Can you think of a skincare ingredient that doubles as a healthy snack? Almonds are not only a nutritious nut, but also fantastic for your skin! When it comes to almond seed oil, I love the Weleda Almond Sensitive range which is perfect for anyone with sensitive or dry skin. Maintaining your skin's balance is so important and often difficult if yours is highly reactive. External influences like stress, food intolerances and hay fever can wreak havoc on the appearance of our skin. Which is why it's so important to choose products that are balancing, calming and non irritating!
What are the benefits of eating almonds?
Almonds are nutrient rich, full of minerals and actually considered one of the healthiest tree nuts there is! However did you know that almonds are actually seeds? Almond trees produce fruit which contain seeds (which we refer to as almond 'nuts'). Although both raw and roasted almonds contain a long list of health benefits, raw almonds have more beneficial fats which are lost in the roasting process.1
Eating just a handful of almonds a day may help control a healthy weight gain, and promote general wellbeing1 Almonds are rich in calcium, vitamin E, magnesium and potassium. They're also a fantastic source of fibre, protein and healthy unsaturated fats. They are naturally low in sugar and a crucial addition to any nutritious diet.
What are the benefits of almonds in skincare?
Almond oil is made by pressing raw almonds and extracting the oil. This almond oil is found in many natural skincare products as it contains many benefits for the skin. As almond oil is full of vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids, it works to deeply moisturise the skin, help UV damage and reduce irritation.2 Almond oil can also reduce skin itching and swelling, making it the perfect ingredient for anyone with dry or sensitive skin conditions.2
A little about Weleda's Sensitive Almond skin care range...
Weleda sources their organically grown almonds from the Manan cooperative in the region of Valencia in Spain. Their holistic range focuses on regulating skin's pH levels, restoring balance and soothing sensitive skin. Containing highly absorbent Organic Almond Oil, soothing Organic Shea Butter and hydrating Organic Beeswax, this range is ultra moisturising and gentle.
Which products from the range are my favourite?
Weleda Almond Sensitive Skin Hand Cream
This hand cream is fast absorbing, non irritating and leaves hands feeling silky smooth. Made with organic almond oil, hands will be moisturised and skin will be tighter and protected. Made with gentle, natural ingredients this hand cream reduces redness and soothes sensitive skin!
Weleda Almond Sensitive Skin Body Wash
If you have sensitive skin, it can be a struggle to find a good body wash that cleanses without causing irritation. This body wash from Weleda is gentle, soap free and formulated with natural ingredients like almond oil! It works to regulate the moisture balance of the skin while leaving it soft and hydrated. Perfect to use both day and night!
Weleda Almond Sensitive Skin Body Lotion
After cleansing your body, the next step is to moisturise! This body lotion from Weleda keeps it simple with a short list of mild ingredients that are gentle on the skin. It's fast absorbing and works to help reduce redness, relieve skin tension and calm irritation. It's my favourite moisturiser for sensitive skin but can be used by anyone! It smells amazing too!
Weleda Almond Soothing Cleansing Lotion
Let's not forget about our face! This cleansing lotion from Weleda is extra mild, hypoallergenic and fragrance free. It's packed full of essential fatty acids and vitamin E which gently remove impurities in the skin and wash away any makeup worn throughout the day. If you're looking for a nourishing cleanser, ideal for skin prone to flare ups and redness... I recommend you give this a try!
Weleda Almond Soothing Facial Oil
For an extra boost of hydration to the skin, this facial oil is sensitive skin's best friend! Formulated with ingredients like pure sweet almond oil and organic blackthorn blossom extract, this oil helps nourish and protect dry skin. After cleansing your face, simply apply a few drops to the palms of your hands and massage into your skin. You can wear this oil under makeup, on it's own or as an overnight hydrating treatment!
(sources: 1healthyeating.sfgate.com, 2livestrong.com)