How To Use Avocado Oil On Your Face
News of the health benefits of avocados spread as easily as the delicious green fruit itself. We all deserve a little good news now and then, so when nutritionists nudge you to enjoy some of those "healthy fats," most of us are happy to oblige.
While many people have craved and consumed avocados for years, not everyone has tried it topically. The vitamins and nutrients that make the avocado fruit creamy and delicious translate to a whole host of skin benefits.
Some DIY face masks call for actual avocado to be mashed up and applied to the skin along with other ingredients. Avocados can provide added moisture to an enzyme mask and soften up the surface of your face. Avocado oil, however, has a way of getting under your skin (in a good way!) and nourishing from deeper within.
You may wonder how exactly the oil is extracted from the avocado, and what elements remain that make such a difference for your skin. Well, here's a more in-depth description if you're interested, but basically the process involves pressing the pulp of the avocado after the skin and seed have been removed. After the pulp is separated out, you're left with avocado oil.
A quality avocado oil for skin can be great just by itself, and as a carrier oil (like olive oil) it is often mixed with a fragrant essential oil to be used as a hair mask, hot oil treatment, or in a relaxing bath. And as we'll discuss at great length below, avocado oil is an absolute favorite in skincare products.
Avocado oil is a natural ingredient that gives skin that natural glow. When used in combination with other oils and botanicals, it can supercharge your skin health. Using avocado oil with a humectant like hyaluronic acid or glycerin will draw moisture to the skin and keep it there.
There are numerous benefits of avocado oil. The nutrients in avocado oil help skin stay hydrated, but that's not all.
People with various skin conditions have seen improvement after incorporating avocado oil in their skincare routine or beauty rituals. Of course, skin reacts in slightly different ways to avocado oil, depending on your skin type and individual sensitivities, so that is something to consider when looking into skincare options.
To help you navigate some of the ins and outs of this natural oil and determine if it's right for you, we'll take a look at why and how to use avocado oil on your face. We'll also share some specific products that are close to perfection if you're hoping to incorporate avocado oil for skin softening or moisturizing.
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Do a patch test before using it on oily skin
Avocado oil has both emollient and occlusive properties. That means it softens the skin with fats and lipids and can also seal in moisture.
Still, it's important to mention that avocado oil may not always be the best option for you. If you have greasy or acne-prone skin, you might want to shy away from applying it to your face unless it's combined with other ingredients that can counteract any negative effects.
While there exist numerous avocado oil benefits for the skin, sometimes it can cause congestion and lead to unwanted issues.
An oil's comedogenicity indicates how likely it is to clog pores. Avocado oil tends to be more comedogenic than some other oils like olive oil. However, the comedogenic scale is only to be used as a reference point, and every individual is different.
The best thing to do is a patch test on your skin to be sure you won't have an unwanted reaction. If you're allergic to avocados, we'd first like to offer our condolences, and second, we'd suggest you avoid avocado oil altogether.
Chances are, if you've had positive results using coconut oil on your skin, then avocado oil should be a safe bet. After all, it's less occlusive than coconut oil so it shouldn't contribute to clogging pores or exacerbating any acne.
Interestingly, avocado oil is high in oleic acid which has hydrating and anti-inflammatory properties. So if it's not pore-clogging for your particular skin type, it is likely to help fight inflammation. And since swelling and redness are common with acne breakouts, the inflammation-fighting power in avocado oil may actually help your complexion.
For most people, using a product that contains avocado oil along with other carefully curated ingredients will improve the moisture balance in their skin and lead to a more luminous appearance.
As with many skincare recommendations, you want to read up on what you can, and then see for yourself how it works with your skin. Many labels will also mention the intended audience for the product.
Heal chapped skin and protect it from further damage
Avocado oil is a champion at defeating chapped skin, and can even address more serious skin conditions.
A dermatological study of topical treatments found that when avocado oil was mixed into a vitamin B-12 cream it provided relief from symptoms of both eczema and psoriasis for a longer period of time than a traditional vitamin D-3 therapy. While more peer-reviewed studies are needed to support and duplicate these findings, those clinical trials do point to the power of avocado oil.
Avocado oil helps you say good riddance to dry skin by infusing it with all sorts of vitamins, fatty acids, and proteins that provide moisture and protection. Vitamin E, vitamin A, and vitamin D, which are all present in the oil, not only help moisturize but also protect the skin from environmental stressors.
Vitamin E is especially helpful in keeping skin soft and supple. It possesses potent antioxidants that combat the harmful effects of ultraviolet (UV) rays by fighting free radicals.
If you're not already familiar with how free radicals wreak havoc or how antioxidants help, you can learn a little more by watching this video by Michelle Wong, a chemistry PhD graduate, and Australian science educator.
As the video explains, antioxidants work against the damaging oxidation process and settle the score with electrons. Also, having a combination of antioxidants in skincare products works well because they can replenish each other.
It's not surprising then, that avocado oil, with its ability to fight free radical damage and soften skin, is a go-to ingredient for everything from eye cream to shower gel.
In addition to being an abundant source of vitamins, avocado oil also contains nutrients such as potassium and lecithin.
