Helianthus Annuus Sunflower Seed Extract



Helianthus Annuus Sunflower Seed Extract at a glance

  • Sunflower seeds are a rich source of polyphenol antioxidants and vitamin E
  • Helps protect skin and hair from environmental damage
  • Oil in the seeds helps to repair skin’s barrier
  • Has documented soothing benefits

Helianthus Annuus Sunflower Seed Extract description

_Helianthus annuus_ (sunflower) seed extract is made from the pressed seed meal of sunflower kernels. It’s a multi-benefit ingredient proven to help protect skin and hair from environmental damage. This isn’t surprising when you consider what a treasure trove of antioxidants and polyunsaturated fatty acids are found in sunflower seeds. Among the nutrients are various tocopherols (forms of vitamin E), polyphenolic antioxidants, minerals such as selenium, copper, and zinc, and amino acids. Typical usage level in cosmetics ranges from 0.024–0.05%, with higher amounts typically used in leave-on moisturizers and lower amounts used in soaps, shampoos, and conditioners. These amounts are considered safe for use in cosmetics, but this ingredient should be considered carefully if you have a known food allergy to sunflower seeds. Outside the cosmetic realm, newer research has shown sunflower seeds have antimicrobial properties capable of making water safer to drink in countries without widespread access to clean tap water.

Helianthus Annuus Sunflower Seed Extract references

  • International Journal of Environmental Research, April 2022, ePublication
  • Chemistry Central Journal, September 2017, pages 1¬–10
  • Pediatric Dermatology, January-February 2013, pages 42–50
  • https://www.cir-safety.org/sites/default/files/Helianthus%20annuus.pdf

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Ingredient ratings


Proven and supported by independent studies. Outstanding active ingredient for most skin types or concerns.


Necessary to improve a formula's texture, stability, or penetration.


Generally non-irritating but may have aesthetic, stability, or other issues that limit its usefulness.


There is a likelihood of irritation. Risk increases when combined with other problematic ingredients.


May cause irritation, inflammation, dryness, etc. May offer benefit in some capability but overall, proven to do more harm than good.


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