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Apricot vegetable oil to soothe a sunburn?

Sunburns are burns that cause redness, pain, and itching. They make the skin sensitive and can cause discomfort at several levels for those affected. Certain natural ingredients can soothe and relieve sunburned skin. What about apricot oil? How can it act? Learn more here.

Published April 4, 2024, by Pauline, Head of Scientific Communication — 4 min read

How does a sunburn form?

Most sunburns are characterized by bright and red lesions on the skin's surface. These manifestations are the result of blood vessel dilation and the initiation of an inflammatory process. This process is due to the deterioration of microRNAs in cells following exposure to UVB rays. These molecules are then released into the extracellular environment, which results in the release of pro-inflammatory cytokines, causing skin irritation. A sunburn generally appears 8 to 24 hours after exposure and can take between 2 and 7 days to fully heal.

It sometimes happens that a mild sunburn worsens, leading to swelling, the appearance of blisters filled with clear fluid, and severe pain. In advanced cases, a sunburn can cause the onset of cancerous melanomas. To prevent sunburns and their complications, it is important toapply regularly and in sufficient quantity of sunscreen during exposure.

Apricot oil: A natural solution for relieving sunburn?

The apricot oil, extracted from apricot seeds, is packed with benefits for the skin, hair, and nails. Its light texture and quick absorption make it a popular choice in the formulation of many cosmetic products. It can also be used in its pure form, particularly for soothing sunburns where it proves to be an effective ally.

  • Apricot oil for restoring the skin barrier.

    After prolonged exposure to the sun, the skin undergoes several damages, including dehydration and alteration of its hydrolipidic film, which is essential for maintaining the skin barrier and protecting it from external aggressions. Apricot oil, rich in fatty acids such as oleic acid and linoleic acid, helps to replenish this film and to restore skin hydration. In addition, apricot oil restores the lipids of the damaged horny layer following sun exposure. It thus helps the skin regain its suppleness and elasticity.

  • Apricot oil to soothe the skin and alleviate irritation.

    Applied after sun exposure, apricot oil can also help soothe skin irritations, reduce redness, and calm feelings of discomfort. Its anti-inflammatory properties come from the omega-3s it contains, compounds that act by increasing the synthesis of resolvins and protectins, anti-inflammatory lipid mediators. Furthermore, apricot oil inhibits the synthesis of inflammation mediators like leukotrienes.

  • Apricot oil to combat oxidative stress.

    The abundance of antioxidants such as Vitamin E and carotenoids in apricot oil also allows it to neutralize free radicals generated following exposure to UV rays, thereby helping to prevent cellular oxidative damage and promote the skin's regeneration process.

Tip : If you desire a slightly tanned complexion without the risk of sunburn, you can mix two to three drops of apricot vegetable oil into your moisturizer. Its naturally amber color and antioxidant properties guarantee an immediate healthy glow effect.


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  • NAZZARO F. & al. Fatty Acid Composition, Antioxidant, and in vitro Anti-inflammatory Activity of Five Cold-Pressed Prunus Seed Oils, and Their Anti-biofilm Effect Against Pathogenic Bacteria. Frontiers in Nutrition (2021).


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