Aside from using avocados to get our guac fix, this superfood is also a great ingredient to incorporate into your skincare regimen.
Avocados contain a high concentration of healthy fats. The difference between healthy and unhealthy fats (like saturated or trans fats) is that the unhealthy kind can cause inflammation while the healthy kind can actually prevent inflammation.
On average, a medium sized avocado contains about 20 grams of fat, which makes it one of the best items to grab in the produce aisle. When eaten, avocados can lower your cholesterol and protect your heart health.
When applied topically, monounsaturated fats have anti-inflammatory properties that can soothe and calm irritated skin. So if you’re experience redness or sun damaged skin, adding a little avocado into your beauty routine can actually help improve your skin’s appearance.
I definitely saw the difference avocados could make on my complexion after incorporating them into my DIY face masks over the years. When I was younger I found adding just a bit of avocado to my face was an excellent way to add hydration (when our skin can dry out during extreme weather) and calm inflammation (it’s great for sunburns). Now as I’m getting older, I especially appreciate the anti aging benefits of avocados since they are so high in vitamins and fatty acids.
Besides tasting great, avocados have made a big difference in my skin. Here are four benefits of incorporating some avocado into your beauty regimen.
Benefits of Using Avocado in Skincare
Rich in vitamins A, D, and E, avocado oil is fantastic at deeply hydrating dry skin and protecting against environment factors like harmful UV rays. As the seasons change, it offers soothing moisture and even is considered a natural healer. They also contain linoleic and oleic acids which are known for their ability to restore skin back to health. Since it’s a rich source of vitamin E it can also help with acne scarring and hyperpigmentation. Along with using it on your face and body, avocado also works great as a hair conditioner. Here is a DIY avocado hair mask you can try at home. This treatment saved my dry hair when I was vacationing in Mexico!
- Strengthen Skin Barrier
Avocado oil contains a mix of fatty acids that includes omega 3 and omega 6. So if you apply this onto your face it helps strengthen your skin barrier since it’s an important component in our skin’s natural lipid layer. This is essential to having happy and healthy skin since a weak skin barrier is more prone to redness and infection.
- Anti aging
Avocados are a rich source of vitamin E which helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It also contains chlorophyll (which is responsible for giving avocados that nice green color). Chlorophyll is an antioxidant that protects us from premature aging. Avocado oil also boosts collagen production (which keeps our skin looking supple and plump).
- Nature’s sunscreen
Avocado is one of those oils that also contain a high amount of antioxidants and sun protective properties that protect you from UVA and UVB rays. So it works as a natural form of sunscreen and also as an after sun product. If you’ve been out in the sun for too long, avocado oil is an excellent way to soothe sunburnt skin. Out of all the vegetable oils, avocado oil has one of the highest natural SPF coverage. (Fun Fact: The best natural oil that protects against UVA and UVB rays is raspberry oil which is a main ingredient in our Face Glow!)
It’s no surprise that you can find avocado oil in our products as well. Since it’s such an excellent moisturizer, we’ve added it into our Green Cream (filled with numerous green ingredients like broccoli, aloe and herbs) and also The Putty.
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