Is your skin drying with all that hand washing and hand sanitizer? Let me introduce to the benefits of avocado oil for skin.
The oil is a super moisturizer and absorbs fast, so it is the perfect body oil to protect your hands (and skin) from all that soap and sanitizer.
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What makes avocado oil so good?
The oil is made up of fatty acids like oleic acid, palmitic acid, linoleic acid and linolenic acid. These are really good for your skin. Avocado oil also has vitamins like A, C, D, and E, minerals, and antioxidants like beta-sitosterol, beta-carotene and lecithin.
When mixed together, these compounds can do wonders for your skin.
Benefits of avocado oil for skin
It’s a super moisturizer
Avocado oil has this luxurious, thick texture. That makes it absolutely perfect for moisturizing dry, peeling skin. You can use it on your knees, elbows, heels and other dry spots. Dab onto sunburn too to soothe your skin and prevent peeling.
Oh and don’t forget your hair. Avocado oil does wonders on dry, damaged hair. Use a little on your edges to minimize split ends. Or add a couple drops to your damp hair after you’ve shampooed to lock in that moisture.
It’s a healer
Avocado oil heals.
A couple studies actually prove it too.
This Brazilian one mentioned the oleic acid content in avocado oil could be “an effective alternative treatment for wounds.”
This one from 2018 pointed to older research on rats that showed the oil helped heal and repair cuts.
And even older research found avocado oil can boost collagen production and reduce inflammation. That’s probably why the oil is so good for healing damaged skin.
Avocado oil helps with psoriasis
Woah! Psoriasis? Yep! Avocado oil is good for that too.
A clinical trial from 2001 compared the effects of calcipotriol (aka Dovonex) to a vitamin B-12 cream with avocado oil. Calcipotriol is a common treatment for psoriasis and the study found it worked faster but stopped showing noticeable improvements after a month.
The cream with avocado oil, however, was consistent in improving the psoriasis spots. After three months, the two treatments showed very similar results.
So, a simple vitamin B-12 cream with avocado oil is a great long-term psoriasis treatment.
In my Cosrx haul post, I talked about the rash spots on my legs (I think it’s eczema). I used this oil on the spots before I tried the centella blemish cream. The oil really helped to reduce the itchiness and dryness. But there’s no denying that centella cream did some overnight magic.
The best benefits of avocado oil for skin!
Wrinkles… Stretch marks… Avocado oil can help with them too. Remember the oil increases collagen production when healing wounds? Well that exact benefit can help fight against wrinkles and stretch marks. Woohoo!
It’s unlikely to cause acne
The fatty acid combo in avocado oil makes it unlikely to cause acne even if you have acne-prone skin… But you should still patch test though – everyone’s skin is different!
With its low chance of causing acne, avocado oil is the perfect oil cleanser and oily makeup remover. It has the right texture and thickness to get the job done. I love it!
It’s also a good base for a massage blend. I like adding a couple drops of lavender essential oil for a nice relaxing massage. Sometimes, I’ll swap lavender for eucalyptus when my allergies act up. It helps me breathe much better and get a good night’s sleep.
Lemongrass essential oil is another favorite of mine with avocado oil!
So what are your thoughts? Have you ever used avocado oil? How do you use it?
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