Ingredient Spotlight: Apricot Kernel Oil (Prunus Armeniaca)
Apricot Kernel Oil is a light, odorless oil that is easily absorbed by the skin! Apricot Kernel Oil also contains a phytosterol that can reduce redness and dry, itchy skin. Though very similar to Sweet Almond Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil contains more Vitamin E and is better suited for sensitive and mature skin. Its primary fatty acids are oleic acid and linoleic acid.
Oils high in oleic acid have a nice, long shelf life. Because oleic acid is also naturally created by your skin, it is easily skin softening and moisturizing. Oleic acid can also provides skin regenerative (healing) and anti-inflammatory effects.
Linoleic acid is required by but not manufactured by your skin. It is essential to your skin’s natural barrier function: this means both keeping the good stuff in (water) and the bad stuff out! Additionally, linoleic acid can reduce scaling, itchiness, and even acne.
-Alchemist Hazel Thornbush