Nutritional Benefits of Almond Oil for the Skin - Melisse & Co. Beauty
Nutritional Benefits of Almond Oil for the Skin
Sweet almond oil is better suited to aid in skin health. In comparison, bitter almond oil is less effective on the skin.
Sweet almond oil contains a number of nutrients for healthy skin. It contains Vitamin A & E, Omega-3 fatty acids and Zinc. Respectively, these nutritional components can help prevent cell damage, stimulate the production of new skin cells, smooth fine lines, prevent premature aging, heal scarring and much more.
- Omega-3 fatty acids: can help prevent premature aging and provide some protection against sun damage.
- Zinc: Is essential for healing facial scars and stretch marks, with a higher effectiveness when taken orally.
- Vitamin A: Contains retinol which can smooth out fine lines and stimulate the production of new skin cells.
- Vitamin E: Has antioxidant properties that can help prevent cell damage and reduce skin damage caused by UV light.
Benefits of Using Almond Oil on the Face
Clinical studies and anecdotal evidence suggests that applying almond oil to the skin may have the following benefits:
- Emollient properties can improve complexion and skin tone
- Anti-inflammatory properties of almond oil can reduce under-eye circles, puffiness and ease swelling of the skin
- Has been used to treat dry skin, including psoriasis and eczema.
- Contains fatty acids that may help dissolve excess oil.
- Retinoids in almond oil may improve cell turnover and reduce the appearance of acne.
- May help improve the health of the skin from sun damage
Is almond oil considered safe to apply on the skin?
For the most part, Almond oil is considered safe to apply to the skin. However, there are several safety precautions to consider.
- Allergies to nuts
- For first time users, administer a patch test inside the wrist or elbow prior to applying to the face.
- If there are no signs of itching, redness, swelling or burning within a few hours, the oil is likely safe to use on the face.
Almond Oil Applications
Almond oil is a common ingredient in many natural makeup remover products. It can also be used in a cleanser or moisturizer.
As a makeup remover: apply about a dime sized amount on your palm. Gently massage throughout the face with your fingertips. Remove excess oil with a cotton ball, tissue or warm water followed by a facial cleanser.
As a cleanser: Because almond oil is a carrier oil, it can carry other oils deeper into the skin. Mixing almond oil with another essential oil can be great for the skin. This can be done by adding a few drops of an essential oil to an ounce of almond oil. Rose geranium, lemon oil, lavender or rosehip are great examples. Apply the oil mixture to damp skin, rinse with warm water. Be sure to rinse thoroughly to remove excess residue.
As a moisturizer: Wash and dry your skin.. Next, gently pat a small amount of almond oil onto your face using your fingertips, and let it absorb into your skin.
Due to the many benefits of almond oil, it is a great organic choice for skincare and maintenance. If you are uncertain if almond oil is right for your skin or if you get allergic to nuts, consult with your doctor or dermatologist prior to use.
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