The oil extracted from this sweet tree nut can be used in many different ways. It’s great for skin, hair, and even has benefits when included in small amounts in your diet. Almond oil is especially great for skin. If your skin is starting to look dull and needs a pick-me-up, almond oil may help brighten your skin tone and give it a radiant glow.
Benefits Of Almond Oil
- Contains vitamin E or alpha tocopherol which is a powerful antioxidant which is seen to lighten skin and remove hyperpigmentation.1 2
- Used in traditional medicine to treat eczema and psoriasis3
- Used to treat post operative scarring4
- Shows anti-inflammatory properties which may help clear up and reduce acne5
- Has been shown to protect skin from sun damage in mice6
- Contains folic acid and zinc which are both great for maintaining skin health.7
Home Remedies Using Almond Oil
1. Almond Oil And Honey
Honey is said to help moisturize skin and lighten scars.
- Mix together a tablespoon each of almond oil and honey.
- Apply this mixture over the skin.
- Let it sit for 15 minutes.
- Wash off with lukewarm water and then use cold water to close your pores.
- Repeat this every 2 days.
2. Almond Oil Sugar Scrub
Sugar is a great exfoliant which helps remove darker, tanned dead skin on the surface.
- Mix 1 tablespoon almond oil with 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar.
- Apply this paste over the skin.
- gently scrub this over your face in a circular motion.
- Leave on for 10 minutes.
- Wash off with cold water.
3. Almond Oil With Vitamin E
Vitamin E is an antioxidant which can help prevent aging of the skin. It is shown to lighten skin as well.
- Mix together 2–3 vitamin E capsules with a tablespoon of almond oil.
- Apply this all over the skin.
- Gently massage with your fingers for 15 minutes.
- Rinse this mixture off with lukewarm water followed by cold water to close off the pores.
- Repeat once in a week.
4. Almond Oil With Lemon Juice
The vitamin C in lemon juice is also an antioxidant which prevents aging and helps treat pigmentation.
- Mix together a tablespoon each of almond oil and lemon juice.
- Apply this over your skin.
- Leave on for 15 minutes.
- Rinse off with lukewarm water, followed by cold water.
5. Almond Oil With Banana
The potassium, vitamins E and C may help your skin glow. It may also provide moisture.
- Mash 1 ripe banana very well.
- Mix in one teaspoon of almond oil.
- Apply this mixture over your face.
- After 20 minutes, rinse it off with cold water.
- Do this thrice a week.
6. Almond Oil And Orange Juice
Orange juice is another popular source of the antioxidant vitamin C
- Mix 2 teaspoons of orange juice with a few drops of almond oil.
- Apply this paste over the skin and gently massage for few minutes.
- Rinse it off with water.
- Pat the skin dry.
- Use this remedy thrice a week
Note: Use only the prescribed amount of almond oil in the remedy. Excess use can clog your pores, lead to oily skin, and therefore, acne.
Use remedies that involve vitamin C, like lemon juice or orange juice, in the evening. Do not go out in the sun soon after applying these as the vitamin C can make you much more prone to sunburn.8
If you feel like your skin looks dull and tanned from sun exposure and pollution, try out these almond oil remedies to help bring back that radiant glow.
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|↑2||Villareal, Myra O., Sayuri Kume, Thouria Bourhim, Fatima Zahra Bakhtaoui, Kenichi Kashiwagi, Junkyu Han, Chemseddoha Gadhi, and Hiroko Isoda. “Activation of MITF by argan oil leads to the inhibition of the tyrosinase and dopachrome tautomerase expressions in B16 murine melanoma cells.” Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2013 (2013).|
|↑3, ↑4, ↑5||Ahmad, Zeeshan. “The uses and properties of almond oil.” Complementary therapies in clinical practice 16, no. 1 (2010): 10-12.|
|↑6||Sultana, Yasmin, Kanchan Kohli, M. Athar, R. K. Khar, and M. Aqil. “Effect of pre‐treatment of almond oil on ultraviolet B–induced cutaneous photoaging in mice.” Journal of cosmetic dermatology 6, no. 1 (2007): 14-19.|
|↑7||Kapoor, Shweta, and Swarnlata Saraf. “Assessment of viscoelasticity and hydration effect of herbal moisturizers using bioengineering techniques.” Pharmacognosy magazine 6, no. 24 (2010): 298.|
|↑8||Hankinson, Andrew, Benjamin Lloyd, and Richard Alweis. “Lime-induced phytophotodermatitis.” Journal of community hospital internal medicine perspectives 4, no. 4 (2014): 25090.|