For decades, avocado has been widely known for its rich nutritional characteristics and weight loss properties. However, not long ago, its skin care properties have also begun to gain grounds. It possesses fatty acids and minerals which are responsible for its health benefits , it’s these properties that also make it highly beneficial to the skin. Some of the nutrients contained in the avocado include : fatty acids like linoleic and oleic acids, Vitamins A, B, C & E, calcium, potassium, phosphorus etc. The soft and pulpy fruit also contains antioxidants and can be used on the face for regeneration and moisturizing. You can use them by either eating them, making them into masks either alone or with other ingredients.
Let’s see just how effective avocado is to the skin
Benefits of Avocado To The Skin
1. Takes Care of Acne
5-alpha reductase is an enzyme that causes oiliness on the skin, making it prone to acne. Avocado contains a characteristic that gives it the ability to prevent or cure these skin problems. It also contains linoleic acid, a lack of this fatty acid in the sebaceous glands of the skin can also lead to acne. Hence, you will find avocado extracts in many skin products. You can massage the fruit’s oil into the skin regularly or simply get a cream that contains extracts gotten from avocado. You can also mash the fruit and apply onto your skin, especially your face. Use warm water to wash your face off.
2. Reverses Aging
Avocado contains Vitamin E, which not only promotes the tenderness of the skin but also helps to prevent wrinkles. The oleic acid it contains, which is a healthy fatty acid, also helps to prevent wrinkles, while curing inflammations and redness of the skin. Nobody wants the lines on their faces indicating that they are beginning to age. Vitamins C and E also helps to combat free radicals responsible for skin damages. Collagen and elastin fibres are in charge of the skin’s elasticity. This means a wear out of these proteins cause the skin to lose its elasticity. Avocado contains substances that can stimulate collagen and elastin production, keeping the skin’s elasticity intact.
To maximize its anti-aging properties, try making a face mask with the fruit’s pulp. All you have to do is mash the flesh together with some coconut oil. Apply onto your face afterwards and leave for thirty minutes before cleaning off.
3. Can help with Psoriasis
Psoriasis is a skin condition that leaves the skin red, flaky and itchy. A study was carried out by a University Medical Centre, it was found that a lot of people obtained positive results from using avocado. Another study also found that along with an ointment containing Vitamin B12, avocado could reduce the skin irritations caused by the skin condition. Avocado contains antioxidants and Vitamins which help to remedy the itches and flakiness of the skin. Its moisturizing effect also reduces the dryness and the cracking that follows, which is experienced as a result of Psoriasis. To use this powerful property, apply the flesh directly to the face. Be careful, however, that your condition is not aggravated by the use of an avocado.
4. Moisturizes the skin
Coconut oil is widely known for its amazing moisturizing properties. It contains about 10% oleic acid. Guess how much oleic acid avocado contains – 63%! Oleic acid is known to possess moisturizing abilities. The regular consumption of avocado would therefore leave the skin moisturized, not only by reason of the healthy fatty acids – it triggers the production of a natural sebum in the sebaceous glands, this also keeps the skin moisturized and agile. To utilize these amazing properties, you could simply rub the fleshy part on your face or try a few combinations. For example, avocado, honey, olive oil and some yoghurt mixed together forms a wonderful face mask. Yoghurt is effective in cleansing the face, tightening pores and softening the skin. Olive oil and honey on the other hand are wonderful moisturizers. You can also try avocado mixed with egg white and a little lemon juice. Egg white and lemon juice can help in tightening pores, leaving the skin smooth and beautiful.
5. Protects from Sun’s harmful impact
It is common knowledge the harmful effects Ultraviolet rays from the sun. The rays cause harm by damaging the DNA, or skin cells. They could also lead to severe inflammation of the skin. Polyhydroxylated fatty alcohols, found in avocado, possess the ability to reduce the effects of exposure to ultraviolet rays. This means it can reduce cellular or DNA damage when applied, while enhancing DNA repair in the skin. Avocado also contains Vitamins C and E which are also good with protecting the skin from damage caused by UV rays. More specifically, Vitamin E is known to combat DNA-damaging effects, while the Vitamin C handles combating UVA damage. Avocado however, in no way, takes the place of a sun screen. This means, you should not neglect the use of one to protect your skin. Avocado can be used after you are back home, away from the sun’s rays.
6. Helps Wound Healing
You have one of those puzzled faces, wondering how this is possible? It is true, avocado does help quicken the healing process of wounds. It does this by helping in collagen production. Remember collagen? Collagen is responsible for the synthesis of connective tissues. This way, avocado helps hasten connective tissue production. A study carried out on rats found that the consumption or application of avocado extracts helped in faster skin cell growth and healing of wounds. For example, avocado can be used on chapped lips to hasten its healing and moisturize too. While healing is taking place, avocado helps reduce possible inflammation with its essential fatty acids.
You have now seen the skin benefits of avocado. Plan to maximize this benefits as the pulpy fruit can perform wonders on the skin. It can either be consumed or made into a mask for the face. In the next article, you will be shown how to make an avocado face mask on your own, either with just avocado or a mixture of avocado and several other ingredients. You will also be shown what ingredients to use to achieve the best results.