to a rebound effect from steroids- either topical, nasal (like flonase) or even steroid inhalers, the symptoms typically start around the mouth, chin or nose. Redness and flaky dry skin can occur with bumps and symptoms can fluctuate from day to day. The symptoms can also spread to the eye lids or around the eyes.

Many things can make Perioral Dermatitis flare including SLS in toothpaste, PMS, harsh skin care products, sunlight, emotions or fragrances. If you’re suffering with Perioral Dermatitis, often it is recommended to stick with plain water to wash your face and use a very simple moisturizer. Years ago I formulated lonicera clearing oil for a patient suffering with this frustrating condition, and it along with internal Chinese herbal medicine helped to heal her skin completely only a few weeks.

In Chinese Medicine, Perioral Dermatitis is due to an imbalance in the liver or excess dampness and toxic heat accumulation in the stomach and spleen. When we treat this condition, we look at at that factors that could have caused this disharmony, the way the skin looks, and any other symptoms in the patient. We then form a diagnosis and precise herbal treatment to address not only the symptoms but also the cause.

Perioral Dermatitis responds very well to correct treatment with Chinese Medicine and often the condition can improve in 2-3 weeks. The herbs taste bad, but they are not to be taken forever and the effects are absolutely worth it!

Dr. Dilks custom blending Chinese Herbal Medicine for a patient.

Dr. Dilks custom blending Chinese Herbal Medicine for a patient.

The DIY Beauty Treatment You're Missing Out On: Facial Gua Sha

The alluring empresses and concubines in ancient China held many beauty secrets. From beautiful floral waters to herbal masks, to facial massage and steams, skin care was a way of life. We still use many of these time tested techniques today.

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One facial massage technique (that you may have never heard of) is on the verge of becoming mainstream. Known as Gua Sha (literally skin scraping), it’s gaining huge popularity with celebrity facialists in the green beauty movement and for good reason.

The benefits of facial Gua Sha include relaxing muscle tension, smoothing the connective tissue, reducing wrinkles, and improving lymphatic flow to decrease puffiness. In 2007, a German study found that Gua Sha improves blood circulation to the skin by over 400%! It instantly rejuvenates the skin cells for a healthy glow.

Do you want to know the best part? You can learn to do it yourself! Facial gua sha uses a flat jade tool to apply a gentle, cooling massage. With the proper technique, you can spend 5-10 minutes after cleansing your skin at night, and you’ll see some incredible benefits over time. You can check out tutorials online or attend a live workshop at Emerging Energy Acupuncture in Providence 12/4! Schedule online today- limited spaces remain.

This post was first published on 3 time "Best of RI" Lifestyle BlogPattyJ.com

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