Prunus Armeniaca is the scientific name for the small yellowish-orange fruit, which is widely known as apricot. It has a pit inside, which contains a kernel. Apricot kernel oil is extracted by pressing this kernel. It is pure and natural, and has many skin and hair nourishing properties. Here are some of its benefits, for skin as well as hair.
Soothes Irritated Skin
Apricot kernel oil is a natural oil and hence, is very mild. Because of the presence of linoleic acid and oleic acid, it has anti-inflammation properties. Thus, it is extremely beneficial for an acne-prone and sensitive skin, as it can be soothed by its regular application.
First of all, heat the oil. Make sure that it is not too hot, otherwise it can burn your scalp. Next, take a small quantity in your palm and with your fingertips, massage the hot oil, gently into your scalp. Continue massaging for about 10 minutes. Let the oil remain overnight and then shampoo in the morning.
To moisturize your skin, take some oil on your palm and apply it to your face gently. If you want to use it as a massage oil, you can add other ingredients like almond oil and olive oil to it. Apricot kernel oil will help in proper absorption of oils in the skin and thus, make it healthy. Few drops of oil in your bath water can sooth the skin and relax you.