Almond Oil: Reveal Beautiful Skin, Naturally

We don’t use many ingredients in our Chain Bridge Honey skincare (long lists of indecipherable, toxic chemicals are not really our thing), but the ones we do use are used with good reason. You may have noticed a few recurring oils that we like to include in our lip balms, hand creams and ointments and one of those is almond oil.

Almond oil really is wonderful stuff that has been used for thousands of years in many cultures for it’s fantastic health and beauty benefits, so it would be remiss to not use it in our products!

Rich in vitamin E, essential fatty acids, proteins and much more this is one thing that should be a staple in everyone’s skincare routine, whatever your age or skin type.

Here are some of the fantastic benefits for skin that almond oil has to offer:

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Hypoallergenic

Almond oil is incredibly gentle and mild, so much so that it is even suitable to use on a baby’s skin – sweet almond oil as a sole product is in fact one of the most popular choices for baby massage oil, which just tells you how kind the the skin it must be.

We know that you don’t have to be a baby to have sensitive skin though, this can be an issue at any time in life, so we always like to make sure that our products are mild enough (yet still effective) for all skin types.

 

Rich in Vitamin E

It’s not unusual to see adverts for many skincare products shouting about the benefits of vitamin E, but where in synthetic based products this is usually an extra added ingredient, vitamin is comes naturally in almond oil.

Vitamin E is definitely something worthwhile having in your skincare products as it is a potent antioxidant which works to block free radicals and slow the ageing process of skin. It also works wonders on dry skin, in it’s natural form, such as in almond oil.

Gentle Skin Relief

Almond oil is fantastic for treating a number of dry, itchy skin conditions from eczema to skin rashes and so including it in our healing, soothing ointments was a must!

Naturally high in zinc, almond oil helps to reduce inflammation and relieve sore or burning sensations that can come hand in hand with many skin conditions.

 

Anti-ageing

Collagen is key to achieving smooth, supple, wrinkle free skin and it just so happens that the proteins found in almond oil are full of this! It also provides many essential amino acids which are required in the production of collagen within the body.

The almond oil used in our products is very easily absorbable and so all of this goodness will be going right in.

Muscular Aches & Pains

We include almond oil in our peppermint foot balm and foot cream not only for all the points above, but also for it’s ability to relieve muscular aches and pains to great effect.

As previously mentioned, almond oil contains high levels of protein, which are easily and readily absorbed by aching muscles to aid in their rejuvenation and repair. There is also evidence to suggest that almond oil can relieve muscle pain by drawing out excess toxins, which is particularly effective through the feet.

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Oat Oil: The Surprising Skin Benefits

You may have noticed that there’s an ingredient used over and over in our all natural beauty products, which rightly so might lead you to wonder why. That ingredient is ‘Avena Sativa’, or Oat oil.

Oats are a pretty wonderful thing, not just to eat and fill your tum on a cold winter’s morning (although that is one good way to get your fix!), but also for the health of our skin.

Rich in vitamins A, E and B as well as crammed with calcium, zinc, iron and manganese this is one ingredient that just had to go into our natural beauty products!

Here’s just some of the things we love about amazing oat oil:

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Antimicrobial

 

Oat oil is incredibly effective at killing a variety of bad bacteria strains that are often found within the human body, making this a fantastic addition to any all natural beauty products that aim to help you maintain beautiful skin and also, ointments to help cuts and grazes heal.

Oat oil is in fact so brilliant at killing bacteria that many studies have concluded this extract might be an effective component in pharmaceutical drugs as an alternative to synthetic, chemical additions.

 

Great for Eczema

 

Oat oil can be a real wonder-stuff for anyone suffering from eczema or any other uncomfortable, dry skin condition. This is down to it’s wonderful moisturising properties and it’s ability to restore the skin barrier – meaning less itchy and inflammation and quicker healing.

All of our natural beauty products are extra gentle and suitable for even the youngest or most sensitive of skin. We love our Un-perfumed Oat Ointment for providing much needed relief for eczema sufferers.

