Miracle Oil: 8 Impressive Skin Benefits Of Almond Oil
Almond has a long history in schools of traditional medicine. They are doctor-approved heart-healthy snacks that serve a variety of health purposes. But do you know almond oil can be used on your skin? Yes, you read that right. As a matter of fact, it offers a plethora of benefits for your skin that you may not have imagined.
Almond oil is extracted from almond seeds which grow from the almond tree also known as Prunus Dulcis. The almond tree comes in two different kinds — sweet and bitter trees — and each produces its own unique seeds from which almond oil is extracted. Sweet almonds are rich in Vitamin E and fatty acids which moisturize the skin and keep it hydrated. While the bitter seeds can be toxic to the skin as it contains prussic acid which could be removed during the manufacturing process.
The benefits of sweet almonds are endless and it’s all you have ever dreamed of in a natural skin care product. In ancient Chinese cultures, almond oil was used to treat dry skin as well as hypertrophic scars and also used to trigger skin rejuvenation. You can also say goodbye to skin irritation and stretch marks when you use almond oil on your skin while saying hello to beautiful glowy skin.
Check out 8 proven benefits of almond oil for the skin, yours included…
#1. Slows signs of aging
Almond oil contains Vitamin A, also known as retinol, which improves the skin’s luminosity and overall appearance. It’s effective in evening out skin tone and texture, and in preventing wrinkles.
#2. Calms skin irritation
If you suffer from skin irritation or sensitive skin, almond oil may be what you need to restore calmness to your troubled skin. This oil contains anti-inflammatory fatty acids as well as vitamins A and E which are famous for soothing inflamed skin. It may also help to rejuvenate damaged skin.
#3. Reduces puffiness and under-eye circles
We all dread the look puffy eyes give as it easily tells everyone that you’re tired and overworked. Also, puffy eyes are an unwelcome sign of aging, and it’s every girl’s dream to get rid of them. Luckily, almond oil comes in handy. Because the oil is an anti-inflammatory, it may help ease the swelling of the skin around the eyes.
#4. Improves complexion and skin tone
“I don’t want radiant skin,” said no one ever! If you’re a part of the majority that seeks a flawless complexion and even skin tone, then you should include almond oil in your skincare routine. Due to its emollient properties, the oil found in almonds has the potential to improve both complexion and skin tone.
#5. Treats dry skin
Regardless of your skin condition caused by dry skin, you may find that this magical oil can come in very handy. For centuries, humans have used almond oil to treat dry skin conditions, including eczema and psoriasis. What’s more, it’s suitable enough to be used on even the most sensitive of skins. Music to my ears!
#6. Improves acne
If you’ve suffered annoying acne for God knows how long, it may interest you to know that another benefit of almond oil for skin is its ability to fight acne. The oil’s fatty acid content may help dissolve excess oil on the skin, while the retinoids in it may reduce the appearance of acne and improve cell turnover.
#7. Helps reverse sun damage
After undue exposure to the sun over a prolonged period, the damage of the sun begins to show on our skin. This can be anything from reducing skin elasticity to premature aging. However, almond oil can be helpful in correcting this. Studies have shown that vitamin E, one of the nutrients in almond oil, may help reduce damage to the skin caused by UV exposure.
#8. Reduces the appearance of scars
There’s a reason that ancient Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine used almond oil to reduce scarring. We have since found that the vitamin E content in this oil may contribute to helping smooth the skin. Boy, did those ancient folks know a thing or two about skincare!
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