Five Benefits of Sweet Almond Oil for Skin Care
Cleopatra liked to bathe in a luxurious mix of sweet almond oil, honey and the milk of a young donkey. The Romans believed almond oil could help reduce wrinkles. The Persian-Greek medicos recommended it for softening dry skin. Originally grown in the Mediterranean region of the Levant, almond trees were cultivated in Greece and Italy. They became an important source of commerce in Central Europe during the Middle Ages, and herbalists soon realized the benefits of using almond oil on the skin. John Gerard, the English botanist, wrote that: “The oil of almonds makes smooth the hands and face of delicate persons…” The ancients had excellent reasons for applying rich and fatty almond oil to their skin. Almond oil contains several antioxidants, including vitamins D and E, as well as essential minerals and fatty acids that help the skin in several ways. Why not follow the lead of the wise Romans and Persians by trying this plant-based oil? Learn more about how it can benefit you, and why it is a key ingredient in our topical oil, One For All.
1. Cleanse Your Skin with Almond Oil
Cleanse your face with almond oil before going to bed each night. Joanna Vargas, a celebrity makeup artist, explains, “Oil cleansers break up makeup on the face in a gentle way instead of stripping the skin so skin won’t feel irritated after.” Oil-based cleaners work because the molecules in the oil react with your body’s natural oil, which shares a similar composition.
2. Almond Oil Makes a Wonderful Moisturizer
Almond oil contains a large amount of Olein Glyceride Linoleic Acid, a rich fatty acid, so it softens and rejuvenates the skin and helps prevent wrinkles. This soothing and calming oil will soon make your complexion look brighter if you use it every day. Dermatologist Soma Sarkar recommends using several plant-based oils on your skin, and she especially recommends almond oil as a moisturizer for dry skin. Spending long periods in the sun causes skin damage as we grow older. Almond oil helps prevent the harmful effects of UV radiation, and it slows down the aging process, according to a study in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology. Avoid tough and leathery skin by moisturizing with this natural oil and using UV creams in the sun.
3. Almond Oil Helps Skin Problems
Suffering from red, itchy and flaky skin can be a nightmare. The topical application of almond oil may provide some relief, partly because it contains Vitamin D, which has a “healing effect on the skin.” Almond oil has been used to treat eczema and psoriasis for centuries. Zeeshan Ahmed states in his study published in Complementary Theories of Clinical Practice that the ancient Chinese, Ayurvedic and Greco-Persian schools of medicine used it to treat these skin conditions, and that the mineral-rich oil has inflammatory properties that result in a calming effect on the skin.
4. Almond Oil May Minimize Stretch Marks
Applying certain natural products to the skin during pregnancy may reduce unsightly stretch marks. Dr. Alyssa R. Golas at NYU Langone Health recommends almond oil, according to an article in the Australian version of PopSugar. The smooth, lightly scented oil is well-absorbed by the skin, and it doesn’t contain harmful chemicals.
5. Almond Oil Helps Reduce Under-Eye Circles
Who wants to see ugly dark under-eye circles when they wake up? These circles have several different causes, including allergies, heredity and asthma. Natural aging and lack of sleep are some other reasons for shadows under the eyes. Massaging the delicate skin around the eyes with a few drops of moisturizing and anti-inflammatory almond oil every night will soon chase those circles away!
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