One of the key ingredients in my body whips is Sweet Almond Oil. Almonds are actually not
a nut but the seed of the almond fruit, which come from the same category as cherries and
peaches. The oil is extracted using the same process as olive oil, where the nuts or fruit are
pressed with a minimal amount of heat.
Sweet almond oil is a powerhouse of natural goodness and has myriad benefits. It contains
vitamins E, A, and D, essential fatty acids, proteins, potassium, and zinc, all of which
act to rejuvenate, nourish, and protect your skin.
Vitamin E is an antioxidant, which can protect the body from free radicals – unstable
molecules known to damage skin cells and contribute to early signs of aging. It is also
thought to help with fading scar tissue and healing sun damage. Vitamin A (retinol) hydrates
the dermis and epidermis (the top two layers of the skin) and stimulates the production of
new skin cells, which can reduce the appearance of fine lines. The Vitamin D in sweet
almond oil can help to reduce bacterial growth and can sooth the inflammation caused by
acne and the symptoms of dermatitis.
You can use almond oil directly on your face as a moisturising oil but be wary if you have a
nut allergy as it will cause a reaction. As an alternative, you could try jojoba or avocado oil.
Sweet almond oil won’t clog your pores – it is non-comedogenic – and can be used on oily
and dry skin. It is super hydrating and will add a burst of moisture to wherever needs it, from
your heals to your hair.
Don’t be tempted just to slap it on and run, though. Use it as an opportunity to spoil yourself
with a quick facial massage – with all the benefits of a spa treatment in a couple of minutes.
The benefits of facial massage are many: they increase circulation, which results in brighter
skin; they can stimulate facial tissue, which helps to lift and firm; and they reduce stress. So
start your day by getting your glow on or count your blessings while you prepare for bed.
You’ll be glad that you did.
How to give yourself a mini facial massage:
1. Start with clean hands and a clean, dry face.
2. Using a light layer of sweet almond oil will help your fingers glide across your skin,
but remember that a little goes a long way. Warm the oil up a bit first by rubbing it
between your hands, and then, using gentle but firm pressure, smooth the oil over
3. Starting at your nose, move your fingertips up between your eyebrows, around your
hairline and down the sides of your face.
4. Using your index fingers, make small circles across your forehead and temples,
keeping your face relaxed. Do this for about 30 seconds.
5. With gentle strokes, bring one hand down one side of your jaw to your chin and back
up the other side, repeating a few times.
6. Using alternate hands, run your palms up your neck from your chest up to your chin.
7. Give yourself a smile!