You may know sweet almond oil to be the carrier oil that allows you to apply essential oils on your skin. Not only is almond oil a great carrier oil that keeps your skin looking young and blemish-free, it actually has several benefits for your hair as well.
What is the difference between sweet almond oil and almond essential oil?
There are two different kinds of almond oil: sweet and bitter. Sweet oil is extracted straight from the almonds we eat. This oil is referred to as a fixed oil. Fixed oils are what we know as the carrier oils for essential oils. This one in particular has great moisturizing properties for skin and hair. Bitter almond oil, on the other hand, is an essential oil. This oil is extracted from bitter almonds that grow from almond trees in the wild. These almonds are toxic and can have fatal effects if they are consumed. Bitter almond oil does not have any aromatherapy benefits like most of the essential oils we know and love. It has a wonderful almond scent, but that is just about all it is good for. Sweet almond oil’s benefits, however, cover a wide range of categories and far more numerous since it can be applied topically and consumed internally.
The benefits of sweet almond oil include:
1. Moisturizes and Nourishes Skin
Almond oil contains emollient properties that make it a great moisturizer for the skin. It is easily absorbed and will not clog your pores. It even works well as a massage oil. Almond oil can also effectively remove makeup.
2. Reduces the Appearance of Dark Circles under the Eyes
By placing a few drops of warmed sweet almond oil under and around your eyes regularly before bed, you can reduce the dark circles and puffiness under your eyes.
3. Works as a Leave-In Conditioner
Almond oil has a very light texture, and can be applied to hair as a leave-in conditioner. It helps bring out hair’s natural shine. Its nourishing properties allow it to soften your hair, while also making it able to keep its elasticity to keep your hair strong.