Avocados are nutrient-dense and incredibly healthy for your body. Avocado oil is widely used for cooking and is considered a heart-healthy oil. It has also made its way into skin care and is touted to soothe and heal your skin when used topically.
This article explores the reasons and ways to include unrefined avocado oil in your skin care routine. Keep reading to learn more.
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What Is Avocado Oil?
Avocado oil is extracted from the pulp of the avocado fruit. The fruit pulp contains 60% oil rich in lipids, mainly monounsaturated fatty acids, oleic, linoleic, palmitic acids, vitamins, antioxidants, and other essential compounds (1). Organic and unrefined avocado oil retains the nutrients of the fruit.
Here are the reasons to include avocado oil in your skin care routine.
Top 5 Benefits Of Using Avocado Oil For Skin
1. Promotes Collagen Development And Wound Healing
Avocado oil is rich in fatty acids and vitamins A, D, and E. Animal studies found that these nutrients could promote collagen development to heal wounds and improve the skin’s tensile strength (2).
Avocado oil can be used to moisturize the skin after treatments like dermabrasion. This may help promote collagen development and keep your skin youthful. However, more studies are required to support its efficacy on human skin.
2. Moisturizes The Skin
The lipids, vitamins A, C, D, and E, and minerals in avocado oil nourish the skin. When used topically, it hydrates dry, damaged, and chapped skin. The lipids present in the oil restore the skin barrier and help enhance its permeability (3). This means avocado oil may help in better absorption of skin care products.
3. May Minimize Inflammation
Avocado oil has anti-inflammatory properties. A randomized clinical trial showed that vitamin B12 cream with avocado oil could help manage psoriasis inflammation (4). However, further studies are required to support this evidence.
4. Soothe UV Damaged Skin
Avocado oil can help soothe UV damage and inflammation. The polyhydroxylated fatty alcohols (PFA) in avocado oil can suppress UV-induced cell damage and inflammation (5). You can use avocado oil to soothe sunburns and prevent photoaging (like dark spots and pigmentation).
5. May Have Anti-Aging Benefits
The anti-inflammatory and UV protective properties of avocado oil can keep away signs of aging like fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots, and pigmentation. A study evaluated the anti-aging benefits of saffron and avocado oil cream. It showed that the cream improved the dermis density (second layer below the epidermis) (6).
The dermis maintains the skin’s strength and flexibility, and using avocado oil can keep it rejuvenated.
Note: Always use extra-virgin avocado oil for your skin. It is extracted from the best quality fruits, and the oil is collected after the first press. As a result, it retains all the goodness of the fruit. However, do a patch test to avoid allergic reactions.
Undoubtedly avocado oil is a beneficial addition to your skin care routine. In the next section, learn how to use it.
How To Use Avocado Oil
1. As A Hydrating Lotion
Massage a few drops of the oil onto damp skin. You may also mix it with your favorite cream, lotion, or facial oil and use it.
2. DIY Facial Oil Moisturizer
You can mix avocado oil with other beneficial oils and use the oil blend on your face. Rosehip seed and sweet almond oils and vitamin E protect the skin barrier and keep your skin hydrated (3).
You Will Need
- 18 ml of avocado oil
- 20 ml of sweet almond oil
- 10 ml of rosehip seed oil
- 2 ml of vitamin E oil
- A dropper bottle
- Mix all the oils and store them in the dropper bottle.
- Massage your face with 2-3 drops of the blend in a circular motion.
- Use the facial oil blend twice a day for best results.
3. Moisturizing Face Mask
Avocado pulp can moisturize the skin and keep it soft. Honey is an emollient and humectant that soothes the skin and has antimicrobial properties (7). This mask is perfect for keeping your skin smooth and soft.
You Will Need
- 1 ripe avocado (mashed)
- 4-5 drops of avocado oil
- ½ tablespoon of organic honey
- Mix all the ingredients to form a smooth paste.
- Gently spread the mask all over your face.
- Leave it on for 15 minutes.
- Rinse off with cool water.
4. Natural Anti-Aging Skin Cream
Coconut oil and shea butter repair the skin barrier and contain antioxidants that may help rejuvenate the skin and keep it youthful. Vitamin E is also a potent antioxidant that nourishes the skin and minimizes free radical damage (3).
Note: Avoid beeswax if you are allergic to it.
You Will Need
- ¼ cup of avocado oil
- 2 tablespoons of unrefined coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons of beeswax (optional)
- ½ teaspoon of vitamin E oil
- 1 tablespoon of shea butter
- 2 glass jars (1 large and 1 small)
- 1 medium-sized pot
- Put all the ingredients in a glass jar.
- Place the jar over a double boiler and melt the ingredients. Keep stirring.
- Transfer the cream to the small jar and let it cool down.
- Massage your face with a pea-sized amount of the cream.
- Use it every day as a night cream.
5. As Bath Oil
Add a few tablespoons of avocado oil to a warm water bath. You can also add a few drops of your favorite essential oil (like lavender or rosemary) for a calm and soothing effect and a tablespoon of Epsom salt to relax your muscles. Soak in a warm bath and relax.
Avocado oil is likely to be safe for all skin types. However, it may cause allergic reactions. Let’s take a look at them.
Side Effects And Risks Of Using Avocado Oil For Skin
If you are allergic to avocado oil, you may experience:
- Itchy eyes
- Burning sensation
Avoid using avocado oil if you have a latex allergy. Consult a dermatologist in case of adverse reactions.
Health enthusiasts often refer to avocado as a superfood. Its oil is commonly used for cooking. However, unrefined avocado oil can keep many skin care woes at bay and help maintain optimal skin health. Follow the ways discussed in the article to use the oil for your skin. Ensure to check for allergies before integrating avocado oil into your skin care routine.
Expert’s Answers For Readers’ Questions
Does avocado oil lighten skin?
No, there is no scientific research to support the fact.
Does avocado oil clog pores?
Yes, avocado oil is comedogenic and can clog your skin pores if used excessively. If you have oily and acne-prone skin, avoid using avocado oil.
What kind of avocado oil is best for the skin?
Extra virgin avocado oil is the best for your skin.
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