Why We Love Avocado Oil for Skin
You’ve probably already got Avocado in your daily or weekly routine, who can’t go past smashed Avocado on toast? Full of essential fatty acids, Avocado is not only beneficial to your body, but to your skin when applied topically. As one of nature’s superhero ingredients, it helps skin maintain hydration and minimizes damage from free radicals.
What is Avocado Oil?
No surprises here, Avocado oil is derived from an Avocado but more specifically it’s extracted from the pulp of fruit from the Persea Americana plant. Nearly 70% of Avocado oil is oleic acid, a monounsaturated omega-9 fatty acid which the body cannot produce on its own and is known to help with inflammation. It also contains carotenoids and is a good source of Vitamins A and E which enhance skin membrane health.
What are the Benefits of Avocado Oil for Skin?
- Minimises Inflammation: Due to the high concentration of fatty acids and antioxidants in Avocado oil it promotes wound healing and overall skin health. Some studies have shown that applying a topical cream containing Avocado oil has alleviated and improved the symptoms of psoriasis.
- Helps Skin Maintain Hydration: It’s an excellent source of enrichment for dry, damaged, or chapped skin as it has emollient and occlusive properties so it both softens the skin and traps humectants and emollients onto the skin.
- Minimises Damage: Rich in antioxidants carotenoids, tocopherols and plant sterols which are free radical fighting and help reduce oxidative stress on the skin and helps protect the skin from environmental damage.
- Promotes Collagen Synthesis: Some studies have shown that Avocado oil helps inhibit the enzyme lysyl oxidase which breaks down collagen.
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Are there Any Side Effects of Avocado Oil?
As with any new ingredient you introduce to your skincare routine, its always best to do a patch test first but Avocado oil is generally well tolerated even for those with skin issues.
How To Use Avocado Oil for Your Skin?
Avocado oil can be used on your skin in its purest form (look for unrefined, cold pressed oil to reap the most benefits) but its also used as a key ingredient in some skin care products. Avocado oil helps this skin in so many ways which is why you will find in masks, creams and moisturizers including some at Ellus & Krue:
Cellular Eye Repair: Our bestselling eye cream deeply nourishes the delicate eye contour area protecting it from moisture loss. Avocado oil is combined with Macadamia and Coconut oils to provide an intense nourishment to the skin.
Intensive Night Repair: This rich and ultra-luxe night cream delivers long lasting hydration to the skin whilst you sleep, so you wake to refreshed skin that feels soft, plump and supple. It’s enriched with plant oils including Sunflower, Sweet Almond, Rosehip, Jojoba and Macadamia.
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Intrigued about other oils? Read our guide on the oils you need and the ones you don’t in your skincare.