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Magical Avocado Oil

Published on Mar 28, 2016 in Bath & Body

If I were stranded on a desert island and told that I could only have 1 source of food with me for the rest of my life, I wouldn’t hesitate with my answer. As much as I love chocolate, when it comes down to it, the ultimate combination of delicious and nutritious is found within nature itself, in the form of the avocado plant.

Just as avocados nourish your body from the inside out when eaten by themselves or in other dishes (did someone say guacamole??), they have additional uses when the oil is extracted and applied topically. This magical avocado oil is great for the skin and hair and provides a multitude of health and beauty benefits.

So what exactly can avocado oil do for your skin and hair? Make a avocado oil shampoo or just use it plain.  It is a relatively heavy oil, which makes it ideal for treating dry, damaged, or dehydrated skin. Personally, I find that “problem spots” such as the elbows, knees, and soles of my feet tend to need a little extra TLC – and this oil does exactly the trick. For those who suffer from eczema or psoriasis, avocado oil is a great way to naturally soothe and nourish the skin. Its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties will make your skin thank you after it’s finished drinking up this wonder serum. This versatile oil can be mixed with other essential oils for hair and skin that shines!

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Avocado Oil For Skin Explained

avocado oil

Avocado oil

Though this oil is thick, it’s still absorbed quickly by the skin, so you won’t feel greasy or sticky. You’d actually be surprised at how many of the most popular skincare brands already include avocado oil as one of the top moisturizing ingredients contained within their products! Plus, avocado’s oil moderately low comedogenic rating means that it isn’t a likely culprit for causing acne. That said, if you are naturally prone to oily skin, you might be better off with a lighter oil such as unrefined jojoba oil.

Even for those who would benefit from the deep moisture provided by avocados (of which I include myself!), this oil can be too much in its concentrated form and is most effective when used in a blend with other essential oils. Studies have actually demonstrated that the skin absorbs avocado oil faster than olive, almond, coconut, and sesame oils, so combining any of the aforementioned oils with avocado will get the nutrients where they’re needed, faster. I personally like to add avocado and almond oil for skin that is soft to the touch.

avocado oil for skin

Avocado oil for skin

Avocado oil improves elasticity as well as the resilience of the skin while reducing free-radical damage. You can either mix half-parts avocado oil with half-parts of another essential oil and apply a thin layer to the skin, or alternatively the mixture can be used as a facial mask of sorts, and then washed off after a few minutes. Avocado oil can be used as a natural under eye cream.

The vitamin K within avocado oil may help lighten dark circles under eyes by controlling capillary leakage. And then, after you’ve finished partying it up with your newly-moisturized skin, the avocado oil can be used for double-duty by removing your makeup gently and effectively when the night is over!

Another reason to stash a bottle of avocado oil in your medicine cabinet is that it can be used to help heal scratches, cuts, and wounds several days faster than if left to their own devices. It also works effectively at reducing the appearance of wrinkles and stretch marks. Avocado oil can last for more than a year, and if you take proper care of it by storing in a dark and cool place, you can prolong its shelf life. You’ll know it’s no longer good once it develops a noticeable odor.

Avocado oil can be used for relaxing massages, especially when combined with another natural soothing agent, such as lavender oil or chamomile. If you suffer from poor sleeping habits or bad PMS symptoms, an avocado oil massage can do wonders for your mood.

Avocado Oil For Hair Explained

Using avocado oil for hair is super easy and effective. Avocado oil can be massaged directly into the scalp, added to conditioner and washed out, or even applied as a leave-in treatment in the shower. There are so many possibilities. This oil provides a dry scalp treatment by creating a moisturizing barrier when massaged into the scalp, and may stimulate hair growth through unclogging of the hair follicles. It is easily absorbed by the hair shaft for improved shine and texture. I recently discovered the joys of using a hot oil treatment, where I mix avocado oil with another of my favorite essential oils and leave it in my scalp and hair for about 20 minutes under a warm towel. Once it’s had a chance to really penetrate the hair, I shampoo and condition as regular, and voila! Soft silky hair that doesn’t feel weighed down by any excess oil.

Even More Health Benefits Of Avocado

The avocado plant

The avocado plant

If you’ve ever tried planting an avocado pit in the hopes of growing your own brand-new avocado plant, then you will know that it is a great exercise in patience. Some plants will begin producing fruit after 3 years, some after more than 15, while others never quite make it there. The plant itself is native to Mexico and Central America, and today can be found cultivated throughout Mediterranean and tropical climates worldwide. The trees grow to around 66 feet, and aside from a few cold-hardy varieties in places such as Florida, they cannot tolerate cold temperatures.

