Almond oil is a vitamin E and antioxidant-rich extract that comes from pressing or grinding almonds.
I’m sure you may be thinking there is no possible way you can create your own DIY almond oil at home; well, the truth is that you actually can!
Almond oil is typically used to nourish skin and hair and is an important component of many beauty products. However, it can also be used for cooking at home. It has been used for thousands of years to soothe, soften, and repair the skin. Due to its anti-inflammatory and emollient properties, as well as its high nutrient content, it’s still a popular skin care ingredient today.
If you want to know how to make your own almond oil at home, all you need is a blender and a bit of patience. The crafting process is definitely a lengthy one, and you have to arm yourself with an awful lot of patience. It isn’t an overly complicated method, and the ingredients you’ll need are pretty cheap as well. You can also splurge for an oil press if you’re really committed to making your own almond oil.
- 2 cups of Almonds
- Olive oil 0r any carrier oil of your choice
- A blender
- A jar
Aroma Talks Tip
I would recommend NOT picking toasted almonds. It would not only mess up the final consistency of the product, but could potentially add a weird fragrance to your oil.
1. Place the almonds into your blender. The almonds should be dry and fresh. Make sure your blender is clean and ready to go.
2. Blend them at low speed at first. You should start off at low speed so that the almonds are blended slowly and carefully; blending them at high speed at first will make the blending process more difficult.
3. Pause the blender to clean the build-up. As you start to blend the almonds, you may find that they start to form a shape that resembles a ball; they’ll start to build up on the sides of the blender.
Just stop the blender to scrape off the build-up and return it to the rest of the almonds. You may need to do this several times in the blending process, so be vigilant as you blend them.
4. Blend the almonds at a higher speed. As they get more and more blended, you can turn your blender up to medium or even high speed. This will help the process along.
5. Add the olive oil when the almonds are thoroughly blended. Once the almonds have been blended into a rich, creamy paste, then you can add a teaspoon of olive oil to speed up the blending process. If you find that the almonds are still not blending as smoothly as you’d like them to, then you can add another teaspoon of oil.
6. Store the blended almonds. Once you’ve finished blending the almonds, you can place them in a container, such as a glass jar and keep them in your fridge for about 2 weeks. This should be enough time for the oil from the almonds to separate from their meat.
7. Drain the oil. To get the most out of the oil, you can try tipping the container and letting the oil drip into a separate container. You can also use a sieve or a strainer to separate the oil from the almonds.
8. Use the oil. You can use the oil to treat your skin or hair or for aromatherapy purposes. You also don’t have to throw out that leftover nut meat, either. You can use it in cooking, or even just mix it with sugar and a little bit of more oil and use it to scrub your body.
Using Almond Oil for Skin
There are a few different ways to use almond oil on your face.
Some people like to use it as a makeup remover. In fact, it’s a common ingredient in many natural makeup remover products. Almond oil can also be used in a cleanser or moisturizer.
As a makeup remover
You can use almond oil as a makeup remover
To use as a makeup remover, apply a small amount into your palm. Using your fingertips, gently apply the oil to the areas where you want to remove makeup.
Then, use cotton balls or warm water to remove the oil. Follow by washing your face with your favorite cleanser.
As a cleanser
Almond oil is known as a carrier oil, which means it has the ability to carry other essential oils more deeply into the skin.
You can mix almond oil with an essential oil that’s known to benefit the skin, like rosehip, lavender, rose geranium, or lemon oil. Be sure to patch test the essential oil on the inside of your elbow or wrist before applying to your face.
Add a few drops of the essential oil to each ounce of almond oil and mix well. Apply the oil mixture to damp skin and rinse with warm water. Because it’s an oil cleanser, you may need to rinse twice to remove any residue.
You can get the essential oils online
Use the almond oil to moisturize your face
Almond oil can be used as a daily moisturizing oil.
