I've recently started using natural products for my face, namely oils and cold water, with a little Nivea (i use the cream on my hands, so if some of it will transfer on my face then that's 'a little') and that's about it.
I've been using this for two days only so i can't exactly deliberate on future happenings right now, buuut so far it has been exactly what my skin seemed to need. It drank it all up and asked for more.
I did the hot cloth thing in the shower and my skin turned softer and plumper than when i do it with castor oil mixed with olive oil (evoo); then i added a little more, especially around the eyes, and 'washed it off' with cold water to seal the pores. Lovely. I had two small zits on the forehead because of the period and i woke up with two spots instead, it healed them, woo hoo, and another zit, haha, a fresh one, that i attribute to the monthly period and not to the almond oil.
it gets absorbed very fast and not only this, i feel like it gets absorbed in a healthy way, it doesn't feel 'dry' on my skin, that sensation i sometimes get when using extra virgin coconut oil, that i have an oil slick on my face but my skin is still dry underneath (i get along pretty well with the coconut oil), well this doesn't happen with the almond oil.
I have the cold pressed version that is refined (unfortunately) because that's the only thing i could get here in Sweden at the moment. I got 100 ml for 40 crowns, which is 100 ml or 3.38 oz for 4 euros or 5.5 us dollars; it's not expensive but i can't say it's dirt cheap either. i am ok with the price, i just wish the bottle came with a pump or a drop dispenser, mine has it but it's on top of a plastic grate, so the oil pretty much flows freely. not a big deal but i wish it was different.
so it works well, i woke up with healed blemishes and hydrated skin, plump and nourished; i am going to use it on the eye area (dark circles and fine lines) and see what happens, so far it's been great and i'm very happy. It also shrunk my pores if you can believe it, they are still visible but significantly reduced, which i can't believe because NOTHING helped in this department, high-end or not, natural or not. wow. i am truly amazed.
my satisfaction also comes from knowing i am not applying anything fake, industrial or non-natural on my face, just simple raw almond oil that cannot harm me. if i am going to get oilier skin or pimples, well i will use it once or twice a week and that's that. i will keep it in my beauty routine no matter what, including applying it on damp body skin after showering, elbows, cuticles, even hair ends.
the hair story is amazing- after i purchased it, i opened the bottle to sniff it and see if it was scented and i wanted to apply a little on my hand. unaware of the grater under the drop dispenser, i made a little mess inside the pharmacy, and basically found myself with a lot of oil in my palm. i just slathered it on my ends and wooo hoo! shine, softness, my hair has never felt smoother at the ends, without feeling greasy at all. amazeballs! seriously, i am never going to purchase hair serum again, why bother? this is cheaper and more effective even applied on dry hair.
so this is my story with the almond oil so far. i will update this review in a couple of days- a week if significant changes appear.
Update 02/24: haha i think my skin is going to 'regulate itself' at some point! i no longer wake up with either dry or oily face, my forehead pimples have healed and i feel great. yesterday i used only foundation and creamy concealer after using 2 drops of AO on wet face, washed it off with cold water after massaging it into the skin and woo hoo. i didn't need to wear powder at all, my skin was glowing, no oiliness, no nothing, i was very impressed- suck on it, Laura Mercier primer! no more primer needed!. i'm still doing the hot cloth and oil cleansing thing three or four times a week and feeling great.
Sweet almond oil works wonders as a body oil (best applied straight in the shower on dripping wet skin, then carefully pat dry with a towel) Can be mixed with other carrier- and essential oils or simply used on its own. It is more expensive than my go-to EVOO but it also has a more subtle, nicer smell. It works better than most expensive lotions for locking in moisture and leaving my skin incredibly soft and supple. It can be used for homemade scrubs, mixed with some raw sugar and any essential oil... Such a luxurious and all-natural treat.
Any brand seems to do for my body, but Weleda's Almond Facial Oil works best for my face, for some reason.
Cold-pressed, organic Almond oil is my favorite carrier oil. I have fair, very sensitive skin and it's the only thing I can use for moisturizing when my skin is having a sensitivity fit (I get random hives from nothing sometimes, and it calms them right down). In fact I use it regularly. It's wonderfully emollient without being greasy or heavy, and has never clogged my pores. Just don't use too much, and make sure that your skin is damp when you apply it, like with all oils, or else it won't properly absorb. It's perfect for sensitive skin (in fact, it calms that minor uneven redness that seems to plague us sensitive types), the eye area (I pat a tiny drop to seal in moisture around my eyes at night), to add a little bit to your regular cleanser at night to make it more effective in breaking down makeup (think cleansing oil), and for using a drop or two rubbed between my hands to smooth flyaway hair (do NOT go overboard with this, though, especially if your hair is fine). It also works very well as a pre-shampoo treatment, an after-shower oil (smooth on a few drops to wet skin and pat yourself dry), and an eye makeup remover (I use it for removing regular mascara and liquid eyeliner and it works beautifully without irritating my eyes, which notoriously hate other oils). I get my Almond oil from Garden of Wisdom. They supply the little plastic dropper bottles as well which make dispensing the oil very easy and controlled. My favorite "mosturizer" is two or three drops of Almond oil mixed with a dime-sized dab of GoW's Immortelle Serum (I don't work for GoW at all, I just thoroughly enjoy using and raving about their products). For my sensitive skin, and for many other daily cosmetic needs, gentle, nourishing Almond oil is a regular staple in my beauty arsenal.
