Did you know that walnut oil has been used as a skin conditioning agent for centuries?
Walnuts have a bad reputation when it comes to skincare, thanks to the highly popularised, skin damaging “walnut shell scrubs”. But, what you probably didn’t know is that walnut oil is being used to fight wrinkles and hydrate skin since the 17th century. Keep scrolling to learn all of its beauty benefits and how you can incorporate it in your beauty routine.
1. Strengthens skin barrier
Walnut oil contains high levels of omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin B5, which is more commonly known as panthenol. This duo has anti-inflammatory properties, provides excellent moisturisation and restores the skin barrier.
2. Improves hydration and prevents water loss
It keeps skin hydrated and soft. Thanks to the high levels of emollients, it keeps skin moisturised and prevents water loss. Walnut oil can also be used with other hydrators.
3. Reduces signs of ageing
This miracle oil is rich in antioxidants, which defends the skin against environmental stress and fight the signs of ageing.
4. Prevents dryness and flakiness
It is also rich in oleic acid, which can penetrate deeper into the skin and eliminate dryness and flakiness, which makes it an excellent ingredient for people with dry skin types. But since oleic acid is thicker and more nourishing, oily and acne prone skin types should be cautious as it can clog pores and promote breakouts.
There are many products available in the market that are formulated with it, however, you can always buy local cold-pressed walnut oil, since it keeps more nutrients intact. In winters, you can apply it after your moisturiser to lock everything in. In summers, use a few drops and mix it into a light weight moisturiser to double the benefits.