Sweet almond oil is extracted from the fruits of the almond tree. Rich in active ingredients with beneficial properties for the body, it was initially used in the field of medicine. Currently, there are various ways to utilise sweet almond oil in skin and hair care.
The various uses of sweet almond oil.
A brief overview of sweet almond oil.
The almond tree is a fruit-bearing tree whose flowers are the first to appear at the end of winter, despite the morning frosts.This fruit tree is primarily cultivated in the southern regions, from the Alpes-Maritimes to the western Pyrenees, including Corsica..
This refers to a vegetable oil obtained from the cold pressing of the seeds from the fruits of the almond tree. To produce 1 L of sweet almond oil, approximately 2 to 3 kg of almonds are required. It is almost odourless and its texture is fluid with a greasy touch. It is generally pale yellow in colour, but it can be slightly darker, depending on the production conditions.
In cosmetics, its I.N.C.I. name is "Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil".Sweet almond oil is primarily recognised for its moisturising and nourishing properties. It is used to maintain the skin, scalp, and hair.
Sweet almond oil for dry skin.
Thanks to its richness in essential fatty acids, sweet almond oil possesses moisturising and nourishing properties for the skin. Suitable for all skin types, it is particularly recommended for dry or irritated skin. Sweet almond oil can thus replace moisturising treatments such as body, face, hand creams, etc.
To achieve this, the oil is applied to the skin through a gentle massage. The massaging movements allow the active ingredients contained in the oil to penetrate the skin for its benefit. Gentle, it can be applied neat to the skin of the body and face morning and evening.
Furthermore, sweet almond oil can also be used in certain facial or body care products, specifically for dry to very dry skin. At Typology, we have developed the following care products based on sweet almond oil.
The bi-phase makeup remover for eyes is a treatment that effectively removes eye makeup, even waterproof. Its formula, enriched with castor oil and pea peptides (1%), strengthens the eyelashes. It also contains chamomile hydrosol to soothe the eye contour. You can apply it using our reusable cotton pads washable in bamboo fibres.
Thecleansing oil with 7 ingredients is a minimalist, fragrance-free formula
suitable for sensitive skin. Dermatologically tested, it contains 99% naturally derived ingredients. Sweet almond oil is combined here with sunflower seed oil, rich in antioxidants, which protects against free radicals, nourishes the skin and facilitates cleansing.
Thenourishing body scrubhelps to soften and smooth the skin. It is particularly suitable for dry and uncomfortable skin.
Thenourishing body creamrestores the skin's lipid barrier, reduces feelings of tightness and protects the skin from external aggressions.
The use of sweet almond oil to combat dark circles.
There are numerous natural remedies to combat dark circles. Among them, sweet almond oil is practical and easy to handle.
It stimulates the microcirculation of blood.
The vitamin K found in sweet almond vegetable oil enhances circulation by ensuring proper blood coagulation. This helps to reduce redness. Therefore, sweet almond oil is particularly effectiveagainst vascular dark circles.
It combats skin ageing.
Loaded withantioxidantsthat are extremely potent, such asvitamin Eandphytosterols(including beta-sitosterol, campesterol, stigmasterol), this vegetable oil fights against the early signs of ageing, wrinkles and fine lines that appear around the eye contour. This active ingredient actively combats free radicals that attack the healthy constituents of the epidermis.
The use of sweet almond oil for hair care.
Sweet almond oil can provide benefits todry and brittle hair. Indeed, dry hair results from alack of sebum productionat the scalp level. This can stem from the use of a harsh treatment that denatures the structure of the hair fibre or from a decrease in cell activity with age. However, this lack of sebum can be compensated for by an intake of essential fatty acids. Composed mainly of omega 9 fatty acids (62 to 86%oleic acid), sweet almond oil can provide this intake. Moreover, hydrating the hair gives it flexibility and shine. In the case of curly hair, sweet almond oil helps to define the curls, while strengthening the elasticity of the hair fibres. Detangled, they are thus easier to style.
How to use it?
Immersed in Oil
To deeply nourish the hair, sweet almond oil can be used as a mask or an oil bath. Applied once or twice a week, it will strengthen, restore shine, and soften the hair. The sweet almond oil bath also helps combat dry dandruff. Apply a few drops 2 to 3 times a week and massage into the hair. It only requires 15 minutes of application before washing, or it can be left on overnight followed by a hair wash in the morning.
As a styling oil
In the event that the hair exhibits split ends, simply apply sweet almond oil to the tips to restore their shine. Be careful not to apply too much to avoid weighing down the hair.
Furthermore, sweet almond oil also helps to limit the appearance of dry dandruff on the scalp. It is therefore incorporated into our calming scalp treatment Bisabolol 1% + cotton extract.
Sweet almond oil as an anti-stretch mark treatment.
The vegetable oil of sweet almond is naturally abundant in essential fatty acids. Its application on the skin thus allows it to be nourished and softened in depth. Depending on how it is used, it has numerous interesting properties for preventing and/or reducing stretch marks.
Sweet almond oil was already used in traditional medicine to promote healing. It has restorative properties when applied to the skin, which makes it interesting for reducing the appearance of stretch marks.
When they begin to emerge, stretch marks bring about unpleasant sensations of tension and pulling. They also cause the skin to dry out. The application of sweet almond oil can alleviate these feelings of discomfort and moisturise the parched skin.
In order to limit the formation of stretch marks due to sudden skin stretching, it is recommended to apply sweet almond oil to soften it. Containing vitamin A, sweet almond oil enhances the natural suppleness and elasticity of the skin.
Gentle and without contraindications
Naturally derived, sweet almond oil is suitable for all skin types. Unlike essential oils, vegetable oils can be used during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Therefore, it is a natural and safe way to combat stretch marks during pregnancy.
Ourstretch mark gel-to-oilwith baobab oil (INCI name: "Adansonia Digitata Seed Oil") meets all these criteria. It helps to prevent and reduce the appearance of stretch marks. Moreover, it provides elasticity and suppleness to the skin. This treatment is enriched with healing baobab oil, nourishing sweet almond oil (INCI name: "Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil"), regenerating maracuja oil (INCI name: "Passiflora Edulis Seed Oil"), plum oil for its emollient and softening virtues (INCI name: "Prunus Domestica Seed Extract"), aloe vera juice for its anti-inflammatory properties (INCI name: "Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice") and shea olein (INCI name: "Butyrospermum Parkii Oil"), which is both nourishing and protective.
Furthermore, this gel-to-oil combines two different textures for an easy and pleasant daily use. Under the effect of massage, the gel gently transforms into oil for facilitated massage and faster deep penetration of the active ingredients. Thestretch mark oilthen leaves the skin soft, supple and nourished, without any greasy or sticky finish.