Small, mighty and oh-so-empowering! These three adjectives don’t just describe the latest iPhone. They’re also perfect for describing an almond!

After all, almonds are one of the healthiest, easiest foods to snack on, they can be consumed whole, ground into flour, they can be used to make a tasty dairy-free milk, and sweet almond oil can work wonders on your skin and hair. Seriously, what can’t they do?

First things first though —you may not have realized that there are two varieties- the sweet almonds and bitter almond oil. Bitter almond oil is commonly used to provide scent and flavor, while sweet almond oil is your skin’s BFF.

Almonds are commonly referred to as nuts, but they’re actually the seeds found at the center of the almond fruit, which closely resembles a peach. They are very rich in fat, making them an ideal source of healthy oil.

Sweet almond oil is full of vitamin E, vitamin A, mono-saturated fatty acids, protein, potassium, and zinc. Remember when we called the almond small yet mighty? We weren’t kidding. Most of the health benefits related to almond oil come from its high amount of healthy fats. 

The fatty acids help your skin retain moisture and can heal chapped and irritated skin, furthermore, it’s a multipurpose beauty product that can be used both on the skin and hair, this is partly because of its emollient properties, meaning it helps prevent water loss from the skin. This quality makes almond oil an excellent choice to keep the skin, hair and scalp soft and hydrated. The moisturizing effects of almond oil may be especially helpful for people who have dry or sensitive skin.

Most of us are aware of how important collagen is for our skin and hair, since collagen keeps your skin looking supple and wrinkle-free. When your body doesn’t have enough antioxidants to fight free radicals, it is called oxidative stress. Oxidative stress is a major cause of the deterioration of your skin’s collagen layer, however, almond oil is a great source of the potent antioxidant vitamin E, which is an extremely powerful antioxidant and helps to fight all those free radicals.

Thanks to the Vitamin E, sweet almond oil can keep your skin cells healthy, protects your skin from UV radiation damage, and helps your skin look smooth, soft, and free of fine lines. Also, the vitamin A in it can help reduce acne.