As a massage therapist, you are required to carefully consider the ingredients of each product you choose to use as a skin lubricant when applying your craft and treatments.
This advice doesn't just apply to clients but also to practitioners. Each and every ingredient within a lotion can be absorbed into the body via the skin. It is important to be fully aware of the effect and benefits of each of these ingredients will have on your being as well as your clients. Consider the benefits of using sunflower oil in everyday life, and in massage therapy.
Benefits of Sunflower Oil
- High in vitamin E
- Powerful antioxidant
- Helps lower cholesterol
- Good for the heart
- Strengthens the immune system
- Improves digestion (yours and your client’s)
- Helps repair the body
- Improves skin quality
- Improves hair
High in Vitamin E
Sunflower oil is made by pressing the harvested seeds of sunflowers. The resulting oil is high in vitamin E — It contains double the amount of Vitamin E found in many massage oils. vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant known to protect the health of our cells and assist in boosting our immune system.
In addition to Vitamin E, sunflower oil is also rich in vitamins A, C, and D, making it effective in the treatment of skin acne. Sunflower seed oil also contains vitamins and fatty acids. These act as antioxidants to regenerate new skin cells.
Helps lower cholesterol
Sunflower oil is loaded with monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. It is suggested that diets that feature sunflower oils can effectively lower our total cholesterol levels as well as the build-up of ‘bad’ low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol.
Good for your heart
Sunflower oil contains phytochemicals such as choline and phenolic acid, which studies have found to be beneficial for the heart. Sunflower oils are naturally free from trans fats, which is associated with an increased risk of developing heart disease.
Strengthens the immune system
Sunflower oil has antioxidant properties that strengthen cell membranes. Strong cell membranes make it difficult for bacteria and many viruses to enter your body, resulting in an increased ability to fight off infections.
Improve digestion (your own and your clients)
Sunflower oil is very, very light. It can easily be absorbed via your skin to your digestive tract and colon. It can also act as a mild laxative when taken orally or via application to your skin which can help with constipation.
Helps repairs the body
Sunflower oil contains many of the proteins that help in building and repairing of tissues and enzymes required for the healthy functioning of the body’s systems.
Improves your Skin Quality
Due to its emollient properties, Sunflower oil is often included as an ingredient in many cosmetics and medicines. As this oil is rich in nutrients and antioxidants, it is effective in fighting acne, eczema, inflammation, general redness and many irritations of the skin. It’s high Vitamin E levels also help to reduce free-radicals and the effects of ageing.
Improve your Hair
Consider selecting sunflower oil for your next head massages. It is incredibly nourishing for hair, controlling frizz and combating dryness and hair damage. Apply directly to the scalp during the massage as a moisturizing treatment or added to regular shampoos and conditioners.
Allergic reactions to sunflower oil are uncommon, however, they can occur. Symptoms may include bronchial asthma, rhinitis, conjunctivitis, angiodema, contact dermatitis, skin lesions, and anaphylaxis.
To find out more about sunflower oils, their chemical makeup and processing details we found this article on the types of sunflower oils most informative.