About the Ingredient: Apricot Kernel Oil
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Categories: Plant Extracts, Emollients
What Is Apricot Kernel Oil Used For? Apricot Kernel Oil is well-known for its moisturizing abilities. A natural emollient, it absorbs quickly into skin without leaving behind an oily residue. It’s also an anti-inflammatory, so it’s soothing and ideal for users with sensitive skin and great for massages for all skin types.
It also has anti-aging properties. High levels of Gamma Linoleic Acid (GLA) provide moisture as well as firming and toning skin. Vitamins A, C and E combat signs of aging and contain antioxidants.
What Is the Definition of Apricot Kernel Oil? Apricot Kernel Oil is extracted from the kernel (or seed/pit) of the Apricot (Prunus armeniaca) through a cold pressed extraction method. Apricot kernels consist of about 40 – 50% oil content. Apricot oil has been used for centuries for its anti-inflammatory properties and has found popularity in the skincare industry for its moisturizing and anti-aging abilities.
What Are the Benefits of Apricot Kernel Oil?
- Highly moisturizing, emollient
- Reduces inflammation
- Anti-aging vitamins and GLA
- Antioxidants prevent free radical damage
What Is Apricot Kernel Oil Used In? Mild and incredibly moisturizing, Apricot Kernel Oil is very adaptable and complements other ingredients nicely. It is often used as a massage oil and makes an ideal carrier for essential oils and can be infused with natural herbs.
What Is the Origin of Apricot Kernel Oil? The apricot tree is a member of the rose family. While Turkey is the largest current producer of apricots, it is believed the fruit may have originated in either Armenia or China, and is mentioned in traditional Chinese medicine.
Cautions: Although there are no known side effects or interactions, allergic reaction, contraindications, or overuse can cause a potential skin reaction. People with nut allergies should exercise caution when using nut-based products.
Products That Include Apricot Kernel Oil: Alana Mitchell Hyaluronic Moisture Boost Serum