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In which cosmetic products can we find safflower oil?

Safflower vegetable oil has been utilised in both cooking and traditional medicine for several centuries. Today, its numerous properties beneficial for the skin and hair have allowed it to be included in the formulation of various types of cosmetics. Discover in this article the different galenic forms in which safflower oil can be incorporated.

Published April 8, 2024, by Pauline, Head of Scientific Communication — 5 min read

Safflower Oil: In which cosmetic treatments is it used?

The safflower oil is a vegetable oil extracted from the seeds of the safflower plant. This plant derives its name from its ancestral use as a dye plant. In the 19th century, it was one of the most widely used plants for dyeing, along with indigo. Today, the safflower is primarily cultivated for the oil contained in its seeds. Valued in the culinary and cosmetic fields, the safflower oil is packed with benefits for the skin, hair and the body in general. This is why it is included in the composition of many care products under its INCI name Carthamus Tinctorius Seed Oil.

  • Restorative Hair Care : The safflower oil is often used in the production of shampoos, conditioners, and masks for damaged hair. As a gentle vegetable oil, it is suitable for sensitive scalps and respects the sensitivity and balance of the scalp and hair fibre. Safflower oil also has interesting moisturising and nourishing properties for dry and brittle hair. Its richness in fatty acids allows it to strengthen the hydrolipidic film that coats the hair fibres and protects them from external aggressions.

  • Gentle Cleansers and Makeup Removers : Safflower oil is also incorporated into certain cleansing products, such as makeup removing oils, cleansing foams, or even solid soaps. It can thus be used to eliminate impurities and makeup residues present on the skin, without irritating it and providing it with softness and suppleness.

  • Hydrating and Nourishing Skincare : Creams, masks, serums, mists... Safflower oil adapts to all galenics and is ideal for relieving dry, sensitive, atopic or cold-weakened skin. Rich in fatty acids, molecules known for their ability to strengthen the epidermal barrier and limit insensible water loss (IWL), the safflower oil also contains phytosterols, humectants that capture and retain water.

  • Soothing and Anti-Redness Skin Care : The anti-inflammatory properties of safflower oil make it a key ingredient in several soothing creams and balms. By inhibiting the synthesis of inflammation mediators, safflower oil alleviates skin discomfort and reduces irritation and tingling. Moreover, due to its richness in vitamin K, it increases the resistance of blood vessel walls and has a vasoconstrictive effect. This action on blood flow allows the safflower oil to reduce the intensity of redness, explaining why it is found in certain creams or targeted anti-redness treatments.

  • Skincare to Slow Down Skin Ageing : With its antioxidant properties, safflower oil helps to slow down skin sagging and the onset of wrinkles. Creams, serums... several formulations are available to combat free radicals and thus preserve the skin's structural proteins that contain safflower oil. Moreover, a study in vitro has shown that this ingredient has a protective action on collagen and elastin fibres, which are essential for skin suppleness and elasticity.

  • Makeup : Some lipsticks, foundations and eyeshadows contain safflower oil. Its use in makeup serves a dual purpose: to maintain skin hydration by formulating skin-friendly products and to contribute to giving them a beautiful amber colour.

Which Typology treatments contain safflower oil?

At Typology, we have decided to incorporate safflower oil into our anti-redness cream due to its anti-inflammatory and soothing properties. Specifically designed for skin prone to rosacea and couperose, this treatment reduces feelings of heat and softens the skin day after day. Formulated with 97% natural origin ingredients, our cream promotes hydration and comfort for skin prone to redness upon application.

In addition to safflower oil, the anti-redness cream contains azelaic acid, known for its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, niacinamide, an active ingredient that strengthens the skin's barrier and contributes to an even complexion, and green algae extract, specifically targeting vascular imperfections.

Tip : To instantly diminish redness, you can complement the action of the cream with the green anti-redness corrector enriched with niacinamide and green algae extract.


  • BITRI L. & al. Antioxidant and Antimicrobial Potentials of Seed Oil from Carthamus tinctorius L. in the Treatment of Skin Wounds. Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms of Oxidative Stress in Wound Recovery (2020).

  • ERGONUL P. G. & OZBEK Z. A. Cold pressed safflower (Carthamus tinctorius L.) seed oil. Cold Pressed Oils (2020).


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