As healthy as it is on food and as a cooking oil, avocado oil also has some amazing benefits for our skin when used as a natural moisturizer. Ahead is a look at why an increasing number of people are finding it much more effective than those petrochemical-based face creams.
Avocado oil benefits include very high levels of healthy monounsaturated fats, phytosterols and antioxidants like vitamin E. All of these nutrients would be likely to help better your skin tone over time when added to your diet regularly.
To really improve skin’s appearance though, many people are finding avocado oil, applied topically to the face, in a certain way and at a certain time, to have some amazing results.
Avocado oil is one of the most penetrative of all natural plant oils. Unlike most moisturizers and many other natural oils, it is believed to penetrate through the epidermis and into the dermis layer of our skin. This results in extremely soft and hydrated facial skin. And, due to its humectant properties that prevent drying out, this moisturizing effect is long-lasting.
A good extra virgin avocado oil is especially useful for a flaking, dehydrated and sun damaged face. While most skin types can see real benefits from using avocado oil, those with dry or mature skin would be likely to see an even more noticeable difference.
Avocado oil has also been recommended as helpful for acne problems and as a treatment for eczema and psoriasis, with many people online sharing positive results with regular use. When applied topically and consistently, it has even been reported to be effective at reducing age spots and helping to heal minor scarring and more long-term sun damage to our skin.
One of the reasons for all of these skin benefits may be the way it seems to help increase collagen production within the layers of the dermis. Collagen is the connective protein that binds our skin together and youthful skin has high levels of it.
As we age though, this collagen starts to break down due to sun damage, poor nutrition and other environmental factors. Preventing, and perhaps even reversing collagen breakdown may help delay wrinkles and other visible signs of aging.
It would be necessary to have good nutrition as well to increase collagen production. Using your avocado oil on salads, in meals and as a cooking oil would help with this. Fortunately, it tastes great and cold pressed avocado oil is actually superior to extra virgin olive oil in many ways.
The next page will look exactly when and how to apply avocado oil to your face for the best results. If you’d like to try avocado oil for yourself (and have a great cooking oil/salad dressing as well), the page on where to get it has several high quality options.
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