Is Avocado Good For Your Face?
Avocado toast with lemon juice and sea salt, salmon and avocado sushi, spicy guacamole, and an endless list of salads all contain that coveted creamy fruit. The amazing avocado.
As if avocados didn't already offer a dozen delicious options when it comes to cuisine, they also bring an abundance of beauty benefits when applied to the surface of our skin.
Those healthy fats not only melt in your mouth, but can help with hair health and skin repair as well. You can use avocados to improve almost any dish, or mash them up and make a hair mask.
No wonder there's always an extra charge for avocado.
Avocados provide nourishment, whether consumed as food or used on the skin. Though before you start chanting for a food fight or spread half your avocado toast on your face at brunch, let's take a moment to review what exactly the avocado fruit has to do with skin health.
Vitamins, healthy fats, and more
While there is always additional research needed to determine the full effects of a fruit like avocado on skin health, those who authored the scientific review "Hass Avocado Composition and Potential Health Effects" recommend eating them in moderation to see improved skin and heart health, as well as other health benefits.
So what does moderation mean? Well, many of us would consume one avocado a day if we could, but eating 2-3 a week might be the better choice.
Of course, you can always consult your doctor or a dietician if you want to see what's best for your body.
Here's a video from Dr. Gundry on the many benefits that avocados offer:
As we already alluded to, eating avocados isn't the only way to get all the goodness working for you. Spreading avocados or avocado oil on the face and skin has shown plenty of promise.
The gorgeous green avocado looks that way in part due to chlorophyll, which you may remember as the compound that plants use (along with sunlight) to receive nutrients.
Chlorophyll has antioxidants that aid in protecting skin against photo-damage and other environmental factors.
One study found that there were improvements in the appearance of participants' skin (with respect to sun exposure and signs of aging) when chlorophyll was applied topically.
There's evidence that it may have the capacity for fighting acne as well. The awesomeness of avocados seems to know no bounds.
There is an abundance of vitamins and nutrients that can be found in avocados and the oil extracted from them. Vitamins A, D, and E all play a part in getting glowing skin (not to mention strong and shiny hair).
In particular, vitamin E is excellent for plumping skin up and making it more moist, supple, and smooth.
Vitamin E doesn't just prevent dryness of the skin. If you have brittle hair or are dealing with excessive dryness, this is good news for you. Along with other vitamins, it can reduce scalp damage and help spur on hair growth.
Whether your hair goals are to get strong hair, shiny hair, or just more hair, you may want to access that bowl of avocados on the regular. While the many amino acids in avocado help thicken hair, you can always make hair extra silky and shiny, by adding some argan oil.
When it comes to healthy skin, avocados have another trick up their sleeve. They're rich in biotin, which is part of the B complex vitamins critical in the process of metabolizing fat and ensuring moisturized skin. So leave the scaly surface for the fishes and incorporate some avo in your skincare ritual.
Beautifying body care with avocado and other nutrients
Getting a product with avocado that harnesses all the goodness and helps stabilize the ingredients is essential. It's hard to know which DIY recipes are decent and won't invite additional skin issues.
Relying on reputable skincare companies is often the way to go when you want to use natural ingredients that are also safe and effective.
JUARA is committed to utilizing time-honored active botanicals that go through dermatologist testing, so that the beauty of nature + science shine through. All of the products JUARA offers are free of phthalates, sulfates, artificial colorants, and other harsh chemicals.
That's why it's not only a safe bet, but such a delight to find a gem of a product like JUARA's Ginger Coffee Firming Treatment. The avocado and raw shea butter in the formula smooth and moisturize skin, while the botanical blend tightens and firms. With regular use, you will see an improvement in skin elasticity and skin tone.
The Ginger Coffee Firming Treatment takes the best firming and brightening agents from bentonite clay, coffee, peppermint, and other botanicals, and brings it straight to your body, where it can help with a variety of skin conditions.
The ginger reinvigorates and revitalizes, the coffee reigns in rough skin, and the rice bran oil treats stressed skin, as it has done for centuries.
Ginger contains natural oils that lower inflammation and pain. This helps to soothe irritated skin. Also, because of the antioxidants present in ginger, it has the ability to fight free radicals, addressing some of the fine lines and wrinkles resulting from sun damage.
You may not be surprised to hear that coffee gets the blood pumping. We already know that consuming that first cup is invigorating, but when coffee is applied to and absorbed into the skin, the caffeine dilates blood vessels near the surface and increases blood flow.
This is good for overall health and can even reduce cellulite, redness, and other skin issues.
The rice bran oil in the Ginger Coffee Firming Treatment has antioxidants that work against the damaging effects of environmental factors like pollution and ultraviolet radiation.
It can soothe and heal sunburnt skin, due to its fatty acid content (it's high in palmitic acid and oleic acid), as well as its anti-inflammatory properties.
This skin treatment is like an ensemble cast of excellence and not all the ingredients made it in the product name. Red Sea Algae also makes an appearance, as does coconut oil, candlenut oil, and of course, the ingredient of the hour, avocado.
