SWEET ALMOND OIL
Written by Slawomir (“Swavak”) Gromadzki, MPH
Sweet Almond Oil is obtained from dried kernels of the almond tree. It is rich in vitamin E, vitamin A as well as oleic and linoleic essential fatty acids.
One of the most well-known benefits of almond oil is its ability to keep skin and hair looking great. It makes excellent base oil for massage and can be used on the face and entire body. It has a light texture, and has good skin penetration. It easily absorbs into its deeper layers where it helps remove debris from the pores and follicles.
Sweet almond oil is safe for sensitive skin and is an excellent emollient (softening and soothing to the skin) and recommended especially for a dry skin as it helps the skin to balance its loss and absorption of moisture.
Studies demonstrated that because sweet almond oil is rich in vitamin E and other antioxidants, it can help to slow ageing process and prevent wrinkles by protecting skin against damaging effect of free radicals and UV radiation.
Due to its content of vitamin K, palmitic acid, and retinol, almond oil helps remove dark circles under eyes. Vitamin K improves blood circulation and reduces blood clotting, thus helping eliminate skin discolouration around the eyes. Palmitic acid and retinol are natural moisturisers that help soften the skin and make it smoother. Just apply a few warm drops beneath your eyes before bed, massage it gently in a circular motion, and expect great results in the morning. To increase the effectiveness you can combine sweet almond oil with few drops of sandalwood, myrrh, frankincense, rose, or lavender essential oils.
Almond oil is suitable for all skin types but is especially good for dry or irritated skin. It also works very well as a make-up remover.
Although sweet almond oil contains its own antioxidants it is recommended to fortify it with about 10% wheat germ oil as it is exceptionally high in vitamin E and will prolong the shelf life of almond oil.
Mixing it with essential oils such as myrrh or frankincense will result in even greater benefits making skin looking young and beautiful.
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