I only use Sweet Almond Oil under my eyes, and so far it's lightened my dark circles by about half.
My permanent purple-grey dark circles are pretty bad - I've had makeup artists flummoxed as to how to cover them up, since they're also full of creases - and I didn't think anything short of Vitamin K/dermagen would lighten them, but seeing the good reviews on MUA and how cheap it was from iherb, I added this to my order, thinking that if it didn't work, I'd still be able to use it for my hair and cuticles. I was amazed when I saw noticeable results after only 2 nights of usage! It hasn't done much for the creases, although the whoel area is far more moisturised now.
The flip-top dispenser can get a bit drippy and messy, so I unscrew it and dip a cotton bud in, then gently wipe it under my eyes after my nightly shower/cleansing routine. I sometimes rub it in gently with my fingers afterwards. It's almost completely absorbed/wiped off by morning. and I sometimes reapply after my morning cleanse.
Overall, I'm very pleased with this product. It works for me, and I'd encourage all dark-circled girls to try it before turning to expensive creams and gels since it's so cheap. And if it doesn't work on your dark circles, just use it as a moisturiser or hair/cuticle oil. :)
I LOVE sweet almond oil. It is the best solution to dry skin. I started using it when i was 17 and i had a dry, dull and uneven skin. After about a week of using this my skin came to life and was no-longer dull it also really helped even out my skin tone. This is the one thing i recommend to almost everybody i know that has dry skin because honestly sweet almond oil DOES WONDERS FOR DRY SKIN!!
I haven't used this on my skin yet, so I can't comment on that, but I really like it as an oil for my curly, lightweight hair. I had tried a different brand of food-grade almond oil a few years ago, and it was okay, but not great. I don't know why, but I thought I'd give almond oil another try, happened to purchase NOW, and was surprised how much better it worked for my hair. I didn't expect the brand to make a difference, but it did.
I apply a bit of coconut oil to my towel-dried hair, brush through, put a few drops of this almond oil in, scrunch, and air dry. I have received many compliments when I wear my hair down this way. Unfortunately, the formulas of my go-to shampoo and conditioner have changed, so I am having to start from scratch to find another good routine, but I am glad to have found a good product that I'm looking forward to using it in the future.
This oil is amazing! I read online it could be used to help fade darkness on the lips and around the eyes. I have spent hundreds of dollars on eye products over the years and this is the first thing that has significantly lightened the area around my eyes and for only 5 dollars!. I have hereditary darker eyelids and under eye skin. My lips are also pigmented as well. I've been using this less than a month and my lips have lightened significantly and my eyes are almost the same color as the rest of my face. I didn't even get these results using 4% hydroquinone. I can now go without concealer. This also helps moisturize the eye area and its ok all over the face (at night). I will use this forever. I got this at Whole Foods for 4.99 for I believe a 4 oz bottle.
Sweet almond oil, let me sing your praises!
1. Actually penetrates the hair shaft when used as an oil treatment and nourishes the scalp.
2. A makeup remover that ranks with MAC and other oil based cleansers to break up layers upon layers of mu before washing.
3. Best cuticle oil ever- without the chemicals and preservatives of OTC types.
4. Absorbs into rough skin (elbows, feet, knees) quickly and moisturizes so well!
5. Naturally contains vitamins D and E
After realizing all of my favorite body lotions were filled with parabens, PEG's, synthetic fragrance, etc (and the natural kinds cost way too much per oz size), I decided to go the body oil route! I first tried jojoba oil, but found this didn't hydrate my skin quite as well, and was much more expensive than sweet almond oil. So I saw this brand at the healthfood store and decided to try it out (the "NOW" brand is the best to get, as it's food grade quality!). I was very impressed with its performance. I applied this to my whole body as soon as I was finished showering (while my skin was still wet) and then gently pat my skin dry. It seriously kept my skin soft all day! It is different than lotion, so it takes a while to get used to (is more greasy at first, takes some time to absorb into the skin)-- but it does last much longer than a lotion (as a little bit of oil goes a long way!) I am acne-prone, and was happy that this didn't cause me any breakouts. It doesn't have a scent to it, so if you want to add some essential oils to the bottle, that is always an option. The one thing I wish NOW would do is make a pump-version of this-- it would make it much easier to apply!
I recently added this to my regular MMU remover/cleanser, grapeseed oil - ratio approx 40/60 sweet almond oil to grapeseed oil. Reason I added is that even tho I am still pleased w/ the grapeseed oil, after using for a couple of months, I felt like my skin was a teensy bit dry after cleansing and before moisturizing and I HATE that tight, dry feeling, so after reading lots of good reviews about this in general, I thought I'd experiment. 2 weeks later = so far so good! I mix the 2 in a pump bottle and its ready to go in my shower every night. No breakouts, my face feels moisturized and comfortable. I have not used it in any other way so I can't speak to this product's other uses, but I can say my face really likes it!
After reading some rave reviews on using Almond Oil as a moisturizer, I decided to find a great company like NOW who makes 100% pure almond oil without anything added at all.
After using this stuff the very first day, I was impressed at how my usually oily skin didn't get oily. Interesting, right? So, day two, I acknowledged that this stuff made my skin calm down after a shower and made my skin lose all fine lines thereby making my skin look smooth and radiant. Day three, I finally begin to accept that this stuff is nothing short of amazing. I wait for this to make my very sensitive, break out prone skin freak out and get zits, but it never happened. I was using Prescriptives All Skins mineral foundation and it gave me cystic acne for the first time in my life. I quit using it and starting using this oil and went back to my Clinique Almost Makeup foundation and the cystic acne stopped and healed up within 7 days!!! No scars either! I absolutely recommend this stuff and you can get a 16oz bottle for under 10 bucks shipping included- just google the brand.
When applying, less is more. Dab a little on your finger and use like three fingers to apply and rub in one section of your face at a time. Do your forehead, then dab a little more on your finger, do one side of your face, dab a little more, do the other side, etc.
Oh and I apply this right out of the shower. I pat my face free of water drops with a terry towel and then apply this immediately. My face absorbs it immediately.
I will send samples of this to whomever I swap with so they can try such a wonderful oil.
Not all oils are cut out the same. NOW brand has very high quality control and excellent results from all of their products.