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Almond Oil for Skin : Benefits & Everything to know

by Rashi Bahel Mehra |

Introduction

From ancient times to modern-day skincare trends, almond oil is known to nourish and strengthen hair. It is a common ingredient in every household that has the power to transform your skin.

We all know that almond oil hydrates, conditions, and protects hair from damage. However, it has other multifaceted benefits for the skin as well. It acts as a fantastic emollient and humectant. Additionally, its lightweight and non-greasy formula is suitable for every skin type.

But how exactly can you include it in your skincare routine & what are its benefits? Let's find out.  

 

Almond Oil: Nutrients

Vitamin A - Vitamin A in it promotes skin regeneration and rejuvenation. As a result, it lightens & brings out naturally glowing skin. 

Vitamin E - Vitamin E nourishes and protects the skin barrier. It absorbs and traps water molecules within the skin.

Omega-3 Fatty Acid: Omega-3 fatty acids regulate oil production, keep skin hydrated & reduce the signs of ageing. 

Zinc reduces the inflammatory response seen after acne, and almond oil can reduce the post-acne effect on the skin. 

 

Is it safe to use Almond Oil on the  skin?

Yes, it can be directly applied on the skin as it has no side effects but its better to avoid in such cases: 

  • If you are allergic to nuts & seeds, especially almonds.
  • If you have sensitive skin. Immediately stop using Almond oil in case of irritation, redness, or any unusual signs.
  • If you have acne-prone skin as it may cause breakouts & irritation.

To ensure it doesn't cause any reaction, first patch test it before incorporating it into your skincare routine.

 

Benefits of Almond Oil for Skin: 

Anti-aging & reverse sun damage :  Vitamin E's antioxidant properties minimize the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots. Moreover, the fatty acids in almond oil keep skin nourished and moisturized.

Reduces the appearance of stretch marks: Almond oil helps to reduce stretch marks to some extent. It helps in skin rejuvenation and regeneration, which in turn gradually reduces the visible signs of stretch marks.

Treats Dark Circle: Gently massaging almond oil around the eye improves blood circulation, reduces signs of puffiness, and promotes even skin tone.

Improves Skin Complexion: Almond oil contains antioxidants like Vitamin E ( Tycophorol), Phytosterols, and polyphenols that help reduce dark spots, prevent sun damage, and even out uneven skin tone. 

Heals Dry Skin: It can treat skin conditions like dermatitis, eczema, and dry skin. It locks moisturizer to give long hours of hydration and heals dry and flaky skin.

 

Benefits of Almond Oil for Skin

 

How to use Almond Oil?

Over the past decade, almond oil has been used in soaps, lotions, body butter, hair oil washes and serums.

Its antioxidant and emollient nature has multiple potential benefits, such as reducing dark spots and wrinkles. Here are some of the efficient ways to incorporate it in skin & hair care routine:

Moisturizer for Dry Skin: It moisturizes without making the skin feel greasy or sticky. Moreover, it is a lightweight oil that penetrates the skin quickly and provides the required  moisture dry skin lacks.

Makeup Remover: You can replace your expensive makeup remover with almond oil. Take a small amount & gently massage for a few seconds. Rinse it with water to remove makeup.

Body Lotion: You can apply almond oil as body lotion or face moisturizer. It is effective for all skin types, from normal to dry.

Hair Oil: Almond oil controls hair loss dandruff & treats frizzy hair. Apply it directly on the scalp & gently massage the roots to the tip. You can leave it overnight or wash it immediately, depending on your choice.

Under-Eye Cream: Regularly massage almond oil under the eyes to reduce puffiness and dark circles. It helps replenish and rejuvenate the skin around the eye.

Some Other Common Ways to Use Almond Oil

If you don't prefer the direct application of almond oil, then these are ways to include it in your skincare routine:

DIY Exfoliating Scrub: Mix it with sugar & salt to make a perfect exfoliating scrub.

Use as Cuticle Oil: Gently massage it on cuticle & nails to keep them hydrated & nourished.

Bathing Oil: Add a drop of almond oil to your bathing water to avoid dry and dehydrated skin. This is most preferred during the summer and winter seasons.

Treat Dry & Chapped Lips—Massage almond oil directly on dry & chapped lips. This keeps lips nourished, hydrated, and soft. You can also make a lip scrub using salt and sugar.

Side Effects of Using Almond Oil

Almond oil is one of the best ingredients to include in a skincare regime.

However, in a few cases, people faced issues after using almond oil. But here are some of the severe cases -

  • It may clog pores & cause
  • Bitter Almond Oil contains cyanides. Excessive use of it may cause cyanide poisoning.
  • Pregnant women & children may develop itching & rashes. Be careful while testing almond oil on babies.

 

Conclusion

Almond oil has multifaceted benefits for skin and hair. Its nourishing and antioxidant properties keep skin hydrated and protected from damage.

You can incorporate it as a moisturiser, under-eye cream, makeup cleansers, etc. But don't forget, different skin types react differently to different skin types. Adjust its use according to your skin's needs & in case of any side effects, immediately consult a dermatologist.

 

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