Sunflower oil is a massage oil not to be confused with culinary sunflower oil. Sunflower oil is extracted from the seeds of the sunflower; the sunflower grows in many places in the world including the U.S. Sunflower oil is a light massage oil which is moisturizing and suitable for all skin types; it is useful in treating acne and other related skin conditions.
Sunflower oil is a light, non-greasy oil that won't leave skin feeling oily. The oil, extracted from sunflower seeds, is rich in the essential fatty acid linoleic acid, as well as palmitic acid and stearic acid, all components of healthy skin. The amount of linoleic acid in skin declines with age and can be stripped by harsh soaps and cleansers. Sunflower oil is light and non-greasy and helps retain moisture to maintain the health of skin. Containing useful nourishment for skin cells including the very vital vitamin E and Beta-Carotene, sunflower oil has a wealth of essential unsaturated fatty acids and lecithin. It provides a highly detoxicating, purifying effect, and is a research-proven protection against nosocomial infections. Sunflower oil is complementary to all types of massage and is appropriate for use specifically with dry, premature aging, and damaged skin. It is found that in the low birth weight, pre-term infants, sunflower oil is useful in lowering the risk of infections. In these babies, there is always a risk of infection because of their underdeveloped organs, including skin. Sunflower oil works as a protective barrier, when applied to the skin of these babies.