Looking at a small almond nut, you'd never guess just how much goodness is inside it. One of the main things you can get out of this innocuous ingredient is almond milk, which has grown in popularity as an alternative to cow's milk in the kitchen.
However, it isn't just in recipes and drinks that almond milk is great; it is also perfect for use in beauty products. This simple and natural ingredient has a whole host of benefits that can leave your skin looking and feeling amazing in no time.
So exactly why is almond milk so great for skin and why do we use it in our products?
It works as an antioxidant
One of the best benefits of almond milk is that it contains large amounts of vitamin E, which works as an antioxidant.
Antioxidants help to protect the skin from damage caused by free radicals, which can alter cell's genetic code. If free radicals result in mutated proteins in the cells, this can result in illnesses like skin cancer. However, vitamin E serves to stop this damage from happening.
Vitamin E also helps to protect your skin from other elements, such as sun exposure and pollutants - both natural and man made. It effectively forms a shield over the skin, reducing the damage caused by these everyday environmental factors.
This means that using skin products that contain almond oil every day can help to keep skin healthy and reduce any physical changes caused by substances in the air or the sun.
The vitamin E in almond milk can also help to soothe skin that has been affected by sunburn or other small minor burns, helping it to repair itself faster and reduce any pain.
It deeply hydrates
Whether you suffer from dry skin all the time or every now and then, you know how hard it can be to deal with. From your skin feeling scaly to flaky areas, dry skin can leave you feeling a bit self-conscious while also making your skin look dull.
However, almond milk can really help to soothe dry skin as it contains a lot of vitamin B2 - also known as riboflavin - which helps your skin, nails and hair use oxygen. Ensuring the cells make the most of oxygen and regulate it can help your skin stay hydrated.
Vitamin B2 is also important when it comes to synthesising an amino acid called tryptophan, which produces vitamin B3 in the process. This vitamin is an important factor in circulation, which further aids skin and can help it look brighter. Vitamin B3 also traps moisture in the skin's cells, helping to deeply hydrate it.tryptophan, which produces vitamin B3 in the process. This vitamin is an important factor in circulation, which further aids skin and can help it look brighter. Vitamin B3 also traps moisture in the skin's cells, helping to deeply hydrate it.
It helps with anti-ageing
When it comes to skincare, one thing that is important to a lot of us is controlling the signs of ageing. While there are things you can do to help reduce how fast your skin ages - including these five tips - a lot of it relies on the products you're using.
Again, free radicals play a part as they can cause damage that results in the depletion of elastin and collagen, which are vital for plump and young-looking skin. Losing out on these two substances can mean that skin becomes less firm, resulting in wrinkles and sagging, as your skin can't replenish them as you get older.
As vitamin vitamin E protects skin from the effects of free radicals, it helps to slow the loss of collagen and elastin. This can allow skin to stay looking younger and healthier for an extended amount of time.
It regulates oil production
You might think that you can't use products with almond milk in them if you have oily skin; however, it is actually brilliant at regulating how much oil your skin produces. This means almond milk can help stop your skin from producing excess oil that leads to shine, blackheads, acne and other problems.
Almond milk contains essential fatty acids that help to control the amount of oil produced by the sebaceous glands, so using products that contain it could actually help to reduce oily skin, despite it being so moisturising.
What products can you find it in?
With so many great benefits on offer from almond milk, it is a great choice to include in cosmetics. You can find it in a number of Heyland and Whittle products, including some of our traditional soaps and lotions, giving you plenty of ways to make the most of it.
With so many benefits, it's no wonder we like to use almond milk in our products!