Your Skin Will Glow Like Magic With Just One Easy Addition

Whether you love almonds or absolutely hate them, you might want to consider what they can do for your skincare. With a plethora of various oils and skincare products out there, you might be rolling your eyes at the idea of yet another entrant. While almond oil might be the latest in a long line of oils being promoted in the skincare industry, you're probably wondering what exactly makes it so different from other oils like coconut, olive, or even sunflower oil — you're not alone! Luckily, we've got your answers.

For starters, almond oil use is ancient. Historians have found that almond oil was used (to treat dry skin, psoriasis, and eczema) in ancient Chinese, Ayurvedic, and Greco-Persian schools of medicine. Plus, in addition to topical skincare uses, almond oil can also be used to tame your hair and even has health benefits when ingested (hello antioxidants). This means that almond oil has not only stood the test of time, but it can also be multifunctional in your beauty and wellness routines. Whether you're already an almond oil fan or you'd like to learn more before trying it, let's explore the benefits of almond oil and how it can upgrade your skin glow.

What almond oil can do for you

In addition to helping those with chronic skin conditions like psoriasis, eczema, and dermatitis, almond oil can also be beneficial for treating acne. Almond oil is both antibacterial and antifungal, which can help to reduce inflammation and redness. Plus, almond oil is largely used to reduce scarring, which means it can help to reduce any signs of past acne that might linger on your skin.

In addition to helping reduce the signs of scars, it can also help with wrinkles and stretch marks. In fact, one study found that daily topical almond oil applications helped minimize and even prevent stretch marks from forming altogether in pregnant people. For those who might already have stretch marks, almond oil can help to reduce the itching that often accompanies the healing process. Plus, as an emollient, almond oil can moisturize, soften, and even brighten your skin. (If you're not sure how an emollient differs from other kinds of moisturizers, we've got a guide for you.)

You also might want to consider cooking with almond oil in addition to using it topically. The antioxidants in almond oil can also help your skin, and overall body, from within. Almond oil is full of vitamin E, magnesium, phosphorus, and omega-3 fatty acids. This combination can help with your cholesterol levels, lower your risk of heart disease, and even improve your memory. A healthier body can lead to happier skin.

What kind of almond oil is right for you

When looking for the right almond oil, it's important to know that it comes in two varieties. Regular almond oil (also called bitter almond oil) is typically used for its fragrance. It not only has a strong smell, but it is usually not safe to ingest. Since it is made from a different type of almond, it's more likely to have toxins that would be dangerous if ingested. It is mainly used in aromatherapy and functions like an essential oil.

For beauty purposes, you should look for sweet almond oil. Since sweet almond oil is more broadly used in the beauty industry, you're more likely to find a variety of options. If you're looking for specific products that include almond oil, it's often listed in shampoos/conditioners, body washes, and even facial cleansers. For those who would rather use straight oil, it's important to consider what exactly you're looking to use the oil for. Depending on your unique hair or skin needs, you might find different oil blends or product qualities that best serve your needs (budget can be a big factor).

It's also worth mentioning that for almond oil you intend to cook/eat, finding an unrefined almond oil might be a better choice. Refined almond oil is more heat-tolerant (which can make it easier to cook with) but the process of refining can remove some of the nutritional value that makes it a great kitchen addition in the first place.