Avocado Oil Benefits For Skin, Hair & More!
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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. Avocado oil is great for the skin and hair and provides a multitude of health and beauty benefits.
What Is An Avocado? Avocados Explained
If you’ve ever tried planting an avocado pit in the hopes of growing your own 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. Today people cultivate it throughout Mediterranean and tropical climates worldwide. Aside from a few cold-hardy varieties in places such as Florida, they cannot tolerate cold temperatures.
Avocados contain pits and grow on trees that grow to around 66 feet, 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, people use avocados more in sweet dishes.
In Indonesia, for instance, the avocado is often added to milkshakes, ice creams, and other dessert items. 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 10 to 20 minutes of swishing.
Is Avocado Oil Good For You?
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 yes, 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, other plus minerals such as lecithin, potassium, and a myriad of vitamins. It is also rich in oleic acid. Oleic acid can lower the risk of certain cancers, speed up cell regeneration, and reduce both internal and external inflammation.
You can use avocado oil for relaxing massages. This is true especially when you combine it 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.
So, what exactly can avocado oil do for your skin and hair? It is 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. Your skin will thank you for the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties 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!
Avocado Oil Benefits For Skin
Though this oil is thick, the skin absorbs it quickly. So you won’t feel greasy or sticky. It is actually surprising how many of the most popular skincare brands already include avocado oil as one of the top moisturizing ingredients in 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. It 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 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. You can use avocado oil as a natural under eye cream.
The vitamin K within avocado oil may help lighten dark circles under the 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!
But there’s yet another reason to stash a bottle of avocado oil in your medicine cabinet. You can use the oil to help heal scratches, cuts, and wounds. And it will heal them several days faster than if you did not use the oil. 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 it 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 Benefits For Hair
Using avocado oil for hair is super easy and effective. You can massage avocado oil directly into the scalp. It’s lighter than many other oils. This means that you can apply it to your hair without worrying about buildup or clogging your pores. It also contains a lot of oleic acid and monounsaturated fats, which means that it can penetrate the hair shaft and actually moisturize your hair. That’s as opposed to other oils that simply coat your hair without being fully absorbed. The fats make the hair shaft stronger, preventing hair breakage.
You can add avocado oil to conditioner and wash it out, or even apply it 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.
Another bonus is that avocado oil contains vitamin E. This lets it repair UV damage, as well as provide overall hair repair and protection.
I recently discovered the joys of using a hot oil treatment. 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.
Avocado Oil For Face Explained
Since avocado oil is great for your skin, you can simply massage it into your skin or apply it as an ingredient in a face mask. You can also include it in a variety of lotions, creams, bath oils, and shower gels.
When using avocado oil to clean your face, you’ll experience fewer (possibly even zero!) breakouts. The added bonus is that your skin won’t feel dry or stretched because it still has oils in it. While you might think oil = bad, think again. Rubbing avocado oil into your skin can loosen the “bad” oils that are hard and clogging your pores.
You can use avocado oil as a facial moisturizer by simply applying it to your face at night and washing it off the next morning. To benefit from the cleansing properties of avocado oil as well, massage the avocado oil into the skin. Leave for a few minutes before wiping off. Use a gentle cloth to wipe the excess oil off of your face, and then rinse with warm water as well.
If you want to make your own avocado oil face mask, make sure to use a ripe avocado. Cut it into cubes, and pour a little avocado oil onto it. Using a fork or a spoon, mash the avocado with the avocado oil into a smooth paste. Apply it to your face and leave it on for about 15 minutes. Then just rinse it off with some warm water or a facial cleanser of your choosing. Consider your skin type when deciding how to rinse it off.
You can also use avocado oil as an ingredient in an anti-aging skin cream for your face. In a glass jar, simply mix half a cup of avocado oil with 4 tablespoons of coconut oil, 4 tablespoons of beeswax, 1 teaspoon of vitamin E oil, and 2 tablespoons of shea butter. Take the jar (minus the lid) and place it in a pot filled with four inches of water. Bring it to a simmer, and then stir the ingredients in the jar as they melt. Once the mixture fully melts, pour the cream into a smaller jar and let it rest until the blend hardens. Then place the lid on the jar and keep the cream stored in a cool place. Voilà, you’ve got yourself a natural, cost-effective and easy anti-aging treatment to keep your complexion looking young and fresh.
Avocado Oil Hair Mask DIY Recipe & Guide
So now I’ve managed to convince you that avocado is the miracle product you’ve been looking for. But what do you do with it? Well, there are a lot of options and frankly, your 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. All 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 when compared with simply washing or adding a moisturizer to your hair. But it works, and it works well! You’ll be very happy 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. Avocado oil includes a variety of vitamins and minerals such as vitamin A, vitamin E, and oleic acid. The rich vitamin and nutrient content of the oil 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 gotten out of a hot bath and need 20 minutes or so to cool off, this is the recipe for you.
Avocado Oil Before & After Results
I’ve been using avocado oil in my hair and skincare routine for some time now. Ever since I made the switch to a more holistic lifestyle, I’ve seen positive results. Before switching to pure avocado oil in its raw form, I used to use products that contained avocado extracts in them. I thought they would be better for me.
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. However, it turns 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. 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. It also stopped becoming dry and irritable as quickly as it used to, and it 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 hair, in general. A difference 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 clean 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. Using chemical-based products can contaminate your body and worsen your health, skin, and hair.
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!
It’s great for your face and skin, serving to both hydrate them and remove makeup easily. It helps to provide a dry scalp treatment and stimulate hair growth, leaving you with a full head of healthy hair.
The plant can take anywhere from 3 to 15 years to start producing avocados, and some plants never fully sprout. But with all of the benefits it has to offer, the wait and the effort are worth it!
Avocados and avocado oil can be used alone or in conjunction with other natural products to reap a host of benefits. Avocado can even be used to create a DIY face mask or DIY hair mask. Whichever way you decide to use it, this oil will deliver!
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