The oil squeezed from avocado fruit has a very high nutritional value. Just like the fruit, Avocado Oil is extremely concentrated in monounsaturated fatty acids, phytosterols, potassium, magnesium, vitamins A, D & E and other antioxidants.
Avocado Oil is one of the most 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, increasing collagen levels.
Avocado Oil can be used in 4 different ways to prevent and heal dry skin, sun damaged skin and acne prone skin, as well as eczema and psoriasis affected skin. The antioxidants in Avocado Oil have been proven to soothe sunburned skin.
AVOCADO OIL CAN BE USED:
• as an oil cleanser
• in a lotion
• as a topical treatment
By switching to cold pressed, food grade Avocado Oil as your cooking oil, baking oil (yes baking – it’s delicious in cakes!) and salad dressing, you are also receiving the many other Avocado Oil skin benefits.
These benefits include beta carotene, protein, lecithin, monounsaturated fatty acids, potassium, magnesium and vitamins A, D, and E to moisturize and protect your skin from damaging UV rays and also increase collagen. The high levels of vitamin E, antioxidant carotenoids like beta-carotene and lutein (for healthy eyes) and moisturizing plant sterols and lecithin. All of which may help with improving your skin tone and preventing acne and dry skin from occurring in the first place.
Most importantly, Avocado Oil contains anti-inflammatory Omega-3 fatty acids. It is thought that our ancestors, when traditional diets were still consumed, ate a ratio of 1:1 omega 3 to omega 6 fatty acids. The current Western diet is now more like 1:15. (1) This disproportionate ratio causes major inflammation in our bodies, resulting in major health problems. Omega-6 fatty acids are found in all seed oils, fast foods, most store bought baked goods, margarine, mayonnaise and salad dressings. Omega-3 fatty acids on the other hand, reduce inflammation and therefore can prevent conditions now believed to be caused by inflammation such as heart disease, dementia, type 2 diabetes, autoimmune diseases and some cancers.
Using cold pressed, unrefined Avocado Oil as an oil cleanser can reduce acne, diminish blackheads and enlarged pores, smooth wrinkles and heal sun damaged skin. The oil cleansing method helps clear out blocked pores, reduces the causes of sebaceous gland inflammation and improves skin tone in general.
I am not a fan of any face cleanser that strips the oil from your skin, only to make your skin think it has to produce more. This method leaves your skin feeling so soft, smooth and nourished.
Simply put a small amount of Avocado Oil into a squeeze bottle or pump bottle and leave it in a dark, cool place in your washroom.
To cleanse, first remove any make-up with pure Avocado Oil or Avocado Lotion. Then put about a teaspoon of the oil in your hand and gently massage onto your face. Next, run a clean wash cloth under fairy hot water and squeeze it out. Lay down and put the washcloth over your face. Relax for 5-10 minutes. Rinse wash cloth and gently remove excess oil. Splash your face with cool water to close your pores, then moisturize with Avocado Oil Lotion.
I find this routine relaxes me at the end of the day and in the morning my skin feels soft and supple. My morning routine consists of gently washing my face with a warm washcloth in the shower and afterwards, applying a light layer of Avocado Oil Lotion.
AVOCADO OIL LOTION
A natural lotion made from Avocado Oil can be used as a make-up remover, a night face cream, under make-up and as an all over body moisturizer – especially in areas with sun damage. It’s gentle enough for babies too. I made Avocado Oil Lotion for both of my babies for after a bath and on their bottoms to prevent diaper rash – which they never did get!
It’s truly a healing and decadent lotion and if you make it yourself you can use only natural ingredients with a high concentration of Avocado Oil. Follow my recipe for Coconut Face & Body Lotion and replace all or most of the oils with Avocado Oil. Make sure the oil you purchase is cold pressed, unrefined and organic.
Due to its high concentration of anti-inflammatory oleic acid, Avocado Oil can heal and soothe a huge array of skin conditions. When applied topically and consistently, Avocado Oil has been reported to be effective at reducing age spots and helping to heal minor scarring and long-term sun damage to our skin. In addition, it can speed healing and reduce the chances of scaring for burns, scrapes, cuts and bug bites. It is healing and soothing for dandruff, eczema and psoriasis.
One of the reasons for all of these skin benefits may be the way it helps increase collagen production within the layers of the dermis. Collagen is the connective protein that binds our skin together and youthful skin has high levels of it.
As we age, this collagen starts to break down due to sun damage, poor nutrition, other environmental factors and just from aging. Preventing, and perhaps even reversing collagen breakdown may help delay wrinkles and other visible signs of aging.
It is necessary to have good nutrition as well, in order to increase collagen production. Using Avocado Oil on salads, in meals and as a cooking oil would help with this. I even pour a tablespoon of it daily and take it straight – it really is that good! Studies have also shown that adding cold-pressed Avocado Oil to your food increases the absorption of other nutrients! So drizzle it on your baked potato, make roasted vegetables with it (it has a really high smoke point, up to 449•F) and add a tablespoon of it to your morning smoothie…
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