Fresh, ripe apricots are sweet, juicy, and just a bit tart. They’re relatively low in calories yet loaded with vitamins C, E, and beta carotene, nutrients shown to help your skin build collagen while fighting the potentially detrimental effects of free radicals. Not only will your skin benefit from including this nutrient-dense fruit in your diet, there are also many reasons to consider adding apricot oil to your skincare routine.1
While there are many plant oils that could help keep your skin smooth, soft, and supple, some tend to settle on the surface. Apricot oil is lightweight and easily absorbed. Based on what the research shows so far, this non-occlusive oil could be just what your skin needs to help banish blemishes, fight premature skin aging, and protect your natural radiance.
The Origins of This Natural Plant Extract
In traditional Chinese medicine, apricot oil was often used to treat swelling, ulcers, coughs, and malignant growths. In Ayurvedic traditions, you’ll find many references for its immunity-boosting potential and hydrating properties. The oil is pressed from the most nutrient-dense part of the fruit, its almond-shaped seeds.2,3
Apricot seeds are encased in the pit or stone in the center of the fruit. The tough, protective shell needs to be cracked before the oil can be harvested from the ripe kernels. Cold-pressing releases the oil by applying pressure to the seeds. Expeller-pressing utilizes the combined effects of pressure, friction, and heat. Once extracted, the oil is filtered and sometimes refined. Refined apricot kernel oil is the better option for cooking and baking.4
How Your Skin Could Benefit from Apricot Oil
Unrefined apricot kernel oil has a pleasant, slightly nutty aroma and more active components than refined extracts. That’s why unrefined apricot kernel oil is often considered the better option for topical application. Not only does apricot kernel oil closely resemble the natural oils produced in your skin, it also delivers numerous vitamins, minerals, and other potentially beneficial plant-derived nutrients to tissues far below the surface.5
When you add apricot kernel oil to your skincare routine, you’ll soon be rewarded with soft, supple, hydrated skin. Over time, you could also see improvements in fine lines, wrinkles, and overall firmness. If you have an oily, blemish-prone complexion, you might even discover that your spots heal faster, or you break out less often.6
What’s In Apricot Oil? — The Nutrients Supporting Skin Health and Appearance
Whether your skin is dry, mature, oily, or reactive, apricot kernel oil could deliver some pretty impressive results. Like so many other skin-friendly oils, the essential fatty acids help keep the surface smooth and hydrated. But once you factor in all the components influencing functions below the surface, it’s easy to see why so many people are adding this natural plant oil to their skincare routine.
Beta Carotene gives apricots and many other fruits and vegetables their vibrant shades of yellow, orange, and red. Your body converts this compound to vitamin A. When applied topically, beta carotene helps protect your skin from the damaging effects of the sun, the number one cause of premature skin aging.1
Like the oil produced in your skin, apricot kernel oil also contains oleic acid. More commonly known as omega-9, oleic acid helps your skin hold on to moisture while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Your skin also needs oleic acid to calm inflammation and fight free radical damage.7
Like oleic acid, linoleic acid also shows distinctive anti-inflammatory properties. But that’s not its only contribution. This essential fatty acid, also known as omega-6, could help your skin retain essential moisture, heal blemishes, lightening dark spots, and reduce the risk of future breakouts.8
Vitamin A (retinol) helps slow the production of excess oil, an effect that helps keep congestion-prone pores clear and reduces the risk of blemishes and breakouts. Vitamin A is also shown to help balance skin tone, fade discolorations, accelerate skin cell production, and stimulate collagen synthesis.9
Vitamin E is well-known for its ability to help skin retain moisture. This potent antioxidant is also shown to have anti-inflammatory properties. In laboratory studies, vitamin E helps promote healing while keeping the surface resistant to UV-induced lines and wrinkles.10
Could Apricot Oil Replace Your Night Cream?
There are many ways to add apricot oil to your skincare routine. When you apply apricot oil to damp skin after a bath or shower, you’re protecting the surface from moisture loss as your skin absorbs its nutrients. Applying the oil to your face after cleansing and toning helps balance oil production while leaving your skin feeling silky-smooth and looking radiant.5 You could even use apricot oil to remove your cosmetics before cleansing or as a natural replacement for your usual night cream.
Night creams are important. They’re typically infused with active ingredients that work with your skin’s natural recovery processes. The subtle changes that occur during sleep make your skin far more receptive to any active ingredients in your product.11 But is apricot oil enough? Maybe.
Using a single plant oil is definitely a step in the right direction if your current PM moisturizer is made with artificial fragrances or one of the many questionable chemicals that can inhibit your skin’s natural restorative capabilities.12 But if apricot oil is the only botanical you’re using at night, you could still be missing out. At BOTA™, we’ve created an entire line of skincare products made with the best plant-sourced ingredients nature has to offer.
Calming, Protecting, and Reviving Your Skin with BOTA™ CBD-Infused Night Cream
When you top off your PM skincare routine with BOTA™ De-Stressing Nightly Face Cream + Lavender or BOTA™ Age-Defying Night Cream + Manuka Oil & Ginger Root, you’ll be treating your complexion to a wide range of plant oils and natural botanicals. Plus, every plant-powered product in our collection is enhanced with the many potential skin benefits of full-spectrum hemp-derived CBD.
CBD (cannabidiol) is an active plant component classified as a cannabinoid. As the CBD in our full-spectrum oil penetrates the surface of your skin, it interacts with important receptors found on nearly every type of skin cell, including the receptors regulating inflammation, oil production, collagen synthesis, and moisture balance.13 That means the CBD in your BOTA™ night cream could help the apricot oil work even better.
To learn more, visit BOTA™ to view our Complete Guide to Natural Skin Care. Then take a few minutes to browse our selection of toners, serums, moisturizers, and body care products. All BOTA™ CBD skincare products are cruelty-free, third-party tested, and formulated for all skin types.
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