AVOCADO OIL: FOR COOKING, BEAUTY AND SKINCARE?
Avocado oil is a natural vegetable oil that can work just as well for cooking, as a step in your skincare routine and as an intensely hydrating ingredient to keep your skin moisturised? Avocado oil can do all of this. Why is it so good, and why is there is no more people talking about it?
First of all, let’s talk about where it comes from. You probably think that this oil comes from the ‘pit’ of the avocado like most carrier oils do come from seeds; however, this is not correct. Avocado oil comes directly from the flesh of the avocado and not from the pit itself. Avocados are high in fats, so it makes sense that after some process, you will obtain these fats as an oil.
Now, let’s talk about the benefits of Avocado Oil.
Avocado Oil is part of the so-called ‘carrier oils’. These type of oils are known to have many vitamins and antioxidants through their fatty acid components, which help to soothe the skin and hydrate it. This type of oil, in particular, contains vitamin A, D and E which makes it perfect for use it on the face, as a skincare serum, because it boosts collagen production, making the skin more elastic and helps to fight the signs of ageing. This oil can be absorbed by the skin very quickly, which is why it makes it so accessible for the cosmetic industry.
Another great thing about this oil is that it has a very high smoke point too, so you can use it for frying, baking and cooking things as well. It’s very high in monounsaturated fats and even as oil, still keeps a very similar colour to a fresh avocado but has no smell to it.
Now, to the vital part. Avocado oil can be an excellent ally for you if you’re suffering from dull, dry skin or hair. It has many properties that can make the skin look more beautiful and radiant, can help with wrinkles, marks on the skin, stretch marks and more. But, since it’s an oil with a high level of fats, it’s very important to use it with moderation.
GREAT USES FOR AVOCADO OIL:
- Natural Solution for Babies
Babies have very, very delicate skin. For some of them, even using products that are labelled as ‘safe for babies’ can cause some damage to their skin. Many mothers prefer to use natural oils because most times you don’t know what other ingredients can be present in traditional products. If your baby suffers from diaper rash, applying a light layer of this oil plus a light layer or cornstarch can really help relieve the pain and irritated skin. If your baby suffers from dermatitis or very sensitive skin, using avocado oil as a daily moisturizer can help to get rid of any skin texture that is present.
- Making a Delicious Salad
As mentioned earlier, these oils can be used for cooking as well. It’s pretty similar to olive oil in texture and some of their properties are the same, which makes it very delicious to use, especially as the base of dressing for a salad or even can be delicious for making garlic bread. Of course, the difference between this and olive oil is that you can actually fry things with avocado oil, thanks to his high smoke point, that olive oil doesn’t have.
So, Avocado Oil can be really called the ‘multi-purpose’ oil of the carrier oils, because all of its benefits and many uses you can give to it. The best part is that is completely natural and easy to find. Remember to always check the labels if you’re not making it yourself, to make sure that what you’re buying is totally natural and edible.
- Quick Hair Mask with Avocado Oil
You’re in a rush because you need to get ready but your hair looks a little dull? Try this 30-minute hair mask using avocado oil to see instant results.
You only need to a tablespoon of this oil, and go ahead and massage it on your scalp very gently. Try to massage it to the rest of your hair, through the tips. After all of your hair is coated with a light layer of oil you can put your hair in a bathing cap or a towel and let it sink in for 30 minutes. After the 30 minutes, rinse the oil and wash it very well with shampoo.
If you feel like the oil it’s not totally getting out of your hair, you can try a little of vinegar with your shampoo to get rid of all the oil (vinegar is also great for the hair).
The mask allows your hair to absorb all of the vitamins and nutrients of this amazing oil, giving you a shiny, manageable hair. If you’re not in a rush, try this method as an overnight mask to see results that will last longer.
- Make Dull Skin Radiant
You can use avocado oil as a night serum to fight ageing skin and wrinkles. Simply do all of your skincare routines and apply the oil right before your moisturizer. You can use it as well for the under-eye area to keep it moisturized, especially if you suffer from dry, flaky skin. You can make your own mixture of essential oils with this oil to make your own serum to boost your skin a fight specific problems that you may have.
For the rest of the body, this oil works perfectly for any dry patch that you may have, or as a daily moisturizer after you go out of the shower. Since its a ‘dry oil’ it will absorb quickly without leaving a greasy residue behind, which is what many people hate.