Mmm, apricots. Sweet and juicy, they make the perfect summer fruit compote with a rich ice-cream. Or a delicious autumn tart with spicy cinnamon. Without getting carried away dreaming of desserts, we want to talk about the fruit’s oil and the benefits of apricot oil for skin (not just our taste buds).
Apricot oil, or apricot kernel oil, comes from the aromatic and supple apricot fruit. Used as a carrier oil and often a hero ingredient, it’s sourced from the seeds, or kernels, of the apricots. By using a cold-pressed method, we maintain the high nutritional values of the unrefined apricot kernel oil as opposed to various extraction methods.
Often said to soften and strengthen the skin, apricot oil is making its way up the rankings of skin care ingredients. High in omega-3, omega-6 and omega-9 fatty acids plus a source of vitamin A, apricot oil for skin is a current fan favourite that provides a welcomed fresh and dewy glow. Our plant oils are rich in essential nutrients that elevate your skin care routine.
At Poko, we care about our ingredients and we know you do too. Let’s take a look at how our organic kernel seed oil benefits your skin and enhances our products. Apricot oil skin care is on the rise, and we know it.
15 benefits and uses of apricot oil for your skin
Rich with vitamins and minerals, apricot kernel oil is a plant-based ingredient that deeply nourishes the skin. As the skin is porous, and the texture of apricot oil ensures it penetrates through the protective surface layers providing a lasting effect.
Essential fatty acids
The fatty acid profile of the oil is what makes it so useful. Omega oils have been tried and tested at benefiting the skin’s natural protective barrier for centuries. Linoleic acid (omega 6) and oleic acid (omega 9) contents help keep the skin nourished and protected from harmful forces.
Rich in vitamin A and anti-ageing
Rich in vitamin A, this is beneficial to the production of cell turnover on our face. The oil is rich in compounds that speed up cell turnover. This promotes a more youthful-looking glow as the youngest cells are pushed to the surface.
Vitamin A provides essential support for the skin cells to plump the skin. This promotes the visible reduction of fine lines and wrinkles.
A dewy glow
Along with the previously mentioned vitamin A, the kernel oil is naturally high in vitamin E and C. The three work in conjunction to clarify the skin’s tone and complexion, promoting a natural glow.
Gives skin a satin-like, softer texture
When our skin gets the food it needs, then its texture naturally improves. The presence of vitamin A encourages the overall suppleness of the skin. As vitamin A acts as a natural exfoliant, softer and smoother skin is encouraged over time.
As a strong emollient, apricot kernel oil lubricates the skin by drawing moisture to the surface. It encourages the moisture from the elements and from the other steps in your skincare routine.
Contains essential vitamin B17
Laetrile, or amygdalin (B17), is a naturally occurring chemical compound often found in the pips of many fruits such as apricots, apples, peaches, plums, or red cherries. The body can’t naturally produce B17 but needs it for the functioning of the immune system and as a beneficial anti-inflammatory.
The presence of this vitamin in apricot kernel oil makes the oil a competitive choice for your skin’s overall health.
Promotes skin’s strength and elasticity
Our skin undergoes an array of daily stressors, from harsh weather conditions, makeup use, or polluting air environments.
Not to mention the effect our internal health has on the overall condition and appearance of our skin.
As we age, the effects of these elements play a role in the reduction of elasticity and cell damage to our skin. Vitamin A helps to encourage the strength of nutrients present in the skin.
Provides a protective barrier
As previously mentioned, the quicker turnover of cells ensures the skin is forming a strong barrier against oxidative damage. When used daily, apricot oil will nourish the skin and allow it to function properly, no matter your skin’s age. By using B17 rich skincare products, the skin is protected against free radicals that increase the signs of ageing.
As apricot oil is incredibly nourishing, it can help to soothe painful skin conditions such as acne and rosacea. Whenever you have a flare-up, products containing apricot oil will encourage healthier skin and help to destress.
Fights acne-causing bacteria
Acne-prone skin would benefit from vitamin A in apricot oil. Vit A helps clogged pores rejuvenate, which may result in clearer skin in the long run.
As it’s a light carrier oil, you don’t have to worry about giving your pores too much to handle.
Its deep moisturising properties means that the pores don’t overwork themselves to provide vital surface hydration. The overproduction of sebum is often caused by an underlying dehydrated skin texture. Evidently, the skin is attempting to nourish itself. This build-up of sebum creates an unwanted clogging of pores and, finally, acne.
Incorporating apricot kernel oil into your routine will help correct the skin.
Kernels as a healthy snack
You could even go a step further and consume apricot kernel seeds to promote skin regeneration from within!
However, research shows that consumption of these foods for instant effects on the skin is difficult. The benefits from apricot kernels would need to pass through the digestive system first. Furthermore, it would need to be eaten in certain quantities for a longer period of time.
Although it couldn’t hurt, applying directly to the skin ensures it enters the system more quickly. Probably better to stick to skincare!
