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For those of us who won`t just smear any old "miracle cream" onto our skin, there is a safer, cheaper, healthier, and organic way to fix our most common beauty flubs. Almond oil is an all-in-one moisturizer that can be used to cure a multitude of hair, face, and skin problems.
Almond oil comes in a variety of forms. For the following uses, it is important that you are using SWEET almond oil, rather than bitter almond oil. Bitter almond oil has its own benefits, but using them for the following purposes could result in adverse affects. Be sure that you are using 100% pure sweet almond oil (I look for the stuff labeled "food grade" just to be sure).
Almond oil comes from pressed almonds and is full of a wide range of beneficial vitamins, such as Vitamin A, B1, B2, and E. It is safe for all skin types and can even be used as a substitute for vegetable or olive oil in cooking!
Below are just 7 of the many ways you can use your almond oil to pamper yourself and look and feel beautiful!
1. Get Rid of Dry Skin... For Good!
Almond oil is a 100% moisturizer that won`t clog your pores. What this means is that you can use it on virtually every part of your body, including your face. When you step out of the shower, lather yourself from head to toe in almond oil and wait a few minutes before you put your clothes on. Almond oil absorbs readily and quickly into the skin, so you won`t feel oily or greasy all day. Concentrate on the knees, ankles, elbows, heels, or wherever else you feel you may need a bit more moisture. Once the oil is absorbed into the skin, you`re left smooth to the touch with an awesome glow that lasts all day!
2. Say Farewell To Flakes!
If you suffer from dandruff, you may have found the cure. Dandruff is caused by a dry scalp rather than dry hair, so be sure to take care of your scalp too. Many shampoos, no matter how well they work, can dry out our scalp, leaving us with embarrassing flakes toward the crown of our heads. After shampooing your hair, massage almond oil onto your scalp using the tips of your fingers (be sure not to scratch your scalp with your nails, as this may make dandruff worse). Leave the oil on your hair while you rinse your body and shave your legs. (BONUS: Almond oil can also be used to shave your legs!) After a few minutes, rinse out the almond oil, again using the tips of your fingers, and then condition your hair as you normally would. You can also mix the oil in with your conditioner if the strands of your hair tend to be dry as well. Be sure that all of the oil is out of your hair before you step out of the shower, otherwise your hair might look greasy.
3. Perfect Your Pout!
Personally, I am constantly battling severely chapped lips, especially in the winter. I am constantly biting my lip and licking them when they feel dry (which is a HUGE no-no). No matter how much lip balm I applied, by the end of the day my lips started to resemble the Sahara Desert. That is, of course, until I started using almond oil! So, let me let you in on my little secret... After you`ve finished brushing your teeth and your lips are still wet, brush your lips with your toothbrush. This will get rid of all of the dead skin cells on your lips and leave them feeling amazingly soft. Immediately after this, apply almond oil liberally to your lips. Luckily, almond oil is not only edible, it has a very faint, but pleasant taste, so don`t be afraid to get a little bit in your mouth. The almond oil will look like a fresh coat of lip gloss at first, and will absorb into your lips, leaving them soft, smooth, and plump.
4. Sayonara To Stretch Marks!
While it may not be a quick fix, almond oil has been proven to, over time, reduce the appearance of stretch marks, and also acts as to prevent stretch marks during pregnancy. Almond oil is one of the strongest emollients (moisturizers) due to its high levels of Vitamin E, which is an antioxidant that promotes healing of the skin and protects it from damage. The Vitamin E in the almond oil will, in time, allow your skin cells to repair themselves and will visibly reduce the appearance of your stretch marks and even scars. Preventing stretch marks is as easy as keeping your skin moisturized, and keeping your skin moisturized is as easy as using almond oil! Apply a liberal amount of almond oil to the area of stretch marks post-shower and before bed for a few months to see results. Apply 2 to 3 times a day during your pregnancy to prevent the skin from stretching faster than your body can produce new skin cells.
5. Down With Dark Circles!
Since we now know that Vitamin E can help to heal our skin, it only makes sense that it would help to get rid of dark circles. Applying the almond oil in a circular, upward motion just beneath the eyes will promote circulation and brighten the area altogether. Apply about a fingertips worth of oil under each eye since this area tends to be sensitive. Do this every night before you go to bed and once before you put your make-up on for best results.
6. See You Later, Split Ends!
I`ve probably spent hundreds of dollars in frizz and damage control serums, all of which failed to meet my expectations. They either leave my hair feeling greasy and heavy, or just simply don`t work at all. One day, I realized that almond oil is the same consistency of most of the serums I previously had purchased and decided to give it a try. I started out by rubbing a dime-sized amount of oil into my hands and rubbing it onto the ends of my hair. Not only did my split ends vanish, it made my hair look as if I had just gotten my hair trimmed. Almond oil works for fly-aways as well, although you should be careful not to apply too much and risk having your hair look greasy. Apply one or two drops of almond oil (or more if you have extremely long or thick hair) and rub your hands together. Lightly smooth out your hair, using the palms of your hands, concentrating on the crown of your head where there tends to be more fly-aways.
7. Turn Up Your Tan!
Forget spending up to a hundred dollars on tanning lotion at the salon, bring a travel sized container with you to the tanning salon and lather it on just before you get into the tanning bed. The high levels of vitamin E not only moisturize the skin to prevent it from flaking off after you tan, but also can reduce the risk of skin cancer by slowing down cell damage. Be sure you are still using a moisturizer with some sort of SPF before tanning to further reduce the risk of skin cancer and to prevent yourself from burning. Also, be sure to ask one of the employees at the tanning salon if it is okay to use the almond oil, as some salons don`t allow certain lotions or oils to be used in their beds.
As mentioned above, there are many more ways in which you can use almond oil. I have saved so much money simply by purchasing one bottle of almond oil. It is inexpensive and extremely versatile, and I encourage every one of you to try at least one of these methods so you can see for yourself the true wonder that is almond oil!
(I use Now Solutions sweet almond oil, but I know there are many more brands that offer it. The most important thing is that it is 100% almond oil and nothing else. If its in a small bottle and seems a little pricy, chances are it contains some other ingredients, which makes it much less versatile.)
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