Benefits of Avocado Oil for Skin
Odds are good that in your pantry you’ll find olive oil, a cooking staple with a number of health benefits. But in recent years, other oils have been popping up to claim their position alongside olive oil. Specifically, like all things ‘cado, cooking with avocado oil is on the rise, and for good reason.
Avocado oil’s popularity goes beyond the kitchen. Avocados and their oil aren’t just great for the latest millennial trend of avocado toast; your skin also loves avocado oil. It has the essential fatty acids and vitamin E your skin needs along with much, much more[*]. Curious? Let’s pour over the facts.
Before we get to the skin benefits, here’s a quick primer on avocado oil and its nutritional value to your body. There’s very little difference in nutrient profile between the flesh of the avocado and its oil. The main difference is that oil lacks any fiber.
Avocado oil is oil extracted from the flesh of the avocado. And both the flesh and oil are packed with good fats, essential fatty acids, vitamins, antioxidant properties, phytonutrients, and more[*].
Like extra-virgin olive oil, the health-promoting benefits of avocado oil are present when avocado oil is cold-pressed and unrefined, retaining both the color, characteristics, and nutritional properties of the avocado plant[*].
But unlike olive oil, avocado oil has an advantage in that it can withstand high heat. The ability for avocado oil to have such a high smoke point, means its healthy polyunsaturated fats do not oxidize when heated, making it a great choice for high-heat cooking instead of olive oil. And, its nutrient profiles make it a better swap than some of the traditional corn or vegetable oils that you may be high-heat cooking with currently.
The Nutrients in Avocado Oil
Avocados are high in monounsaturated fatty acids, most specifically oleic acid, as well as omega–3 fatty acids. Beyond good-for-you fats, avocado (and the oil) also provide a high level of essential nutrients including vitamin A, C, D, and E as well as beta-carotene, lecithin, minerals, carotenoids, and phytonutrients[*][*].
Pairing the oil or flesh of avocado with other vitamin-rich foods will help improve the absorption of all the fat-soluble vitamins and phytonutrients present in those foods.
How Avocado Oil Benefits Your Skin
The nutritional composition of avocado oil allows it to offer beneficial support to the largest external organ in your body, your skin. In fact, the use of plant extracts and oils on our skin has been common for centuries, though it seems as though we’ve only recently learned so much about avocado and why it’s one worth using[*][*].
Believe it or not, our skin is an indicator of our nutritional status and the aging of our bodies. The saying “beauty from the inside out” is actually true! Doing everything from moisture balancing to anti-aging, avocado oil boasts loads of nutrients to support your glowing skin.
1. Calms Your Skin
The monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fatty acids in avocado oil may be anti-inflammatory[*]. These properties allow the fat to offer a calming and soothing effect on broken out or inflamed skin. Beyond that, these fats can improve elasticity and decrease redness and sun damage.
2. Protects Your Skin
Avocado oil is loaded with carotenoids (pigments produced by plants), including lutein.
Lutein is a potent antioxidant proven to act as protection from UV radiation skin damage. In addition to lutein, avocado oil contains chlorophyll (giving it that slightly green tint), another antioxidant that scavenges damaging free radicals away from the body[*].
Vitamin E, otherwise known as a-tocopherol, is also present in high levels in avocado. This fat-soluble nutrient acts as a protector of your cells (including skin cells) internally, helping to protect against free radicals[*].
3. Promotes Collagen
Avocado oil may help to maintain skin elasticity through procollagen synthesis[*]. What does this mean? Collagen is the main structural protein found in skin and other connective tissues, but it declines with age, making supplementation necessary.
And while you can supplement directly with collagen, eating foods high in vitamin C and E can promote collagen synthesis within the body, which in turn helps with skin elasticity and fighting fine lines and wrinkles.
4. Moisturizes Your Skin
The skin is our first barrier against the environment and applying avocado oil topically can offer protection and skin enhancement. Application of avocado oil, massaged directly onto the face, may help alleviate dry skin and promote skin barrier homeostasis[*].
One of the reasons avocado oil gets so much attention for topical skin use is thanks to its high skin penetration and rapid absorption. You won’t be left feeling greasy or shiny afterwards!
5. Repairs Your Skin
The antioxidants, omegas, and vitamin E all contribute to the effective reduction of dark spots or scars on the face and body. Simply rub avocado oil over the affected area consistently for a few weeks to see a noticeable change in color or size of the scar or spot you’re treating.
Beyond scars, people are using avocado oil to help with dry cuticles and split ends.
Using Avocado Oil on Your Skin
When purchasing your oil, look for a cold-pressed, unrefined, pure avocado oil. You’ll find it on the shelves alongside the rest of the cooking oils at your grocery store.
While you can definitely use the same oil you’re eating and cooking with on your skin, avocado oil specifically made for skin care can be found in your health and beauty aisle and is often times deodorized so you don’t feel like you’re walking around smelling like avocado!
Regardless of which you choose, look for a pure oil and make an effort for consistent use to reap its benefits.
All of these amazing topical and edible benefits of avocado oil are the reason it’s the first ingredient in the Superfood Serum. This edible serum hydrates, calms, and moisturizes all skin types with its nutrient dense oils and superfoods.
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