If you think of almonds as a healthy snack or a dairy-free alternative accompaniment to your latte, you’re not wrong – but you’re also missing out on another way that the humble almond can be used.
Almond oil has been used for centuries in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine to calm and soften the skin, as well as to cure small wounds and cuts. Western medicine has now caught up, and almond oil is commonly used in a wide range of cosmetics and skincare products.
At Pure Shave, we use Sweet Almond Oil (Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis) in our shaving cream, so we know a thing or two about its benefits. Here’s the lowdown on this botanical behemoth.
What is Sweet Almond Oil?
Almond oil is extracted from the seeds of the almond fruit and can be purchased in two forms – sweet and bitter. Sweet Almond Oil is the type that’s best suited for skin care as it contains a wealth of nutrients such as:
Vitamin A encourages the growth of new skin cells while smoothing fine lines.
Vitamin E is an antioxidant that helps protect the skin from free radicals.
Omega-3 fatty acids prevent premature ageing and UV damage.
Zinc helps to repair facial scarring and acne.
Along with these benefits, Sweet Almond Oil is a deeply nourishing emollient and anti-inflammatory that softens and soothes the skin.
What does Sweet Almond Oil do for your skin?
With its wide-ranging skincare properties, Sweet Almond Oil is a great ingredient for most skin types, and can help with everything from acne to flakiness. Here are just a few of the ways that it can help your unique skin type.
Red, Irritated Skin
As an anti-inflammatory, Sweet Almond Oil is soothing for even the most painful or itchy skin conditions. It leaves skin feeling less irritated, reduces areas of puffiness and noticeably reduces redness compared to other skin products.
Dry, Flaky Skin
Thanks to its emollient properties, Sweet Almond Oil is perfect for treating dry, flaky skin, including conditions like eczema and psoriasis. This is because the moisturising oil both hydrates and soothes without stripping the skin’s natural oils.
Oily, Blemish-Prone Skin
The fatty acids in Sweet Almond Oil may help to dissolve excess sebum produced by oily skin. Meanwhile, the retinoids present in Vitamin A reduce the appearance of acne and the overall texture of the skin.
Mature, Ageing Skin
Along with the hydrating and balancing properties of Sweet Almond Oil, its Vitamin A content may also help to reduce the ageing effects of sun exposure caused by UV rays. This makes it an ideal ingredient for your skincare regime.
Whether you’re a big-time skincare buff or think the whole thing sounds like too much hard work, you’ll be pleased to know that your skin benefits from everything listed in this article each and every time you use Pure Shave Shaving Cream. So, next time you lather up, you’ll have even more reason to smile.