All the positive effects of avocado and avocado oil in your diet have been much talked about and proven. But how about using it topically? That is, what are the benefits of avocado oil for your skin? We’ll try to run quickly through some of the major ones. But even before we begin, just know that there are ridiculously many of them. As good as dietary avocado oil might be for your heart and body, topical might be even better for your skin.
So these are the proven benefits of avocado oil for your skin:
- General skin health
- Wound healing
- Oxidation stress relief
- Deep-pore cleansing
Why It Works
Avocado oil is rich in much the same ingredients as avocado. Vitamins A, B, C, D and E, as well as mono- and poly-unsaturated fatty acids are the most important. Many of the vitamins promote skin health in general, introducing valuable micronutrients directly to the skin. The fatty acids are doing most of the tough job.
Some of the proven effects of the fatty acids (like oleic or palmitic acid) are anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties. In some research papers, it was found to have a positive effect on wound healing. Finally, they contain antioxidants that help relieve oxidation stress. That works due to the antioxidants binding with free radicals which would otherwise damage your skin cells.
The less documented, but easily provable effects are numerous as well. For example, moisturizing and deep-pore cleansing. The consistency of the oil lets it penetrate deep into your pores. Once there, the specific fatty acids or oils bind to the hardened oils that build up there. All it takes then is for you to rinse with warm water.
When and How to Use It
The most immediately attractive characteristic of avocado oil is the antioxidants. By using it topically, it can reduce oxidative stress and help skin cells regenerate. What this means in practice is healthier, younger-looking skin. By restoring the damaged cells, the skin will have more elasticity and „bounciness“. But there are also many more benefits of using avocado oil for your skin.
Because avocado oil is relatively mild, it works for most skin types. For dry and flaky skin the moisturizing properties will help significantly. In that case, you can incorporate it into your daily skincare routine. Just a few drops of oil will go a long way, too. Using it in a body wash or lotion works great, as well.
For acne-prone and sensitive skin, the anti-inflammatory effect is most beneficial. By reducing inflammation any outbreaks will be less noticeable. And better yet, the deep-cleanse will reduce the number of outbreaks in the long run. In this case, we recommend using it every few days and combining it with other soothing skin-care products.
Oily skin is a bit more tricky. Since the „hardest-working“ ingredients are oily themselves, many people have reservations about it. Rest assured, they can actually help. By binding and loosening the oily buildup from your pores, the avocado oil can help clean it. We suggest combining it with honey and not using it more than once a week. The reason is the acidic nature of honey. It will help reduce oil production as well.
A Word of Caution
In some rare cases, people might be allergic to avocado. In those cases applying it topically might cause inflammation and rash-like outbreaks. To avoid that, apply some on a small part of your skin. We suggest a spot on your forearm. If you see your skin reacting with redness or rashes, rinse it off immediately and try to find an alternative.
A Bonus Benefit
So far, we have only mentioned the benefits of avocado oil for your skin. This was focused mostly on your face and body. Using it as a face mask, a body wash, lotion, etc. What we haven’t mentioned is a part of your skin that’s hidden. By your hair.
Avocado oil can help immensely with dandruff and scalp problems. Just as it works on flaky skin elsewhere, it works on your scalp. Plus, it rejuvenates your hair. Using avocado oil on your hair will make it more voluminous and silky.
Avocado oil is a great addition to your skincare routine. Whether you have sensitive, normal, or oily skin, it can benefit you. Beyond that, it helps keep your hair looking voluminous and smooth. Not to mention that it gives your skin bounciness and a younger look. There are little to no drawbacks to using avocado oil for your skin. The benefits are many, as attested by the many beauty products that contain avocado oil.