How To Use Almond Oil For Beautiful Skin
Almond oil (also known as Sweet Almond Oil) is a light yellow, highly-lubricant oil used as a carrier oil in aromatherapy and massage, as well as being added to cosmetic products such as soaps, moisturizers, hair conditioners, and wrinkle creams. An excellent lubricant, it is a favorite base oil for massage, used alone or in blends with other carrier oils and/or essential oils.
WARNING: If you’re allergic to almonds or other tree nuts, you should not use almond oil, since it can cause severe reactions in sensitive individuals.
Do not confuse almond oil with bitter almond essential oil. Bitter almonds are the source of the poison cyanide, and according to The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils by Julia Lawless, bitter almond essential oil “should not be used in therapy, either internally or externally.”
Almond Oil For The Skin
Almond oil is good for all skin types, since it moisturizes well but is light enough not to make oily or combination skin feel greasy. It relieves itching, irritation, and inflammation; softens, soothes, and helps to restore moisture to dry skin; and helps repair dry, flaky, or cracked skin on knees, elbows, or heels. Pure almond oil goes rancid quickly, so it should be used as soon as possible, or used in blends with an antioxidant oil such as vitamin E to help preserve it.
Wrinkles – used at night after cleansing the face, a light coating of almond oil will reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles, as well as helping to tighten the skin
Under-eye circles – a few drops of almond oil mixed with a few drops of raw honey and gently applied to dark under-eye circles at night will reduce puffiness and lighten them. The skin under your eyes stretches easily, so be VERY gentle when applying this.
Psoriasis and Eczema – because of its ability to relieve itching, inflammation, and irritation; almond oil is an excellent base for psoriasis and eczema aromatherapy treatments. Two tablespoons of almond oil mixed with 2 drops of vitamin E oil, 5 drops of German Chamomile essential oil, and 5 drops of true Lavender essential oil; applied several times a day; will ease the symptoms and help heal the ugly, cracked skin that comes with these annoying skin problems.
Exfoliating the skin – almond oil is one of the best base oils for sugar scrubs for the face and body. For a simple, easy to make sugar scrub, mix 1/2 cup of fine sugar with 1 to 2 tablespoons of almond oil. Apply to your skin (preferably while in the tub or shower, since this is a messy process,) and rub until the skin feels smooth. (If using this on the face, be careful not to stretch the skin while rubbing, and stay away from the delicate skin around your eyes.) Follow with a bath or shower to remove all remaining traces of the sugar. Most of us know about the benefits of almond oil for hair, but this incredible oil also has a fantastic ability to help repair, revitalize and rejuvenate dry and damaged skin to help you look and feel gorgeous all the time. Try it for yourself and let us know how it works for you.
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