Benefits Of Almond Oil For Face And How To Use It

Gently massage this aromatic oil on your face for a flawlessly smooth, glowing complexion.

Medically Reviewed by Dr. Priya Gill, MBBCH, MRCP
By Arshiya Syeda

Almond oil is widely used in skin care and beauty products. The oil is safe for sensitive skin and helps maintain skin health. Using almond oil for the face has multiple benefits. It can keep the skin glowing, reduce pigmentation, manage acne breakouts, and improve your skin texture.

But are these benefits true? And, how do you use this oil on your face? This article explains the benefits of almond oil and how you can include it in your daily skin care routine. Read on to know more.

Benefits Of Using Almond Oil On Your Face

1. Has Antioxidant Properties

Sweet almond oil is hypoallergenic. It can be applied to the face as it does not cause allergic reactions. It is suitable for sensitive skin too.

The vitamin E in almond oil acts as a highly potent antioxidant and prevents skin irritation. This natural skin care product can even soothe swelling, redness, and itching, as well as other clinical skin issues such as psoriasis or eczema (1).

That said, applying almond oil to your face is only a quick fix and not a long-term solution. Consult your dermatologist for more information in this regard.

2. May Make Your Face Glow

Regular application of almond oil is said to enhance facial glow, though more research is warranted in this regard. The oil is said to have several brightening properties that leave your skin looking dewy and fresh. The vitamin E in the oil is often attributed to this benefit. Anecdotal evidence suggests the nutrient also keeps the skin soft and supple.

3. Helps Moisturize Skin

The vitamin E in almond oil is known to promote skin hydration (2). It also may help the skin retain its moisture and reduce any irritation caused by dry skin.

Almond oil may also help soften the callouses on the skin. Besides, the product is lightweight and gets absorbed quickly.

4. May Reduce Puffiness And Dark Under-Eye Circles

The potential brightening properties of almond oil may help reduce puffiness and dark under-eye circles. However, this claim is based on anecdotal evidence.
For best results, we recommend applying the almond oil to your face at night and washing it off the next morning. Leaving it on during the night can give it ample time to soothe the skin under your eyes.

5. May Help Reduce Acne

One of the major causes of acne is the sebum buildup in an individual’s skin pores (3). Some believe almond oil may help dissolve the excess sebum in one’s skin. However, there is no research to support this.

Some research suggests that almond oil may enhance one’s skin tone (4). The emollient and antioxidant properties of almond oil can help. It might help repair the skin tone aberration possibly caused by acne breakouts.

Anecdotal evidence suggests that applying the oil once to your face every day for two weeks may give you the desired results.

6. May Be Used As A Face Wash

Unlike other products, almond oil may delve deep into the pores and dissolve dirt, dead skin cells, sebum, and other impurities. However, the deep cleansing effects of almond oil are not backed by enough scientific evidence.

7. May Help Reduce Sunburn

Almond oil is known for preventing or reversing sunburn and protecting the skin against sun damage. According to an animal study, the vitamin E in the oil may help reduce some of the effects of sunburn caused due to excess UV exposure (5). That said, do note that human trials are required to arrive at a conclusion.

8. May Help Lighten Acne Scars

Almond oil was often used with Ayurvedic and Chinese medication to reduce scarring (1). The vitamin E in this oil was believed to stimulate collagen production and heal and lighten marks and scars. However, more research on the effects of almond oil on acne scars is warranted.

As you can see, almond oil could be quite beneficial for one’s face. However, the extent of these benefits greatly depends on how you apply the oil to your face. Read the next segment to find out more.

How Do You Use Almond Oil For Your Face?

Depending on the outcome that you want to achieve, there are a few ways you can use the oil.

1. Use Almond Oil To Cleanse Your Face

You Will Need

  • 1 teaspoon of almond oil
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar

How To Make

  • Mix the two ingredients in a bowl until just combined. Make sure the sugar does not dissolve.
  • Use immediately.

How To Apply

  • Apply the mixture all over your face with a brush.
  • Massage the oil and sugar into your skin with the pads of your finger.
  • After 5 minutes, wash away the mixture with warm water and move onto the next recipe.

2. Sweet Almond Oil As A Face Moisturizer

You Will Need

  • 1/4th teaspoon of sweet almond oil
  • 4 tablespoons of aloe vera juice
  • 6 drops of jojoba oil
  • 1 teaspoon of glycerin

How To Make

  • Add the ingredients to an airtight container.
  • Shake until fully combined.

