Whether it be your hair, skin, or nails which are affected, what you eat impacts how you look. If you’re carrying around some excess weight, you know this all too well. But, more than our waistline, our foods can impact everything from our hair growth to our complexion. Many foods that are great for our internal health are also beneficial for our appearance. Almonds are one of those foods that can make for a more attractive look – primarily by promoting healthy skin and hair.
Almonds are rich in antioxidants. These protect the cells from damage by free radicals or oxidative stress. In other words, they help maintain the integrity and health of your cells (not just those you can’t see). In this manner, almonds may help promote firm and healthy skin by preventing the breakdown of collagen, among other things.
In addition, almonds are loaded with magnesium. Magnesium can help prevent aging of the skin and even help you maintain long, healthy hair. Some say a magnesium deficiency can be blamed for premature balding.
Finally, almonds are a great source of vitamin E. And if you’ve spent any time looking at complexion serums or hair conditioners, you know vitamin E is prized for its ability to moisturize and strengthen.
Eating almonds will help nourish your skin and your hair from the inside. But, you can also use them topically as a DIY beauty solution.
There are many different ways to reap the benefits of almonds in your beauty routine.
How to Use Almonds
Using whole, raw almonds, you can pulse them as finely as possible in a food processor, add honey to make a paste, and use this as an exfoliating facial mask on a weekly basis. You can similarly add almond oil and use it to massage a dry scalp.
Almond oil is a convenient choice for many skin treatments. As a massage oil, it gives your skin a soft, supple feel. But you can also use it to massage your scalp or condition your hair. Use a few drops to remove eye make-up and you may find it makes an excellent eye-wrinkle serum.
Almond milk used to be a hard-to-find item. But now, if you don’t want to make it yourself, you can find it just about anywhere. Look for the milk with the fewest ingredients. This can be used as a facial toner, a rinse used after washing thoroughly, or a hair rinse to strengthen and condition your hair after shampooing and conditioning.
For the best results, eat almonds on a regular basis and supplement your healthy-skin and healthy-hair diet with these beauty routines. For more food-related beauty tips, check out these 5 foods to improve skin, hair, and nail health.