We have seen incredible advancements in skincare technology that have led us to the products and ingredients we know today. Prior to this, ancient forms of beauty products heroed plant-based oils in order to soften and nourish the face and body. While these didn’t feature different molecular weights or encapsulated delivery systems, many of them did still leave the skin soft and glowing for other reasons. One of these traditional skin ointments is almond oil, and while it may not be the most exciting thing on the shelf today, this humble oil continues to carry plenty of positives.
Almond Oil Benefits:
Almond oil is a very stable oil. It is non-volatile, meaning that it does not react when exposed to other molecules or ingredients. This is why almond oil is still one of the most popular choices for aromatherapy carrier oils, as essential oils can be very strong and reactive. This also gives almond oil an advantage in today’s skincare market, since there are so many strong and molecularly unstable cosmetic ingredients out there, such as vitamins A and C.
These are one thing that almond oil is particularly rich in. Specifically, the long list of fatty acids in almond oil include oleic, linoleic, palmitic, myristic, palmitoleic, oleic, margaric, stearic, linolenic, linoleic, arachidonic, gadoleic, behenic, and erucic acids (1). Many of these are proven to be beneficial in maintenance of the skin’s barrier function and natural moisturisation.
Other contents of almond oil include zinc and vitamin E (2). Both of these constituents have been found to have excellent anti-inflammatory actions in the tissue, soothing inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema and rosacea, and soothing symptoms like heat, itching, and flaking.
If you’re one of our regular blog readers, you are likely very familiar with the importance of antioxidants, so you may skip this section! Free radicals, or reactive oxygen species, are natural by-products of human anatomical function. However, too many of them can cause problems, especially signs of ageing. Free radicals break down collagen fibres, and damaged collagen leads to lines and wrinkles. Preventing them for as long as possible, therefore, requires antioxidants. Almond oil contains these free radical-fighting agents.
Almond oil does not penetrate deeply into the tissue. Instead, it sits relatively superficially on the epidermis. Here it serves an important function - to create a shield which protects the skin’s moisture levels and prevent water from being lost through the surface, ie. Trans Epidermal Water Loss (TEWL). (3)
So, while it may not feature many bells and whistles, it is for these reasons and more that almond oil still plays a vital role in many modern cosmetic formulations. It mixes well with other ingredients, including highly active vitamins and acids, but is also a fantastic skin-boosting agent in its own right.
Mukti Organics products that contain Sweet Almond Oil:
- Age Defiance Day Serum
- Age Defiance Night Serum
- Age Defiance Eye Serum
- Rescue & Recover Serum
- Gentle Melt Cleansing Balm
- Hydrating Cleansing Lotion
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