How to Apply Avocado Oil for Face Moisturization


Avocado Oil FaceLooking around your local cosmetic store or supermarket, there is a wide variety of different face moisturizers. All of them usually promising deeply hydrated, younger looking skin (often at a significant price).

But look a little closer at the ingredients list and the petrochemical derived additives like propylene glycol, cyclomethicone, petrolatum and methylparaben may not sound so appealing. In fact, many of these are actually known skin irritants, but manufacturers still include them in their formulations.

What if there was a natural oil moisturizer for your face that many people, myself included, are having more far more effective results with than the chemical-laden, brand name moisturizers?

What if this very same moisturizer was also about the best cooking oil you could use in your kitchen, made an extremely healthy salad dressing and even an exceptional hair treatment?

It sounds too good to be true, but cold pressed avocado oil is all of these things. This page will look at how to apply avocado oil as a moisturizer and save money on chemical laden cosmetics.

Avocado Oil Skin Properties

Cold pressed avocado oil is one of the richest sources of beneficial monounsaturated fatty acids like oleic acid. These fats are a great addition to your diet but can also have an immediate effect on the texture and appearance of your skin.

Not only is avocado oil extremely good at hydrating and softening your skin, is it also often recommended as an effective treatment for acne and blackheads, eczema and other forms of skin inflammation. It has even been reported a beneficial for diminishing age spots and smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles.

Of course it’s important to remember that individual results usually vary greatly depending on your skin type and other factors like good internal nutrition.

That said, if your skin is at all sensitive or problematic, it’s highly beneficial to have one simple, natural oil to use as a face moisturizer, rather than trying to work out which of two dozen different chemicals might be causing your skin problems.

In the worse case, if using avocado oil on your face doesn’t work as well for you as it has for others, you’ve still got it for cooking, as a salad dressing or for hair treatment.

Personally, since using this cold pressed avocado oil as a moisturizer, in the way I’ll describe ahead, I’ve noticed significant improvements. The skin on my face appears much softer, with a real lessening of the lines on my forehead.

Initially I was worried that using it on my face would make it appear greasy, but after it has been absorbed, it’s actually the opposite. It seems my skin is so well hydrated after using avocado oil that it doesn’t need to produce the excess oil that it used to.

Perhaps even more significantly, the pores on my nose and upper cheeks appear visibly reduced and an occasional slight facial redness also appears lessened.

My skin wasn’t terrible before by any means (aren’t we always our own worst critics). Avocado oil just seems to have made it much better. The previous page on cold pressed avocado oil skin benefits has the reasons why it is so effective.

Cold Pressed Avocado Oil for Face Moisturization

You can apply avocado oil to your face in the same way you would any other moisturizer – with a cotton wool pad or very clean fingers. Make sure your face is washed well and preferably still damp to spread the oil easily.

I use it straight after showering or washing my face in the evening. You don’t need that much, perhaps a small dab on each cheek and on the forehead.

Avocado oil is very concentrated monounsaturated fatty acids, phytosterols, vitamin E and other antioxidants. A little goes a long way.

While it is not absorbed as quickly as some moisturizers, it is usually barely noticeable in ten to fifteen minutes. If this bothers you, give it a few minutes to be absorbed, then gently wipe your face with a damp washcloth.

You could use it as a day moisturizer (and I often do on days off when I’m not rushing out the door to work), but because it’s so rich, it seems better as a nightly facial moisturizer applied before bed.

Some people recommend mixing half cold pressed avocado oil and half sweet almond oil, which is also very beneficial for the skin.

Almond oil takes longer to absorb though, so you may want to keep this as an evening moisturizer and use a damp washcloth on your face before your head hits the pillow.

I’d be interested to hear from anyone who has tried this or any other avocado oil combinations as a face moisturizer in the comments below.

