The major chemical components of Sweet Almond oil are monounsaturated oleic acid; it’s an omega-9 fatty acid. Oleic acid is absorbed well by the skin, has anti-inflammatory and skin softening properties. It has a light texture and easily absorbs into skin. The oil helps to gently dislodge debris from deep within skin pores and follicles, and also may help prevent future acne because of its Vitamin A content.
Sweet almond oil is known for protecting skin against UV radiation damage and keeping skin soft and supple. A 2007 study by the Departments of Pharmaceutics at Hamdard University in India found it to both prevent initial UV damage and slow down the effects of UV damage after it happened.
The almond is native to the Mediterranean climate region of the Middle East, eastward as far as the Yamua River in India. It was spread by humans in ancient times along the shores of the Mediterranean into northern Africa and southern Europe, and more recently transported to other parts of the world, notably California, United States.
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Sweet Almond oil is cultivated from edible almonds (Prunus amygdalus var. dulcis) selectively cultivated for their sweet taste.