You’ve followed every skin trend from the serums to laser therapy, to the more current sheet masks and LED light therapy. Why should you bother about essential oils? How can your skin possibly benefit from an ancient therapeutic remedy like almond oil?
Surprise! Surprise! Whether it is dry skin, lifeless complexion, wrinkle or dark skin patch that is making your skin appear aged, almond oil offers more advantages compared to your skin brightening cream. So, before you take another hunting trip to catch the most trending skincare product of the season or, make an appointment for a cosmelan treatment, sit back and read through to get to learn more about how you can get healthier looking skin with almond oil.
Using Almond oil for skin health
Almond oil is the essence derived from sweet almond through a distillation process. The plant oil that is left behind serves several therapeutic uses but also beauty and skincare purposes. Made with a rich combination of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids, almond oil supports your skin’s natural repair, treatment and regenerative processes. This plant oil, like other essential oils, do not leave your skin’s surface greasy and sticky. Instead, the nourishing goodness of almond oil penetrates skin deeply, faster than most ordinary commercial creams can. Almond oil is absorbed to support various cellular rejuvenation processes. Once inside the skin and assimilated, almond oil does the following beneficial things to your skin:
- It boosts your skin’s antioxidant protection levels. Almond oil contains some of the richest flavonoids and phenols that support the skin in neutralizing cell damaging free radicals.
- It amps up your skin’s UV protection. Almond oil has high levels of catechin and epicatechin, antioxidants that have been found to resist UV damage.
- It promotes healthy blood and fluid circulation which ensures that your skin receives an ample amount of nutrition to fuel its many processes. Rutin, which also strengthens your veins, gives almond oil this capability.
- It aids the skin in resisting inflammation which, in turn, causes skin damage and aging. Quercetin, Zinc and Magnesium in almond oil make this possible.
- It has natural antiseptic and antimicrobial properties that help skin resist infection.
- It deeply nourishes skin and helps it hold and lock in moisture over longer periods of time. Almond oil contains Vitamin E and Potassium which promotes good skin hydration.
How to use almond oil for healthier skin
1. Use almond oil as a skin lightener
Witness the power of almond oil over your dark skin marks and blotchy complexion.
To use almond oil as a natural alternative to your skin brightening cream, simply use a diluted, cosmetic grade formulation on thoroughly cleansed and toned skin. Leave it on skin overnight.
Another way is to use almond oil as a mask.
Combine with a 1 teaspoon lemon extract and 1 teaspoon of honey. The natural astringent properties of lemon and the humectant characteristics of honey will amp up almond oil’s whitening and moisturizing properties that can rival even a cosmelan procedure. Leave on for 15 minutes then rinse with lukewarm water.
2. Use almond oil as a moisturizer
Almond oil is rich in Vitamin E and minerals such as potassium and magnesium which promote a better hydrated skin.
Simply cleanse and tone skin. Then, apply almond oil generously on your face, neck and chest. Keep in mind never to use essential oils as topical skincare solutions in their undiluted, non-cosmetic grade forms.
3. Use almond oil to treat and relieve acne
As an acne treatment, almond oil serves to soothe skin from existing infection while simultaneously protecting skin from further inflammation.
First, perform your usual cleanse with lukewarm water. Pat dry then massage in almond oil. Leave on for a good 15 minutes. Dip a washcloth in lukewarm water then slowly run all over your skin where you applied almond oil. Wipe off the oil gently and repeat until your skin feels clean and clear.
4. Use almond oil as an eye cream
Almond oil brings good news to those whose major skin issue involves dark under eye circles.
Simply cleanse and tone. Then, apply almond oil and leave overnight. The Niacinamide and Vitamin E content of almond oil will help relieve your eye skin from both puffiness and dark circles.
5. Almond oil’s many other beauty and personal care uses
- Use almond oil to treat flaky scalp and scaly skin
- Dip your nails in it to promote nail health
- Use it under your sunscreen to amp up your skin’s UV protection
Present day skincare is headed to two directions — one that is looking forward for new scientific breakthroughs and another which is looking back to traditions. Fortunately, you can always choose to get the best of both worlds. You just have to make sure that you know what it is that you’re getting.