Apricot Kernel Oil
Apricot kernel oil is similar in texture and color to almond oil, but costs slightly more. It is rich in vitamin E, a quality that gives it a longer shelf life than the typical oil.
Like almond oil, apricot kernel oil is absorbed into the skin, so it won't leave people feeling greasy afterwards. This property also makes it a good oil to use for aromatherapy massage.
Apricot kernel oil is a good alternative to sweet almond oil for people with nut allergies. Apricot kernel oil is particularly helpful for dehydrated, delicate, mature and sensitive skin, and it helps to sooth inflammation. This finely textured oil spreads easily and is particularly rich in both oleic acid and linoleic acid.
A member of the Rosaceae family and a relative of the Almond and Peach, the Apricot tree is native to Spain and cultivated in the Mediterranean and California. It bears soft cream blossoms with pink yellow centres. It is used in soothing emulsions, and massage oils especially those for the face. If you are looking for a fine textured carrier oil, that is easily absorbed by the skin without leaving it feeling oily and that is high in poly- unsaturated fatty acids, that is specifically beneficial when doing facial massage, then look no further than Apricot Kernel Oil. It is rich in vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, B17 and E. An ideal basic carrier oil, nourishing and protecting to the skin. Calms skin irritation. It can be used on its own or with other carrier oils. Good keeping qualities as it contains vitamin E. This is one the most widely used carrier oils.
Unlike almond oils, this type of oil is much safer to use and has no contradictions regarding skin problems as it is mostly used on most baby products and has both oleic and linoleic acid. It has similar skin softening and moistening properties like almond oils. A good massage oil as it spreads fairly and nicely on the skin of the patient. Apricot kernel oil is also used on inflammation as it helps in soothing and relieving minor body problems.