Enter the avocado with its poly and monounsaturated fatty acids
The avocado seed extract in the Ginger Coffee Firming Treatment recipe brings along with it all the health benefits avocado oil possesses. The antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-bacterial properties make skin feel great and look wonderful.
Avocados are rich in mono and polyunsaturated fatty acids. Monounsaturated fats (like oleic acid) moisturize the skin and help it feel soft, while polyunsaturated fats can protect against environmental aggressors like ultraviolet rays from the sun, and can also reduce inflammation of the skin.
In other words, and as we've said before, fatty acids can be your best friends. Their presence in avocado oil helps this treatment transform depleted and dry skin into a naturally nourished surface that is soft to the touch.
Whether you apply this in the morning, evening, or both, it will give your body the boost it needs. Simply massage it into the skin in a circular motion until it is absorbed.
Remember that radiant skin care and beauty is also about self-care, so don't skimp on that massage. You deserve it!
The formula for this firming treatment is intentionally lightweight so that you can layer your favorite moisturizer on right after.
We recommend JUARA's Candlenut Body Creme, our best-selling and award-winning moisturizing product that provides a lot of nourishment with a little luxury as well.
Coconut oil deserves a quick shout out, too
It's hard to single out only certain ingredients - ok, like turmeric in our eye cream - when they really work as a team in any of JUARA's carefully concocted recipes.
But we just thought we'd mention coconut since it provides additional antioxidants and minimizes early signs of aging.
Skin that is more oily, as compared with dry skin, is less likely to form fine lines. Since coconut oil keeps skin moisturized, it's helping the skin maintain a smoother surface.
Lastly (for now, anyhow - we're likely to revisit coconut oil again soon) the lauric acid it contains acts as an antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory agent. This keeps skin clear, clean, and calm.
Now, on to another impressive product that draws on the awesomeness of avocados.
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Avocado oil is the shining star of this Java Plum Avocado Nourishing Mask
Though the ingredients make it sound like a delectable tropical smoothie, JUARA's Java Plum Avocado Nourishing Mask is a specially formulated face mask (or hand mask, or any skin mask) with moisturizing properties that send dry skin packing.
This Jamu-inspired recipe boasts banana, java plum, mango, and of course, avocado oil.
Before we go on and on about the avocado oil, we should at least mention the mango, and specifically the plentiful vitamin C it contains. In addition to being a powerful antioxidant, vitamin C is critical for collagen synthesis.
Since collagen production slows down as we age and our skin loses elasticity, it's essential we up that collagen production when we can.
The botanicals in the Java Plum Avocado Nourishing Mask are overflowing with vitamins and minerals, and also chock-full of the aforementioned fatty acids, lipids, and the always-impressive polyphenols.
Not everyone has heard of polyphenols before, so we'll share a brief description.
Polyphenols are naturally occurring compounds found in fruits, vegetables, plant extracts, and other food sources.
Polyphenols have both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that help protect the skin against free radicals, pathogens, and cell damage. They can even inactivate pro-oxidants, further benefiting the skin.
Will avocados ever cease to amaze?
The polyphenols and vitamins present in avocado oil and other oils in the Java Plum Avocado Nourishing Mask work together to combat oxidative stress, which helps prevent the onset of new wrinkles.
Because of the antimicrobial properties present, you can also use avocado oil to help fight acne.
The anti-inflammatory agents in avocados (as well as in mango and other ingredients in the mask) help reduce the redness and inflammation often associated with acne and skin irritation.
Like our wholesome enzyme mask, our Java Plum Avocado Nourishing Mask works well with acne-prone skin might be due to the fact that avocados can aid in natural exfoliation. T
he minerals and antioxidants present in avocado gently exfoliate the skin, meaning they help remove dead skin cells and unclog pores.
When you smooth this mask on your face you can feel confident that you're working away at wrinkles while attacking that acne at the same time. It'll be beautiful and soft skin for the win.
With the help of all those fatty acids, the goodness in the avocados and other ingredients are delivered deep into the skin to do their work. After continued use, your skin's natural moisture barrier will be strengthened and repaired.
This mask works well with all skin types and for various occasions. Apply it to your face, hands, or anywhere you notice your skin feels dry and dehydrated.
If you're not a fan of aloe vera, but overdid it a little with the sun, you can apply it to soothe skin, reduce redness, and introduce the repairing effects.
Apply the mask after you wash your skin with a gentle cleanser and lukewarm water. You only need a small amount - just enough to cover your face with a thin layer.
An added bonus with this product is that you don't even have to rinse it off. That way you won't have to worry about dozing off with a sticky or messy mask getting everywhere. It can be a nourishing mask and a night cream all in one.
You can use it one to three times a week if you really want to see a difference in tone and texture.
Avocados are great for your health, so whether you're eating one in a salad or smoothing an avocado mask on your beautiful face, it's good to go green.
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