Strictly speaking, the almond is a fruit rather than a nut, belonging to the same family as plums and peaches. And just like its sisters, almonds are chock-full of vitamins and nutrients. For at least six thousand years, almonds have been used to cleanse, exfoliate and nourish the skin. They are a rich source of Vitamin E, A, and B, which moisturize and protect the skin from sun damage and signs of aging.
You can use almonds at home in two easy ways to exfoliate and nourish your skin. To exfoliate your skin, all you need is a bag of fresh almonds from the grocery store. Blanch a handful of almonds in boiling water for no more than a minute. The skins will slip off easily. Then grind the almonds, add a spoonful of fresh cream or milk to form a coarse paste, and massage the mixture onto your face. Not only does this facial scrub smell wonderful, it will leave your skin glowing and radiant, as the almonds gently exfoliate dead skin cells.
For a wonderfully nourishing skin treatment, all you need is a bottle of pure almond oil. You can find almond oil at any organic store, but do check the label to be sure it’s not mixed with other oils. Almond oil contains linoleic acid to soften and firm the epidermis. Use it instead of body lotion on a regular basis, and notice how smooth and elastic your skin becomes. Almond oil is not as greasy as other oils and will be quickly absorbed into your skin if you rub it in well.
In spring, the almond tree is a vision of lovely white blossoms. Invite some of its beauty into your life by using almonds to exfoliate and nourish your skin. Your skin will thank you for it!