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Apricot Oil: What are its benefits for the skin?

Among the vast array of vegetable oils used in cosmetics, apricot oil holds a noteworthy position. Its non-greasy finish and sensory properties make it a preferred ingredient for massages. What are its virtues when applied topically? Here, we provide an overview of the properties of apricot oil for the skin.

Apricot oil has a strong moisturizing capability.

Apricot oil, or Prunus Armeniaca Kernel Oil as it is known by its INCI name, is a vegetable oil highly regarded for its moisturizing properties. These properties are derived from its biochemical composition , particularly its richness in oleic acid, its major compound. This compound belongs to the omega-9 family and is naturally found in the hydrolipidic film that coats the skin. Its presence in apricot oil allows this oil to play a protective role for the epidermis and to reduce water loss.

The moisturizing virtues of the apricot oil are particularly beneficial to the delicate area around the eyes and help to prevent dehydration fine lines. These small superficial streaks tend to appear in our twenties on areas where the skin is thinnest. By providing good skin hydration, apricot oil helps to delay their onset.

Apricot oil for nourishing the skin.

Apricot oil can also help to strengthen the skin barrier and eliminate feelings of discomfort and the characteristic tightness of dry skin. Rich in linoleic acid, an unsaturated fatty acid involved in the synthesis of a certain category of ceramides, the acylceramides, apricot oil nourishes the skin and provides it with the lipids it needs.

Several studies have indeed shown that a deficiency in linoleic acid in the stratum corneum is observed in cases of severe skin dryness or eczema. This weakening of the skin barrier is accompanied by significant insensible water loss (IWL), which also promotes the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, making them more visible. The application of a skincare product based on apricot oil is thus beneficial for people with dry skin and helps to nourish the epidermis, while making it less prone to dehydration.

Apricot oil protects the skin from oxidative stress.

Apricot oil also has recognized antioxidant activity, derived from its concentration of tocopherols, carotenoids, and phytosterols. This diversity allows it to protect the skin and its compounds against damage caused by free radicals. Generated following exposure to UV rays, pollution, or tobacco, these are reactive molecules that can cause changes in the structure of skin proteins, leading to skin damage (wrinkles, skin sagging, pigmentation problems). By neutralizing free radicals, apricot oil prevents these issues and helps to brighten the complexion.

Apricot oil has soothing properties.

Unlike essential oils, vegetable oils are allies for those with sensitive skin. Apricot oil is no exception and has anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce redness and soothe irritations and itching. These properties come from its omega-3 fatty acids, which are capable of increasing the production of resolvins and protectins, anti-inflammatory lipid mediators. Furthermore, apricot oil inhibits the synthesis of inflammation mediators such as leukotrienes.

Studies in vitro have also highlighted that apricot oil can induce apoptosis in HaCaT cells through certain receptors involved in the mitochondrial pathways. This apoptosis is correlated with theinhibition of the NF-κB pathway, known to trigger the synthesis of several pro-inflammatory cytokines. These various mechanisms help explain the origin of the soothing benefits of apricot oil.

Apricot oil for achieving a sun-kissed complexion?

The amber color of the apricot oil and its carotenoid content suggest that it may stimulate melanogenesis. However, while scientific studies have indeed shown that a diet rich in ß-carotenes and other carotenoids can help achieve a tanned complexion, researchers who have conducted topical application studies are more cautious. Moreover, the concentrations of ß-carotenes used in these studies are much higher than that of apricot oil. At present, it seems difficult to assert that this vegetable oil can enhance tanning.

Note : The orange hue of the apricot oil allows it to provide an immediate healthy glow effect to the skin. To achieve this, we recommend adding one to two drops of this vegetable oil to your regular moisturizing cream or to a massage oil.

Apricot oil to slow down skin aging?

Apricot oil is also credited with the ability to delay the onset of wrinkles. In addition to preventing and reducing fine dehydration lines due to its moisturizing power and protecting cellular constituents with its antioxidant activity, apricot oil is said to have an inhibitory effect on collagenase and elastase. These are enzymes that catalyze the degradation reactions of collagen and elastin, respectively, which are supportive fibers of the dermis essential to the good condition of the skin. The levels of collagen and elastin tend to decrease gradually from the twenties, which greatly contributes to the skin aging process.

However, caution is advised regarding the anti-collagenase and anti-elastase effects of apricot oil: at present, they have only been demonstrated instudies in vitro. It would be interesting to see if this vegetable oil can prevent or mitigate the effects of time on the skin in clinical trials.


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