Avocados are rich in antioxidants, vitamins and fatty acids that can really improve your skin from the inside. You can also use the fruit topically on your face for deep moisturizeration and regeneration.
Let’s have a look at some of the best avocado benefits for your skin.
To start with they are a great source of both vitamin C and vitamin E. Vitamin C is a powerful water soluble antioxidant that we should ideally have in our diet every single day.
Along with providing free radical protection at a cellular level, vitamin C is involved in the creation of collagen and elastin, which ‘glue’ our skin cells together and maintain firmness and elasticity.
A good moisturizer with stabilized vitamin C can help from the outside, but it’s important to get plenty of vitamin C from the foods you eat if you want to see an improvement in the mirror.
Vitamin E is another strong antioxidant for the skin, but being fat soluble it is utilized by the body in different ways. Vitamin E prevents skin cell damage from free radical oxidization and is believed to be particularly good at counteracting the effects of aging that lead to wrinkles and fine lines.
Studies have shown that vitamin E can reduce the damage caused by excessive sun exposure and the effects of UVA and UVB radiation on skin cells (Vitamin E and Skin Health).
The vitamin E you find in foods like avocados contains a range of tocopherols and tocotrienols and only Vitamin E supplements that do the same are worth taking. Alpha-tocopherol alone, as you find in most multivitamins, is an unbalanced form of vitamin E and excessive amounts may undermine the more beneficial natural types such as gamma-tocopherol. Alternatively, get lots of these foods into your meals for healthy skin.
Avocado also contains antioxidant and inflammation reducing carotenoids like alpha and beta-carotene, beta-cryptoxanthin, lutein and zeaxanthin. These free radical quenching nutrients provide even more protection for your skin from environmental damage.
Good levels of carotenoids in the diet have also been reported in research studies to increase skin’s density and thickness, as well as improving tone and appearance (Antioxidant supplements improve parameters related to skin structure in humans).
Omega-9 Fatty Acids
Oleic acid is the primary fatty acid found in avocados and it has a wide range of beneficial effects on our skin. This omega 9 fatty acid is needed to maintain moisture in the epidermis, making it soft and supple. It is involved in regenerating epidermal cells, reducing irritation and redness and repairing damaged skin.
At a cellular level, oleic acid is incorporated into the cells plasma membrane where it helps maintain its stability, softness and fluidity. Omega 9 fatty acids are one of the basic building blocks of a healthy complexion and avocados, and especially avocado oil, are one of the best sources of it.
So alongside all of the other amazing avocado health benefits, I’d definitely add to it better skin and an improved appearance. Skin cells take time to regenerate though. What if there was a way you could use avocado right now to make a visible difference to your appearance? Next up is an homemade facial mask to do just that.
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