2. Lightens A Tan
Your skin increases levels of a natural pigment known as melanin when it’s exposed to sunlight. Melanin protects the skin from the harmful effects of the sun’s rays and also makes your skin darker – that’s why skin tans in the sun. But research shows that linoleic acid has skin-lightening properties. It can suppress the production of melanin and decrease hyperpigmentation caused by exposure to ultraviolet radiation. It also speeds up the turnover of the outermost layer of skin or the stratum corneum which results in the removal of melanin. Vitamin E in safflower oil also helps protect the skin from the ravages of the sun thanks to its ability to counter oxidative stress.
Linoleic acid has also been used to successfully treat melasma, a hyperpigmentation disorder where you get dark patches of skin. So applying safflower oil can help you get rid of a stubborn sun tan and even out your skin tone.