why we're nuts about almonds
the bottom line
Almonds – oval-shaped bits of delicious goodness that are also ridiculously beneficial for your skin. “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways...”
first layer: the history bit
While you might not guess it from its pale brown appearance, the humble almond actually belongs to the rose family and is closely related to the cherry, peach, and apricot. It’s believed to have been transported way (way) back in ancient times along the shores of the Mediterranean into northern Africa and southern Europe. Throughout history, we’ve adored almonds for their ethnic, religious, and cultural significance. They have long been considered in Ayurvedic medicine to provide nutrients to the brain and clarity to the skin. These little guys even have a royal history; almonds were a prized ingredient fit for a king and were used in breads served to Egyptian pharaohs. They were also found in the tomb of King Tutankhamun.
second layer: it’s what inside that counts
Here at anokha®, we’re all about harnessing the goodness inside natural ingredients. Which is why the almond is a bit of a superstar where we’re concerned. Not only is sweet almond oil full of skin-friendly vitamin E, it also packs vitamin A, potassium, and zinc. vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant which fights off free radicals, those unstable molecules which can damage cells, proteins, and DNA in our bodies. This in turn can lead to symptoms of aging, such as (gasp!) wrinkles. Aside from this super vitamin, the other nutrients and vitamins contained in sweet almond oil will soothe and soften the skin. It’s also non-comedogenic, so no breakouts from clogged-up pores.
third layer: cleanse that skin
Want to keep up moisture levels and nourish dry skin? Almond oil won’t strip the skin of its natural oils and hydration. When used as an ingredient in a cleanser, almond oil will soothe and condition the skin by replenishing those natural skin oils that are often lost during the cleansing process.
fourth layer: heal your nails
What’s the one thing that happens during a salon manicure that you always forget to do at home? Cuticle oil. Applying a droplet of sweet almond oil on fingers and toes can smooth cracked, peeling nails and soothe dry broken cuticles. It all comes down to the naturally contained zinc in sweet almond oil, which is fantastic for healing brittle nails.
fifth layer: tackle dark circles
If you suffer from dark circles under the eyes, then take delight in the almond. The nourishing vitamins in sweet almond oil may help to rejuvenate your tired-looking peepers with their hydrating and anti-inflammatory properties. It’s best applied before you hit the sack - just rub a little oil together between your fingers to warm it and then lightly pat onto the under-eye area. Expect 2-3 weeks of consistent use to see results; beauty doesn’t always happen overnight.
six layer: nourish your hair
Overuse of chemical-laden hair products can strip your hair of natural oils. Give your hair a pamper session to restore it to its natural beauty with sweet almond oil. Apply a small amount to your hair and scalp and massage in, then wrap your head in a towel and relax for 20 minutes while the almonds work their magic. Wash out and enjoy your newly nourished tresses. We even love to use a drop of sweet almond oil to rub on split ends and tame flyaway hairs.
seventh layer: get the glow
Chasing that elusive healthy ‘glow’? Almonds are a nutrient-dense superfood. Munching on a handful can help to nourish your skin with powerful antioxidants and healthy fats.
more love: anokha's almond cleansing milk is made with coconut milk and sweet almond oil to naturally soothe and condition the skin. Silky soft skin awaits you.
All this and more at www.anokhaskincare.com .
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