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Almond Oil For Skin: The Benefits Of Almond Oil

What's in sweet almond oil that makes it so good for your skin? Discover the benefits of almond oil with NIVEA.

Is Almond Oil Good For Skin?


There are 2 different types of almond oil - bitter almond oil which is used for its scent and sweet almond oil for skin which is excellent for moisturising and caring for your skin. Chinese cultures have been using almond oil as a natural medicine to treat dry skin and scarring since ancient times, so we're all pretty late to the game when it comes to reaping the benefits of this magical oil.

Benefits of Almond Oil - What are some almond oil uses

  • Lighten dark circles and reduces under eye puffiness - This is due to almond oils anti-inflammatory properties, helping skin to look brighter and fresher.
  • Relieve dark spots, eczema & rashes - Almond oil contains emollient properties, which makes it an excellent substance for improving both complexion and skin tone.
  • Natural makeup remover - It glides smoothly onto the skin and is a lightweight ingredient that doesn't leave residue, making it excellent for gently removing makeup from your face.
  • Deeply moisturises dry skin whilst also being gentle on sensitive skin
  • Minimises stretch marks - Almond oil for skin does this much the same way it helps to relieve acne scarring and dark spots. Almond oil for skin has excellent softening properties which allows the skin to stretch without magnifying these marks.
  • Skin rejuvenation - Almond oil for skin helps to even out skin tone and improve complexion if used frequently.

Which nutrients does sweet almond oil contain?

  • Vitamin E
  • Potassium
  • Zinc
  • Monounsaturated fatty acids
  • Proteins

Where does sweet almond oil come from?

The clue is in the name – sweet almond oil is extracted from raw almonds. The almond tree itself is native to the warmer parts of western Asia and North Africa, but is now cultivated around the Mediterranean. 

The process for extracting almond oil for skin has been carried out since ancient times. There is evidence that this unique oil originally was used for pain relief by massaging it into the skin, as well as to treat colic. During the Middle Ages it became very popular in medieval cookery and was even traded as an important item of commerce. 

Nowadays, sweet almond oil is principally used for its cosmetic benefits for the skin, hair and face. Its moisturising formula and high nutrient content make it ideal for topical use.

3 ways you can benefit from sweet almond oil

Sweet almond oil for face

With its light, fast-absorbing texture, sweet almond oil is known to keep the face soft and supple, as well as delay signs of aging. As a hypoallergenic oil, it is suitable for dry and sensitive skin too.

Sweet almond oil for hair

Regularly applying sweet almond oil to your locks can leave them looking shinier and healthier than usual. The essential nutrients in this rich formula are believed to help with split ends and dandruff.

Sweet almond oil for skin

When applied to the body, sweet almond oil can relieve tightness, itchiness or very dry skin. By sealing in moisture without blocking pores, the skin is left smoother and with a radiant glow.

Almond Oil Ingredients Explained

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Monounsaturated Fatty Acids

 These help your body to retain moisture, and care for dry, irritated or cracked skin.

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Potassium enhances the moisture and feel of your skin so that it appears nourished and cared for.

vitamin A is an ingredient of almond oil

Vitamin A

Vitamin A is an essential nutrient that supports the skin, eye, reproductive health, and immune system function. By replenishing these Vitamin A stores in the skin using sweet almond oil, it can help to manage effects of ageing from sun overexposure, and as a form of acne treatment. Vitamin A easily penetrates the skin and is able to clean out the dirt and oil found on the skin that leads to acne.

almond oil contains vitamin e

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is found in sweet almond oil and is a naturally occurring antioxidant component of healthy skin. It helps to provide protection for the skin to help defend against free radicals (pollution, and environmental stressors) that threaten to weaken the skins defensive barrier. Unfortunately the skins natural Vitamin E declines as you age from sun overexposure, which our skin is less able to fight the signs of ageing. This is why it's important to replenish these stores, and one way of doing this is by using almond oil.


Zinc has inflammatory effects, which means it's an excellent ingredient for helping to manage acne and similar types of skin scarring.

How do I use almond oil?

Almond oil is such a versatile product and it’s sometimes difficult to know where to start. Here are some tips for using it correctly.

Almond oil scrub – the natural way to remove dead skin cells

Skin looking dull and in need of a rejuvenating boost? Try mixing a tablespoon of almond oil with a teaspoon of sugar for your very own moisturising facial exfoliator. Simply massage in small circles to reveal the beautifully smooth skin beneath.

The best way to apply sweet almond oil

Unlike other beauty oils, sweet almond oil has a light texture and absorbs easily without leaving a sticky residue to the skin and hair. It is best absorbed if warmed to body temperature before being applied, so try rubbing between your fingers before letting the moisturising formula work its magic.

A massaging motion is the ideal way to apply sweet almond oil to the skin, as it allows it to penetrate the skin barrier to help you get maximum hydration. Although sweet almond oil has a wonderful scent, adding a few drops of an essential oil of your choice can make it an exceptional massage oil for enjoying spa treatments in the comfort of your own home.

NIVEA & Almond Oil

naturally good day cream with almond oil

Naturally Good Radiance Day Cream

The NIVEA Naturally Good Radiance Day Cream contains Jojoba  oil, almond oil and is enriched with refreshing Organic Aloe Vera and 99% of the ingredients are from natural origin. Its inspired by nature to care and deeply hydrate skin to bring out the natural beauty of the skin.

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Naturally Good Regenerating Night Cream

The NIVEA Naturally Good Regenerating Night Cream contains Jojoba oil and almond oil as well as being enriched with Argan Oil for deep hydration and moisturising overnight. Skin looks supple and rested every morning if used before bed and 99% of the ingredients are of natural origin, making it great for your skin!