24 Almond oil Benefits for Skin, Hair, Babies & Health

These days I have been trying eliminate chemicals from my skin and hair care routine. I am trying a number of SLS free shampoos and now I am all set to skip face creams loaded with chemicals. I love reading beauty blogs and beauty blogger Shayoni from SweetandBitterBlog.com is using a lot of face oils which is what inspired me into going the essential oils route for skin care.

I did a lot of research and found out that almond oil is very good for skin, hair and health. Almonds or Badam oil is rich in vitamins like E, A and D and it also has oleic and linoleic acids in abundance. In this post I am going to talk in details about the benefits of almonds oil  for skin, hair, body and health. But before lets find out about the different types of almond oils

Types of almond oil: 

There are two main types of almond oils, the sweet almond oil and bitter almond oil. 
Bitter almond oil is extracted from bitter almonds which has its own set of uses but it can be toxic and so its use is not recommended for skin, hair and health. It is better to stay away from bitter almond oil or use it only under medical supervision. 
Sweet almond oil is almond oil cold pressed from edible almonds and can be safely used for cosmetic, health and ayurvedic purposes. Here in this post all the benefits mentioned involve sweet almond oil

Almond Oil Benefits for skin and beauty: 

#1 Best Moisturizer:

Almond oil is loaded with vitamin E and helps nourishing skin making it soft and supple. It is the best moisturizer dry skinned beauties can get because it is light weight and doesnt clog pores.How to use : All you have to do is use some drops of almond oil on your body and face after cleansing it at night and wake up to glowing skin. If you want added hydration top almond oil with a layer of moisturizer for super soft skin.

#2 Makeup Remover:

Sleeping with makeup on is the sure shot way to damage your skin. Most makeup products these days are waterproof and long staying which wont get removed with your normal cleanser. I usually use baby oil for removing makeup but almond oil can also be used as a makeup remover, it is especially effective for removing make up around the eye area without any tugging. Almond oil is gentle but effective in removing even waterproof long lasting makeup like mascara, eye liner, foundation etc. Since almond oil is light weight you will not be left with greay or oily residues after removing makeup . Epic Win. Try it.
How to use: Dab some drops of almond oil on a cotton ball and wipe you face clean, paying special attention around the eye area. Make sure you use a fresh cotton ball for removing eye make up.

#3 Treating chapped lips:

I have a number of lip balms but all of these are more of protectors which protect lips from chapping but what happens when your lips get chapped in winters? You want a healer and almond oil does just that. we already know almond oil is rich in vitamins and is a great moisturizer and it effectively treats chapped lips .
How to use: Dab a drop of almond oil on your chapped lips before bed and wake up to softer , naturally pink lips .
Pro Tip: Before heading out on cold and dry winter dry apply a few drops of almond oil on lips to make them chap-proof.

#4 Lip Scrub:

I have never brought a lip scrub ever because I always scrub my lips with  DIY lip scrub which works like a charm for m .  I use almond oil because it helps in removing pigmentation of lips in addition to moisturizing it.
DIY lip scrub recipe:
Mix two drops of honey and two drops of almond oil with a pinch of brown sugar to get a sticky paste. Now rub this paste on your lips a wee bit vigorously to remove dead cells. Now let the mixture  rest on your lips for 60 seconds or so and wash off , follow with a lip balm. Say hi to supple soft lips.

#5 Beats Aging with Antioxidants

Almond oil has powerful antioxidants which helps in reducing fine lines and wrinkles. Almond oil reduces signs of skin ageing by strengthening skins collage fibres, nourishing its and evening out skin complexion.
How to use: massage almond oil directly on your face and neck giving special attention to wrinkle prone areas and under eye area. Do this every night. you can also use almond oil in your anti ageing face masks or DIY  face packs.

#6 Nourishes brows and lashes: 

Almond oil is your shortcut to perfect eyebrows and eye lashes. Rich in vitamins, monosaturated fats, calcium and magnesium almond oil helps your eye lashes and brows grow faster by nourishing and strengthening them, eliminating the use of eyelashes extensions.
How to use : Dip a Q tip in almond oil and apply on your brows and lases. For more precise application on eye lashes you can dip a clean mascara wand in almod oil and apply it like you apply a mascara.

#7 Cuticle care:

Almond oil is beneficial for your cuticles. It is hydrating, strengthens and adds a healthy sheen to nails. You can easily substitute your cuticle cream or oil with almond oil which moisturizes dry cuticles and makes your nails less prone to breakage.
How to use: Gently massage almond oil into your cuticles daily.

