How to Apply Avocado Oil for Face Moisturization
Looking around your local cosmetics store you’ll find a wide variety of different face moisturizers. All of them promising hydrated, younger looking skin (often at a significant price).
Look a little closer at the ingredients list though and the petrochemical derived additives, like propylene glycol, cyclomethicone, petrolatum and methylparaben, may not sound so appealing.
Many of these chemicals are actually known skin irritants, but manufacturers still include them in their formulations to improve shelf life or maintain consistency.
A Natural Alternative That’s Better for Your Skin
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 chemical-laden, brand name skin creams?
What if this very same moisturizer was also the best cooking oil you could use in your kitchen, made a very healthy salad dressing and even an exceptional hair treatment?
It sounds too good to be true, but this special cold pressed and unrefined oil I use is all of these things.
This page will look at how to apply avocado oil as a moisturizer on your face and save money on expensive petrochemical cosmetics.
The Benefits of Avocado Oil for Skin
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 when applied topically.
Not only is avocado oil extremely good at hydrating and softening your skin, is it also recommended as a treatment for blackheads, acne and other forms of skin inflammation.
It has even been reported as beneficial for diminishing age spots and smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles.
Of course it’s important to remember that individual results can vary greatly depending on your skin type and other factors like good internal nutrition.
That said, if your skin is at all sensitive, it’s highly beneficial to have one natural oil to use as a face moisturizer, versus trying to work out which of the many toxic chemicals in cosmetics might be irritating your skin.
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 a superior cooking oil to olive oil for your kitchen.
Personally, since using this extra virgin avocado oil as a facial moisturizer, in the way I’ll describe ahead, I’ve noticed significant skin benefits and improvements.
The skin on my face appears much softer, with a real lessening of the lines on my forehead. Many people in beauty forums say they’ve had good results with using avocado oil for face wrinkles as well.
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 facial 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 has also 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.
How to Use Cold Pressed Avocado Oil on Your Face
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, always in a gentle upward motion as recommended in beauty tutorials.
I use it straight after showering or washing my face in the evening. You don’t need that much, just a small dab on each cheek and on your forehead.
Avocado oil is a very concentrated source of skin nutrition like monounsaturated fatty acids, phytosterols, vitamin E and other antioxidants. A little goes a long way.
While it’s not absorbed as quickly as some moisturizers, it is usually barely noticeable in 10 to 15 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 heading out), but because it’s so rich it seems better as a nightly facial moisturizer applied before bed.
Avocado and Sweet Almond Oil Combination
Some people recommend mixing half cold pressed avocado oil and half sweet almond oil like this one, 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 skin combinations on their face in the comments below.
Avocado Oil — A Natural and Versatile Beauty Treatment
It is important to look for cold pressed and unrefined oil like this, not the cheaper refined oils, if you’re interested in avocado oil’s skin restorative properties, rather than just the moisturizing effects.
The minimal refinement of cold pressed avocado oil preserves much more of the important plant sterols, chlorophyll, vitamin E and other antioxidants.
You can also use it as your cooking oil, as a salad dressing and in recipes to get some good internal skin nutrition.
The page on where to buy avocado oil online has the all of the best options I’ve found.
Avocado oil can also be a useful treatment for skin problems like acne and blackheads and even more serious conditions such as psoriasis and eczema.
3 Ways to Use Avocado Oil for Acne Problems has details on a special oil cleaning method to use. This is another great way to moisturize your face with avocado oil at the same time as clearing up many skin issues.