The Ingredient | Sunflower Oil
We can all use a dose of happiness in our daily routines. So why not make the world’s sunniest flower a beauty regular? Sunflowers are not just the muse of many great artists, but their oil is also prized by beauty brands for its ability to deliver moisture and protect the skin with antioxidants like Vitamin E. If those qualities don’t make you smile, we don’t know what will.
You know what they say: “You are what you eat.” That's why superfoods are our health super heroes. Their powers are not just capable of letting us glow from the inside out, they can also help our skin from the outside. That's the idea behind Youth To The People’s products. This eye cream contains sunflower oil to nourish tired eyes, because the thin skin surrounding them can always use a little boost. Its scent is very subtle and reminds us of a herb garden in summer. It quickly penetrates into the skin and makes the eye area look more rested and ready to take on the world.
We are a huge fan of any Kjaer Weis product (you can read our profile with Kristen, the brand’s founder in Issue No.08) so it doesn’t come as a surprise that her newest launch, a range of lip glosses has us excited. Housed in a minimal tube with a silver cap (it's also refillable), it comes in six pretty shades from pale pink to raspberry red. Ingredients like organically grown castor oil and rosehip seed provide a cushion-like effect, while also delivering fatty acids to keep the lips hydrated and soft.
This Swedish brand perfectly follows the rules of Scandinavia styling: keep it simple and chic. Verso’s product range includes 10 different products that provide long terms answers for achieving optimal skin health. The line is powered by a proprietary Vitamin A complex called Retinol 8, which is gentler than most and has stellar anti-aging abilities. The Super Facial Oil works to reduce inflammation in the skin caused by environmental aggressors, while sunflower and canola oil deeply hydrate the skin—perfect year-round.
The perfect summer bag essential. This easy to apply product heals, moistures and protects the face, body and lips with a blend of potent botanicals including pure beeswax and lavender. When you've squeezed every bit of herbal goodness out of the package, there's no guilt in getting rid of the packaging, because it's 100% compostable.
Mermaids are the most seductive mythical creatures out there. So who wouldn't want lips like theirs? Rodin teamed up with artist Donald Robertson (aka drawbertson), who created funky, colorful drawings for the packaging. The oil comes in a shimmering light-coral shade that looks good on nearly every complexion. But it's not just a pretty package, it is also chock-full of nourishing oils like sunflower and olive fruit oils.
During the hot summer months, the last thing you want is to slather on a thick foundation, which is why we love Vapour's Soft Focus Foundations with its traceless finish on the skin. Infused with their Herbal Enlightenment Complex, a blend of essential oils like frankisense and lotus keep the complexion calm, cool and collected while mica adds a beautiful sheen and sunflower oil provides nourishment. Plus, we love the earthy scent and the calming feeling it evokes.
Written by Alison Engstrom and Anna van der Heijden | Photographed by Alison Engstrom