Can Eating Almonds Really Help With Fine Lines And Wrinkles?

Almonds are considered one of the healthiest snacks you can have for a well-balanced diet. While they are native to the Middle East, the United States has become a major supplier of this popular nut and we enjoy them for the vitamins and other nutrients they provide (via Healthline).

These nuts are as nutritious as they are tasty. Almonds are a major component of many healthy low-carb diets because they curb cravings and keep you energized, thanks to their fiber and protein levels.

Although most of us know that almonds are a healthy snack, many don't realize the hidden skin benefits that they hold. According to Bodywise, almonds are also high in nutrients such as niacin, calcium, vitamin E, and riboflavin. They are also a great source of omega-6 fatty acids, magnesium, and zinc. While these minerals and vitamins have great effects on our insides, they also work wonders for the skin, making almonds the ultimate power snack.

The benefits of almonds for skin

Although most of us already knew that almonds are the perfect buttery snack, the benefits they have on the skin may come as a surprise. 

Notably, almonds have the power to make you look younger. Because almonds contain vitamin E and omega-3 fatty acids, they allow the skin to renew itself more effectively, preventing fine lines and wrinkles. The high nutrient content also means that snacking on almonds each day will help to nourish your skin while reducing dryness and other signs of aging (via Femina). The B vitamins, zinc, and linoleic acid also aid in in keeping our skin hydrated and healthy (via Almond Board of California). 

Along with the skin benefits, almonds can improve your heart health and prevent type 2 diabetes, per Everyday Health. They can improve your immunity and gut health and, despite being relatively high in fat, almonds can also aid in weight loss by helping to keep you full.

How to incorporate more almonds into your diet

If you are looking for ways to incorporate more almonds into your diet, you can get more creative than just snacking on them individually. Consider trying almond milk, flour, butter, or even protein bars. You could also sprinkle sliced almonds over salads or oatmeal for an extra crunch, plus a protein boost that is likely to keep you fuller for longer. Purchasing products with almonds in them will give you the same benefits as eating them raw. Almond flour is also naturally gluten free, so it is perfect for most diets, according to Everyday Health. 

These advantages come from consuming almonds, but you can also gain topical benefits. By mixing a spoonful of almond powder with ingredients like honey, lemon juice, and milk, you can use the almond mixture as an exfoliator to rub on your face. This can help to reduce dark circles and remove dead skin cells, giving your face a refresh (via Bodywise). Because almonds are anti-inflammatory, using almond oil topically in your beauty routine can also reduce puffiness and take away under-eye circles.