Although sweet almond oil is said to be a moisturizer, it's really more of an emollient because it softens skin rather than hydrates it. However, sweet almond oil acts as a humectant to help prevent the loss of moisture.
Sweet almond oil contains more olein than olive oil, and it's an excellent remedy for chapped hands. The oil is also reputed to relieve dry, flaking and itchy skin due to eczema, psoriasis and rashes. Sweet almond oil is readily absorbed into the skin without leaving a greasy residue. It's also suitable for all skin types.
Sweet almonds are rich in tocopherol, or vitamin E, a potent antioxidant.