It is important to look for cold pressed avocado oil, and not the cheaper refined oils, if you’re interested in the potential skin restorative properties, rather than just the moisturizing effects. The minimal refinement of cold pressed avocado oil preserves more of the important plant sterols, chlorophyll, vitamin E and other antioxidants.

You can also use it as a salad dressing or other recipe addition to get some good internal skin nutrition. The page on finding avocado oil online has the best options I’ve found.

Avocado oil may also be a useful treatment for skin problems like acne and blackheads and even more serious conditions such as psoriasis and eczema.

Also ahead in 3 Ways to Use Avocado Oil for Acne Problems is a special oil cleaning method. This is another great way to moisturize your face with avocado oil at the same time as clearing up many skin problems.

Photo 1 credit with thanks: threelayercake

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Erica

I use avo oil in my home made sugar scrubs – equal parts sugar and avo oil. Brilliant results. I’m an actress in my late twenties but being short, my career has been made playing children mostly. I maintain my skin with avo oil and am frequently mistaken for eighteen. I’ve always looked young, but I was starting to get fine lines and freaking out a little as looking older right now would kill my career (more so than most actresses). Avocado oil has made a huge difference.

I also cook with it, equal parts avo and coconut instead of olive oil, and the taste is sooooo much better.

And I massage it into my scalp once or twice a week, the night before I wash (with apple cider vinegar and bicarb, not shampoo) and I found my scalp produces less oil because of it and I can last longer between washes.

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    Jim Dillan

    Hi Erica. It sounds like we both use avocado oil for similar things. I also use it with the oil cleaning method for my skin, as a hair treatment and to cook with as it has a much higher smoking point than olive oil. It looks like it’s working well for you too.

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Janie

I was using organic coconut oil for a face moisturizer and it does not work as well as avocado oil . I have really dry skin and the avocado oil seems to hydrate better then a lot of skin care products on the market and I have tried many. And I still use and love coconut oil for cooking and for my hair.

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James Frank

Hi Jim,

I agree with your opinion. Organic skin care Products always more effective results better than any chemical or synthetic Products.

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sky

It is wonderfully moisturising for dry skin.It is a heavier/richer feeling oil on the skin than some other oils.I mix 10 mls avo oil with 3 drops frankincense essential oil for the face & 10 mls avo oil with 6 drops frankincense essential oil for the body as I have dry skin & wrinkles.Avocado is good for dryness & frankincense is good for ageing skin.Both these oils combined makes skin look younger and feel deeply hydrated.I have never used avo oil without adding essential oil as well.

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    Jim Dillan

    Hi there and thanks for your comments.

    Avocado oil and frankincense oil does sound like a good mix for the skin.

    All the best,

    Jim

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Malwina

I’ve recently switched over to avocado oil from coconut oil as a face moisturizer in hopes that I would solve the following issue: after washing my face I apply the oil onto my face with clean fingers and while the oil is sitting there trying to absorb I can feel my skin tightening and getting dry and scaly with the oil right on top of my face! This has happened with coconut oil and it is happening with avocado oil as well. I have to say that I do not have dry skin, throughout the day I get extremely oily so I don’t understand why this happens. Can you please help me?

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    Jim Dillan

    Hi Malwina,

    I generally find coconut oil better for hair but I’ve always found avocado oil good for skin moisturization. Many other people recommend it as well.

    It seems like it doesn’t work well for you though unfortunately. Here’s a good article with some other natural options that might help http://empoweredsustenance.com/top-skincare-oils/

    All the best,

    Jim

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      Lashonda

      Malwina, it sounds like your skin is too dry, even though it may not seem that way. When our skin is too dry, it over-produces oil. You might consider changing your cleanser. I’m even starting the oil cleansing method with castor and avocado. I believe there is a link to it in this article.

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kathy quiatzon

Avocado oil works perfectly on my skin. I apply it at night before bedtime… But of course after washing my face thoroughly.
I can feel the big difference after using it for a week. I also use it on my entire body and i think it helps to firm my saggy skin. I also love how it works on my feet…i use it as a massage oil… Avocado oil is my beauty wonder!

