What is Apricot Seed Powder?
Let’s start by discussing what Apricot Seed Powder is and where this skincare superstar comes from.
Apricot Seed Powder is derived from the kernels, or seeds, of an Apricot fruit that form the stone pit in the center. Once they’re collected, the seeds are dried out then crushed and ground into a fine powder, which is what is used in skincare products and exfoliants like the ones we have at Callyssee. The crushed up seeds can also be used to make Apricot Seed Oil.
Apricot Seed Powder is a great, natural ingredient to be used in scrubs and soap products since it’s more gentle on the skin. It’s also a more sustainable and eco-friendly alternative to synthetic microbeads.
It’s important to note that while apricot seeds are safe for topical use in skincare, bath and body products, many doctors and scientists advise not to ingest them as they contain high concentrations of Vitamin B17 which can cause cyanide toxicity in the body.
The Skincare Benefits of Apricot Seed Powder
As you can see, apricot seed powder is easily accessible and a common ingredient found in many skincare products, soaps and scrubs. But what makes it so great for the skin? Here are a few reasons why this exfoliant is worth a spot in your skincare lineup:
1. Contains Essential Fatty Acids
Did you know apricot seeds are nearly 50% oil? These seeds are a rich source of both oleic and linoleic fatty acids, which will help keep your skin moisturized without leaving behind a greasy feeling residue.
2. Vitamin B17 for Anti-Inflammatory Properties
With immunity boosting properties, Vitamin B17 is also known for its anti-inflammatory abilities, protecting against and helping remove free radicals that cause damage and age the skin. This important vitamin can also help with cell regeneration, giving the skin a more youthful appearance.
3. Antioxidant Rich
These amazing seeds are also rich in the antioxidant Vitamin E, which as we all know is an amazing skincare ingredient used in tons of skincare products. Not only does Vitamin E target free radicals, but it also helps reduce oxidative stress to your cells. Similar to Vitamin B17, this awesome vitamin also can help give the skin a more radiant, youthful appearance when used regularly. It also has great moisturizing properties to keep the skin soft and smooth.
4. Gentle Exfoliating Properties
Much smoother than a synthetic microbead based scrub, the apricot seed powder is a natural, gentle exfoliant. Thanks to its fine round grain, it is unlikely to cause damage to the skin. In fact, apricot seed powder is great at sloughing away dead skin cells to reveal a brighter, more radiant complexion. It’s also great for cleansing the skin to scrub away dirt and grime.
Another reason the exfoliant properties of apricot seed powder are so incredible is that they work as a physical exfoliant, which can instantly reveal brighter skin thanks to the mechanical removal of dead skin cells. A chemical exfoliant takes a bit longer to work and see results right away.
If you have sensitive skin, start by using this ingredient only a few times a week to make sure your skin reacts well to it.
5. A Hydrating Emollient
As we mentioned earlier, thanks to its high content of fatty acids, minerals, and vitamins, apricot seed powder can help improve skin hydration levels. The combination of antioxidant rich vitamins and minerals will leave your skin feeling soft and hydrated, even for those with sensitive skin types!
The Best Apricot Seed Powder Skin Care Products
Now that you know why we love apricot seed powder, we have to share our favorite Callyssee products that incorporate this amazing seed into their ingredients. These are some of our favorite exfoliants that help reveal beautiful and glowing skin thanks to the use of apricot seeds.
1. Better Bean Clean Face Coffee Cleanser
This cleanser is a fan favorite for a reason. The rich, pearly coffee cleanser tackles problem areas and is the perfect dose of coffee to soothe skin and reveal a more healthy look. Apricot Seed Powder functions as the main exfoliant here, buffing away the appearance of dry and discolored patches to reveal a bright and glowy complexion. Skin feels refreshed and clean after rinsing away and will be softer to the touch.
2. Buffing Beans Body Scrub
We can’t forget about the skin on our body! This amazing scrub uses brown sugar and coffee combined with a bit of apricot seed powder to buff away impurities and leave the skin on your body feeling cloud soft and extremely moisturized. Plus, it’s available in multiple scents that will leave you smelling irresistible!
You can see how versatile apricot seed powder truly is, that it’s gentle enough for the face and can also be used on the body.
Have you used Apricot Seed Powder in your skincare routine before? What are some of your favorite ways to incorporate this small but mighty ingredient into your beauty product lineup? Let us know in the comments below!