9 Ways to Use Sunflower Oil as a Beauty Product

Use sunflower oil to treat your face, body and hair with these DIY beauty tips!

Sunflower oil has been touted as a perfectly balanced oil – a necessity for healthy cooking. But did you know, when applied to skin, it can be effective against acne, eczema, scarring, redness and irritation? Applied straight to the skin, sunflower oil is an incredible hydrating agent. Here’s how to use it in your beauty routine!

DIY Sunflower Oil Recipes For Your Face:

  • Fight wrinkles straight up, no chaser: sunflower oil can be applied directly to the skin (and is often used in infant products, it’s so gentle!). Sunflower oil helps retain moisture; it’s high in Vitamin E, A, C and D as well. Apply directly to the skin as an antioxidant facial oil.
  • Acne moisturizer: By using sunflower oil as your go-to hydration oil, the vitamins, fatty acids and antioxidants help regenerate skin while it fights acne-causing bacteria. Simply dab a little on a cotton pad as you would a toner and apply to the skin.
  • Eye “cream”: The light texture of sunflower oil and its absorbability make it perfect for under the eye at night. Apply gently with a cotton pad or ball.
  • Anti-Aging mask: By taking 1 c. plain Greek Yogurt, 3 Tbsp. Sunflower Oil and 2 Tbsp. Lemon juice, you can whip up a face mask good enough for the spa. The oil moisturizes, the yogurt dissolves dead skin cells and lemon juice helps to brighten a dull complexion. Because it helps speed up cell turnover, the mask also works great for irritation and acne in skin as well. Leave on for 20 minutes then rinse thoroughly.

DIY Sunflower Oil Recipes For Your Body:

  • Sun protection: By ingesting sunflower oil, you get an excellent source of beta-carotene that works from the inside out to help skin – consumption of the oil supposedly makes your skin less sensitive to the sun, neutralizing free radicals that can cause sunburn. It’s worth a shot – especially since sunflower already does wonders for your health.
  • Excellent carrier oil: Where you would normally use a jojoba or almond oil for facials or massages, you can substitute sunflower oil as it absorbs fast and has a light touch.

DIY Sunflower Oil Recipes For Your Hair:

Vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants blend with essential fatty acids to make sunflower oil super beneficial for your hair.

  • Frizz serum: With its light texture, sunflower oil can be used to smooth frizzies and flyaways while injecting some much-needed nutrition into dry hair. Simply take a small amount in the palm of your hand and lightly smooth along your part line.
  • Weekly deep conditioner: Once a week, take sunflower oil and massage into your scalp to invigorate the hair follicles, moisturize the skin and hair shaft, and smooth the cuticle, preventing breakage. Comb through the hair to the ends, then wrap, leaving on for an hour (or sleep with in the hair overnight) and rinse out thoroughly.
  • For thinning hair: Sunflower oil is an important source of gamma alpha linolenic acid (GLA) which has been proven to help prevent hair loss, as well as help treatments for baldness and alopecia areata. Consult your doctor and see if sunflower oil will work for you.

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  • JessM

    As far as the skin is concerned, I definitely agree that sunflower oil is an amazing carrier oil because it can moisturize and smooth the skin while providing tons of antioxidants. But it’s best thought of as simply a great moisturizer.

    It doesn’t do much in the way of fighting wrinkles, and it’s no better a preventative measure than most other moisturizing oils, especially in the eye area. When it comes to wrinkles you want something that’s really good at plumping/tightening alongside an active clinically proven to fight wrinkles. Personally, I’ve had a lot of success with a retinol product I’ve been using for the last year. For anyone interested, here’s an amazing, in-depth review of the product: skinsells.net/skinceuticals-retinol-1-0-night-cream

    Ideally, you’d combine something like the above retinol serum with a rich evening cream that plumps and hydrates. But if you like to keep things simple, then sunflower oil could be a good follow-up moisturizer, but I’d still take jojoba or almond oil over it because they’re even more compatible with our skin’s natural oils. A big exception is if you’re prone to acne, in which case a very light oil like sunflower oil is ideal.

    • carolann

      Jess M- Great advice! I agree

    • Dawn Stellfox Thorn

      I use younique night cream and put some on the back of my hand for warmth easier to mix and put a few drops of the sun flower oil . Which I only use flora brand sun flower oil cold pressed and unrefined. Which from researching you need to make sure your getting the right. Sun flower oil it makes a difference. And I love the younique night cream with it .

  • Melody

    Found another great list of natural hair oils to try out: https://www.umaoils.com/best-natural-hair-oils/ including all their benefits, thought I’d share!

  • LouLou

    Ive been using sunflower oil for just over a week now on my face as both a moisturizer and a cleanser. I’m super happy with the results. I’ve been making my own cleanser using olive oil, coconut oil, honey and rice flour since 2012 with great results but I went through some stress recently and my routine lapsed slightly and skin started playing up so I wanted a quick fix and I got more than I wanted with positive results. Fine, tiny lines around my eyes disappeared and my skin tone for once in my life seemed even! My skin looked hydrated all day long and plump. I also had some serious acne breakouts which left red marks about 2 mths before starting the sunflower cleanse but have since faded .
    I use it as a moisturizer before makeup and it doesn’t effect the foundation so that’s a plus.
    My hair was becoming super dry, breaking and falling out so I lathered sunflower oil in my hair and scalp and left it for 30 mins then shampoo ed and conditioned as usual. No hair fall and its shiny and lustrous .
    Thankyou sunflower GODS!