To do so, wash and dry skin as usual. Then, gently pat a small amount of almond oil – about half the size of a dime – onto your face with your fingertips, and let it absorb into your skin. If you’re using it as a moisturizer, you don’t need to rinse it off.
Note: Almond oil is generally considered safe, but if you’re allergic to nuts, don’t use it on your skin. If you’ve never tried almond oil before, Do a patch test before applying it to your face.
If you’re unsure if almond oil is right for your skin, talk to your doctor or a dermatologist before using it.
Benefits of Using almond oil on your face
Although there’s plenty of research that touts the benefits of eating almonds, there’s less scientific evidence on the benefits of using almond oil on the skin.
However, according to some clinical studies, applying almond oil to the skin may have the following benefits:
Reduces puffiness and under-eye circles
Because almond oil is an anti-inflammatory, it may help ease swelling of the skin.
Treats dry skin
Almond oil has been used for centuries to treat dry skin conditions, including eczema and psoriasis.
Improves the appearance of acne
The oil´s fatty acid content may help dissolve excess oil on the skin, while the retinoids in the oil may reduce the appearance of acne and improve cell turnover.
Improves complexion and skin tone
Due to its emollient properties, almond oil has the potential to improve both complexion and skin tone.
Helps reverse sun damage
Animal studies have shown that vitamin E, one of the nutrients in almond oil, may help reduce damage to the skin caused by UV exposure. Learn more here
Reduces the appearance of stretch marks
By using almond oil, you can reduce stretch marks from the stomach, thighs, breasts, and other areas of the body that are prone to them regularly. The fatty acids in almond oil have been shown to reach the deeper layers of the skin, healing and repair.
FAQ: Can Almond Oil Fade Away Dark Circles?
The appearance of dark circles under the eye is rather common. These are sometimes accompanied by sagging skin around the eyes, giving them a baggy appearance. This problem isn’t alien to both – men and Women! And when they occur, we feel dreadful and awful. Don’t worry; you are not the only one who is faced with this problem . Some of the most stunning celebrities the world over have encountered the problem at some point in time and have had to resort to make-up and concealers to hide these dark circles.
Can almond oil help?
Due to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, almond oil can help to lighten the dark circles under your eyes and reduce under-eye puffiness.
Almond oil also contains retinol, vitamin, and vitamin K, which can keep the delicate skin under your eyes smooth without irritating it. It is also abundantly rich in omega-9 and omega-6 fatty acids.
Owing to its rich fatty acids content, almond oil helps deeply nourish, moisturize and replenish the under eyes skin. These naturally occurring ingredients may also help contract the dilated blood vessels that are causing the discoloration.
Using almond oil for dark circles
Here is how you can incorporate almond oil for face in your routine to reduce dark circles and replenish your under-eye area.
- Cleanse your face and pat it dry
- Take a drop or two of the oil and gently massage around the eyes
- Use your ring finger to massage exerting the least pressure
- Try this every evening and leave it overnight
It takes several weeks to show results, so kindly be patient and use it diligently every night to reduce dark circles with time.
Click here to learn more about my Top Home Remedies To Keep Dark Circles Away
Risks and side effects
While almond oil is a gentle ingredient for most, you won’t want to use it if you have a sensitivity or allergy to almonds.
In some individuals, almond oil may irritate the skin or cause it to break out. To prevent this, apply almond oil to a small test patch of skin before you start using it on the dark circles under your eyes, especially if you know your skin is sensitive. People with acne-prone skin may also want to be cautious with almond oil. While it’s non-comedogenic and many do still use it without issues, if you find that oil products seem to clog your pores or break you out, this may not be the best option for you.
Almond oil shouldn’t be taken orally, as it can lead to side effects for example weight gain. Instead, you could try eating about 10 almonds a day. This won’t be as effective as applying almond oil topically, but for those who experience irritation, the nutritional benefits may still help.
Watch this video if you want to make your almond oil at home