10 Benefits of Avocado Oil for Skin and Hair

One of earth’s greatest gifts to us is the glorious avocado!

Avocados are magical!

The avocado gives our bodies super powers to be the best they can be from the inside out. Avocados support everything from our brains, organs, skin, and hair because they are full of:

Antioxidants, Minerals, Fatty acids, Biotin, Beta carotene, Protein, Lecithin, Fatty acids, Vitamins A, B-5, D, and E, Antioxidants, Minerals, Essential fatty acids, Biotin, & Vitamins A, B-5, and E

Avocado Oil can be used topically to support our skin and hair. Here are 10 ways you can add them into your daily regimen for bountiful results:

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Uses of avocado oil for skin

1. Avocado oil for chapped skin

Chapped skin is often the result of eczema or psoriasis.

Avocado oil is heavy and thick, making it effective as a skin moisturizer that helps chapped skin. The vitamins and antioxidants give added to support to help with eczema.

For best results, massage it into your skin after a warm bath or shower. The oil will sink deeper into your skin providing the best results.

2. Avocado oil as a facial moisturizer

The epidermis is the outermost layer of the skin. When oil is applied to the skin, the epidermis easily absorbs the oil and nutrients.

So since avocado is rich in antioxidants and nutrients, the skin absorbs these nutrients which helps keep the skin moisturized, healthy, and support the generation of new skin cells.

3. Avocado oil can help prevent and treat acne

Since avocado oil has anti-inflammatory properties, it can help reduce the redness and inflammation that’s caused by acne.

To use avocado oil to treat acne, gently rub avocado oil on to the face, leave it on for about 30 seconds, and then rinse off with warm water. You may need to experiment with the length of time to leave the oil on your face.

4. Avocado oil as an anti-aging cream

Avocado is full of healthy fats, and when you consume avocados, those fats help support your skins elasticity.

Since avocado can also absorb these fats throught the epidermis, avocado oil should support skin elasticity when applied topically too (this notion is support but not scientifically proven).

5. Avocado oil helps heal wounds faster

The fatty acids (linoleic acid, oileic acid, monosaturated fatty acids) in avocado oil have been found to help reduce inflammation.

Avocado oil’s fatty acids have been shown to help the skin generate new tissue faster by promoting collogen synthesis.

 

avocados hanging on a tree before they are picked

Benefits of avocado oil for hair

The powerful avocado can make your hair stronger and brighter while taming the frizz. Avocados are full of hair-supporting nutrients such as:

Vitamins A, B, and E, Antioxidants, Biotin and folate, Minerals, Fatty acids

6. Avocado oil for hair growth

If you’re looking for increased hair growth, try massaging a dime-sized amount of avocado oil into your scalp. Avocado oil can help unblock clogged follicles while stimulating blood flow.

For an extra punch and a more luxurious feel, add a few drops of lavender or peppermint essential oil. Both of these have been known to support hair growth as well.

Your scalp should absorb all the oil. If you happen to use too much, simply gently wash your hair to remove any unabsorbed oil.

7. Avocado oil as a leave-in condition

Massage a dime-sized amount of avocado oil to the ends of your hair, working your way up to your roots. Leave it in.

It may take some time for your hair to fully absorb the oil. So if your hair looks a bit oily at first, give it some time to absorb. If it still looks oily an hour later, try using less next time.

Caution: Do not apply heat to your hair until the oil is dry and completely absorbed.

8. Avocado oil as a detangler

If your hair is tangled and you’re having a hard time brushing or combing, add a few drops of oil to where your hair is tangled. The oil will make detangling easier while protecting your hair from damage.

9. Hot oil treatment

To support deeper oil absorption in your hair, try warming the oil. You can warm the oil by placing the desired amount of oil in a glass jar. Follow this process:

  • Place the jar in a bowl of hot water, allowing the oil to heat up.
  • Massage the oil evenly from roots to ends. (Test the oil to be sure it’s not too hot before applying)
  • Wrap your hair in a towel.
  • Allow the oil to sit for 20 minutes.
  • Then wash the oil out.

10. Avocado oil to reduce dandruff

Using avocado oil on the scalp can help reduce and prevent dandruff. Dandruff occurs when the scalp is dry. So moisturizing the skin with a nutrient-rich oil such as avocado oil can help prevent flaking.

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