Avocado 🥑

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What is it 🧐?

Avocado is a pear-shaped fruit that contains a mix of fatty acids that includes omega 3 and omega 6. Topical application of avocado itself has been found to give anti-inflammatory benefits to skin, help maintain a strong barrier function 💪🏼 , boost wound healing and also protect the skin from UV light ☀️ . Avocado oil extracted from avocado is very popular for dry skin, as it has has super nourishing properties.

Expert Review🕵🏻‍♀️

Have you noticed that every trendy food ingredient becomes super trendy on the beauty market too? This is because the boundary of beauty is  expanding its borders and now encompasses spills over in to wellness, nutrition, mental health & fitness . This is because we know everything in our body is connected ♻️ . Our thoughts? Well, avocado is excellent to have in our diet, as it is rich in Omega 9 and Oleic Acid: both not manufactured by our body and essential in nourishing our free fatty acids for supple skin. 

Avocado Oil has proven its benefits when used in its purest form, but what about skincare benefits? It is still unclear how well avocado is performing in product formulations 🔬! Using it by itself for dry, patchy skin is hydrating, but don’t get too excited by products containing avocado. We think that for now, it should stay on our Sunday’s Brunch menu 🍽 , as we have the feeling that brands use this ingredient as a marketing tool (who doesn’t like avocado toast), rather than an active ingredient . 

Benefits

✨ Anti-inflammatory

✨ Maintain strong barrier function

✨ Ease Irritation

✨ Repair Sun-Damaged Skin

✨ Boost UV protection (no, this doesn’t replace your SPF)

✨Soothing and Nourishing (Rich in Vitamins A,D & E)

Is Avocado right for your Skin Mood?

Ageing Skin

Avocado has Vitamin E, which is a term given to a family of oil-soluble antioxidants. Therefore, it is a great ingredient to fight the negative impacts of free radicals, and ensure that the skin is fully protected. You know what that means protection = prevention. Avocado Oil is believed to boost collagen production, although more research needs to be done in this area!

Dry Skin

As mentioned before, Avocado contains a mix of fatty acids (Omega 3 & 6). Fatty Acids are one of the main components that make up the skin’s lipids! In fact, the epidermal lipids contain ceramides, cholesterol and fatty acids: all of them forms the intercellular “cement” of the epidermis. 

ATTENTION

💡Fatty acids are not manufactured by the body! Therefore, they are essential in our diet. Applying them topically will help to give a “healthy” appearance, as it will nourish the dead layer of the skin, but is not enough to properly nourish the skin. 

💡It is still unclear how well avocado is performing in product formulations 🔬

💡We don’t recommend using Avocado Oil on oily/combination skin types, as it contains Oleic Acid, and might be too ‘suffocating’. For more info, make sure to check our posts about facial oils!

✨Conclusion:  We think that for now, it should stay on our Sunday Brunch menu 🍽 , as we have the feeling that brands use this ingredient as a marketing tool (who doesn’t like avocado toast), rather than an active ingredient.