Avocado Oil

Avocado oil is produced from the fruit of the avocado tree (Persea americana), a tree native to the Western Hemisphere spanning from Mexico south to the Andean regions.

Oil from avocados is pressed from the fleshy pulp surrounding the avocado pit, making it one of the few edible oils not derived from seeds.

Why is avocado oil healthy? Avocado pulp produces an oil full of healthy fats, including oleic acid and essential fatty acids.

Compared to highly processed and rancid vegetable oils like soybean, cottonseed and safflower oils, avocado oil nutrition includes a high level of monounsaturated fats, which make it a heart-nourishing replacement for these hazardous yet commonly consumed oils.

As a 2019 study published in Antioxidants reported there’s potential for avocado to aid in the prevention and treatment of cancer, microbial, inflammatory, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.

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Benefits Of Avocado Oil

1. Provides Deep Moisturization

Tip: Apply extra-virgin avocado oil on your face after cleansing your face. Wash it off the morning after so as not to clog the skin pores.

Avocado oil can penetrate into the second layer of the skin (dermis) and provide deep moisturizing with its oleic acid and phytosterols. People who have a dry and sensitive skin type are usually advised to use oils rich in oleic acid. The lecithin in avocado oil helps boost collagen, and the pro-vitamin A carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin enhance the skin’s natural antioxidant store.3

This makes avocado oil an ideal night cream that aids in the skin repair process. Unlike most night creams, it contains the antioxidant vitamin E, which is essential to undo the ill effects of the UV rays you encounter through the day. The skin-damaging effects of the sun can continue long after you have been exposed.

2. Prevents Skin Damage From Sun Rays

For most people, exposure to the sun and its harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays is unavoidable. As a result, the skin undergoes damage in the form of photo aging or premature skin aging. These rays have the power to also damage the DNA and lead to skin cancer. Tanning beds and sun lamps are similarly harmful.

Studies have found that avocados, and by extension avocado oil, can both prevent and treat skin damage, thanks to their PFA. In a study, when PFA was injected into skin cells before they were exposed to UVB rays:

  • The skin cells showed increased ability to recover.
  • The secretion of inflammation-inducing chemicals was decreased.
  • DNA repair was enhanced.

PFA could also repair skin cells already damaged by the UV rays.4 Along with the PFA, vitamin E helps fight UVA rays and reverses skin damage.

That said, applying just avocado oil before stepping into the sun might not be a wise idea. Instead use a sunscreen enriched with avocado oil. After you come back in from the sun, clean your face and apply some avocado oil or avocado pulp to help skin repair.

3. Fights Signs Of Aging

Tip: Mix 2 tsps of avocado oil with 1/2 tsp castor oil for cleaning away makeup. This is a safe and gentle alternative to the harsh alcohol-based makeup cleansers that disturb the acidic balance of the skin.

Avocado oil has benefits not just for a sun-damaged skin but any skin that shows the signs of natural aging like wrinkles, dryness, and flaccidity.

  • Vitamin E and lecithin in avocado help boost the collagen in the skin, giving it firmness.
  • Vitamin E and carotenoids also prevent inflammation and keep wrinkles from showing on the skin.
  • The fatty acids in avocado oil penetrate into the second layer of the skin, moisturizing it well and preventing aging-related dryness and wrinkles.

Just dab some cold-pressed organic avocado oil on your face at night and wake up to hydrated and smooth skin in the morning.

4. Prevents And Treats Acne

You can prevent and cure acne by using avocado oil. This oil keeps the skin hydrated without leaving it too oily, which reduces the risk of acne. It can also help with its linoleic acid content since the lack of linoleate in the sebum-producing skin cells is linked to acne.5

5. Relieves Eczema And Psoriasis

Avocado oil mixed with vitamin B12 has been found to relieve the symptoms of psoriasis, a condition where skin cells build up to form dry, scaly, and itchy patches on the skin. In this, the avocado oil and B12 mixture is even more portent than a vitamin E cream.6

6. Heals Wounds Faster

An animal study in the journal Evidence-based Alternative and Competitive Medicine found that avocado oil heals wounds better than petroleum jelly. The oil reduced inflammation and made the skin firmer and stronger by boosting the collagen density and tensile strength of the skin.7

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