How To Apply

  • Take a small amount of the mixture and apply it to your cheeks, nose, chin, and forehead.
  • Gently rub it into your skin with the pads of your fingers.
  • Do not wash out. Directly move on to the next recipe.

3. Almond Oil As An Under-Eye Face Cream

You Will Need

  • ½ a teaspoon of almond oil
  • ½ a teaspoon of honey

How To Make

  • Mix the two ingredients in a bowl and apply directly to the skin.

How To Apply

  • Start by dipping a small ball of cotton into the mixture.
  • Gently dab the cotton ball under each eye.
  • Massage the oil with the pads of your fingers and leave it overnight.
  • Wipe the oil away with a warm, damp cloth the next morning.

4. Almond Oil As A Face Scrub

You Will Need

  • 1 teaspoon of almond oil
  • 1 teaspoon of honey
  • 2 teaspoons of oat flour

How To Make

  • Mix all the ingredients until properly combined.

How To Apply

  • Add the mixture to the tips of your fingers and rub it all over your face. You can also use a brush for application.
  • Massage the mixture into your skin and let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Once done, wash the scrub away with warm water.

For best results, we recommend washing your face with the almond oil scrub at least once every three days.

5. Almond Oil As A Face Mask

You Will Need

  • 1 tablespoon of lemon
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 1 tablespoon of almond oil

How To Make

  • Add the ingredients to a microwave-safe bowl.
  • Heat for 30 seconds.
  • Using a spoon, stir the ingredients together until properly combined.
  • Apply immediately to the face.

How To Apply

  • With a brush, apply the mixture to your nose, cheeks, chin, and forehead and wait for 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Wipe away the pack with a warm, damp cloth.

For best results, apply this almond oil face mask to your skin at least once a week.

Making almond oil a part of your daily skin care regimen is simple. You can also leave the oil on your face overnight. It absorbs fairly quickly and will not leave your face feeling oily.

Almond oil is used across various skin care products and is ideal for people with sensitive skin. Almond oil contains antioxidants such as vitamin E, which soothes irritation, protects the skin from sun damage, and promotes skin hydration. You can use almond oil for your skin as a face wash, under-eye cream, moisturizer, or face mask as per your skin’s needs. With regular use of almond oil in your skincare routine, you will see an overall improvement in the texture and health of your skin over time.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I leave almond oil on my face overnight?

Yes, you can apply almond oil on a freshly cleansed face. Massage it well, leave it on overnight, and wash it off in the morning for best results.

Can almond oil make lips pink?

While almond oil helps retain your lips’ natural moisture and suppleness, adding a few drops of lemon juice might help them look pinker.

Does almond oil have side effects?

While almond oil is safe to apply for most people and all skin types, people with nut allergies may be prone to breakouts and skin reactions. Therefore, it is advisable to do a patch test before thorough application.

Is almond oil good for eyelashes?

Almond oil contains nourishing vitamin E and essential nutrients to strengthen your eyelashes and make them look fuller.

Which is better, almond oil or coconut oil for the face?

While both have individual benefits and nourishing properties, almond oil has a milder scent and is more suitable for any skin type. On the other hand, coconut oil is highly comedogenic and might tend to clog pores, especially for oily skin beauties.

Key Takeaways

  • Almond oil is a mild, hypoallergenic oil that is safe, effective, and beneficial for most skin types.
  • It is enriched with vitamin E, which helps moisturize and strengthen your skin barrier, reduce pigmentation, calm inflammation, and improve your overall skin tone and texture.
  • Face scrubs, moisturizers, cleansers, and masks are some of the common ways to include almond oil in your regular skin care routine.

References:

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  1. The uses and properties of almond oil
    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/20129403/
  2. Influence of vitamin E acetate on stratum corneum hydration
    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/9706379/
  3. Sebum analysis of individuals with and without acne
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2835908/
  4. Anti-Inflammatory and Skin Barrier Repair Effects of Topical Application of Some Plant Oils
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5796020/
  5. Effects of topical and oral vitamin E on pigmentation and skin cancer induced by ultraviolet irradiation in hairless mice
    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/11341050/
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Arshiya Syeda is an editor at StyleCraze. Prior to that, she was a content writer and combined her writing and... more

Dr. Priya Gill

(MBBCH, MRCP)
Dr. Priya Gill is a consultant dermatologist in Klang, Malaysia. She specializes in the management of all medical and surgical... more

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