How to Apply Avocado Oil for Moisturizing.
Looking around your local cosmetic store or supermarket, there is a wide variety of
different face moisturizers. All of them usually promising deeply hydrated, younger looking skin (often at a significant price).
But look a little closer at the ingredients list and the petrochemical derived additives like propylene glycol, cyclomethicone, petrolatum and methyl paraben may not sound so appealing.
What if there was a natural oil moisturizer for your face that many people, myself included, are having more far more effective results with than the chemical-laden, brand name moisturizers?
Not only is avocado oil extremely good at hydrating and softening your skin, online skin forums are also reporting that it is an effective treatment for acne and blackheads, psoriasis and eczema, and even useful for diminishing age spots and mild facial scaring.
Initially I was worried that using it on my face would make it appear greasy, but after it has been absorbed, it’s actually the opposite. It seems my skin is so well hydrated after using avocado oil that it doesn’t need to produce the excess oil that it used to.
Perhaps even more significantly, the pores on my nose and upper cheeks appear visibly reduced and an occasional slight facial redness also appears lessened.
You can apply avocado oil to your face in the same way you would any other moisturizer – with a cotton wool pad or very clean fingers. Make sure your face is washed well and preferably still damp to spread the oil easily.
I use it straight after showering or washing my face in the evening. You don’t need that much, perhaps a small dab on each cheek and on the forehead. Avocado oil is very concentrated monounsaturated fatty acids, phytosterols, vitamin E and other antioxidants. A little goes a long way.
Avocado Oil in Organic Skincare: Delicious Food for Your Skin
The rich, buttery flesh of the avocado is one of nature’s most perfect foods. The nearly 20 vitamins and minerals in this luscious fruit include vitamins E and C, as well as beta carotene—powerful antioxidants that help repair free radical damage from sun exposure and environmental toxins. Even the fats and sugars in avocados are the kinds that are good for you!
Early Spanish missionaries in Central America used avocados to treat wounds and improve the skin, a trick they most likely learned from the Aztecs, Mayans, and Incans who lived in the avocado’s native rainforest habitat. In fact, many stories claim that the Indians’ ancient ancestors were the first to use the avocado as a cosmetic. Like so many herbalists and healers before the dawn of modern science, these ancient researchers undoubtedly relied and their on keen intuition and powers of observation to make a logical deduction: External application of a succulent, creamy food that nourished the body from the inside would also feed and enhance their skin and hair.
Now 21st century science is showing why and how this nutritional treasure lives up to its legendary reputation. In addition to repairing cell damage, avocados help revitalize our skin in several other ways. Research suggests that the D-manno-heptulose sugars in avocado help prevent infection by forming an antimicrobial shield on the skin surface. Even more important, these complex natural sugars appear to increase the strength and resilience of the skin’s underlying collagen network.
Avocado oil is also a superior softener and moisturizer. In fact, this natural emollient outperforms every synthetic moisturizer on the market. Petroleum-based moisturizers, for instance, sit on the surface and slow cell turnover—exactly what you don’t want! The avocado’s plant-based lipids, essential fatty acids, and sterolins, on the other hand, do all the right things: These rich, yet non-greasy, oils penetrate the skin, lock in moisture, and deliver vital nutrients that accelerate cell regeneration. All these healing and restorative properties help support and explain avocado oil’s effectiveness as a treatment for eczema and psoriasis.