For most people, it’s no secret that avocados are one of nature’s healthiest foods. Eating one avocado per week is great for your skin, improves circulatory function, and helps to keep hormones in balance. The secret of this odd little fruit’s success is in the oil – about 77% of an avocado’s overall caloric composition.
Cold pressed avocado oil has one of the best moisturizing ability among all oils and is used in many nourishing cosmetic products.
Are you curious to know how avocado oil can help you? Keep reading.
The antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents in avocado oil help your skin stay smooth, strong, and elastic. The beta carotene, protein, lecithin, fatty acids, and vitamins A, D, and E found in avocado oil help moisturize and protect your skin from damaging UV rays and also increase collagen metabolism. These primary skin-feeding nutrients in the oil are all easily absorbed through the epidermis into the dermis where they provide energy for the growth and health of new skin as well as fortification of existing cells.
Due to its high concentration of anti-inflammatory oleic acid, avocado oil can be applied topically to ease discomfort caused by all manner of skin conditions, including but not limited to dandruff, cracked heels, keratosis pilaris, insect bites and stings, sunburn, eczema, and psoriasis.
Avocado oil is so thick it won’t soak in as fast as other oils. For chronic ailments like eczema, a thin coating of soothing oil can go a long way toward relieving the persistent itching of a break out. It is the high level of Vitamin E that prevents the skin from inflammations and itchiness thereby helping skin to maintain its health and softness. Try moisturize and smooth rough, dry and scaly patches with avocado oil. It’s wonderfully lubricating and seals moisture into skin. It has anti-inflammatory properties that reduce inflamed skin conditions.
Just as avocado oil helps the body to grow healthier and stronger skin, it can also speed up the healing process. Researchers have found that linoleic acid, oleic acid, and other monosaturated fatty acids in avocado oil can speed up wound healing. When used topically, avocado oil can promote increased collagen synthesis and decreased numbers of inflammatory cells during the wound-healing process and may thus be considered an option for treating minor skin wounds.
Antioxidants such as vitamins, flavonoids, and phenolic acids play the main role in fighting against free radicals. Free radicals are the main cause of numerous negative skin changes like wrinkles and inflammation.
TIP: Do not apply oil on a fresh burn though, it can make it worse!Wait till your skin has cooled and is not inflamed any more.
Contrary to the common belief that oils are comedogenic and cause breakouts, the skin needs oil to maintain a healthy balance. Otherwise, it gets too dry which can cause rashes, fine lines, and wrinkles. Using a facial oil helps keep moisture in the skin while protecting it from the environmental damage.
Avocado oil can also help with clearing up acne and diminishing blackheads and enlarged pores. You might be fearful of applying this rich oil to your face if you have acne problems but the anti-inflammatory properties can help reduce the redness and swelling at the acne site, also restore your skin’s health and reverse the oxidative damage.