Coconut oil has been the cure-all, trendy oil for a while now and don’t get us wrong, it is pretty amazing. But there’s room in the world for more than one awesome oil. Before coconut, there was argan oil (the secret ingredient in Moroccan Oil products) and both still have their uses. Argan oil, for instance, is great for adding shine to hair, while coconut oil works great as a hair mask. So what can sweet almond oil do for you? We asked Pure and Simple skincare and spa owner, Ayurvedic practitioner and esthetician Kristen Ma to share the benefits of the next big oil trend.
“Sweet almond oil is a lightweight oil that nourishes the skin and protects tissue against trauma and damage,” says Ma. She adds that it helps regulate sebum production, making it good for acne.
While sweet almond oil is often used in moisturizers or on its own as a moisturizer, it has other uses as well. “Some people use sweet almond oil as a natural makeup remover,” says Ma. The oil’s light texture means that it glides on and off, taking the day’s makeup with it.
“To use it on skin, either apply to skin after cleansing, toning and applying serum as a moisturizer,” says Ma. Or, to remove makeup, “Apply a light layer of the oil to skin, massage and gently remove with a warm, moist towel or cotton pad.”
Food grade sweet almond oil can also be used for cooking. It has a fairly high smoking point, similar to olive oil, so it’s safe to use to add a nutty flavour to stir-fries or other dishes. Just make sure to read the package carefully. Cold pressed almond oil is not suitable for cooking with.
Sweet almond oil is a good source of monounsaturated fatty acids, which help regulate blood sugar levels and can improve your complexion from the inside out.
Who shouldn’t use it
Sweet almond oil isn’t for everyone. “Those with seed or nut allergies or sensitivity should perform a test patch before using it regularly. If allergies are severe, they should consult their physician first,” says Ma.
Products to try:
From left: Just Pure Luxury Jewel Sensitive Facial Cream, 50 ml, $141.95, pureandsimple.ca; Now Solutions Sweet Almond Oil, 473 ml, $13.79, well.ca; Fresh Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil, 1.7oz, $59, sephora.com