I also use lemon and baking powder as a face mask 2x a week… It helps get rid of my brown spots.

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Hanna

Please can I mix avocado oil and carrot oil together and use on my skin?

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Ogechi

I apply avocado pear all over my body as a body lotion. And I bet it has been so nice like never b4

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    JanieK.

    I use avocado oil for my nails, hair,feet, cooking and I am 40 years old and I also use coconut oil for my skin because it has other benefits that avocado oil don’t have but avocado oi and coconut oil are both good choices for face and skin and hair and health period! Thanks for the tips everyone I agree with everyone with there tips.

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Jani

can someone please tell me what type of brand avocado oil works for face moisturization? I have tried essensu avocado oil it was thick, dark green & didn’t do much. I have tried the olde shoppe avocado oil (supposed to be for face & body) in a small one ounce container and I did not like it – the same for a Sonoma brand avocado oil in a one ounce dropper. I also tried dr. Adorables avocado oil (often the cheapest type on ebay) I got the yellow version, and also did not like it. I was hoping the oil would be somewhat silky and seep into my skin, leaving it moisturized, even if I only use two quarters worth for my entire face. Instead, many of the oils I have used have left my face feeling matte. I also am aware, that avocado oil color can range from yellow, to yellow-green, to fairly green to dark green. If anyone has any advise as to what type of avocado oil they use on their face & where I may find it, this would be of great help to me. Thanks!

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Helena

I have always loved to choose the ”natural” solution to a problem. I am definitely going to try Avocado oil as a moisturiser. My skin tend to mature easily with quite deep wrinkles at the age of 48 already. Will the use of avocado oil slow this process down and even soften the prominent lines?
What is a good natural cleanser to use before applying the avocado oil? How about a toner? What would you suggest?

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Carla

I have used avocado oil as a moisturizer for over a year and my skin looks great! As a former Estee lauder consultant, I have tried all the expensive products out there and avocado oil is the best. It has reduced fine lines by 50-70%. I now make my own body lotions and scrubs using natural ingredients.

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    Jim Dillan

    Hi Carla and thanks for your comments. I doubt your former employer would appreciate people knowing how well natural treatments work though!

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Viv

Do I mix the avocado oil with any other oil for face moisturizer or do I use it alone

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Terilee

I’m doing an extensive study on oils at the moment, for skin care, and also the benefits it brings to us as a whole. To cut everything I’m learning short; the fatty acid makeup of the different oils is very important, and should have a lot of part to play in your decisions in regarding to your skin type, sometimes mixing a few different oils is a very good option for choosing which nutrients your skin needs most. Linoleic, Linolenic, Oleic fatty acids are some of the more important ones to look at. Avocado oil is one of my favourites, and I mix it with Emu oil, which is very potent at keeping the skin healthy, stopping scarring formation, very easily absorbable, and extremely anti-inflammatory, I also like to mix with castor bean oil, or sometimes Hazelnut oil, which is very rich in vitamins, fatty acids, and is mildly astringent which is good for oily skin types, and helping to maintain skin elasticity, and keeping acne under control.

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    Jim Dillan

    Thanks for your comments Terilee.

    I agree that emu oil, castor oil and hazelnut oil are all very beneficial. Natural oils really are a lot more beneficial than expensive face creams.

    All the best,

    Jim

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Ian

Im a 51 year old male and have been using sweet alomod oil on my face for 6 months. I work outdoors and my skin was showing age. I apply sweet almond oil after shower at night. I am very impressed with the results and even people are saying that iv had a face lift. Love it and will use it for the rest of my life…

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Emi

Can avocado oil be mixed with coconut oil? I am using coconut + sweet almond oil as my evening moisturizer. Seems avocado oil is better in solving wrinkle problem?

