Avocados are Delicious and Good for Your Skin
We live in a culture that worships youth. Magazines, TV commercials, and billboards feature sun-tanned, youthful women and men with glossy hair, trim bodies, and glowing complexions. Unfortunately, by the age of 30, most of us are beginning to show signs of aging, which first appear on the skin as wrinkles, sags, and skin discoloration. Overexposure to the sun’s harmful UV rays from sun tanning and outdoor activities can accelerate the signs of aging. By the time you are 40, the stereotypical California surfer girl looks like a damaged Barbie, which has leathery skin, blotches on her arms and legs, wrinkling on the forehead and around the eyes, and straw-like, over bleached hair.
To forestall tell-tale signs of aging, many men and women spend considerable amount of money on creams, lotions, and oils for the skin. Many of these contain chemicals and additives that are unnecessary and may be harmful to the environment and, in some cases, to personal health. As an alternative, many people are turning to natural skin care products, made with natural oils and herbs, that are rich in vitamins and minerals with soothing and healing properties.
Avocado oil is one such product. The avocado is a tasty fruit that is high in oils and fats. However, what is bad for your waistline may be, in fact, be required by your skin to maintain its youthful appearance. Avocados are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins A, D and E, and can provide skin with nourishment and moisture. The benefits of avocado oil are many and here are just a few:
Smooths and rejuvenate dry skin
Avocado oil is rich in vitamin E, which contains antioxidants that penetrate skin cells and protect against deterioration. Vitamin E moisturizes the skin, preventing water loss and helping retain natural moisture. Massaging the skin with avocado oil makes it smooth and supple, restoring its natural oil balance. Often, the oil is mixed with other substances, such as lavender or jasmine, to give it a pleasant scent.
Vitamin E oils are used to treat the effects of sunburn and you will find vitamin E in the list of ingredients for most popular sunscreens. The vitamin E in avocado oil penetrates the outer layers of damaged skin cells, providing moisturizing and soothing inflammation.
Hair and scalp treatment
Avocado oil is ideal for massaging the scalp and as a moisturizing hair treatment. The oil is thin and easily penetrates the scalp and hair shaft, providing nourishment and restoring the natural moisture balance. The oil can be directly massaged onto the scalp to stimulate circulation to the hair follicles, or it can be mixed with castor oil and used as a hot oil treatment. Heat the oil, massage it into the hair, cover the head overnight, and shampoo the next morning to remove excess oil. Your hair will thank you with its shine and manageability. Regular use of avocado oil scalp treatment can help eliminate dandruff.
Further benefits of avocado oil include treatment for skin conditions, such as eczema and psoriasis, soothing wrinkles, use as a bath moisturizer, and even as a salad dressing.
Avocado oil smooths dry skin, helps treat sun burns, and nourishes hair and scalp. The all-in-one product is great for both skin and hair.