Ingredient spotlight – almonds and your skin care

When it comes to looking after your skin, the good old almond is quite a versatile nut. Here are a few things you can do with almonds that are good for your skin and your general health and well being.

almondsEat them

Almonds are a good source of vitamin E. We have already covered how good this vitamin is for your skin. It is a powerful antioxidant that mops up free radicals at can damage cells, tissues and body organs. In terms of your skin, eating almonds will ensure more vitamin E gets to collagen cells in the dermis skin layer. This may help to keep these cells healthy which keeps your skin looking youthful.

Almonds are great as a snack or even as part of a main meal. Throw some in cereal in the mornings. You also find almonds in cakes and sweet dishes, which are not so good for you unfortunately :( but once in a while, as a treat, shouldn’t do you any harm.

Use them in homemade skin care products

Almonds are used in many commercial and homemade skin care products. They are turned into Almond meal and almond oil.

Almond meal – this is basically almonds ground up into a fine grain or powder called meal. The meal can then be used as a base for many skin care products. It can be used to create a gentle exfoliating scrub or even a face mask.

With the scrub, the rough texture of the meal can help to remove dead skin cells and promote the natural turnover of skin cells. This allows younger skin to come through making you look younger.

As a face mask, the vitamin E component of the almond meal can help to remove fine lines and wrinkles. It can also lighten age spots and other blemishes on the skin.

Almond oil – this is, not surprisingly, the essential oil from an almond. It is referred to as sweet almond oil. The oil is cold pressed from Almond nuts. The resulting oil is a great moisturizer for skin.

It can be added to other ingredients like shea butter to form a cream that can be applied to the skin. Or it can be used as is as a massage oil.

Using the oil can help to lighten dark circles under the eyes and make hair stronger and thicker.

AlmondUse as a base for a green smoothie

Green smoothies are a great way to get all the vitamins and nutrients that your body needs. Depending on what you put in them, you can also get protein so they are ideal for vegetarians.

Almond milk is often used as a base ingredient in a green smoothie as a healthier option than milk or tastier than water or tofu. It’s a great way to get the vitamin E and other nutrients that almonds offer the body. It’s also a good source of protein.

Almond milk is made by combining a cup of almonds to half a cup of water. Blend the two together and strain out the juice or “milk” using a muslin bag. The resulting milk will have a subtle nutty taste. Use it as a base with fresh fruit and vegetables to make delicious drinks.

You can also buy almond milk in the stores. This is often more processed and may even have flavor additives like vanilla to make the milk seem more appealing.

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