Avocado oil is the edible oil pressed from the fleshy pulp of avocados. Avocado oil can be used for both cooking and cosmetic purposes. Avocadoes are not only delicious to eat but they are also a source of high quality oil, which can provide complete skin and hair care. Nutritionally, avocado oil ranks comparably to olive oil with a copious amount monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids. It is also loaded with proteins, lecithin, beta-carotene and vitamins A, D and E which are commonly known as the secrets of a youthful body.
Avocado oil is one of the most skin penetrative of all natural plant oils. Unlike most moisturizers and many other natural oils, it is believed to penetrate through the epidermis and into the dermis layer of our skin. This results in extremely soft and hydrated facial skin. And, due to its humectant properties that prevent drying out, this moisturizing effect is long-lasting.
Avocado oil is rich in lecithin, proteins and vitamins like A, B, D, E. With its higher regenerative properties, this oil is widely used in anti-bacterial, anti-oxidant and anti-wrinkle treatments. For those looking to reverse the signs of ageing, to get a young and glowing skin, regular massage with avocado oil is a must.
It is the anti-oxidant property of the oil which helps in reducing the signs of the aging process of the skin.
Vitamin A, D and E are all involved in skin cell growth and regeneration. Vitamin A and E have strong antibacterial and anti-inflammatory functions that promote faster healing of cuts and wounds, and prevent scarring, acne breakouts and dermatitis. They also give you natural sun protection.
One of the essential factors for soft and supple skin is collagen. The nutrients present in avocado oil helps to increase the production of collagen in the body, which acts as a barrier for many ageing problems such as wrinkles and dry skin.
Avocado oil is a great source of lecithin. This yellowing fatty substance acts as a super emulsifier and lubricant. When applied topically, lecithin forms a protective covering on your hair follicles and your skin’s surface, effectively preventing the loss of moisture due to wind and climate damage. Avocado oil is also high in sterolin which can be used as a softener or moisturizer in hair and skin care.
Along with its many therapeutic properties, avocado oil also possesses a sweet aroma. This makes it ideal for aromatherapy. It healing properties work on the body, its pleasant aroma works on the senses.