What Is Avocado Oil?
It is plant oil, extracted from the avocado pulp, which is rich in healthy fats, contains lots of potassium, and offers you more protein than any other fruit. From the nutritional point of view, it is somewhat similar to olive oil – 76% of avocado is monounsaturated fats that are healthy for your heart since they won’t raise cholesterol levels.
Avocado oil contains a plant sterol called beta-sitosterol, which prevents the cholesterol absorption in the digestive tract, and may even serve as a cancer cell inhibitor thus preventing the cancer growth.
The green color of this oil comes from the chlorophyll and also there are carotenoids, among which there is lutein – it is beneficial for the eyes, and can help slow down the development of age-related macular degeneration.
Avocado oil is rich in various nutrients, including vitamins A, E and D, monounsaturated fats, magnesium, oleic acid and antioxidants.
According to the research, the healthy fats in avocado help carotenoids and other nutrients from food absorb better by our body; carotenoid absorption, in particular, increases from 2.6 times to 15.3 times.
Avocado oil improves the cell function due to its ability to penetrate cells down to the mitochondria, so it increases the body’s natural resistance to diseases, and even delays aging.
Among other nutrients, avocado oil will provide you with 17% of the RDA of Vitamin C, 26% of the RDA of Vitamin K, about 13% of the RDA of Vitamin B5 and B6, 1/5 of the RDA of Folate and 14 % of the RDA of Potassium.
Unlike nut-based oils, it is not a potential allergen, and fewer people are allergic to avocado oil. Also it is a low-carb plant food, since only 2 grams of carbs out of 9 grams per half of an avocado can be considered as ‘net’ carbs. The other 7 grams are fiber; and it also has only 160 calories, packed with 2 grams of protein and 15 grams of healthy fats.
How to Use Avocado Oil on Skin?
Refined or Unrefined Avocado Oil for Skin?
What Does ‘Unrefined’ Means?
‘Unrefined’ is commonly known as ‘virgin’ or ‘extra virgin’.
To put it simply, ‘unrefined’ refers to an ingredient that was not processed or treated in any way, which remains in its natural, raw or crude form.
A refining process is usually aimed at ‘impurities’ removal, but along with it, some valuable nutrients are discarded also, and even some unwanted chemicals are added to the original ingredient.
When it comes to oils, unrefined are those that are either cold-pressed or expeller-pressed. ‘Cold pressed’ means that only a primitive, mechanical extraction was used to obtain them under the low temperature (80-90°F (26-32°C)) to avoid the deterioration of the nutrients these oils contain.
When oil is ‘expeller-pressed’, the mechanical pressure is used along with heat at 120-200°F (49-93°C), which occurs from friction during the pressing process.
In both of these extraction processes no chemicals are used, and no further refining is applied that can actually alter the original oil condition, such as scent or color.
So, the unrefined avocado oil is the best option for either cooking or adding to your beauty product.
The potential drawback of the unrefined oil is that it is usually less stable, and can go rancid faster than refined oil. It may also have a strong color or smell that one may find unappealing.
Is Refined Avocado Oil Healthy?
‘Refined’ means that the oil undergone various ways of processing including the exposure to extreme temperatures (from 450°F (232°C) to -30°F (-34°C)), and solvent treatments to remove various ‘impurities’ and the distinct scent.
Refined oils are cheaper, last longer, and can be heat-stable, so they behave more predictably as a beauty ingredient.
The drawback is that refined oils have less nutrients and active compounds compared to unrefined oils.
So, when it comes to health and skin care, better look for unrefined, extra virgin oil, which is often healthier and more potent than the refined one.
Avocado Oil for Face Wrinkles
It is high in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids – the healthy fats that have anti-inflammatory properties, so they protect the skin from inflammation and UV damage, reduce its redness, calm the skin and improve its elasticity, which naturally reduces the amount of wrinkles and fine lines.
The oil also contains a carotenoid called lutein, which offers our skin the protection from the damage caused by the exposure to ultraviolet rays.
Chlorophyll in avocado oil, which is responsible for its green color, also acts as an antioxidant, protecting the skin from free radical damage.
Its action doesn’t end on the topical application – you can add it to your diet and reap its nutritional benefits in a form of helping your skin look better from within.
How To Use Avocado Oil For Wrinkles
1. The simplest way is to apply it on the face with a gentle massage, then leave it on for 20-30 minutes, or even overnight, is your skin is fine with it.
2. Another way is to make a mask with avocado fruit and honey. Just take one avocado, remove the stone, and make a puree out of its flesh, using a fork or even a blender, if you really want a lump-free consistency.
Now, add a spoonful of raw organic honey, and mix or blend again for a few seconds.
Apply this anti-wrinkle face mask, lie down and relax for 30 minutes. Once the time is up, rinse off your face with lukewarm water and pat dry with a soft towel.
3. The third way of using avocado for wrinkles is to puree its half, and mix it with almond oil to make a smooth paste (add as much almond oil as you want the mask’s consistency to be).
Apply for 20 minutes then rinse off with warm water and pat dry.
4. Anti-Aging Mask with coconut oil. Again, this time we are using the fruit instead of the oil, but I thought you may still find it useful. 🙂
Take 1 ripe avocado, remove the pit, and mush it with a fork, then add 1 teaspoon of coconut oil, and mix everything.
Apply the mixture for 30 minutes, and then remove using warm water. The beauty of this mask is that it is so simple, but makes your skin soft and look youthful.
5. The fifth mask recipe finally uses the oil!
Take one ripe avocado, cut it in halves, remove the stone, and place it in a bowl.
Now, add in 1 teaspoon each of organic coffee grounds, cocoa grounds, coconut sugar and avocado oil!