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Antioxidant

 

Oats have incredible antioxidant benefits, which make them pretty amazing as an anti-aging moisturizer.

The oat oil used in our moisturizing natural beauty products help reverse the damage to your skin caused by UV rays, chemicals and pollution.

 

Anti-Fungal

 

Oat oil can provide massive relief for anyone suffering from itchy skin, which is often caused by a fungal infection.

For skin diseases such as dermatitis, the anti-fungal properties in oat oil will not only help to soothe and cleanse the skin, but it will also help reduce inflammation and seriously calm itching.

Deeply Moisturising

 

Oat oil is the perfect addition to natural beauty products that are to be applied to the skin, as although an oil, it is highly absorbable by the skin, meaning no greasy residue and all the great benefits sinking straight into the skin.

Oats act as a natural moisturiser on their own, by removing dead skin cell, acting as a protective barrier and also penetrating deeply. That, combined with our moisturising honey, avocado oil and all the other wonderful ingredients we use is a sure shot to a fabulous product!

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The Wonders of Avocado Oil: Why We Use it

You may have noticed that among our list of natural ingredients, avocado oil is a regular feature and that’s no mistake! Avocado oil is wonderful stuff which has remarkable skin, hair and health benefits, which is why we love using it in many of our skincare products.

Familiar with avocado in your salads but not so sure what it can do for you, health and beauty wise? Here’s just some of the reasons avocado oil is so great:

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Healthy Fat

 

Avocado fruit (yes, fruit!) is one of the few natural food products readily available that contains an incredible amount of healthy fat, called oleic acid. Often when people hear the word ‘fat’ they’re instantly put off, thinking that must mean it’s bad for your health, but not so when it’s the good kind. Our bodies require a certain amount of healthy fat to function correctly and your hair and skin really show off those benefits.

Avocado oil is pressed from the pulp of avocados and is almost a 70% oleic acid! You absolutely can eat avocado oil if you want to (we love using food friendly ingredients in our products – what goes onto your skin should be fine to go into your skin too; it is very absorbent after all!), but by putting it directly onto your skin you can reap the rewards in a more targeted way.

The oleic acid speeds up skin regeneration and wound healing, it reduces inflammation and it even helps to fight infections.

 

Vitamin E

 

Vitamin E is a popular one for skincare products and avocado oil has incredibly high amounts of it – in fact, it’s actually one of the top five foods highest in vitamin E! So why is that a good thing for your skin?

The vitamin E in avocado oil is well known for it’s skin benefits, by helping to defend against oxidative damage to skin cells whilst boosting the overall health of your skin.

Another important point about the vitamin E in avocado oil is that it is very easily absorbed by the skin, meaning that all those wonderful nutrients get right through to where it needs to be!

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Anti-Inflammatory

 

As mentioned above, the oleic acid in avocado oil has a brilliantly high concentration of anti-inflammatories, but what does this mean for your skin?

Avocado oil is a soothing and very thick substance that will skin on the surface of the skin for a short time rather than instantly soaking in. This is a great thing when it comes to many uncomfortable skin conditions, as it allow the anti-inflammatory properties in the oleic acid to work their magic there and then.

Avocado oil is an effective and natural treatment for insect bites and stings, sunburn, eczema, psoriasis and many more skin ailments, as it will almost instantly sooth itching and speed up healing, giving your skin time to recover.

 

Detoxify

 

Even when applied topically, avocado oil can help to detoxify your whole body. As it is so easily and readily absorbed by the skin, the avocado oil in our skincare products can work wonders inside and out.

Avocado oil comes from a lush, green fruit that is jam packed with chlorophyll which is a natural source of magnesium, as there is a magnesium ion at the core of each chlorophyll molecule. When this comes into contact the the natural acid produced by the human body, this magnesium ion is released, meaning you get to use up that lovely magnesium, but the chlorophyll is left with an empty space for a new metal.

This is great news for us, as that space can then be filled with toxic metals that are accumulated within the human body, making them harmless before expelling them out when you go to the loo! Science and beauty at it’s best!

Want to try our skincare products containing avocado oil? Find them here.