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        Safflower Oil

        An Ancient Skincare Gem

        The Safflower plant is a member of the sunflower family, native to parts of Asia, the Middle East and Africa. It is one of the oldest crops known to humankind, therefore it has been used in a number of ways by different cultures over the years. In ancient Egypt, it was used to produce bright dyes to wrap mummies and light the lamps of the pharaohs. In second century China, it was an important ingredient in herbal medicine to promote blood circulation and facilitate healing of fractures, contusions and sprains. It was also used to produce ancient Chinese cosmetics such as blush and in scalp massages to improve hair health. In Europe, red dye produced from the safflower plant was used to wrap 16th century English documents, giving rise to the expression “red tape” to describe government function. In the 1950s, commercial production of the safflower plant began for its oil.

        Today, cultivation of the Safflower plant occurs all around the world and is mostly directed at the production of oil which can be used in cooking, skincare, and more. The oil is produced from the seeds and can be used for cooking as well as skincare.

        What can safflower oil do for your skin?

        It works to moisturize the skin in two ways; it has an occlusive function, meaning it forms a seal over the skin preventing future moisture loss, as well as an emollient which means it has nourishing properties. It has a thick, buttery consistency making it perfect for skin and hair care. It is rich in fatty acids which work to keep the skin plump and moisturized

        It is also packed with antioxidants. Antioxidants are substances that help protect the skin from free radicals. Free radicals are atoms that can damage the body’s cells. They are produced in response to environmental damage caused by pollution and UV rays. Free radicals can destroy protein, DNA, cell membranes and other important skin structures. Harmful ones can cause damage that leads to skin cancer and early aging. Antioxidants can improve the appearance of dull skin tone, work as an anti-aging substance and moisturize the skin by repairing damage from free radicals.

        Safflower oil can protect against UV damage by preventing skin from photoaging, which is dermatological damage caused by the sun. Its anti-inflammatory properties help reduce puffiness and repair the skin after sun exposure. It does so by strengthening the cell membrane and protecting your skin cells from dangerous toxins and bacteria in the air that can cause irritation.

        The oil boasts antibacterial and antifungal properties that make it useful for treating skin wounds as well as conditions like dermatitis and acne scars. It is high in vitamin E, a nutrient with powerful antioxidant properties. Vitamin E works to protect cells against damage, forming a natural barrier to help the skin retain moisture.Finally, it is non-comedogenic so there is no need to worry about clogged pores!

        Safflower oil is naturally odorless and flavorless, making it perfect for a DIY cosmetic product since it serves as a neutral base to which you can add your favorite scents. It It is safe to use on all skin types, and ideal for those with dry or sensitive skin due to its nourishing properties. It is a multi-use product that will bring a healthy glow to your skin, promote its elasticity and reduce the appearance of signs of aging and sun damage.

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