Avocados contain pits and grow on trees, which make them technically fruits, and not vegetables. This may surprise you, since avocados are not particularly sweet and we tend to include them as part of vegetable salads or savory foods. However, in other parts of the world, avocados are used more in sweet dishes. In Indonesia, for instance, the avocado is often added to milkshakes, ice creams, and other dessert items. And in Ethiopia, you might discover a sweet juice made from avocado, sugar, milk, and other fruits. Avocado oil is a great option when it comes to Oil Pulling. Featuring a pleasant texture, aroma, and taste, avocado oil makes pulling a breeze for those who struggle with making it to a full ten to twenty minutes of swishing.

Avocados have a higher fat content than other fruits, though this comes in the form of monounsaturated fats, also known as the “good fats” . Unlike saturated fats or trans fats, monounsaturated fats can actually have a positive impact on your health, when eaten in moderation of course. Common forms of intake for monounsaturated fats include oils such as olive oil, canola oil, sesame oil, and, you guessed it, avocado oil.

Not only do these oils aid in reducing hunger, they also help the body to absorb other nutrients. Avocado oil contains chlorophyll, plus minerals such as lecithin, potassium, and a myriad of vitamins. It is also rich in oleic acid, which has been linked with lowering risk of certain cancers, speeding cell regeneration, and reducing both internal and external inflammation.

My Before and After Results with Avocado Oil

I’ve been using avocado oil in my hair and skin care routine for some time now and ever since I made the switch to a more holistic lifestyle, I’ve been seeing positive results. Before switching to pure avocado oil in it’s raw form, I used to use hair and skin care products that contained avocado extracts in them, thinking they would be better for me.So when my skin started becoming dry and itchy or my scalp became flaky and irritable, I would increase the dosage and the amount of times that I would use these products. But it turned out this was like trying to put out a fire with gasoline. The vast array of chemical additives in these products only seemed to worsen the issue and it took me a while to realize what the cause of the issue actually was.

Since then, I’ve been using only natural products for everything from hair and skin to general health treatments. I’ll only use chemical medicines or products in a real emergency. The first thing I noticed after a month of using avocado oil on my skin and hair was that it felt smoother, stopped becoming dry and irritable as quickly as it used to and simply felt more natural.

This was largely due to the fact that I had started controlling my skin’s natural oil production, rather than stripping it away as a means of balancing my skin and scalp. This makes a huge difference in the quality of your skin and hair – which you’ll notice quite soon after switching to natural products.

My skin felt hydrated and nourished over the course of the day rather than being too oily or too dry. My scalp was cleared of any dandruff or itchiness and my hair had more body and felt smoother. In the long term, it makes more sense to use products that actively replenish your body with the nutrients, vitamins and minerals it needs to stay healthy, rather than using chemical-based products that only contaminate your body and worsen your health, skin and hair.

Check Out Our DIY Avocado Recipes

So now that I’ve managed to convince you that avocado is the miracle product you’ve been looking for, what do you do with it? Well, there are a lot of options and frankly, you’re imagination is the only thing limiting you here.

But to help you along, we have already created a few DIY recipes that you can try out in the comfort of your own home. They’re designed to be as simple as possible, so there’s no need to worry if you don’t have much experience in the kitchen or with DIY projects for that matter.

The first project I tackled was this DIY Avocado Oil Natural Hair Mask Recipe simply because it’s the best way to treat your hair and get the kind of results you want quickly and effectively. It may be a bit of a lengthy process as compared to simply washing or adding a moisturizer to your hair, but it works and it works well! You’ll be very pleased with the results – just like I was.

The second project that I’d recommend tackling is the DIY Avocado Face Mask Recipe. This is also a bit of a ‘slow-process’ in terms of the amount of time it takes to apply, but the results are definitely worth it. The rich vitamin and nutrient content of avocado oil, such as vitamin A and E to name a few, as well as the oleic acid content make it exceptionally good for nourishing and hydrating your skin. This is also a great way to relax and unwind, so if you’ve just got out of a hot bath and need 20 minutes or so to cool off, this is the recipe for you.

Conclusion

Whether mashed into a dip and served with chips, or squeezed into an oil and applied to your face… your body will love the addition of avocados! Avocado can even be used to create a DIY Face Mask or DIY Hair Mask. Be sure to check out our Top-10 Benefits of Avocado Oil feature!

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