Sweet Almond Oil is one of my favorite carrier oils, or even used plain. I also like Jojoba. I don't understand why many people on here are expecting this to clear acne. It isn't one of it's claims. You have to try different oils by trial and error to see which is most balancing and best for YOUR skin. Do some research and get to work! It is super moisturizing for the body to add some to your bathwater. It doesn't smell bad, if at all. Leaves skin nice and supple. Cured the dry skin on my feet and cracked heels. It absorbs rather quickly (for my skin type anyway).
I have been using almond oil off and on for years now. I really like the Aura Cacia Organics Sweet Almond oil. I just started using it again about two weeks ago and what a difference it has made to my skin! My skin is very very reactive and most things make me break out in a rash or cause a lot of reddening all over my face (I am fair to med skin). In addition to these skin aliments I have also been experiencing some serious acne problems for about a year and half now. And I have tried everything. Well, unfortunately sweet almond oil has not cured my acne (hence no 5 lippies rating from me) but it has eliminated my redness and caused no rash and moisturized my face better than anything else on the market. And a little will last you a long time. I like to put it on after I cleanse at night, then rub the excess into my hands and the ends of my hair. I also lightly pat with a face towel afterwards(no greasy mess on my pillow!)
Oh its also good at the ends of my hair, that
After reading all the reviews here I was so excited to try this product. First of all, a little goes a long way and you should let it sit on your face awhile before going to bed.
When I first started using it, I felt some slight itchiness around the cheek and chin area, but I just blew it off to something new my skin was not used to. I used it for about a week and started to break out with painful cyst type pimples!
I might get ONE of these pimples once every 2 months or so, but 6 in one week is completely unheard of for me. I had no choice but to discontiue using this product. My face is still trying to recover from the terrible and embarassing break-outs I encountered.
I'm really disappointed about this because I really wanted this product to work for me.
After what I read, I couldn't wait to get out there and buy some almond oil!! Found it in an Indian grocery store, as recommended in a review on this site. Loved it right away, BUT beware if you're not going right to bed. It's rough on the eyes (as any oil is)... blurs my vision right away, which drives me nuts, so I now use shea butter around my eyes and then the almond oil + shea butter for my face... the perfect combination! The things I don't like about the almond oil are (besides my eyes, which isn't exactly a fault of the almond oil... it's just being oily, like it's supposed to!) that is makes my hair GREASY! I wake up in the morning and my shoulder-length hair is a goner. I have very thick, healthy hair... in many ways, I'd think my hair would welcome the midnight treatment, but it doesn't. All the hair around my face looks greasy. Also my chin was drying out just using the almond oil... go figure.
SO my perfect skin regimen (thus far) is: in the morning it's straight shea butter... my eye makeup doesn't smear (which it always did with almond oil).... and at night it's shea butter with a bit of oil (but just shea around the eyes) ... great combo. Really softening, and I've seen SUCH a difference in my hands since using the almond oil (and shea). My hands were horribly dry... hated it! Now they're always so soft! I really need to put the oil in a little squeeze bottle or something that will work better than my having to dip my (clean) finger into the bottle over and over again.... just doesn't feel too sanitary.
This feels soooo good on my face!! It really is soaking in nicely and making my skin very smooth and even the color looks more even. I have been using it around my eyes and on my drier cheeks and have noticed a great improvement in the texture and condition of my skin...it's only been a few days and already awesome! Very happy with this so far!
I've been experimenting with oils for my face over the last year, with varying results (olive oil=greasy, jojoba=breakouts..). Sweet almond oil may have ended my search for a moisturizer. I bought the Now brand 100% sweet almond oil from Whole Foods, and have been using it for the last three weeks. I kept waiting for the breakouts to start - but so far so good. The difference in my skin is dramatic - not only is my crazy sensitive skin not irritated, my skin is smoother, moisturized, balanced. I barely need to blot my previously oily face during the day, and my makeup looks dewy and fresh instead of splotchy by the afternoon! This one is a keeper. And cheap too - 4 oz for about 5 bucks, and I only need one drop after washing my face. The bottle is a little unwieldy with the flip top, so I put it in a small glass bottle that has a dropper. How I use: after cleansing, I spritz my face with rosewater+glycerin toner (homemade, in a Target travel spray bottle), then pat one drop of oil on top of damp face. At this point, my skin feels a little wet/greasy but it all sinks in in about 30 seconds.
This is the best moisturiser. I wish everyone would give up their expensive anti-aging bullsh*t and switch to natural oils!
I use this at night maybe once a week, and then massage my face a little. then steam my face and rob a towel over my face.
since i do this routine i got perfect balanced face-skin.