A handful of almonds can certainly make a deliciously healthy and crunchy snack, but did you know that you can take advantage of the oil that almonds produce to use in your skincare routine too? Like coconut oil, the oil from almonds is known to be versatile enough to help heal and improve the appearance of skin that’s affected by certain mild to moderate skin conditions.
While no conclusive data is available at the moment, research has found that almond oil does indeed have many healing properties that have the potential to help your skin. Sweet almond oil, which comes from a white flowering tree, is the type you’ll want to use (as opposed to bitter almond oil, which is an essential oil).
Here are just 7 great potential benefits that will probably make you want to add sweet almond oil to your next shopping list.
1. It can be used to effectively treat dry skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis.
Almond oil has a history of being used by Ancient Chinese, Ayurvedic and Greco-Persian schools of Medicine to treat and aid in the relief of dryness and itchiness related to common skin conditions. The anti-inflammatory properties in almond oil help to reduce irritation and remove dead skin cells while the zinc it contains helps support the torn or wounded skin’s healing process.
2. It has the power to improve your complexion and skin tone.
Almond oil has emollient and sclerosant properties that help smooth out your complexion. It can even reduce the look of dark undereye circles. You can also use it to lighten unwanted areas of tanned skin and remove inflammation or redness from sun exposure.
3. It may help reduce the appearance of surgical scarring.
Many claim that regular applications of almond oil on and around surgical scars can help make them fade away. Researchers are currently in the process of looking into whether there’s any proof to this claim.
4. It can be used as a cleanser to simultaneously clean and moisturize your skin.
If you’re into oil cleansing, almond oil may be the perfect choice for its light texture and ability to deeply penetrate the skin. The vitamin E it contains will help moisturize your skin and give it a healthy glow while its vitamin A may help fight acne breakouts.
5. It can reduce skin irritation and itchiness.
If you suffer from dry, itchy skin or even rashes, almond oil can naturally help heal and hydrate any rough patches of skin. Given that it’s a very mild and hypoallergenic oil, it’s even safe enough to use on small children and babies.
6. It may have an anti-aging effect on your skin.
Almond oil has antioxidant properties that nourish and firm the skin to keep away wrinkles and the effects of aging. The added bonus of its ability to smooth out your complexion, reduce inflammation and moisturize deeply helps you maintain that youthful look as well.
7. It may prevent the development of stretch marks.
Given its ability to improve blood circulation while also supporting the elastin and collagen of the skin (thanks to the vitamin E), almond oil could very well help pregnant women or people currently on a weight loss plan avoid stretch marks as their skin expands or detracts.
Remember that all of these benefits are only based on some of the known properties of almond oil, so your results may vary. Since almond oil is a type of carrier oil, you should be able to find it at any grocery or health food store that sells a wide variety of oils.
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