Avocado has recently gained superhero status thanks to the fact that it is packed full of nutrients and antioxidants. This humble fruit is actually something of an evolutionary marvel. Way back when, in the age of mammoths and other super large mammals, the avocado was attractive to these creatures as they could eat it whole and disperse its large pit seed miles away when they defecated. In this way, they ensured it’s growth through seed dispersion. Once this animals died out, the avocado should also have declined but for some reason, that didn’t happen.
I digress but I find that fact quite fascinating. The properties that make avocado so great as a superfood, are also the same properties that make it beneficial as a skincare product. Loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamin A, D & E along with a whole host of other nutrients like potassium, avocado oil could make for a great addition to your skincare regime.
While most oils only make it as far as the top layer of the skin (the epidermis), avocado oil can be absorbed all the way to the dermis. This makes it great at hydrating and softening the skin (a quality that leads to the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles). Antioxidants and vitamins in the oil may also help to relieve dry and irritated skin, making it a good oil to use on eczema and psoriasis.
Avocado oil’s monosaturated fats also provide a protective layer from the sun’s rays, putting its SPF qualities at 15. Its unique properties help increase collagen production, further combating signs of aging.
Although it may take a tad bit longer to be completely absorbed into the skin (about 10 minutes) avocado oil doesn’t leave much of a ‘sheen’ once it is absorbed. Because of its properties though, this oil seems to work better on dry or mature skin. I wouldn’t recommend it for oily skin as I feel other carrier oils like jojoba would work better in that instance. A little of this oil goes a long way so it should be used sparingly.