Safflower Oil

Safflower (Carthamus tinctorius) oil has strong antimicrobial as well as antioxidant effects. It may also help with skin discoloration conditions.safflower oil

Moreover, over 104 compounds from this plant have been isolated and identified. These include quinochalcones and flavonoids, which are considered as the characteristic and active constituents of safflower.

In addition, it also contains anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antibacterial and melanin production inhibition compounds.

Safflower Oil Benefits

For Skin

Linoleic Acid (LA)

Safflower is high in linoleic acid (78%), which is an omega–6 fatty acid and is considered an essential fatty acid. The high content of linoleic acid in safflower oil boosts the appearance of the skin.

In addition, LA has an incredible skin penetration enhancement ability. This means that it enables a much better penetration of the other ingredients found in skin products, therefore making them much more efficient.

It is frequently used in formulations of skin conditioners and other cosmetics for treating oily skin problems.

Whitening Agent

Safflower oil remarkably inhibits tyrosinase (melanin production), compared with arbutin, a widespread cosmetic skin whitening compound.

Vitamin E

Lastly, this oil if high in vitamin E (tocopherol) which is a powerful antioxidant. As a matter of fact, it contains 3 types of tocopherols  in various amount α-tocopherol, β-tocopherol and γ-tocopherol.

As a result, it helps combat damaging free radicals but also can calm and revitalize the skin.

For Hair

A study (see references below) showed that of 17 plants safflower oil was the most potent health hair promoter.

Safflower oil also promotes hair and scalp health. As a matter of fact, numerous patents describe the usage of this wonderful oil in combination with other oils or as a separate ingredient in formulation of many cosmetics and herbal products.

The growth promoting effect of this oil of healthy hair is due to its vitamin E content and its light texture, that allows easily absorption into the scalp and hair.

In Conclusion

This unique oil seems to be a good candidate for maintaining healthy hair and skin.

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Anti-Inflammatory and Skin Barrier Repair Effects of Topical Application of Some Plant Oils. doi: 10.3390/ijms19010070

Investigation of chemical constituents of safflower and their tyrosinase inhibitory activity.

5α-reductase inhibition and hair growth promotion of some Thai plants traditionally used for hair treatment. doi: 10.1016/j.jep.2011.12.010. Epub

Hair growth-promoting effect of Carthamus tinctorius floret extract. 1030-6. doi: 10.1002/ptr.5100. Epub

A comprehensive characterisation of safflower oil for its potential applications as a bioactive food ingredient – A review.