#8 Repairs sun damage:

Almond oil is a natural sunscreen with SPF 5 and it helps shielding skin from UV rays and prevents tanning. It can also help reverse damage caused by exposure to sun. If you have sun burns just apply a layer of almond oil which is anti inflamatory and enriched with vitamin E. Almond oil can reduce tan and treat sun damage but it isnt a substitute to your sunscreen , so it is best to use sunscreen when out in the sun.

#9 Helps with Dark circles:

My biggest skin problem is dark circles which I have becuase of stress and over exposure to laptop and mobile screens. eye creams dont work for me because they get into my eye forcing me to wash it off immediately after applying so I rely on natural home remedy to lighten and shoo the dark circles far far away. Almond oil has complexion lightening properties which reduce discoloration and it also hydrates and moisturizes under eye area. Puffy under eye bags can be treated with almond oil as it is naturally anti inflammatory.
How to Use: Regularly massage under eye area with almonds oil in light circular motions and leave overnight. wash off in the morning. you can even mix almond oil with rose oil or coconut oil and massage for quicker results.
Pro Tip: Add a bit of honey to almond oil and drive the dark circles and puffiness away with goodness of honey and almonds.

#10 Brightens Complexion:

Regular use of almond oil on face helps evening out the skin tone and lightening complexion by. If you have dark spots or blemishes almond oil is your solution to welcome radiant glowing skin. When you massage almond oil into skin blood supply increases , skin is nourished and the pores are clean making way for brighter looking skin.
Pro tip: Use almond oil on dark elbows and knees to brighten and hydrate them. also use almond oil on stretch marks

#11 Natural Face scrub:

Almond oil helps remove impurities and dead cells from skin making it an ideal ingredient in face scrubs. A sugar almond oil scrub can be easily made at home and is very effective in exfoliating dry skin and moisturizing it.
How to use: Mix equal quantities of brown sugar and almond oil in a bowl and massage on your face lightly to remove dead skin cells and reveal silky moisturized skin. You can even apply this scrub on your body, elbows and feet.

#12 Fades scar and stretch marks:

Almond oil is rich in vitamins and it helps lighten complexion so it can also be used to fade surgical scars and stretch marks. I will soon start using this on my C-section scar.

Almond Oil Benefits for Hair

#13 Stronger and Longer Hair:

In addition to being amazing for the skin almond oil also helps hair growth. The presence of amino acids and proteins in almond oil keeps hair soft and reduces breakage giving you longer shiny and strong tresses.
How to use: Although you can use just pure almond oil on your hair I recommend you mix equal quantities of almond, castor and olive oil and apply twice a week on your hair before having a bath. For maximum benefits mix these 3 oils and put the solution in a glass bottle and keep in sun for a week and then apply on scalp and hair.
Pro Tip: Add almonds to your diet for healthy hair

#14 Leave in conditioner:

If you dont use leave in conditioners because of the chemicals they are loaded with try using almond oil as one. Almond oil is lightweight and gives your hair the required shine. This works best for dry hair.
How to use:
After a head bath towel dry your hair and comb with a wet hair brush or wide tooth comb. Now take some almond oil on your palms and run your hands through your tresses concentrating on the ends. Let hair dry naturally and watch the intant shine this gives your hair

#15 Keeps split ends at bay:

I dont have many skin problems but with hair problems come in abundance. My hair are dry and split ends make repeated appearances which can be treated with almond oil.  Deep conditioning your hair twice a week with almond oil gives your hair the required nourishment in addition to strengthening your hair follicles which helps keep split ends away
Pro TipDont go over board with oiling because then you will use more shampoo to cleanse and this will strip your scalp of natural oils worsening the situation.

#16 Dandruff treatment:

In addition to nourishing hair almond oil with its emollient properties helps with treating dandruff by removing dead cells on scalp which maybe blocking growth of hair follicles. Having a healthy and well nourished scalp means you will have dandruff free hair so regularly massage almond oil into scalp to get rid of dandruff.

Almond Oil Benefits for Babies

#17 Treats diaper Rashes: 

Diaper rashes are very common these days and mild diaper rashes dont need medical attention and can be treated with home remedies.When my baby got diaper rash the doctor prescribed zinc based cream but i found that natural remedies were more effective. You can use coconut oil , almond oil or even corn starch to treat diaper rashes effectively. Almond oil works on diaper rashes because it is rich in zinc and free of chemicals which are loaded in creams.
How to use: Dip a finger or cotton swab in almond oil and directly apply on the daiper area. Let it get absorbed into skin. You can even make a diaper rash DIY spray with almond oil, lavender oil and tea tree oil
DIY Diaper rash Spray:
*1/2 cup Pure almond oil
* 3 drops lavender oil
* 2 drops tea tree oil
* 1/4 cup distilled water
Mix all ingredients and transfer to an empty spray bottle. Spray on diaper area when changing diapers. wait for it to dry before puttin a new diaper on. Store this spray bottle in cool and dry place.

