Making a case for nuts: 5 incredible ways almonds are good for your skin
If you are anything like me, you would know how heavenly it feels to bite into a piece of almond in your bowl of fruit salad or a dessert, or just pop it whole first thing in the morning. I am not going to drone on about its cognitive powers and ability to boost your memory and attention. We know that well by now. But did you know almond and almond-based oils can work miracles for your skin?! Did you know they can exfoliate your skin too? Read on to know more.
1. Loaded with nutrients
Almonds come packed with nutrients, monosaturated good fats, fiber, plant-based proteins, and antioxidants that do not let your brain and skin age quickly, reduce inflammation, and regulate cholesterol levels. They are rich in niacin, riboflavin (vitamin B2), vitamin E, calcium, potassium, omega-3, and zinc.
2. Remove the dead skin
Believe it or not, it works very well as an exfoliating agent. It helps remove the dead skin cells, dirt, and goop from the skin which allows for healthy regeneration of skin cells. Some almond powder, drops of lemon juice, honey, and some milk can be a good exfoliation recipe. (Also read: 7 natural and painless ways to remove blackheads)
3. No more dark circles
Almonds come loaded with vitamin E, an essential nutrient to fight dark circles and puffy eyes. This is due to its strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. You also need vitamin E in your skincare regime to deal with the skin damage caused by exposure to UV rays. The good thing about almond oil is, along with Vitamin E it is also rich in Vitamin K and retinal-and all these combined help in the healthy appearance of the delicate skin under the eyes.
4. Keeps skin dryness at bay
Almonds are rich in linoleic acid, an essential nutrient that helps prevent dryness of the skin. Linoleic acid also strengthens the skin barrier. A strong skin barrier means higher moisture retention, more elasticity, and softness. It also prevents your skin from getting tanned or de-pigmented. Linoleic acid offers a host of other benefits for the skin including reducing irritation; brightening effect; managing acne and good hydration. (Also read: Dealing with skin dryness? Six indicators you have a Vata skin)
5. Brightens your skin
Like we said earlier, almonds, particularly, almond oil is your go-to for brighter, healthier, and well-moisturized skin. It is rare to find a nut that is rich in both vitamin K and Vitamin E-an ideal combination for treating skin tan and depigmentation problems. The multiple antioxidants present in almond gives them the much-coveted skin brightening prowess. You can add two spoons of raw almond powder to milk, oatmeal, and drops of lemon juice to make a fine brightening mask. Let it stay for 20 minutes before you wash it off thoroughly. Or you can do something way better. Use a natural brightening serum that has the fortified benefits of not just almond oil but many other exotic carefully crafted blends of essential oils like Shankara’s Brightening Serum.
Counter the effects of pollution and the environment with just a few drops of this luxurious serum. Reduce ruddiness and discoloration, even lighten your skin tone, and uncover a more beautiful, radiant you with Shankara’s Brightening Serum. The serum is made using the best of east and west, as it combines special Ayurvedic herbs and essential oils and actives from the west to bolster the skin brightening effect that you rightly deserve in your skin products.
The serum uses as its ingredients structured energized water; healthy peptides; glycerin; coconut oil; amino acids; essential oils of lemon, almond, sandalwood, extracts of thyme, olive leaf, golden seal root, turmeric, licorice, wheat germ, rosemary, green tea, amla, aloe vera, among others.