Safflower oil behavior and properties
Safflower oil, belonging to the bases with absolute dominance in the composition of one of the fatty acids, is one of the most active plant components for a complex softening effect and improving the condition of dry skin and hair. Safflower oil is actively used in cooking, cosmetology, and even in the production of construction products.
Safflower oil, studied relatively recently, acquired its industrial significance only in the middle of the last century. It is actively used in the production of linoleum, as a non-yellowing base for paints, drying oils, varnishes and in soap making. Nevertheless, the main role of safflower oil is its active culinary use and cosmetological characteristics, allowing it to be used as a base vegetable oil. In cosmetology and aromatherapy, safflower oil is considered one of the best for eliminating vascular pattern, softening, moisturizing the skin, while the talents of the oil are used mainly in working with dry and problem skin.
Plant, types of safflower oil and regions of production
Since safflower oil is classified according to the type of raw material used and belongs to rather narrow production cycles, manufacturers always specify the sources of the oil and the part of the plant used to obtain it in the instructions for high-quality oil.
Safflower oil is obtained from both dyeing safflower and its species, but it is preferable to choose oils from the base plant, which is a fairly tall annual with beautiful and bright fiery inflorescence baskets.
Safflower oil is divided into two main types:
- culinary oil obtained from refined seeds, which can be used as a base oil without special precautions and used in cooking;
- obtained from unrefined seeds - bitter, toxic, called technical, which is used only for industrial purposes, for example, in paint and varnish production.
When buying oil, be sure to pay attention to whether the manufacturer has indicated the type of oil and raw materials used and whether it can be ingested and used on the skin.
In nature, safflower is most widely distributed in the Mediterranean and countries of production from this region are considered preferred, regarded as sources of the highest quality safflower oil. In addition to Spain and Portugal, and more rare oils from Italy and France, high quality safflower oil is now also supplied by Australia. Safflower is also grown for industrial purposes in Central Asia, Brazil, China, the USA, Turkey, but the quality of the oil is usually inferior to Australian and European counterparts.
Safflower oil is obtained by a fairly simple method of cold pressing by pressing sufficiently small seeds in ribbed white achene wrappers. Technical oil is obtained without cleaning seeds, culinary and cosmetic oil - with the obligatory complete cleaning of seeds from the wrappers.
Oil production is quite productive, as the seeds contain on average about 40% of the base oil. After pressing, the safflower oil is filtered, depending on the purpose and form of release, it is preserved with the addition of vitamin E or refined, separating unwanted and aggressive impurities.
Behavior on the skin
This is a fairly light and fluid oil that spreads evenly over the surface of the skin with an almost imperceptibly pronounced viscosity. On any skin type, the safflower base is quickly and productively absorbed without leaving a feeling of oily or film, even when applied in large quantities.
When applied to the skin, safflower oil has an immediate emollient effect. This effect is most pronounced on dry skin and hair.
The healing properties of safflower oil are manifested mainly when used internally. Specific consumption or use as a complete alternative to sunflower oil can improve appetite and reduce blood cholesterol levels. Its effect is mainly directed at low density lipoproteins, at normalizing and stabilizing cholesterol levels and preventing atherosclerosis.
Safflower oil is a source of linoleic acid, which is necessary for normalization of metabolism and productive metabolism, and as a source of vitamin E it is considered one of the most biologically active cooking oils with a wide application profile.
Vitamin K content allows safflower oil to play the role of an additive aimed at strengthening blood vessels, preventing atherosclerosis and cardiovascular diseases.
This is one of the best oils for weight loss: the presence of the conjugated form of linoleic acid (CLA) promotes the active breakdown of fatty deposits, a decrease in body volume due to the productive decomposition of the subcutaneous fat layer.
When taken orally, safflower oil also demonstrates a gentle laxative effect.
Cosmetological properties of the base
The main characteristic of safflower oil is its high emollient properties, but it would be a big mistake to limit the effect of oil on the state of the epidermis only by them. Safflower oil exhibits powerful antioxidant and revitalizing properties for visible improvements in well-being and aesthetics from the first application. Demonstrates this oil and healing ability.
Due to the dominance of linoleic acid, this oil is one of the main ones for working with very dry and sensitive dry skin. The action of safflower oil is aimed at softening the skin and normalizing lipid functions.
The moisturizing effect of the safflower seed oil is very specific: it is not a classic base for saturating the epidermis with moisture, but it has two irreplaceable talents - moisture retention and moisture regulation. Not promoting active and deep hydration, safflower oil, due to the saturation of cells with active components, increases the skin's ability to retain moisture inside, helping to normalize the hydrolipid balance.
This is one of the best bases for eliminating vascular and capillary patterns, rosacea and normalizing skin color, the effect of which in this area is not aimed at an instant effect, but at a systemic improvement in the condition of capillaries and blood vessels, due to which the very source of the problem is eliminated. Safflower oil is great for dealing with uncontrolled skin redness.
Like any oil that prevents excessive dryness and moisture loss, safflower is also effective as a sunscreen, but due to the presence of polyunsaturated acids, it can leave an unpleasant rancid mark when sunbathing due to accelerated oxidation.
Safflower oil is an excellent restorative base for the care of thin, damaged, dry hair, allowing not only to renew the structure and restore strength, but also restore shine and beauty to the hair.