Ingredient Love Fest: Avocado Oil
The ingredients I work with are, for me, kind of like a gourmet box of assorted chocolate truffles. I love each of them equally and for different reasons.
Today, my love goes to: avocado oil.
First off, we’re talking about avocadoes here. I don’t know about you, but I get all tingly just rolling my cart near the avocado display in the grocery store. It’s like they have a special magical pull to them, like little green orbs dropped from heaven with the sole purpose to sporadically show up in salads and sandwiches and make our day. Not to mention their contributions to guacamole. Need I say more?
You can imagine my delight that this delicious little fruit (technically a berry) is also one of the earth’s most important ingredients when it comes to skin care benefits.
Pure avocado oil is full of vitamins including:
- A: aids in the production of new skin cells and skin cell repair, while defending against UV damage;
- B1 & B2: reduces redness and inflammation, aids in cell reproduction and growth, helps detox and repair DNA;
- D: regulates antimicrobial defenses of the skin;
- E: keeps skin cells strong and hydrated and defends against free radical damage. You want this.
Avocado oil is also rich in monounsaturated fatty acids (at least 75%) which soften aging, dry or rough skin. In addition, it contains amino acids, sterols, pantothenic acid, lecithin and protein – all good things for you and your skin.
As if that wasn’t enough, it helps stave off wrinkles, acts as a super antioxidant, is an antibacterial, and when used correctly, will coax your eyebrows to grow in a perfectly coiffed arch with no tweezing necessary.
OK, I made that last little bit up, but you see where I’m going. Avocado is powerful stuff in the beauty world. In fact, the oil penetrates so deeply that its nutrients can enter the dermis of the skin (one floor beneath the epidermis), a place where few other oils even dream to go.
For my natural skin care line, I opt to use only organic cold pressed oil. It is light and lovely, and the most incredibly elegant shade of deep green. You can find it going to work for your skin in our Cleansing Oil and Essential Serum.
Avocadoes. Here’s to being green.