Almonds are not only great for snacking and adding into your favourite trail mix; their oil can also provide unique benefits to your body and increase your brain health and memory, as told by the elders. Since ancient times, Chinese medicinal practices and Ayurveda use almond oil to treat skin-related problems; it provides moisture, soothes your skin and often treats minor wounds and cuts.
Almond oil has become one of the most famous ingredients in various cosmetics and skincare products. There are two types of this oil: sweet and bitter; sweet is beneficial for our skin and hair. People like to use it in different ways, as a makeup remover, moisturizer, cleanser etc. It works great in every way and on almost every skin type.
For precautionary reasons, one must always do a patch test before applying it to the entire skin. Though it is a safe and organic product for your skin, if you’re allergic to almonds or any nuts, there are chances you might be allergic to the oil as well.
Here are some benefits of almond oil that will help you treat your skin related problems.
1. Better Complexion
Sweet almond oil is best suited for all your skin related problems. It contains Vitamin E, which consist of antioxidants that helps in preventing any type of cell damage.
Almond oil has emollient properties, due to which the potential of better skin complexion and skin tone increases. With the regular application of almond oil on your skin, you can see visible results.
2. Natural Makeup Remover
Using micellar water can irritate those with sensitive skin; the natural and safer option is to use almond oil. It will clean your makeup and simultaneously moisturize your skin.
All you need to do is rub a little bit of the oil over your face using a cotton ball or pad or simply over the areas where you want to remove the makeup. Then, wash your face with a mild cleanser to remove the excess oil, and voila! You’ve got a routine that is nothing but beneficial!
3. Reduction Of Scars
Almond oil has been used in many ancient Chinese and Ayurvedic medicines in order to reduce scarring. Almond oil consists of many vitamins and minerals like Vitamin A and E along with zinc. These vitamins have the ability to stimulate new skin cells and zinc helps in healing stretch marks, and acne scars. A study also claims that sweet almond oil is very effective in terms of treating and reducing stretch marks.
4. Reduces Puffiness
Almonds have some amazing benefits that can provide you with amazing glowing skin. It consists of anti-inflammatory properties which help in treating puffiness, swelling and under-eye bags.
Take 4-5 drops of the oil on your palm and massage it generously in circular and upward motions. Repeat this process daily, and you’ll see amazing results.
5. No More Dark Circles
Dark circles make your face look dull even if you have clear, smooth and moisturized skin. The best way to eliminate dark circles is to massage some sweet almond oil under your eyes and wait for them to brighten up (usually takes about two weeks)! Do this every night before hitting the sack, and in two weeks, your eyes will be bright and fresh.
6. Nixes Dryness
Sweet almond oil can work as an amazing moisturizing ingredient; it helps treat dry, flaky and sensitive skin. People have used it to treat dry skin related problems, and it showed great results against issues like eczema and psoriasis.
One can use it on the scalp to treat the dryness and itchiness, and it also provides moisture to the dull and dry hair. Thus, it is a miraculous ingredient for both your skin and your hair.
7. Smoothens Cracked Feet
Just like almond oil nourishes and moisturizes your skin, it can also moisturize your feet. If you have cracked feet, apply the oil all over your clean feet, wear a pair of socks and go to sleep. Wake up and wash your feet with warm water. Soon you will notice that your feet are getting softer, and traces of calloused heels are vanishing!
8. Anti-fungal Properties
The Vitamin D in almond oil may ensure a reduction in the growth of bacteria. It is also said to help with Athlete’s Foot and get rid of other fungal infections!
9. Helps With Acne
Like fungal infections, it is the Vitamin D with Vitamin A in the almond oil, which can potentially clear up flaring acne. It reduces inflammation and also prevents further occurrences of acne. Massage a little bit of the oil over affected areas; the oil gets rid of sebum, and soon you will be gracing clear, healthy skin!
10. Soft, Nourished Lips
If you find it difficult to maintain soft, moisturized lips and often find yourself picking dead skin off your lips, try almond oil! You can either mix the oil with your favourite lip balm or lipstick and use it as you please. You can also make a lip mask by mixing a teaspoon of the oil with equal parts milk and honey.
Use the mask overnight or wash it off after half an hour. You will find that your lips will become soft, nourished and in some cases, lighter too!
11. Rids Skin Of Sun Damage
Almond oil consists of vitamins like Vitamin E, and Vitamin K. Vitamin E is capable of reversing the damage caused by the sun and is one such ingredient that has antioxidant properties and can prevent skin cells from getting damaged from direct sunlight.
This is one of the reasons sunscreens have vitamin is an ingredient because it protects skin from the UV rays, and in case the skin is already damaged, it helps to revise the damage.
As we have seen, almond oil is nothing but beneficial to those who do not have allergies. This single product will completely revamp your beauty and skincare routine. The best part is, it is great for your hair too!