Hazelnut is more than an ingredient in your Nutella spread or your Ferrero Rocher chocolate. Its use has gone far beyond culinary, and this article will show you about the versatility of this nut.
Apart from the nuts themselves, hazelnut is also valued for its oil. Like oils derived from other types of nuts, hazelnut oil is extracted by using a press. When you think of hazelnut oil, the first thing that comes to mind is its use in the kitchen – as a cooking oil, a salad dressing oil, etc.
But hazelnut oil is also used for health and beauty purposes. Who knows, you may have finally found the fountain of youth with hazelnut oil! It’s loaded with vitmains and essential fatty acids that your skin will surely benefit!
Unlike other oils, hazelnut oil is not so caustic so it’s safe for the skin. Despite the fact that hazelnut oil is also an astringent, it’s otherwise different from the alcohol-based commercial astringents. Thus, hazelnut oil doesn’t produce a stinging sensation, which makes it perfectly safe even for sensitive skin.
So with this fact, hazelnut oil is used for a variety of beauty and wellness applications. Here are some of the benefits that this amazing oil can bring:
1. It can be used as a massage and aromatherapy oil
Hazelnut oil can be used as a carrier oil or base oil, which is used to dilute essential oils for massage and aromatherapy.
2. It helps in delaying premature aging
As said earlier, you may have found the fountain of youth with hazelnut oil. It has high vitamin E content as well as antioxidants such as Vitamin A and C, which help in preventing signs of premature aging.
3. It can be used as an astringent
Hazelnut oil is a natural astringent, but unlike commercial astringents, hazelnut oil produces no stinging sensation even on the most sensitive skin. Hazelnut oil contains tannins, which have powerful antioxidants. This oil cleanses and moisturizes your skin, helps in reducing pores, and removes bacteria.
4. It hydrates your skin
Hazelnut oil, as said before, has high vitamin E content. Plus, it also has natural and unsaturated fats. Together, this combination will become effective in making your skin moisturized and hydrated. You’ll never have dry and dull skin again, the moment you use hazelnut oil.
5. It boosts collagen production
Collagen is the most abundant protein found in the human body, especially in the skin, bones, tendons and muscles. This essential protein provides structure and elasticity to the skin, promoting a glowing and vibrant skin. But as we age, our collagen levels start to lose. The vitamin E in hazelnut oil boosts our body’s collagen production, which helps in restoring our skin’s vibrant and youthful glow.
6. It helps in reducing the appearance of scars, wrinkles, fine lines and cellulite
Again, the vitamin E in hazelnut oil helps in restoring the skin’s structure and elasticity, repairing scars and reducing wrinkles and fine lines. Hazelnut oil’s fatty acids could also be a big factor in reducing fine lines, including those that are caused by long-term sun exposure.
Hazelnut oil’s regenerative properties reportedly reduce cellulite in the body, but more research is still required to prove its effectiveness.
7. It helps in reducing hyperpigmentation
Hyperpigmentation or dark spots are caused by a variety of factors, including age, hormones, pregnancy, sun damage, or injury.
Hazelnut oil is rich in vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant which helps in reducing and lightening hyperpigmentation and dark spots.
Hazelnut oil is unsaturated, so it doesn’t feel heavy to the touch or become solidified in cooler temperatures, unlike other vegetable oils, even jojoba oil. If you are making a skin restore serum (especially in home dermarolling), you can use hazelnut oil as an ingredient and conveniently store it even inside the fridge when not in use.