Almond Oil for Your Face? The Benefits of Using This Nutty Oil in Your Routine
Thinking about using almond oil on your skin? You’ve come to the right place. We tapped an expert to share the many benefits of almond oil for skin, below.
If you keep your finger on the pulse of all things skin care, chances are you’ve heard of almond oil benefits for skin. While it may seem like there’s a sudden uptick in praise for almond oil as of late, the truth is the ingredient has been used in the health and beauty sphere for quite a bit of time now. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), almond oil has long been appreciated for its numerous health benefits. In fact, Ancient Chinese, Ayurvedic and Greco-Persian schools of Medicine have leaned on almond oil historically when it comes to addressing a wide range of dry skin conditions. To learn more about the benefits of almond oil, we tapped board-certified dermatologist, and Skincare.com consultant, Dr. Dendy Engelman. Read on to discover how almond oil can make a positive impact on your skin.
ALMOND OIL BENEFIT #1: HYDRATE THE SKIN
There’s a reason why almond oil has historically been used to address dry skin conditions in ancient cultures. “Almond oil is rich in fatty acids, vitamin E and proteins, and is easily absorbed by the skin,” Dr. Engelman says. What does that all spell out? Hydration. Whether you’re looking to hydrate dry patches or impart a dewy-looking glow to your complexion, look to almond oil for a helping hand. The winter especially, when harsh winds and cold weather can strip the skin of moisture and cause unwanted dryness, is a great time to add almond oil to your routine. “Almond oil helps to replenish the skin of oils that could be stripped by weather or cleansers,” Dr. Engelman adds. Dry skin types especially should consider almond oil use in their routine as it is so effective, though Dr. Engelman recommends it for use to anyone who does not have an allergy.
ALMOND OIL BENEFIT #2: REJUVENATE THE SKIN
According to the NCBI, some clinical experiences and anecdotal evidence suggest that almond oil can help to smooth and rejuvenate the skin, as well as reduce the appearance of post-operative scarring, though further studies are suggested. In addition, almond oil has emollient properties. As such, it has been used to improve complexion and skin tone, the NCBI states.
Almond oil helps to replenish the skin of oils that could be stripped by weather or cleansers
ALMOND OIL BENEFIT #3: REDUCE INFLAMMATION
Although no conclusive scientific data exists currently, the NCBI states that almonds and almond oil boast many properties, including anti-inflammatory effects. Dr. Engelman agrees that almond oil can help to keep inflammation at bay. “Because almond oil can penetrate deep into the skin, it helps to breakdown bacteria and grime that can cause inflammation and breakouts,” she says.
ALMOND OIL BENEFIT #4: REVERSE SUN DAMAGE
Daily sun protection with broad-spectrum sunscreen is a must for everyone to help keep sun damage at bay. That said, even the most diligent sunscreen-wearers can have signs of sun damage on their skin. Part of the reason could be due to sunscreen negligence in youth (not applying it at all before heading outdoors) or failure to reapply as often as needed. If you find yourself dealing with sun damage as a result of unprotected exposure to UV rays, almond oil may be able to help, according to results of a 2007 study found in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology. The study investigated the role of almond oil in reducing the effects of sun damage as a result of exposure to UV radiation and found that almond oil not only helped reduce the effect of UV light-induced photoaging on the skin, but also offered a photoprotective effect on the skin after UV exposure. That’s not to say you should abandon sunscreen altogether in favor of almond oil, but rather that incorporating almond oil into your suncare routine may prove beneficial.
Editor’s note: There’s currently no sunscreen on the market that can fully protect the skin from harmful UV rays. In order to keep sun damage to a minimum, it’s important to pair sunscreen use with additional protection measures such as wearing protective clothing, seeking shade, and avoiding peak sun hours when the rays are strongest.