While almond oil might originate in the Middle East, you can thank the Greeks and Italians for really bringing this liquid gold to fruition. They’ve been using it for centuries, harnessing its ultra-hydrating properties and popping it on their skin and hair. Now, it’s our turn.
Oils are fast becoming beauty’s golden children, with companies cashing in on the benefits of oils like argan, olive, marula, jojoba, avocado and, of course our little friend, sweet almond (as opposed to its toxic cousin, bitter almond).
But what makes almond oil so versatile? Well, it’s the ideal ‘glow from the inside out’ ingredient, helping your insides flourish with goodness thanks to its promising mix of vitamins, antioxidants and essential fatty acids. Rich in Vitamin A (as well as B and E), almond oil helps moisturise your skin from the inside out, as well as neutralise ageing free radicals. From the outside, it does everything from create shiny hair to lock hydration into dry skin.
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Here, four ways to add it to your daily life…
1. DRIZZLE IT OVER SALAD
High in essential fatty acids, vitamin A, B and C and antioxidants, almond oil gives your insides a gentle clean. Try to use it raw as much as possible as its smoking point is low, and if you suffer from constipation, follow Deepak Chopra’s advice and take a teaspoon of raw almond oil every morning for a month to, erm, loosen things up.
2. COMB IT THROUGH YOUR HAIR
Almond oil is a natural way to get some nourishment into your locks. Not only does it soften the hair shaft, but it also promotes shine and minimises hair loss as well. Massage it from roots to tips, cover with a shower cap and leave for 20-30 minutes before rinsing out. It also makes a great carrier oil for aromatherapy, so don’t be afraid to add some essential oils like sandalwood in there, too.
3. DAB IT ON A ZIT OR DRY PATCH
With its supernatural powder to hydrate and cleanse your skin (thanks to the presence of oleic acid), rub a couple of drops onto your problem areas to help soothe, clean and hydrate. If you are a rosehip oil fan, you might also like to know that almond oil is actually more stable due to its high levels of omega-9. Fascinating!
4. APPLY IT LIKE A MOISTURISER
By now you should know that almond oil is deeply nourishing. Basically, your skin loves the stuff. Always look for cold-pressed pure oil that is organic to eliminate any chemical processes that could aggravate your complexion. Once you’ve found your oil of choice, apply it to damp skin the second you leap out of the shower.
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