Do you like having chopped walnuts as a desert or salad topping? Or maybe you like eating roasted walnuts as a snack. Sure these nuts are fun to eat, but they’re also useful as a skincare ingredient – especially if you’re prone to acne breakouts or rashes.
Black Walnut Benefits
The most commonly eaten types of walnuts are brown walnuts (English walnuts), not black. That’s probably because black walnuts’ tough shells make them more difficult to eat and use. But even though English walnuts are better known, black walnuts shouldn’t be overlooked. They’re full of nutrients that can be extracted and used to nourish skin and hair.
Suffering from skin inflammation? Black walnut can help. It’s been shown to have the ability to help stop cytokines, which are involved in inflammation of the skin and other body parts. Cytokines contribute to your body’s immune system response, which is normally a good thing – but sometimes your immune system overreacts, which can cause red, bumpy, itchy skin. Black walnut contains many types of anti-inflammatory substances that can reduce acne, psoriasis, and eczema.
Black Walnut Benefits
And there’s more good news: Black walnut has antioxidant effects and even has the ability to work against cancer. Antioxidants protect your cells from being damaged by free radicals, which are unstable molecules that hurt your cells through a process called oxidative stress. Substances called tannins inside black walnuts have both anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, working hard to protect your skin from damage. One study found that black walnut extract appeared to slow the reproduction of cancer cells, and the same study highlighted black walnut’s antioxidant superpowers.
Black walnut can also help protect you against candida overgrowth. Candida is a type of fungus you naturally have on your skin and other areas of your body. When it overgrows, the result is candidiasis, or a yeast infection. When this happens on your skin, it’s called cutaneous candidiasis, leaving you with itchy bumps and peeling skin. Black walnut can keep candida under control, reducing your chances of getting jock itch, athlete’s foot, and other frustrating fungal infections.
Want to Use Black Walnut on Your Skin?
Black walnut is one of the ingredients in our Toning Mist. We included it because of its ability to soothe facial skin, reducing common skin issues like acne and discoloration. Black walnut and the other carefully selected ingredients in our Toning Mist work together to create a gentle yet effective formula designed to take care of your face every day.
If you have a dry, itchy scalp and you feel like you’ve tried everything, you’ll like the fact that our Scalp Solution contains black walnut. Black walnut works to nourish your scalp and protect it from dryness. It also preserves the balance of your scalp’s microbiome, reducing itch and irritation.
Black walnut isn’t just a healthy food. It’s one of our favorite skincare ingredients because of its reliable ability to fight infection and inflammation. What you put on your skin goes into your body just like food does, so make sure you’re putting quality ingredients like black walnut on your skin. It’s one of nature’s many gifts to be thankful for!