Apricot kernel seed oil is a light and gentle oil used in creams, lotions and other beauty products to balance, nourish and lubricate your skin. Organic apricot kernel oil is cold pressed and has a very faint aroma, which makes it an excellent carrier oil, according to the University of Minnesota. Carrier oils are used to dilute fragrant essential oils before they are applied to your skin. Store organic apricot kernel oil by refrigerating it in an airtight container for up to a year. Discard apricot kernel oil if it becomes rancid or discolored. Avoid purchasing synthetic apricot kernel oil, which is extracted with chemical solvents and stripped of its natural color and aroma, says Barbara Close of "Pure Skin Organic Beauty Basics."
Apricot kernel seed oil is light and gently moisturizes skin. Choose apricot kernel oil to moisturize balanced skin, oily skin and hormone reactive skin. The light texture of apricot kernel oil makes it useful in face serums, or mixtures of oils used to moisturize the face. According to Close, apricot kernel oil is especially useful for oily complexions. Apricot kernel oil is light enough that it does not leave a greasy coat on your skin after use. Though apricot kernel oil is most useful for oily complexions, it is gentle enough to use on any skin type. Apricot kernel oil will also help rehydrate dry skin.
Organic apricot kernel oil is rich in gamma linoleic acid, or GLA, which comes from essential fatty acid omega-6. The GLA content in apricot kernel oil helps skin to maintain moisture balance. GLA also plays a role in firming and toning your skin, according to Close. Additionally, organic apricot kernel oil contains vitamin A and E, which soothe the skin and slow signs of aging. The nourishing properties of apricot kernel seed oil have an anti-inflammatory effect and may soothe minor skin conditions such as eczema. Consult your doctor about your skin conditions before using apricot kernel oil.
Apricot kernel seed oil provides lubrication for the skin. As a light and gentle lubricant, which is appropriate for sensitive skin types, apricot kernel oil is frequently used in massage. In "Face Creams, Hair Rinses, and Body Lotions: Recipes for Natural Beauty," Gill Farrer-Halls uses apricot kernel oil as a lubricating ingredient in lip balms. Farrer-Halls says that apricot kernel oil is suited for use on the delicate, sensitive skin of your lips.