Lecithin saturates skin with moisture, while potassium is critical for the growth of new skin cells. The high concentration of fatty acids in lecithin forms a barrier that essentially seals moisture in the skin as it keeps unwanted environmental elements out.
All this makes avocado oil an excellent ingredient to add to restorative creams, or skincare specifically formulated for mature or stressed skin.
Try it for the anti-aging benefits
Since we're on the subject of beautifying formulas, let's talk about one of JUARA's most beloved products with nourishing avocado oil and several other skin-loving ingredients.
The Java Plum Avocado Mask is much more than any face mask you'll come across at the drugstore.
It combines avocado oil, java plum, banana, mango, shea butter, and more. All of these ingredients work together to moisturize, calm and plump up tired skin.
It's ultra creamy when you smooth it on because the contents are bursting with natural moisturizers.
The botanicals bring vitamins and minerals, deliver lipids and essential fatty acids, and get age-delaying polyphenols to the surface of your skin. Polyphenols help rejuvenate and repair your skin and minimize the look of fine lines and wrinkles.
When you're in the middle of applying this mask you might not be making a mental note of all that it contains, but you can rest assured that there aren't any phthalates, sulfates, or artificial colorants.
The mission of the Java Plum Avocado Mask is to moisturize your body and make you look and feel beautiful.
JUARA brings the best of the Indonesian beauty and wellness tradition of Jamu, and also sends all products through dermatological testing to be sure it's safe and effective. But don't worry, we never harm our furry friends, as we're committed to being cruelty-free.
A lot of the issues we see with aging skin are the result of dehydration and dryness. Luckily this formula was designed to counter dehydrated and dry skin. To maintain a healthy, youthful look it's critical to bring moisture back to our body and keep it there.
This mask can also be used for more than just the face. It can soften hands and smooth out other rough spots as well. Here's a video with a few ideas of how you can enjoy the Java Plum Avocado Mask.
If you're someone who doesn't love removing a face mask and prefers fewer steps in a routine, this is definitely a great option for you. The mask absorbs into the skin and does not need to be rinsed off. You can even skip your night cream and count on this mask to do it all.
Another issue as we age is that our collagen and elastin production slows down.
The oleic acid in avocado oil may help to increase collagen synthesis (collagen production), which provides strength and support for your skin and aids in new skin cell growth. However, more research is needed to examine the extent of this claim.
Board-certified dermatologist Julie Russak, MD, says that whether or not avocado oil impacts collagen metabolism directly, what several researchers have found is that it does decrease the pathways that break collagen down. With the regular use of avocado oil there is an increase in collagen content, probably due to inhibition of the enzyme lysyl oxidase.
Use it for strengthening the skin barrier and healing
Given that avocado oil is one of those oils that's a natural anti-inflammatory, it can improve several issues with which our epidermis must deal on a daily basis. Avocado oil helps reduce the redness and inflammation associated with acne, as well as other types of irritation, cuts, or scrapes that can occur.
The essential fatty acids in avocado oil and reduced inflammation improve the wound healing process.
The fatty acid profile, beta carotene, and proteins in avocado oil may help increase collagen metabolism, or at least lessen the loss of collagen. Combined with the anti-inflammatory effects of avocado oil, this improves our body's ability to tend to itself and have some mechanisms for wound healing.
Another reason for using avocado oil for skin health is the benefit to the top layer of our epidermis, the stratum corneum, or skin barrier.
The vitamin E in avocado oil enables more moisture retention, which helps to strengthen the skin's lipid barrier function. By restoring the skin's natural moisture barrier, it allows for healthier processes overall, like an improved cell renewal cycle.
This keeps your face looking fresh, luminous, and youthful.
Seek it out in a serum to ramp up that radiance
You now know several benefits of avocado oil for skin. And to think avocado oil is just one of several nourishing natural oils in JUARA's Radiance Vitality Oil. In fact, we've blended the purest form of what nature has to offer in this amazing elixir.
Twelve botanical oils and extracts work together to deliver the lucky recipient a gorgeous, glowing, fabulous face. In addition to the aforementioned avocado oil, there's candlenut, macadamia, and squalane oil as well as turmeric root extract.
Turmeric is an iconic ingredient in both Indonesian cuisine and skincare. It contributes additional antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties to the mix, making it the perfect formula for a tumeric eye cream. Turmeric also blocks enzymes that slow the production of elastin and collagen, and in doing so helps with elasticity and suppleness.
This Radiance Vitality Oil is formulated for all types, whether you're dealing with excess oil or dry skin. It's a brainiac at balancing and hydrating.
Those who have tried the oil share that their skin is less stressed while being much brighter and firmer, with fewer fine lines.
Due to the fat content in this formula, all the goodness goes deep into the epidermis and absorbs beautifully. It's non-greasy and just leaves you feeling glamorous. It sends you off looking great, smelling good, and with radiant skin.
You can use it both morning and night after you wash your face with warm water. Just dry damp skin, apply any toner or serums, and then apply a few drops of the Radiance Vitality Oil with your fingertips.
In no time at all, you'll have happier, hydrated skin and a more radiant skin care routine. Avocado oil and all those other wonderful ingredients just want to say "you're welcome."
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