The safflower (carthamus tinctorius) has been known since ancient times for its medicinal skin effects. The botanical term carthamus is derived from the Arabic word “kurthum” meaning “dye” because the flowers of the plant were used to dye fabrics. Its flowers are sometimes used as substitutes for the also valuable saffron spice when used in spice mixes. It has medicinal properties that are used mainly in alternative medicine.
When safflower comes in contact with skin:
• It increases the moisture which skin contains and provides softness to dry skin
• It acts as a protective film, which prevents moisture from leaving the skin
• It contributes to the reduction of skin roughness and reduces the width and depth of fine lines and wrinkles
• Due to its high content of linoleic acid, according to studies, it minimizes the likelihood of clogged pores which usually result in acne outbreaks
• Because it contains high levels of the antioxidant vitamin E, it limits the damage caused to skin by free radicals