#18 Massage oil for babies:

Massage is important for growth of baby and indian moms use a variety of oils to massage. Almond oil is best oil for massaging your baby as it is suitable for sensitive skin of  the baby and gets absorbed quickly. Almond oil is a natural emollient helping nourish and moisturize baby skin nicely
How to use: Cover your lap with a towel and put your baby on it. Now massage pure almond oil on to the baby's body starting from hands. You can even oil your baby's hair with almond oil
Pro Tip: Take care not to let almond oil enter your baby's nose or eyes.

Almond Oil benefits for Health

#19 Cures Psoriasis and Eczema:

Almond oil is immensely beneficial for Psoriasis and Eczema because of its anti inflamatory and hypoallergenic properties. It also helps reduce irritation and dryness cause by Eczema & Psoriasis by keeping it hydrated and moisturized.

#20 As a Spa oil:

Almond oil can be used to relieve muscle pains and relax knotty muscles helping you relax . Almond oil is widely used in spas for aromatherapy because it spreads easily, is light weight and has pleasant mild fragrance which will not irritate even sensitive noses. 
How to use: Heat almond oil and apply it warm on your aching muscles. Massage in the oil nicely until completely absorbed. 
Pro Tip:  Add few drops of essential oil like lavender or rose oil to almond oil for added relaxation. 

#21 Strengthens bones: 

Enriched with goodness of micro nutrients like calcium, almond oil strengthens bones and our skeletal system by improving bone density. Almond oil massage also helps you have healthy bones.

#22 Boosts your memory Power: 

When I was small my mom always fed me with almonds especially before exams, telling me it helps improve memory. Almond oil has similar benefits and it strengthens the memory because almonds oil has nutrients which help better functioning of the brain and nervous system
How to use: Add a few drop of sweet almond oil to a glass of milk and drink before hitting the bed.

#23 Good for Heart:

Rich in monounsaturated fatty acids almond oil is good for heart and also helps with controlling cholesterol levels. Almonds oil not only prevents cardiovascular diseases it also help keep your blood sugar levels in check and reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
How to use: Cooking with almond oil is a nice way to reap health benefits but make sure the almond oil you are using is edible or labelled as foodgrade.

#24 Improves digestive system: 

Almond oil is a natural laxative and can help relieve digestive issues like constipation by loosening stools and helping better digestion of food.
How to use: Drink 2 tablespoons of pure almond oil to help with constipation. If you cant drink only oil add it to a warm glass of milk and consumer before going to bed. You can even use almond oil as salad dressing .

Tips and Precautions to take while using almond oil :

  • There are two kinds of almond oils. Sweet amond oil and bitter almond oil. Do NOT use bitter almond oil, it is toxic. Always use sweet almond oil.
  • Use pure almond oil not something like bajaj almond oil. Try Roghan badam shirin or Khadi pure almond oil .
  • Do a patch test to first see if you are allergic to almond oil. If you are allergic to nuts, stay far away !
  • Pregnant women need to consult  a doctor before using almond oil for skin and health
  • Dont expect instant results with natural home remedies, be patient and results will follow after about 20 days of regular application.
  • Store almond oil in a cool and dry place, preferably in a refrigerator. 
  • Try not to stain clothes as almond oil stains are very stubborn and may not get washed easily

BlingSparkle Recommends: Top 5 Almond Oils available in India

To get maximum benefits of almond oil you should use 100% pure and organic almond oil. Many hair and face oils these days claim to provide benefits of almond oil but have just a small quantity of almond oil and loads of petroleum paraffins so make sure you are buying high-quality organic almond oil.
1. Aloe Veda Distil Sweet Almond Oil (525 INR for 200 ml.)
2. Hamdard Roghan Badam Shirin (199 INR for 100 ml)
3. Dabur Badam Tail (350 INR for 100 ml)
4. Khadi Sweet Almond Oil (285 INR for 100 ml)
5. Moksha Almond Oil Sweet (110 INR for 30 ml)

Read: Top 10 Organic Pure Sweet Almond Oils Available In India

Why use almond oil?
  • Reasonably priced
  • Enriched with vitamin E
  • Non greasy
  • Powerful antioxidant
  • Gets absorbed quickly
  • Doesn't clog pores
  • Nutrient rich
  • Edible
  • Light Weight
  • Mild fragrance

A single bottle of organic sweet almond oil can bring you so many benefits, so what are you waiting for? Go get your bottle of pure badam oil now !

So did you know about all these amazing uses of almond oil ? Do you know of more? Share with us in comments below.

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