Reasons Why Safflower Oil IS Good For Your Skin

Reasons Why Safflower Oil

Safflower oil is healthy cooking oil. It is extracted from the seeds of safflower and has a composition similar to vegetable oil. It is rich in linoleic acid and is also good for your skin. Let’s acknowledge the benefits safflower oil for skin.

Reasons Why Safflower Oil

Reasons Why Safflower Oil

The use of safflower oil on the skin is getting popular,and it is added as an essential ingredient in the skin care products sold in the market.

Although there is no solid scientific research to claim the benefits of safflower oil for skin,thereareanecdotal research indicating its pain-relieving, anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.
It has moisturizing effects and gives a softer and smoother appearance. It promotes elasticity and gives your skin a natural glow.

How To Use Safflower Oil On Skin

You can use safflower body oil or even pure edible safflower oil on your skin directly. But if you are using safflower essential oil, you need to dilute it with a carrier oil,or it may irritate. A few carrier oils for dry skin are almond oil and coconut oil,and best carrier oils for oily skin are grape seed oil and jojoba oil.

Benefits And Use Of Safflower Oil For Skin

1. Safflower Oil Fights Acne-

Poor level of linoleic acid leads to hyperkeratinization. Keratin is a protein that is present in the skin, hair and nails. But when the level of keratin increases dead cells stick together and results in clogged skin pores acne or pimples. Safflower oil is rich in linoleic acid. Also, it is light and non-greasy and so may help you get rid of acne and pimples.

Safflower Oil Fights Acne

Safflower Oil Fights Acne

2. Safflower Oil Lightens Tan-

When our skin is exposed to sunlight the level of melanin pigment increases to protect us from the harmful effects of the sun rays. But it also makes your skin appear dark and tan. Linoleic acid has skin-lightening properties. It suppresses the melanin production and hyper pigmentation decreases. Safflower is also rich in vitamin E that protects the skin from sun damage a counters the oxidative damage.

Safflower Oil Lightens Tan

Safflower Oil Lightens Tan

3. Safflower Oil Heals Wound-

An animal study on rats found that application of linoleic acid speeds up the healing process. Linoleic acid has a pro-inflammatory effect,and it promotes healing.

4. Safflower Oil For Dry Skin and Wrinkles-

Safflower oil is rich in vitamin E. Vitamin E fight the free radical damage and slows the signs of ageing. It acts as a light moisturizer and rejuvenates the skin.

5. Improves The Skin Barrier Function-

The outermost layer of the skin protect us from irritant, allergens and germs. It also limits the loss of water. Deficiency of essential fatty acids may compromise the skin barrier function. Safflower oil can reverse this and improve the skin-barrier function.

Risk Of Using Safflower Oil For Skin

According to FDA safflower oil is an indirect food additive,and it is commercially used in the food market. Although there is no such concern for the use of safflower oil on skin still before using any new ingredient on your skin, it is better to determine its sensitivity by patch test.

For the patch test take 2-3 drops of safflower oil and apply it to a small area on your forearm. Wait for 1-2 days. If you see any adverse reaction such s irritation or rash don’t use it.

*The potential benefits of safflower oil for skin have not been backed up by the science. It is usually safe to use. But if you experience irritation, acne or eczema on applying it better stop using it and meet your dermatologist.
Safflower essential oil should not be directly applied to the skin without dilution with a carrier oil.

*Avoid ingesting safflower oil internally.

If you are allergic to ragweed safflower oil is out of bounds.

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Dr. Ritu Kumari Gupta
Dr. Ritu Kumari Gupta:  Professionally a homeopathic doctor and a dietician Dr. Ritu Kumari Gupta is passionate about writing health and parenting blogs. She believes in holistic approach towards health and well being.