Mix everything to get a paste (you can blend the ingredients if you want to get something smoother).
Once you are done, apply the mixture on your skin for 30 minutes, and then gently remove with a wet washcloth. Do this 2-3 times a week.
You’ll get a spa-like treat with this recipe, because it effectively removes dead skin cells due to its high content of natural exfoliants, and the present caffeine helps perk up your skin.
Avocado nourishes and moisturizes your face, making its skin soft and supple.
Avocado Oil under Eyes
It contains vitamin K that helps lighten dark circles under eyes. The oil also makes the skin more elastic and resilient, protecting it from free radical damage – one of the major causes behind premature aging of the skin.
The simple way to use this oil under eyes is to mix it with an essential oil of your choice in equal parts, apply the mixture on the skin in a thin layer, and then wash it off after 5-10 minutes.
The oil itself can be used as a natural under eye cream, or can be a part of a homemade face mask.
Avocado Oil for Eczema
Eczema causes the skin to become inflamed and irritated, and one may experience rashes, blisters and itching.
While there is uncertainty about the exact causes behind eczema, diet is believed to be one of the contributing factors.
If you include avocado oil in your diet on a regular basis along with using it topically, it will nourish your skin with the necessary fatty acids that may reduce the eczema symptoms through the balancing of omega-6 versus omega-3 fatty acid ratio.
Also, some people share that this oil can clear up an eczema flare up fast, as in a matter of minutes or hours, and not even days – that fast.
Avocado Oil for Rosacea
The direct application of avocado oil on the skin reduces the rosacea symptoms, calms the skin and delivers a restorative effect.
It can penetrate the skin deeply to eliminate itchiness and inflammation.
For skin oil cleansing you can use a mix of avocado and olive oil, and add a few drops of carrot seed oil too.
For additional moisturization, mix rosehip, jojoba and a few drops of rose otto essential oil. You can also add camellia oil. (source)
Avocado Oil for Acne
Does Avocado Oil Cause Acne?
If you have oily and acne prone skin, you’ll be hesitant in using avocado oil to treat your acne, and it’s quite a reasonable concern, because oils – those that have high comedogenic rating, tend to clog the pores and cause acne breakouts.
So, it has a rating of 2, which means it poses a potential risk of clogging the pores, however the risk is low, and the effect may differ from person to person.
So, does avocado oil cause acne? The answer is: it depends. Before using it extensively, do a patch test on some less visible part of your skin.
But Is Avocado Oil Good For Acne?
On the other hand, it can be beneficial for acne treatment due to the following reasons:
– It contains oleic acid, which belongs to healthy monounsaturated fats, while the amount of polyunsaturated fat, which often leads to acne formation, is quite low.
– It is a good skin moisturizer, so it can be helpful if you experience skin dryness.
– It has anti-inflammatory properties, so it helps reduce swelling and redness in acneic skin.
– It contains various nutrients such as lecithin and potassium that nourish the skin and maintain its health and thus bacteria resistance.
– There are antioxidants in avocado oil, namely, alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, vitamins C and E, and lutein – they protect the skin from the damage caused by free radicals, prevent skin’s premature aging, and keep the skin healthy and beautiful.
How to Use Avocado Oil for Acne
1. Using a Cotton Swab
This is the simplest way of using avocado oil on acne – dip a cotton swab in the oil and apply to the acne, on your clean skin, and leave it overnight.
2. Massage and Bath
You can simply gently massage it onto the affected area, then enhance its action by taking a hot bath for a few minutes – you can do so a couple of times per week.
Alternatively you can also do some facial steaming – the idea is to use hot water and its vapor to open the pores and let the oil go deeper inside.
3. Avocado Oil and Lavender Oil
You can actually use any other essential oil, which has anti-acne properties, like juniper or tea tree oil, but for now we are going to use lavender.
So, mix 5-6 drops of avocado oil with 1-2 drops of lavender oil, then apply the mixture to your pimples and leave it on. You can do it 2-3 times a day.
4. Turmeric Face Mask
Turmeric can fight off acne-causing bacteria, and speed up the scar healing process, because it has powerful antimicrobial properties.
All you need to do is to combine 4-5 drops of avocado oil and a small amount of turmeric (just on the tip of a teaspoon). Make a soft paste out of these ingredients (adjust the amount of turmeric to get the consistency you like).
Once the mixture is ready, apply it on your acne and leave for 10-15 minutes, then rinse off with warm water and a mild soap.
You can use this paste once a day.
5. With castor Oil
Castor oil is considered to be a good skin cleanser, so it is quite useful for people with acne prone skin, since it helps unclog the pores, and keep the skin smooth and soft.
Mix 1 teaspoon of avocado oil and 2-3 drops of castor oil, then dip a cotton ball into the mixture, and apply where needed.
Rinse off after 2-3 minutes, using a mild soap, or you can simply leave the blend on your skin overnight.
You can apply this oil blend daily.
6. Anti-Acne Avocado Mask
This is not an avocado oil mask, but it contains the fruit, and can be useful for acne treatment.
It also contains lemon juice, which help reduce inflammation, and fight against acne-causing bacteria.
The oats in the mask also helps with inflammation and draw out harmful bacteria.
So, cut avocado into halves, remove the pit, place it in a bowl, and mash a bit with a fork.
Now, add in the bowl juice of one lemon and 1-2 tablespoons of rolled oats, and mix everything together to get a paste.
Apply the mask on your face for 30 minutes, and then rinse off with warm water; you can use it 3-4 times a week.
Please, keep in mind that some oils can cause an allergy in some people, so before you start using any oil on your skin full scale, do a patch test first on some less visible area, like inner elbow to see whether you are allergic to it or not.