Sunflower Oil- the carrier of many good things
Sunflower Oil has many skin benefits, and studies reveal that calendula exhibits antibacterial and antiviral properties, especially when infused with sunflower oil. (National Institutes of Health) If that isn't reason enough to choose this as our carrier oil, there's more.
Sunflower oil is a neutral oil with a mild scent, and the skin easily and quickly absorbs it. It can be used on all skin types without clogging pores or making the skin too oily. Upon absorption into the skin, it leaves a protective emollient layer that prevents skin from losing moisture while also defending the outer layer against damage and facilitating its regeneration. Sounds pretty great to me!
The primary chemical constituents of sunflower oil are Linoleic Acid, Oleic Acid, Palmitic Acid, and Stearic Acid.
We source sunflower oil with a high Linoleic Acid (Omega-6) profile. Linoleic Acid in sunflower oil makes it useful for protecting the skin against bacteria and germs, making our oils that much more antibacterial and antiviral.
Oleic Acid (Omega-9) helps maintain the softness, suppleness, and radiance of skin and hair. Oleic Acid is also useful in reducing the appearance of aging, such as premature wrinkles and fine lines.
Palmitic Acid has emollient properties and is the most common saturated fatty acid providing skin-plumping benefits.
Stearic Acid is known to have cleansing properties that eliminate dirt, sweat, and excess sebum from hair and skin. It is also an ideal emulsifying agent that binds water and oil and soften skin. This is part of the reason our oils are effective as a first step skin cleanser.
Pair all these benefits with herbs' natural healing benefits, and you've got a powerful, highly beneficial skin oil that can be used on the skin from head to toe and for people of all ages.