At home facial
If you’re wondering about how to use apricot oil for skin, then there’s no better way to use it than to create an at-home facial. First, we suggest having a warm shower to truly relax. This will also allow the steam to open up the pores and to prep the skin for absorption. Meanwhile, soak a face towel in a basin of warm water.
While in the shower (or after), use a gentle facial cleanser to ensure the skin is clean. Then, use your favourite moisturiser and add a few drops of apricot oil to create a DIY mix. Better yet, look for a moisturiser that already contains active apricot oil.
After application, wring out the face cloth (taking care not to burn your hands) and wrap it around your face for up to 10 minutes. Sit back and relax, and re-apply more moisturiser as needed.
Apricot oil can also be used as a relaxing body scrub. After your steamy shower, mix some apricot kernel oil and a couple of drops of the Poko Luxury Facial Oil together with some sugar. We suggest brown as the granules are larger and less likely to dissolve.
Work in upward circular motions from your feet all the way up to your shoulders, taking care of the delicate chest area. We would not recommend this scrub for your face as it may be much too abrasive. The mixture of sugar granules and apricot oil after a hot shower will smooth the body’s skin and provide much-needed nourishment for dull skin.
Use alone or in a formula
A benefit of apricot oil is how versatile it is in order to care for your skin and your body’s overall health. The oil alone can be applied directly to the skin or work as an intensely hydrating hair and scalp mask.
Many skincare lovers are using apricot oil for the skin as a raw oil or are closely inspecting the ingredients list of skincare products in search of it. To reap the full benefits of apricot oil, we suggest using it in combination with other powerful active ingredients present in some of our favourite Poko products.
Where to buy apricot oil for skin
We’ve seen the visible benefits apricot kernel oil has when used in skincare, so we put it in three of our products for use on the face. Yes - three!
Correcting Eye Cream
Formulated with dry skin in mind, our correcting eye cream is lightweight and effective in caring for our delicate under eyes that look tired and irritated during seasonal changes. It provides efforts in reducing puffiness, brightening dark circles, and is nourishing without being too heavy. Present apricot kernel oil is also light and easily absorbed through the skin, making it the perfect addition to our eye cream.
Common problems regarding the eyes are also crows feet that often occur as our skin’s elasticity stretches with every smile and frown. Over time, our skin loses the ability to bounce back into shape. Crows' feet and other facial lines also occur as a result of sun damage, which often appears worse as our skin is dry.
Aloe vera juice, made up of 99.5% water, contains powerful antioxidants to help soften the effects of UV damage from the sun and all our worthwhile laughs. Sources of vitamin E including avocado oil, fig extract, and apricot kernel oil keeps the delicate under-eye skin soft and supple. Raspberry extract further treats dark spots from the effects of the sun as a powerful plant phenol.
Use the applicator to pump a small amount of product onto the back of the hand, and dot around the eyes morning and night. Lightly tap into the eye area, being sure not to drag or rub.
Regenerating Collagen Moisturiser
Our regenerating collagen cream uses CBD antioxidants to help fight the signs of ageing while targeting dehydration and dullness as we sleep. Apricot kernel oil assists the active ingredients in helping the skin’s cell turnover as Matrixyl 3000 stimulates the skin’s collagen production.
Damaging UV rays can also lead to hyperpigmentation of the skin. Once hyperpigmentation begins, there is a domino effect where dry skin only increases the process of irritated looking skin and an uneven skin tone. Enter apricot oil, high in omega fatty acids, to keep the skin hydrated and balanced in texture and appearance.
As a nighttime treat, work the moisturiser into the skin in small circular motions until fully absorbed. If using in the morning, don’t forget to apply some SPF as vitamin A from apricot kernel oil can increase your skin’s sun sensitivity. This is a general rule of thumb, no matter what moisturiser you use!
Ultra Hydrating Moisturiser
The ultimate hydrating moisturiser uses a combination of CBD and organic apricots to protect the skin from external pollutants throughout the day, keeping it supple and hydrated. The oil helps lock in moisture from this face cream without clogging pores.
Oak silk is an anti-inflammatory plant extract used to calm the skin which is perfect for even the most sensitive of skin types. While the oatmeal gets to work, apricot kernel and olive oil boost the moisturiser's omega-rich content to mimic the skin’s natural hydrating properties, such as its sebum. This ensures the skin retains water without overproducing bacteria-filled sebum that may cause acne and breakouts.
Use this moisturiser twice daily or as needed. We love mixing this into our favourite foundation to create the perfect BB cream that’s packed full of nutrients for the face. So, if you must wear makeup, at least your skin is getting a treat!
Apricot oil for skin benefits
So there we go, we've covered how to recognise a truly viable ingredient and we are loving it at the moment. We see the value in using apricot kernel oil in our skincare products - and hope now you do, too.
Or, if we haven’t convinced you about the benefits of apricot oil for skin, at least we have given you some serious fruit dessert inspo!