July 28, 2014

How to Use Almond Oil for Face Wrinkles and Dark Circles

Amongst the many natural solutions out there almond oil has made a place for itself as one of the most reliable ones, which should not be too surprising considering that it has been in proficient use for such purposes more than 500 years ago.

The number of skin problems it can help to fight against would make for a rather large list; it can help with health-related ailments as well as ones relating simply to appearance. For the purposes of this article, we are going to be looking into how to use almond oil for face wrinkles as well as dark circles.

How to Use Almond Oil for Face Wrinkles

And so, is it true that almond oil can actually be used to counter one of aging's most frustrating skin blemishes? Though it certainly won't keep your face sleek and smooth until the end of time, almond oil does contain various antioxidants, such as vitamin E, in large quantities, and they act to improve the blood circulation to your skin, helping to repair and maintain it in as healthy a condition as possible. The oil also works wonders in terms of moisturizing your skin, one of the most important elements in a successful fight against wrinkles.

When it comes to the application of the almond oil itself, using a few drops of it and massaging them directly on your skin will suffice. Make sure to focus on the areas that are more wrinkled than the others, and try to apply it before going to sleep and when you wake up in the morning. Alternatively, you can add a bit of the almond oil into a face mask, wear it for thirty minutes, and then wash it off with warm water.

Using Almond Oil for Dark Circles Under the Eyes

Though people sadly pay far too little attention to them at times, the eyes are perhaps one of the most important accessories to letting our inner beauty shine. They can say a lot about a person, and having dark circles under them, no matter how you put it, will most likely convey the kind of message you'd rather avoid. Thankfully, getting rid of these dark circles is an easy enough task, especially with the help of some good old almond oil, which will work for pretty much the same reasons stated above.

Just like for the wrinkles, you can simply massage a few drops of the almond oil directly under your eyes where the dark circles are before going to bed, and wash it off in the morning. Alternatively, you can also make a mixture of one teaspoon of honey and one teaspoon of almond oil, and apply that instead. In addition, there is also the method which involves mixing some sweet almond oil paste with a bit of milk, applying it under the eyes, and washing it off after about 15 minutes.

In the end, using almond oil to fight against dark circles and face wrinkles is far from being complicated. As a matter of fact, it is perhaps one of the easiest solutions available to you, and one of the ones most likely to actually work. You will, of course, need a bit of patience before you see the results (and ensure you have no allergies to nuts), but in the end they are sure to come.

July 20, 2014

Almond Oil and the Fight Against Acne

Almond Oil and the Fight Against Acne

Acne is without a doubt one of the most common, nefarious and irritating skin problems we have to deal with. It is generally caused by an over-secretion of sebum, clogging up the pores of the skin, leading to their clogging and the development what we call acne. Fortunately, there are numerous ways of treating it, and one remedy which has recently seen its popularity surge is almond oil, which isn't entirely surprising, considering it was heavily in use since the 1500s in the treatment of numerous skin conditions, including eczema, psoriasis and acne.

In our exploration of its effects on the condition, we are going to begin by looking into the slight controversy surrounding the almond oil, with there being a few people who believe that it ended up making matters worse for them, rather than helping. Following that, we are going to take a step-by-step approach in the description of the proper usage method of the oil when fighting against acne.

Does Almond Oil Cause Acne?

Amidst the numerous successful reports of the almond oil being helpful in the fight against the condition, there are a few who claim that it actually made things worse. This is a situation which certainly needs to be cleared up before the oil can be considered a valid treatment method, for what good is a remedy if it can end up making things worse?

To begin with, it is important to look closely at the ingredients present in the almond oil extract you are purchasing, and make sure you are not allergic to any of them. Though this may sound like a very blunt and filler advice to give, akin to something in the realm of “try turning it off and on again”, but you'd be surprised at not only the number of ingredients that can be present in certain brands of the oil, but also at the number of allergies we can live with, never really knowing about them.

Apart from that, the real cause for the issue's existence is the fact that a few people haven't followed the proper application procedures, faltering somewhere along the way, not even necessarily on purpose. We all have different skins, and some are more sensitive than others; it's very possible to scrub too hard or use too much oil, especially amongst first-time users, which in turn can lead to a worsening of the condition.

