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Reasons Why Your Skin Will Love Sweet Almond Oil

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Next time you’re snacking on almonds or putting almond milk in your morning coffee, remember that almonds are also an excellent skin hydrator with loads of skin beneficial nutrients. For hundreds of years Chinese and Ayurvedic practices have used sweet almond oil to soothe and soften dry skin, which is why it’s not uncommon to find it as an ingredient in your skincare products.

What is Almond Oil?

Almond oil is extracted from the popular tree nut and is best known for its nourishing properties. There are two types of almond oil, sweet and bitter with sweet almond oil better suited to being used on your skin, especially if you have dry or aging skin.

Sweet almond oil is rich in vitamin D and E (Tocopherol) which help soothe skin from irritation, protect skin from UV damage and help restore the skin’s moisture barrier.

It’s also rich in other skin beneficial nutrients including vitamin A, which helps stimulate the production of collagen to smooth fine lines. Rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids which help prevent against sun damage and premature ageing, it also contains the essential nutrient zinc, which helps heal scars.

Intensive Night Repair with Sweet Almond Oil

Benefits of Sweet Almond Oil for Skin

Sweet almond oil is a carrier oil which means it has the ability to carry other essential oils more deeply into the skin. It’s a popular ingredient in skincare formulations because it’s non-comedogenic which means it won’t clog your pores and is often used in formulations that are targeted for oily skin for this very reason.

Applying sweet almond oil either directly onto your skin or combined with other ingredients in skincare products, sweet almond oil has the following skin benefits:

Reduces Puffy Eyes: Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, it helps ease swelling of the skin and reduce puffiness under the eyes.

Reduces Dark Circles: Anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties combined with vitamin E and K, help lighten dark circles and smooth the under-eye area.

Improves Acne: Its fatty acid content helps dissolve excess oils and vitamin A helps reduce the appearance of acne and improve cell turnover.

Helps Aging Skin: Dehydration is one of the main reasons your skin looks dull and sweet almond oil helps keep the skin hydrated and brighter looking.

Helps Sun Damaged Skin: Rich in vitamin E which helps reduce the signs of damage caused by UV exposure.

Hydrates Dry Skin: Is a rich antioxidant containing vitamin E, magnesium and copper which help lock in moisture and hydrate skin. Thanks to its emollient properties, it not only hydrates skin but also makes it look more even in tone.

Sweet almond oil helps with dry, sun damaged skin

Side Effects

Before trying any new product, conduct a patch test first. You can do this by dabbing a small amount of the product onto the inside of your wrist or elbow. If there are no signs of itchiness, redness, or swelling after a few hours, the new product is safe for you to use. Although sweet almond oil is generally considered a safe ingredient to use, those with an allergy to almonds or tree nuts should avoid sweet almond oil.

Sweet almond oil has been used for thousands of years for its ability to soothe, soften, and repair skin. Due to its anti-inflammatory, emollient properties, and high levels of nutrients it’s still a popular skincare ingredient today.

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