Hazelnut oil is liquid extracted from a hazelnut by a machine called a press. It’s commonly used for cooking and in salad dressings. It’s also used for hair care and as a carrier oil for aromatherapy or massage oils. But hazelnut oil can also be used as a skincare product.
- It’s safe for sensitive skin: In most cases, hazelnut oil is safe for people with sensitive skin. Although it’s an astringent, it’s different from the alcohol-based astringents you often see in the skin care aisle. Hazelnut oil is a natural, alcohol-free astringent that doesn’t usually cause irritation.
- It’s hydrating: The high vitamin E and fatty acid content in hazelnut oil can help increase hydration in the outermost layer of the skin. By keeping skin hydrated, vitamin E also helps improve skin elasticity, making it look firm and supple.
- It’s moisturizing: Hazelnut oil’s fatty acids and vitamin E also make it an effective moisturizer. These ingredients help create a natural oil barrier that helps your skin retain water and avoid drying out.
- It helps boosts collagen production: Collagen is an essential protein that holds your bones, organs, and tendons together. It gives your skin structure and elasticity. Our skin produces less collagen as we age, but vitamin E can help.
- It helps protect against sun damage: Sunlight creates free radicals, which harm your cells and lead to signs of aging in your skin. Vitamin E helps protect your body by neutralizing free radicals and protecting cell membranes from sun damage.
- It helps reduce hyperpigmentation: Hyperpigmentation is a condition that causes the skin to darken. It can affect small or large areas of your skin.
How to use hazelnut oil
You can apply hazelnut oil to your skin on its own or combine it with other oils. You can also use it as a base if you make your own lotions or creams. Make sure you do a skin patch test before you do a full application. To do this: Rub a dime-sized amount of oil into the inside of your forearm. Cover the area with a bandage and wait 24 hours. If you experience irritation, rinse your forearm thoroughly and don’t use the oil again. If the irritation is severe, call your doctor. If you don’t notice any inflammation or irritation within 24 hours, hazelnut oil should be safe for you to apply elsewhere.
The bottom line Using hazelnut oil on your skin could provide many benefits, from smoothing and hydrating your skin to protecting against sun damage. Hazelnut oil is generally considered gentle and safe, but check with your doctor before using it if you’re concerned about any health risks.
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