The Best Sunflower-Powered Beauty Products

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Sunflowers sure are blooming in unexpected places this season. Need proof? Just look to the runways: The sweet ’90s floral print made appearances at Anna Sui, Delpozo, and Jena.Theo — heck, even Kendall and Kylie Jenner's PacSun line showcases the sunny bloom. But, take a stroll down the beauty aisle and you'll notice sunflowers are popping up in your favorite lotions and potions, too.
Turns out, these golden blossoms are great for skin and hair — the oil pressed from their seeds is a natural emollient loaded with beauty benefits. “Sunflower seeds are rich in antioxidants,” says Dr. Jeannette Graf, dermatologist and assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. “They’re also one of the only plant sources of vitamin D3, which is anti-inflammatory and photo-protective.” (No, that doesn’t mean you can skip sunscreen.)
That all sounds pretty rad to us, so we plucked, er, picked the top products that feature the sunflower. Click through to see all of our sunny-bloom favorites.

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You didn’t blow all that cash on the perfect pastel ombré shade to have it fade away after a few showers. This sulfate- and silicone-free duo gently cleanses hair without sucking out color — or moisture. Plus, sunflower oil’s UV-shielding properties see that the sun won’t either.
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There are two kinds of people in this world: those who use toner and those who would never. If you’re in the first camp, ditch the sting of Sea Breeze for a refreshing witch-hazel-and-rosemary blend that smells deliciously like sunflower and white tea.
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Blueberries may get all the glory on the packaging, but the antioxidant fruit gets a little help from its friends, too — namely, shine-boosting sunflower and hair-strengthening clover flower. (The fragrance, tempered by citrus, isn’t cloying or heavy on the blueberry, either, which is a huge plus.)
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Tap a few drops of this anti-ager onto the skin before applying your daily moisturizer (or, hell, just mix it together). Hydrating sunflower works with collagen-boosting vitamin C, exfoliating vitamin A, and powerful botanicals to give you a more youthful appearance.
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If dark polishes have stained your nail beds (or you’re too lazy for a real manicure), this three-minute treatment hits the reset button. AHAs, vitamin C, and sunflower and horsetail extracts soften cuticles and clean and brighten nails. Just pour the powder into a bowl of water and wiggle your unpolished fingers in the fizzy bath.
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Curls are thirsty by nature, and this deep-conditioning mask drenches them with moisture in about as much time as it takes to shave your legs. (Coat hair from the mid-lengths down, leave for two to five minutes, then rinse.) A mix of sunflower-seed oil; omega-3s, -6s, and -9s; and amino acids de-puffs hair and makes it bouncier and glossier.
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Skin-plumping mukul tree bark extract, moisturizing sunflower-seed oil, circulation-boosting aromatics: We’re not saying this stuff can make you look like Kate Upton, but it can certainly make you appear more bodacious by firming and toning the skin around your bust.
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Along with aloe and cocoa butter, hydrating sunflower-seed oil keep lips from shriveling in the sun, while a shot of zinc increases UV protection. Bonus: The 100% vegetarian balm is free of chemicals and artificial colors, which we appreciate in a lip product.
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A short-haired girl’s BFF, this paste gives hair shine and hold — but no crispiness. Rub it between your hands to warm it up, then sculpt away. Thanks to a nourishing blend of sunflower, ginger root, and aloe, it actually stays touchable, so you can rework your style without being showered in flakes.
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A dry oil that makes you glisten like a bikini model but won’t burn you to a crisp? Cue the broad-spectrum UV protection and hydrating sunflower and argan oils in this quick-to-absorb spray, which also contains the highest oil SPF available on the market. #nbd

L'Oréal Advanced Suncare Sheer Protect Dry Oil Spray SPF 50+, $8.77, available at
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This anti-aging face serum smells herby and spa-like, and it soaks in quickly for an instant touch of radiance. Over time, it firms skin with white lupin and regenerating vitamin E.
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