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Sweet Almond Carrier Oil: The Perfect Addition to Your Skincare Routine

A cost effective and very popular all-purpose carrier, Sweet Almond is a natural, gentle, and effective way to care for your skin. This versatile oil is not only emollient and soothing but also perfect for those with dry skin. Let’s explore the benefits of Sweet Almond Oil, its uses, and why it should be a staple in your skincare routine.

What is Sweet Almond Carrier Oil and its Benefits?

The history of Almond Oil dates back to approximately 4000 B.C.  The exact destination is not known, but thought to be the western parts of Asia and China.  There are also origins in the Mediterranean region possibly brought there by merchants travelling the Silk Road. 
Sweet Almond Carrier Oil is derived from the seeds of the almond tree (Prunus dulcis).  Unlike bitter almonds, sweet almonds themselves are safe to consume in small quantities and are widely used in cooking and beauty products.  Sweet Almond carrier oil is rich in vitamins E and A, fatty acids (Oleic Acid and Linoleic Acid), anti-oxidants and other nutrients that are beneficial for the skin which makes it great for making your own body formulations.

So what are the benefits of Sweet Almond Oil?

Moisturising: Sweet Almond Oil is a natural emollient that helps to hydrate and soften the skin.  Its light/medium texture makes it perfect for all skin types, including sensitive skin.
Soothing: This oil has anti-inflammatory properties that help to calm irritation and redness.  It is great for soothing dry, itchy, and irritated skin.
Anti-Aging: The vitamin E in Sweet Almond Oil helps to protect the skin from free radical damage, which can lead to premature aging.  Regular use of this oil can help to keep your skin looking youthful and supple.

Sweet Almond Oil can be used in a variety of ways to enhance your skincare routine.  Here are a few suggestions:
Face and Body Moisturiser: Apply a few drops of Sweet Almond Oil to your face and body after a shower.  Massage gently into the skin for a boost of hydration.
As a Hair Treatment: Massage a small amount of Sweet Almond Oil into your scalp and hair to nourish and condition.  Leave it on for a few hours or overnight for an intensive treatment.
As a Carrier Oil: Sweet Almond Oil is perfect for diluting essential oils for safe use on the skin.  It is also a good carrier to mix with other Carrier Oils to make your own custom oil blend.  Note the dilution ratio as always for essential oils to carrier oils is 2.5% essential oils (in total) mixed with a carrier oil/oils.

Please also note if you have a nut allergy or are sensitive to nut oils, it is recommended to perform a patch test before using Sweet Almond Oil.  Apply a small amount to the inside of your arm and wait 24 hours to check for any adverse reactions.

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