I’m obsessive about natural products & routines that can do amazing things for our bodies, inside and out. When it comes to my skin and hair, almond oil is my baby. Adding this stuff to my almost daily routine has been a game changer. If you’re looking for soft, glowing skin that smells naturally sweet, and healthy, shiny hair… look no further.
The main thing that makes this oil so dreamy for our skin, is that it’s naturally endowed with one of the most powerful antioxidant vitamins, Vitamin E. You’ve probably already heard that this is the ingredient that you want to be looking for, if you’re looking to take care of your skin. Slathering ourselves up with this oil on a regular basis will not only leave us looking beautiful, but can actually protect our skin from UV radiation damage and oxidative stress (in other words, helps our skin battle the sickness that lingers in our air and damages our skin).
Beyond using it as a moisturizer, this is another oil that can definitely be used as a cleanser. Along with Vitamin E it contains Vitamin A, which may help reduce breakouts. Get a nice cleaning by simply applying it to your face with a cotton ball or pad, letting it sit for a few, then gently wiping it away with a fresh piece of cotton. You can also use it just like an eye make up remover. Or, make an amazing scrub by mixing your almond oil with some fine sugar.
Something that really makes me swoon for this stuff, is that it can get rid of dark circles and bags under your eyes. I make sure to gently massage a little bit under my eyes every night, before bed. With consistent use of almond oil, you will notice a difference here. I also like to put a little bit under my eyes and on my cheeks if I’m running out to do errands or something and I’m not wearing any make up. It’s like a little instant face lift.
Because of the way almond oil protects our skin, as I mentioned earlier, it’s another awesome natural product for reducing fine lines and other signs of aging. It can also be great for sore or tired muscles. Slowly heat the oil over gentle heat until it gets nice and hot. (Test before applying. Don’t burn yourself.) Massage it in where you’re aching. Grab a thick towel and soak it in hot water. Wring it out and cover the treated areas. Let that sit for as long as possible… 30 minutes at the very least. This is something you can do every now and then regardless of what’s going on. Grab some magazines and wine and relax. The process draws out toxins and will leave you feeling refreshed.
When it comes to your hair, almond oil is rich in magnesium, calcium, and zinc. Deficiency in any of these can lead to hair loss and poor growth. Regularly warming up a small amount (1 tbsp or so) and massaging it into your scalp will keep your hair nourished. You can also throw a few drops into your smoothie or whatever and drink it. Drinking or eating your almond oil (use it in a salad dressing… put it in your oatmeal…) is also good for your heart and brain!
Bonus tip: Take some of this oil, nice and warmed up, and rub it into your fingernails and cuticles. Doing this at least weekly, will give you lovely thick, smooth nails.
Now scoot on to the store and get you some. This should go without saying, but make sure it’s the good stuff. Organic, sweet almond oil. (DO NOT somehow end up with bitter almond oil!)
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Andddd I wanted to mention one more thing. For my MAMAS out there – almond oil makes for the perfect baby massage oil. Well, not just that, but a perfect moisturizer for our kids in general. You can nourish their skin and protect it, using nothing but pure, natural oil. Why would we use anything else?
Oh, and please don’t think that almond oil is a replacement for sunscreen. It can help protect against UV damage when used regularly, yes. But it is not sunscreen. Get that SPF on.