When it comes to having flawless skin, you’re never short of choosing between hundreds of lotions and potions that promise to do everything, from wrestling wrinkles to giving you a gorgeous, youthful glow. But what they often have in common is that, at some level, they harness the power of nature. In fact, skin experts the world over are now advising us to go back to the basics in order to find some of the most effective skin saviors.
Almond oil often tops that list as it’s been used for centuries in South Asia and the Mediterranean to boost skin, hair, and overall health. Packed with unsaturated fatty acids, vitamin E, zinc, proteins, and potassium, this is an amazing oil that can do pretty much everything. Read on for Savoir Flair’s top suggestions on how to incorporate almond oil into your beauty routine.
One of the most important benefits of almond oil is its ability to moisturize the skin at a deep level, and that’s because it contains zinc and vitamin E. It also has the benefit of being easily and quickly absorbed, so it doesn’t feel greasy at all. You can count on a few drops to moisturize everywhere from top to toe, hands and feet included! Use it on wet, damp, or dry skin – just be sure to give it time to sink in before you get dressed.
Almond oil tightens the skin and is a great stimulator for blood circulation, which makes the cells work more effectively to maintain its elasticity and youthfulness. It is, therefore, considered a magnificent remedy for scarring and stretch marks, especially after pregnancy or sudden weight loss. Simply massage a few warmed-up drops in a circular motion onto the unwanted marks, every day, to watch them slowly fade away.
Thanks to an abundance of vitamin E and triglycerides, almond oil is a great way to wrestle wrinkles and fight off fine lines. All you need to do is apply it regularly to your skin (you can use it in place of your regular moisturizer) and let its amazing anti-aging powers work their magic.
Rid yourself of dry, dead skin cells (often caused by external pollution and not exfoliating regularly enough) by using almond oil as part of a natural, DIY skin scrub. Not only does it rid your skin of the dead cells, but also does so without causing soreness and redness. Combine three tablespoons of almond oil with two tablespoons of brown sugar and a teaspoon of honey (which has amazing antibacterial properties), mix it all up, and buff gently into your skin in a circular motion before rinsing it off.
An amazing shield for your skin, almond oil is a powerful protector thanks to the various vitamins it contains. Apply it to your skin before you head out – it will help prevent harmful UV rays from penetrating your skin, whilst also soothing and healing any existing damage. Of course, this is not recommended if you’re off to the beach for the day, but it’s perfect if you’re out running errands.
If you suffer from a skin condition like eczema, psoriasis, or even acne, almond oil should be your go-to soother. Thanks to its amazing emollient properties and the fact that it’s completely natural – containing nothing that can aggravate or stress out your skin – almond oil is a great way to keep your skin moisturized and ease the discomfort and dryness of numerous skin problems.
Just as it makes for a super skin scrub, your blend of almond oil and sugar can be used on lips, too, to help prevent and cure unsightly dryness. You can also use a little oil on the lips alone as an intense lip balm – just try not to lick it off.
If you’re after a cleanser and makeup remover that won’t aggravate your skin, then look no further than almond oil. Super light and gentle, it doesn’t have that annoying, greasy texture that most other oils have. It works to open up pores, removing all the makeup and dirt clogging them which, in turn, helps prevent spots and breakouts – especially thanks to the presence of vitamin A. Plus, it’s effective on all skin types!
Brighten up your peepers by diminishing the appearance of those pesky dark circles. Because of its high levels of vitamin E, almond oil works magic at revitalizing skin. Gently massage it around the eye area and you’ll soon notice, after frequent use, that your dark circles are fading away. Plus it has the benefit of warding off wrinkles, so your eyes will look better than ever before.
A common problem in humid countries likes ours is that frizz can be an absolute nightmare to control – but not if you have a little almond oil at hand. The next time frizz and flyaways are ruining your ‘do, rub a bit of oil in your hands before smoothing it gently over your hair. Avoid rubbing it directly into the roots so that your hair doesn’t end up looking greasy.
Almond oil makes for an ideal nourishing treatment. It helps the hair retain moisture, and works wonders on smoothing and treating split ends. Apply to dry hair, focusing on the middle and ends, and leave on for at least 15 minutes before shampooing out. You can also use it as an overnight mask before washing it off in the morning for silky, luscious locks – but don’t forget to put a thick towel over your pillow.
Nail and Cuticle Nourisher
With the ability to strengthen nails whilst preventing dryness and splitting, almond oil is great for softening cuticles and leaving nails looking shiny. Brittle nails and white spots are often a sign of zinc deficiency, which almond oil is abundant in. Additionally, its iron and B-complex vitamins help to strengthen nails. Simply rub some oil into the nail bed and let it work its manicure magic.
Okay, so it’s not technically a cream, but it works just as well as one – if not better. The next time you’re out of shaving foam, simply slather your legs with almond oil and shave as usual. This is also a great way to ensure that bumps and burns are kept at bay, thanks to the oil’s totally natural lubricating properties.