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4 Benefits of Avocado For Skin

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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

  1. Moisturizing

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!

  1. 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.

  1. 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).

  1. 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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Have you tried using avocado oil in your beauty routine? Leave us a comment below! And remember to subscribe to our newsletter for wellness advice and upcoming promos! 

How To Calm Down Skin Inflammation

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If your skin is looking a little red and irritated your first thought may be to panic and start slathering on all the products in your bathroom cabinet. But creams can only do so much if you don’t treat the root of the problem.

Often times inflamed skin is actually a signal from your body that means it’s recognizing an attack (whether it be an infection or sunburn) and the manifestation of inflammation is what helps to kick-start a healing process. Yes, turning beet red is just your bodies way of saying that help is on the way.

Skin inflammation (or as we say skinflammationcan fall under one of two camps: acute and chronic. Acute is when inflammation is temporary and is usually linked to things like acne, sunburns, and allergic reactions. This can result in redness, swelling sensitivity or pain but won’t last for very long.

It’s only when one develops chronic inflammation that you should get worried. If your inflamed skin lasts for more than 6 months, that means you’re in chronic territory. Rather than dismissing your ruddy complexion as forgetting to apply sunscreen on a hot day, you are most likely to have a skin condition like rosacea, eczema or psoriasis.

Once your skin barrier has been compromised, chronic inflammation eventually leads to a breakdown in collagen. Collagen is naturally produced in the body and is responsible for keeping our skin looking plump and wrinkle-free. Once collagen production decreases, fine lines and wrinkles will begin to appear.

And yes you guessed it: Chronic inflammation can also cause us to age faster.

So how do we make sure that doesn’t happen? Well if you want to keep your inflamed skin under control, try to minimize stress in your life. Changes in temperature can also cause inflammation along with hormonal changes too. Cutting out dairy and caffeine from your diet (which are common triggers) can also make a big difference.

Main skincare ingredient culprits are usually ones with SLS or fragrance. Creams with synthetic fragrances can cause a reaction for more sensitive skin types.

Look for gentle ingredients like willow bark, chamomile, green tea, and aloe vera instead to battle inflammation.

When cleansing, make sure to use lukewarm water as hot water can dry out your skin. Use a gentle and pH balancing cleanser like our Face Foam which contains ingredients like white willow bark is brilliant at battling redness and inflammation.

Soothing ingredients like chamomile can also improve your complexion. Chamomile tea has long been a natural remedy to soothe and protect your gut health. When applied topically, it benefits your skin with powerful anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. It can even help with acne scars, dark spots and combat breakouts. You can find chamomile in our Putty moisturizer and All Over Elixir Oil.

Aloe vera is also a great ingredient to look out for. We have that of course in our Aloe Milk Cleanser but also in our Green Cream and Face Glow as well. 

Lastly, you can never underestimate the power of green tea. High in antioxidants, this incredible superfood can help slow signs of premature aging and protect you from free radicals. Add some of this into your daily regime by using our Matcha Mint Shampoo and on your complexion with our Face Glow

Do you have any tips or tricks when it comes to dealing with skin inflammation? Comment down below and let us know. 

Why Your Skin Barrier Is Important

It turns out having ‘thick skin’ is not only good for your emotional well-being but also plays a big part in your skin health as well.

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So lemme ask you, how is your skin barrier doing? If you don't know how to answer that question, fret not, you're not alone!  

An easy way to think about the health of your skin barrier is to imagine a brick wall. A soundly built brick wall will be stacked and packed with mortar so the structure won't budge. Despite rough elements: wind, rain, hail and even pollution, nothing can penetrate the wall.

But what if the bricks start to crack or if there isn't enough mortar to go around? Eventually, it will start to decay, debris will enter, and inevitable the structure will crumble. 

Well, guess what? The structure of your skin is like a brick wall.

The uppermost layer of your skin, your skin barrier (aka your stratum corneum) is your first line of defense against bacteria and environmental stressors like harmful UV rays, pollution, and toxins. When weakened, it’s easier for irritants to infiltrate and causes your skin to be more prone to sensitivity.

This resilient layer of your skin also happens to have a light film on top of it known as your acid mantle which is made of natural oils and sweat which sounds like no big deal BUT it also consists of proteins and molecules that your skin uses for defense, like UV-absorbers, inflammatory mediators, and antimicrobial peptides.

That's a lot to digest but your takeaway from this is that this outer protective film is critical for its ability to protect your skin and body within from the outside world. 

When everything is going well, your skin barrier works effectively (hello plump and dewy skin) and contains the right amount of lipids that make your skin look healthy and well moisturized.

However, if the skin barrier gets damaged, it becomes easier for skin to experience irritation. Dry patches, redness or breakouts along with flaking or a 'tightness' in the skin are all signs that your skin is having difficulty. 

External stressors like pollution and smog can play a role along with stress, alcohol and just the natural process of aging, but in many cases, you are just using products that are way too harsh for your skin.

Piling on more products can do more harm than good if you’re not looking carefully at the ingredient list. Here's what to look out for and what to avoid. 

Ingredients to Avoid

The next time you’re shopping for personal care products make sure to look out for common irritants like benzoyl peroxide, SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate is a common culprit in cleansers), synthetic fragrances and dyes.

SLS, in particular, can have an alkalizing effect on the skin, throwing off your skin’s pH balance which makes your skin more susceptible to bacteria and infections. 

Stay away from acne-fighting ingredients like salicylic acid until your skin barrier repairs itself. Cleansing is an important step in your skincare regimen but using something gentle is key. Our Face Foam uses apple cider vinegar and white willow bark to gently cleanse the face without stripping away natural oils. 

Ingredients to Look For 

The good news is it’s possible to strengthen your skin barrier and get your skin glowing again with just a few changes. Search for products heavy with antioxidants like our Berry Rich Cream uses blueberry and raspberry oil. and does a great job of repairing your skin.

Certain plant oils also help to increase your lipid count, so your skin barrier is able to retain water better (The result? More radiant looking skin). We use sunflower oil in many of our products and avocado oil in our Green Cream.

Jojoba oil is especially good for those with red or damaged skin. It’s a proven anti-inflammatory and has a high concentration of wax esters that help repair weakened skin barrier. You can find jojoba oil in our Putty, a soothing lotion for red prone and/or dry skin.

Other great ingredients like hyaluronic acid keep moisture locked in, your skin looking 'plump' and encourages collagen synthesis. You can find this in our latest product Moon Serum. This anti-aging serum also includes a botanical collagen to reverse the signs of aging. As we age, our collagen production slows and breaks down so this is the ultimate skin barrier repair product!

Along with loading your beauty regimen with skin-benefiting superfood ingredients, make sure to take preventative measures with your skin health. If you are going to be out in the sun, look for products with sun protective oils and minerals. Remember that even on a cloudy day when it's not hot and sunny, your skin is still susceptible to damage from UVA and UVB.

Our Elements is a daily defense moisturizer that contains non-nano zinc to protect you from harmful UVA/UVB rays. If you are wearing make up, apply sunscreen beforehand or use a product that contains sun protective oils like Face Glow that can double as a tinted moisturizer for sheer looking coverage.

Using the right mix of products will help keep your skin barrier strong and your face glowing.  

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