In other words, if the proper application method is used and you have no allergies to the almond oil product you are using, then there really is no reason for it to make things any worse than they are.

How to Use Sweet Almond Oil for Acne

Though there are numerous types of almond oil one can use for treatment purposes, sweet almond oil seems to be generally giving the best results. In any case, for the purposes of treating acne there are three main ways to use the oil, though you can certainly find more out there.

  • Facial Cleanser

    To begin with, you can actually use almond oil as a facial cleanser, and it doesn't even require the addition of any other ingredients. All you need to do is clean your face gently with an organic face wash, and pat it dry with a soft towel.
    • Pour about a quarter to a half teaspoon of the oil in the palm of your hand, and gently massage it into the affected areas of your face.
    • Tilt your head backwards a bit and let the oil rest for a total of about one and a half to two minutes.
    • If you want a deeper cleanse, you can wet a cloth with lukewarm water, wring it, and then cover your face with it for three minutes, a trick which does wonders to open up your pores.
    • Once the three minutes are up, simply wet the cloth again and gently wipe your face with it.
  • Facial Mask

    A very effective way of treating facial acne with the use of almond oil is to make a facial mask out of it.

    • Mix a tablespoon of honey, lemon juice and almond oil together. Mix them until the mixture becomes of a thick and pasty consistency, and then use your fingers to gently apply it to the affected areas of your face.
    • Leave the mask on for about thirty minutes, and then wash it off with lukewarm water.
  • Anti-Acne Body Washing

    Unfortunately, acne can affect any area of your body, and it is important to know how to use the oil on areas other than your face. One of the best ways to go about it is to first apply a few drops of the almond oil to the affected areas on your body, gently massaging them in.
    It is important to not go overboard and only go for a few drops per affected area, otherwise the oil may end up having an adverse effect.

    • Once the oil has been massaged into the body, let it sit for a few minutes, then wash it off with warm water.
    • Wait for the skin to dry, and apply another layer of the almond oil to the affected areas, following the same precautions.
    • Wait about ten to twenty minutes, then wash it off.
    • The procedure should be repeated twice a day, once in the morning and once in the afternoon.

Acne is one of the most tenacious skin ailments out there, and though almond oil can certainly be of a huge help in overcoming it, it would still be inadvisable to place all of your hopes on it. Nevertheless, it is a tool definitely worth having in your armory, a solution worth trying if only for the sole reason of its time-tested success. Just remember to go for sweet rather than bitter almond oil, with as few other additives as possible; keep on persevering, and eventually your acne problem will be resolved.

July 18, 2014

Getting Acquainted with Proper Almond Oil Usage and its Benefits

If you have been playing the hair care game for a while now, then I'm certain there is no need to tell you about just how many options you have available to you. I just want to make it clear that there are indeed many choices open to everyone, and solutions which work for some may fail to produce the same results on others. It's really a matter of finding that which works best for you through trial and error.

However, there are some remedies that have a much higher success rate than others, at least where certain specific aspects of hair care are concerned, and one of them happens to be almond oil. In our exploration of the substance we will begin with a step-by-step guide on how to use it properly and get the most out of it. Following that, we are going to devote a bit of time to examining why almond oil is worth using, focusing on its two main benefits: fighting grey hairs and speeding up hair growth.

How to Use Almond Oil for Hair

And so, to begin, there are two main answers to the question “how to use almond oil for hair?”. The first method consists of using it as a conditioner, and here are the proper steps to follow if such is your plan:

  • Wet your hair slightly (don't soak it) and comb it properly to get rid of any possible tangles. This step is necessary because almond oil is more easily absorbed by wet hair.
  • Put a few drops of the oil in the palm of your hand, and then apply it to the scalp, massaging it gently in with your fingers. Do your best to apply it right near the roots of your hairs in the scalp region.
  • Use a comb and gently work your hair with it from the roots to the tips. This is to spread the oil out as evenly as possible and ensuring it gets all over your hair.
  • Put on a shower cap and keep it on for at least 30 minutes, letting the oil rest and get absorbed, doing its magic. If you can leave the shower cap on for several hours, or even the entire night, definitely do so.
  • Once the cap comes off shampoo your hair thoroughly before rinsing it off with lukewarm water. If you don't shampoo your hair before washing the oil off, it will end up looking greasy. Once it is rinsed out, simply pat your head down with a towel.

