(WARNING!!! If you have any allergies to almonds or suspect you may have allergies to almonds, do not use almond oil as a natural skin care option).
The beauty of this one, is that it's great for both pregnant and non pregnant individuals out there. Now, I'm pregnant with my first child and have been looking for ways to take care of my skin using the most natural approach possible since I want to avoid stupid ingredients now that my focus is my little baby in my belly. Truthfully, I'm not one of those girls who doesn't care if I get stretch marks or not, lol, I do, I definitely want to keep them away as best I can, but not at the expense of slathering icky ingredients on my skin 2 times a day for months and months to come. It is said that most topical applications are only absorbed in traces to the blood stream and not likely to reach your baby, but the word not likely isn't too convincing to me so I really do try to cut as many corners as possible with anything I put on my skin. I figure the less chemicals I put on my skin, the better, although I have put some baby lotion on my skin from time to time and still do put on makeup when I go out to social functions (I limit my makeup application to days where i feel like looking cute but avoid it for most casual outings).
Now, why almond oil? It's natural and rich in vitamins A, E and D and well known for its anti aging properties. It is commonly used to soothe out or prevent facial wrinkles and said to be great for the hair by keeping it healthy looking and apparently promoting hair growth (I personally have not tried the almond oil in hair yet as I'm pretty happy with my hair and have not felt the need to find remedies to improve it). Another great use for almond oil is to help prevent stretch marks and it's perfectly safe and effective (unless you have almond allergies of course).
WAYS I'VE USED IT
AROUND THE EYES: Almond oil is a natural solution for treating and preventing crows feet. This is also a great solution to pregnant women still wanting to take care of the skin around their eyes without using all the products they used to use pre pregnancy.
ON YOUR FACE: Now this one is tricky, almond oil shouldn't usually clog pores, but some people are more sensitive than others, so you may want to use with caution initially. I tend to have sensitive skin, and have had my moments of break out in my life, and this oil didn't break me out personally. That being said, I will say that the first 2-3 months of my pregnancy, I was not as lucky as many women, and my skin was super ugly. I did have the most pimples I'd ever had in my life (which was terrible for me because I never really had any acne problems or anything ever, but I should say that even though I did have more breakouts, it wasn't full blown acne or anything...) So because my skin seemed more sensitive and ugly, i avoided anything oily until it cleared up. Once My hormones stabilized in roughly the 4th month, my skin got better and i now occasionally use the almond oil on my whole face with no issues. Test it out and just simply stop if you see that it's giving your face a hard time.
ON YOUR HAIR: Now I've never tried this one, but if you ever use Moroccan oil or any oil for your hair, this can also be used. Apparently it helps promote hair growth, so if you want to test it out, just warm some almond oil up,put some on your scalp and or on your ends and just keep it on for a bit with a towel wrapped around your head. Don't overdo it or it will be hard to wash out all the grease in one wash, and then simply wash it off when you're ready to.
PREVENTING STRETCH MARKS IN PREGNANCY: I'm currently using this for the prevention of stretch marks as I'm entering my third trimester and so far so good! Now I will be making my body butter this week and replacing the almond oil with my butter, but for the last 3.5 months, this has been working nicely for me. I just put a small amount at a time in my palm, and massage it on my chest, belly, lower back, inner and outer thighs. I take the time to massage it in to have as much absorbed into my skin (if you leave your skin too oily, it can leave your clothes oily too so make sure you don't overdo it). Also, by massaging the oil into your skin, it stimulates blood circulation which helps improve the state of your skin. You want to make sure your hydrating the skin nicely to enhance the skin's elasticity. For any extra info on how to avoid stretch marks check out this post here.