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Sweet Almond Oil for body and mind

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

your face.

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!

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