And so, as you can see, the first method is far from being anything complicated and should be upheld at least once a week if you want visible results in a reasonable amount of time. The second method revolves around using the oil on dry hair, and it goes as follows:

  • The first step is to comb your hair through and through until it gets as sleek as it can, which will facilitate the application and absorption of the almond oil.
  • Once again, pour a few drops on the oil in the palm of your hand (try not to overdo it lest you want your hair to look oily for a day or two) and then run your fingers through your hair, beginning about halfway down the hair shaft and until the very tips. In essence, you are seeking to coat the lower half of your hair. If applied too close to the roots, your hair will once again end up looking greasy.
  • And that's all there is to it! All that's left to do is simply style your hair the way you want to, and perhaps do the treatment as needed over the course of the day to maintain that shiny and fluffy appearance.

Indeed, that's really what you need to know to get started on your journey to treating your hair with almond oil; applying it is far from being rocket science, and can be done quickly and easily in the comfort of your own home. And now, the time has come to delve deeper into the matter and see why it is exactly that almond oil is such a big deal all of the sudden.

The Benefits of Almond Oil for Grey Hair

Perhaps the most common and seemingly-inescapable hair-related problem every single person on Earth has to contend with, is its greying. The myriad of reasons for its existence is a bit too grandiose to overcome in its entirety, including elements such as overall stress and heredity, things no oil can truly help with.

Nevertheless, there are controllable causes leading to grey hair, and virtually all of them revolve around your nutrition. In most cases, it is the deficiency of some essential nutrients, like copper, vitamins B and C just to mention a few, which leads to a chemical imbalance, which in turn causes your hair to morph into that dreaded color.

Naturally, there are plenty of ways to ensure you get the nutrients you need, but the surface usage and ingestion of almond oil remains one of the few time-tested solutions out there. It is recommended, specifically for gray hairs at least, to mix the almond oil with Alma juice, filling the container with about half of each and then massaging the contents into your scalp for about fifteen minutes... a process which should be repeated on a daily basis. You could also add a bit of almond oil to your cooking; you really don't need a lot of it, and it is actually highly advisable that you don't eat too much of it for, after all, it is an oil and high in fatty contents.

Does Almond Help Hair Grow Faster?

Along with grey hair usually comes another problem: hair loss. Unfortunately, age does take its toll on our beautiful manes, usually leading to thinning, which itself then turns into the hair loss. Fortunately, there are ways of fighting against it, and one of them is to use almond oil regularly. However, certain things need to be made clear on the subject.

To begin with, the ingestion or application of almond oil will not, in itself, cause your hair to grow faster, regrow, or anything like that. What it will do is improve the health of your existing hair in many ways, which has its own consequences, to be discussed soon. How precisely does it improve your hair? Well it:

  • Promotes blood circulation to the scalp.
  • Moisturizes the skin and roots of your hairs.
  • Makes the hair stronger and more resilient to breakages.
  • Prevents the hair from tangling up.
  • Acts as a protective layer against the damage caused by sun rays.

In other words, it will repair, maintain and improve the health of your head, hair and scalp. In turn, this will create a favorable environment for hair growth, promoting it to happen. It needs to be made clear that many of us, no matter how hard we try, won't be able to have the last laugh over hair loss, barring the invention of some miracle technology, though humanity does have bigger things to worry about, so that probably won't be coming anytime soon.

With everything being said and done, almond oil is certainly a very powerful weapon to have in your arsenal, regardless of whether you are looking to fight against hair loss, bring back to your hair the color it deserves, or simply maintain it in as healthy and beautiful a shape as possible. It certainly wouldn't be wise to place all of your hopes on this one piece of the puzzle, but it's a great place to start if you feel you have been negligent towards your hair.

Remember, it does take a bit of patience and dedication to get the results you want, especially when it comes to hair-related matters; the important part is to never give up!