Wellness / Self-Care

Walnut Oil and its Skin Care benefits explained

Just don’t go trying to eat the oil.

words by: Natasha Marsh
Sep 28, 2022

I am not a big fan of consuming nuts. I think it’s weird when restaurants put them in salads, acai bowls, pastas and other dishes. They taste a bit too nutty and savory for me. However, when I heard about the benefits of walnuts in skincare products, I decided to reconsider my attitude towards them.


When used as a physical exfoliant, nuts cause an abrasive texture when making direct contact to the skin. In a 2016 study, some scientists even reported that the nut is what caused inflammation, irritation, and an accelerated aging process for patients.


However, walnut oil is thought to fight wrinkles and hydrate the skin. Walnut oil, or juglans regia seed oil, comes from walnuts — one of the healthiest nuts out there. As an emollient, it has softening and soothing properties that helps soothe stressed out or mature skin. There are many studies done that have proved it helps skin health, heal wounds faster, and treat conditions like eczema.


The benefits of walnut oil

Walnut oil works to moisturize skin and improve the barrier function, the key function of healthy skin. As it is supple, it also prevents water loss, restoring mature skin from dehydration. So on days that you aren’t drinking enough water or getting enough fluids, you could get an appropriate amount from your skincare products.


Furthermore, walnut oil is rich in Vitamin E, allowing it to protect the skin from environmental stressors like pollution, dirt, debris, oil, and face products. It will shield against sun exposure, while working to reduce the inner and exterior signs of aging.


As an antioxidant, it will help repair the skin barrier by gracing it with a hefty helping of omega fatty acids and moisture to improve elasticity. And fortunately, it works great on most skin types. However, if you have acne-prone or highly-oily skin, you might want to lay off the walnut oil. The oleic acid in the oil can cause breakouts and clog pores — two things that could lead to a lot of acne.


When you purchase walnut oil, make sure it is in airless (less restrictive) and opaque packaging so it won’t oxidize. When applying, use the walnut oil in your final step after moisturizer. When in doubt, follow the carefully detailed instructions on the product’s label and be sure to stop using if you experience any irritation or trouble.


In related news, read about fermented oils, grapeseed oil, and safflower oil for your skin care needs.


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