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    Jim Dillan

    Hi Emi,

    Yes they can. There are different beneficial fatty acids in each. You could try an avocado oil and sweet almond oil combination as well and see what works best for your skin.

    All the best,

    Jim

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Angelique

Hi,

I used natural oils over the course of a few months last year (avocado oil in the mornings and rosehip seed oil at night…all organic, old pressed, etc. the best ones as recommended) and unfortunately my face and neck (where I applied the oils) got extremely dry… to the point of really hurting from being pulled… My whole neck/face would literally be pulling from the dryness… What I used to do was wash my face thoroughly before application each time and apply the oils on dampish skin… It’d feel wonderful as I’d apply but within a very short period of time my skin where I applied would start getting dry and drier and extremely dry…to the point of seriously hurting because my neck would feel so dry and pulling…it’d also cause itching because it’d be so dry… One thing though… my complexion had become wonderful… My whole face was glowing beautifully and all even skin tone and very pure and beautiful looking skin… yet horribly dry… Last note: I was not using any other skin product during this period and only these 2 oils as I described… I’d so love to go back to using these fantastic oils if I could figure out how to use them without getting my skin so unbarebly dry… Appreciate deeply any advise you may give…

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    Jim Dillan

    Hi Angelique,

    Sorry to hear it hasn’t worked well for you. I have the opposite results with avocado oil and rosehip oil is well known as a treatment for dry skin, not usually a cause of it. All I can think is possibly a reaction to one or both of these.

    Jojoba oil is often recommended and even coconut oil for very dry skin. It’s also often suggested to apply a small amount of hyaluronic acid like this http://superfoodprofiles.com/go/hyaluronic-acid-serum over the top of the natural oil to seal it in.

    Hope this helps,

    Jim

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Jenny Lee

I have been suffering for sometime with very dry flaky skin which also felt very tight. I’d bought and tried dozens of creams and lotions to to which none worked and often irritated further leaving a burning sensation. I came across an article about the benefits of flaxseed oil and advocado oil, and since then I have been using them combined on an evening, although a little greasy at first my face immediately felt hydrated and my skin soaked up the oil. My skin no longer feels tight and I no longer wake up with flaky skin. I mix a little advocado oil to my normal moisturiser for a morning treat. I have just bought some oil dropper bottles so that I can mix the two oils and have them already mixed. After reading this article I will definitely try the sweet almond oil as I think this will smell lovely as well as having fantastic benefits. I’m so happy I’ve found something that finally works!!!

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Glory

Jim,

I recently started using avocado oil on my face at night, 2 drops applied to the drier areas and then spread a bit further on my face (applied after 2 serums). I’ve used other oils in the past (also 2 drops) on top of the serums (argan oil, maracuja oil…). The avocado oil seems to sit on my skin for a long time. It’s still there when my head hits the pillow. Then my avocado oil-y face hits the pillow! Is this typical? The other oils I’ve used have absorbed into my skin more quickly.

Your thoughts? Thanks!

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    Jim Dillan

    Hi Glory,

    I and others I’ve read about generally apply avocado oil directly to still damp skin and it is usually well absorbed in 10 – 15 minutes. Perhaps applying it after the serums is preventing it being absorbed properly and it might work better applied before.

    Unfortunately everyone’s skin has different reactions to natural oils. I’d say about three quarters of the comments I receive on avocado oil as a moisturiser find it beneficial but roughly one quarter find it doesn’t work as well for them.

    All the best,

    Jim

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Jasmeen

Hello Jim,

I am 21 and have hormonal mild acne with humongous large pores. I picked up cold pressed extra virgin avocado oil today and am trying it for the first time. I am a bit concerned that it might enlarge my pore. Do you recommend it for someone with my skin type? Also i have ordered rosehip seed oil yesterday (I just discovered the world of wonderful oils) is it okay to mix avocado and rosehip seed oil together for a night moisturiser?

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