We’ve all heard that almonds are a superfood and have countless health benefits including weight loss, reducing the risk of cancer, lowering bad cholesterol (LDL), and the list goes on and on. How much do we really know about their beautifying properties? We’ve compiled a list of the top 10 benefits of almonds for hair & skin. Read on to learn how incorporating these nuts into your diet will dramatically improve skin dullness, hair frizziness, and more!
1. All-natural Facemask & Moisturizer
When soaked and pureed, almonds can be combined with other natural & organic ingredients (like honey and lemon juice) to create a fantastic facemask. Unlike some over the counter masks that leave skin irritated, dry, or red, daily application of an almond facemask will result in smoother & softer skin. Applied topically, almonds are very hydrating and quickly absorbed into the skin, leaving it supple, and never greasy. Their coarser texture also makes for an excellent exfoliant by removing dead skin cells, dirt and bacteria that get trapped in pores.
2. Clear Skin
As we just learned, almonds make for a great exfoliant, and work to cleanse our skin, thus preventing pimples, blackheads & whiteheads, acne, and uneven skin tone. Almonds also help to treat inflammation as well as irritated skin or rashes. They contain essential fatty acids, which regulate the amount of oil secreted into skin and hair follicles, thus reducing breakouts and impurities.
3. Protection from Sun Damage
Not only do almonds help with breakouts, but they can also play a significant role in protecting your skin against the sun and the effects of aging. Almonds are rich in vitamin E and work to block free radicals, which are major contributors to the aging process. The high vitamin E content of almonds can effectively protect our skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays to reduce the amount of damage done to our epidermis.
4. Treat Dark Circles
The older we get, the more prominent dark circles under our eyes become. This is due to a few factors: loss of collagen, darkening of the skin itself (this is a natural part of aging), and congestion of blood vessels to name a few. Almonds can be used as an effective treatment for this. Mash almonds into a paste and apply it to the affected area before heading to bed. Almond’s properties will aid in reducing puffiness and the appearance of these pesky dark circles.
5. Repair Tissue
The anti-aging benefits of these nuts don’t stop there. As we already mentioned, almonds are very high in vitamin E, which come with a plethora of benefits. Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant (meaning that it protects our bodies against oxidative damage) that helps to build and repair tissue and regenerate new skin cells.
6. Fight Against Fine Lines and Wrinkles
Almonds also fight signs of ageing by reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles – like discoloured age spots and crow’s feet around the eyes. A spoonful of almond butter contains nearly 30% of your recommended daily intake of vitamin E, so grab a spoonful and get that healthy, youthful glow!
7. Improve Hair Quality
Almonds are very high in hair-friendly vitamins (A, D, B1, B2 and B6), biotin, manganese and healthy fats. These compounds work in tandem to repair severe hair damage as well as strengthen, nourish and make hair shiny. Eating almonds and/or creating a paste from soaked almonds that can be applied to your scalp are both excellent options for making your strands stronger. Almonds also improve the quality of hair by reducing fizziness and preventing split ends.
8. Support Hair Growth
The vitamins and minerals listed above all work together not just to support beautiful shiny hair, but they promote the growth of new hair follicles as well. Magnesium specifically is a key driver behind healthy hair. Deficiencies of this mineral are often linked to hair loss.
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Almonds are very high in fibre – which we all know aids in the digestion process. A by-product of superior digestion is the ability to rid toxins from the body more efficiently. Oxidation in the body presents itself in many forms including dull skin, mood swings, lifeless hair and more. Detoxifying, especially after indulging (alcohol and sugar hangovers are very real) is a crucial process in aiding the body to return back to its original state.
10. Strengthen bones and teeth
Though these two don’t fall under the hair & skin category, I’m sure we all agree that strong bones and teeth are incredibly important from an aesthetics perspective. Almonds are very high in calcium and phosphorus, which help prevent osteoporosis, strengthen bone density and keep your teeth and bones strong and beautiful.
Almonds are one of the healthiest and most versatile foods in the world. There are countless ways to include this superfood into your meals. We recommend incorporating almond meal into your baking by substituting it for traditional flours, using almond butter in your smoothies, adding almond milk to coffee or tea, sprinkling whole almonds to salads or stir frys, or grabbing a handful as a snack! Try incorporating them into your next dish to reap all of these skin & hair benefits.
The Author: Daina Kenins
Daina is a lover of all things health & wellness related; a health food connoisseur, an avid marathon runner, a certified Vinyasa Yoga Teacher and a spin studio manager. She is ambassador for healthy eating and loves to create and share recipes on her instagram page @thepaleobean.