It's widely known as the "King of Nuts", but did you know the mighty almond actually belongs in the same category as peaches and cherries? This tiny little morsel packs a major nutritional punch, not only when eaten, but when applied to your skin too!
When the almond tree was first domesticated in the Middle Eastern regions of the Mediterranean, it was quickly discovered that the oil extracted from the almond is extremely beneficial for healthy skin.
Almond oil contains all sorts of natural goodness that includes vitamin E, vitamin A, essential fatty acids, proteins, potassium, and zinc. It’s positively packed with the vitamins and nutrients, making it perfect to include in your daily skincare regime.
As a very mild, hypoallergenic oil, almond oil is safe for almost all skin types - sensitive, dry, oily. Certain properties in almond oil deeply clean the pores without clogging them.
Absorption is as simple as rubbing the oil between your hands to warm it up before applying to your skin. That's it! You can also add other essential oils for different scents or skin benefits, but you'll see a difference in your skin by using sweet almond oil all by itself!
Who has ever heard of washing your face with oil, of all things?! Believe it or not, sweet almond oil is actually excellent at purging the skin of toxins, opening up pores, and retaining moisture that blocks the entry of dirty microbes.
You'd be surprised to find that it safely removes makeup too - Even those pesky raccoon circles from your mascara that most cleansers tend to leave behind.
Sweet almond oil absorbs into your skin super fast, so you don't have to wait for that greasy feeling to dissipate before putting on your morning makeup.
2) Soothes Puffy Eyes
If you're using sweet almond oil as a face moisturizer, pat some oil around your eyes before you go to bed at night.
Coffee is great at helping you feel awake, but almond oil will actually help you look awake!
Thanks to harsh elements, stress, and the loss of collagen over time, wrinkles and age spots tend to give away our age sometimes. Luckily, the King of Nuts has come to save the day!
Almonds are loaded with vitamin E, which is a powerful antioxidant that assists in maintaining beautiful skin as we age.
Collagen, the protein responsible for keeping our skin youthful, forms an even layer of padding under the skin. As we age, fine wrinkles begin to appear due to the thinning of the skin and unevenness in the collagen padding underneath.
The vitamin E in sweet almond oil can provide the amino acids required for that lovely collagen to thrive.
4) Can Lighten Appearance of Some Scarring
One of almond oil's most popular characteristics is how quickly it absorbs, unlike many other oils that tend to sit on top of the skin for far too long.
The properties of the oil keep the skin's moisture levels balanced, can rejuvenate the scar tissue, and can possibly even out the color and texture the healing process left behind. Applying sweet almond oil to your adorable baby bump will help moisturize as it grows!
5) Oily Skin
Our bodies naturally produce an oily substance called sebum, which is important for skin protection to some degree. However, if your skin produces too much sebum, it can easily trap dirt and clog pores, possibly causing issues with pimples and acne.
Sweet almond oil is great for cleaning your pores of impurities, dirt, and unnecessary oils.
6) Dry Skin
If you find yourself constantly scratching and itching at your flaky skin, almond oil can help with dryness too! The fatty acids found in sweet almond oil helps the skin retain moisture and keep it hydrated while the vitamin E soothes irritation.
7) Rough Hands and Feet
The zinc content can help smooth rough, calloused skin and because almond oil is light, you won't be leaving greasy handprints all over your home.
8) Brittle Nails
If your skin isn't as moisturized as you'd like, chances are your nails aren't either. The proteins found in sweet almond oil can possibly strengthen soft, brittle nails.
9) Moisturizes Chapped Lips
Simply apply a little sweet almond oil onto dry, cracked lips and the nourishing properties of the oil will lock in moisture for soft, plump lips!
10) Healthy Scalp
The skin on your scalp is just as important as the rest of your body, even though we don't always see it. As dead skin cells accumulate on top of your head, it can lead to issues with dandruff or even inhibit healthy hair growth.
By deeply moisturizing your scalp and hair with sweet almond oil, you can potentially soothe flaking and itching.
Here at Nectar, many of our bath treats include sweet almond oil to give your skin that extra OOMPH IT CRAVES! With the all-natural exfoliants in our Peach Sangria Sugar Body Scrub, your skin will feel as soft and supple as a smooth peach after rinsing off our newest body scrub.