Derived from the Persea Americana, avocado oil is an edible vegetable fat that is used in commercial food manufacture, cooking and in the production of cosmetics and skin care products. This natural oil has become a popular component in skin care because of its natural composition that makes it high in Vitamin E and monosaturated fats. Many also believe in the effects of avocado oil when used directly on the skin. Applying it on the skin brings a number of benefits including:
Thanks to the natural make up of avocado oil, it is best known for its ability to provide moisture for the skin. The oil is quickly absorbed by the skin and it has a natural hydrating property. It acts as an emollient and traps in water which makes the skin soft and supple. Avocado oil is an excellent moisturizer for mature skin as it helps prevent and heal dryness that comes with aging. It has also been known to be an effective cure for chronic skin problems including eczema and psoriasis as it not only helps to soothe and relive symptoms, but also helps eliminate the condition by keeping skin moist.
High Sterolin Content
Avocado oil is known to have increased amounts of sterolins or plant steroids in it. These plant fats work as immune system regulators and absorb fat. They also help the body produce more collagen for the skin which can help reduce the appearance of age spots and prevent the occurrence of these as well. Additionally, collagen also helps with the healing and repair of skin, making avocado oil ideal for use on scars and wounds. Of course, it is also known that collagen can help make the skin firm and prevent the onset of wrinkles, fine lines, crow’s feet, dark circles and other signs of aging.
Rich in Omega-3 and Other Essential Fatty Acids
Studies show that this oil is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids which works effectively against radiation from the sun. When used alongside other skin protection agents, it can be a good way to ward off skin cancer and other skin problems brought about by sun exposure. Other than this, it also contains other essential fatty acids that work to lessen systemic inflammation and promote proper cell functions. Lowered inflammation in the body can help reduce skin breakouts while proper cell functions can help rejuvenate the skin.
More than just containing essential fatty acids, sterolin and natural moisturizers, avocado oil also has a good dose of vitamins and minerals in it. Vitamin A, B, C, D and E can all be found in it. These are all known to boost the skin and fight against aging being antioxidants. These work by fighting free radicals in the skin which can attack healthy skin cells. As a result, cells stay strong and the skin becomes rejuvenated giving it a natural glow. It also contains proteins and lecithin which help protect the skin from the effects of the sun.
“Polyhydroxylated fatty alcohols derived from avocado suppress inflammatory response and provide non-sunscreen protection against UV-induced damage in skin cells” Archives of Dermatological Research May 2011, Volume 303, Issue 4, pp 239-246