You spread it over toast, toss it into salads and maybe even blend it into your morning smoothie, but have you ever applied Avocado to your skin? As it turns out, this wildly popular and versatile fruit is not only delicious to eat, but also deliciously nutritious to slather. Avocados have long been considered a superfood by nutritionists and health pros alike, and in recent years, have been recognized by skincare experts as a super ingredient. “Avocados are wonderful moisturizers and can be beneficial to the overall health of skin,” says Elizabeth Starr, Executive Director, Global Product Development. Interested in learning more? Keep reading for the inside scoop on this delectable skincare ingredient.
What Is Avocado?
Avocado—with its dark, leathery exterior and creamy, delicious interior—is best known for its starring role in fan-favorite dishes like guacamole (cue the hunger emoji). But even better than its creamy goodness is its nutritional profile: Avocado is loaded with vitamins, essential minerals, and monounsaturated fats, which is why it's considered a healthy and wholesome addition to any diet. When it comes to skincare, adding Avocado to your daily routine delivers a host of nourishing benefits. Of course, there is a slight difference in how it’s served—Avocado in skincare is typically in an oil or butter form.
WHAT IS AVOCADO OIL AND AVOCADO BUTTER?
Avocado oil and Avocado butter are the two most common forms of Avocado infused into skincare. Avocado Oil is exactly what you think it is—oil extracted from the pit or seed, of the Avocado. Like the fruit itself, Avocado oil has a high concentration of healthy fats and essential vitamins, in particular Vitamin E, which is highly protective and helps seal in moisture. Avocado Oil is also known to enhance the absorption of other ingredients into skin’s surface. Avocado Butter is extracted from the creamy pulp—only it’s put through a process that results in a balmy, buttery texture perfect for creams, masks, and lip treatments.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF AVOCADO IN SKINCARE?
The number one benefit of Avocado in skincare is moisture, and a close second is its skin-protecting powers. Here are the three ways your skin can benefit from Avocado:
• Helps Reduce Moisture Loss:Avocado in skincare is an emollient, an ingredient that helps preserve hydration levels. It does this by forming a thin, protective layer on the surface of your skin that helps lock in water and prevent moisture loss. “Ingredients like Avocado seal in moisture at the surface of your skin, which in turn helps to boost skin’s barrier,” says Starr.
• Boosts Skin’s Barrier:A strong skin barrier makes for more supple and resilient skin. Avocado ingredients help support skin-enhancing lipids, and that supports your skin’s barrier.
• Helps Soothe & Comfort:
Emollient ingredients—like Avocado—blanket skin with moisture. When your skin feels dry or flakey, applying a product with emollient ingredients helps to soothe and comfort with moisture.
WHAT ORIGINS PRODUCTS CONTAIN AVOCADO?
Our Avocado-infused essentials are part of our Drink Up™ collection, which as the name implies, delivers moisture to thirsty skin.
Drink Up™ Intensive Overnight Hydrating Mask uses Avocado and Hyaluronic Acid to drench skin in 72 hours of nourishing hydration, for a dewy glow come morning. Plus, it doubles as a mask or cream for dry hands. After your face application, just rub any excess onto your hands for intense hydration.
HOW TO USE AVOCADO IN YOUR SKINCARE ROUTINE
Adding an Avocado-infused skincare product to your regimen is easy—and especially beneficial if you have dry skin. Meet our favorite ways to slip it into your daily routine:
- • Use it as a mask: If you have dull or dry skin, try applying our Avocado-based mask a few times a week for an extra boost of dewy hydration.
- • Apply it as a dry-spot treatment: If you experience dry patches on your face or body, apply an avocado-infused hydrator directly to the area. Be generous with your application and allow it to absorb before applying anything on top, like makeup. Dry lips? Smooth on our avocado-infused lip balm for a surge of lip-quenching hydration.
FINAL THOUGHTS ON AVOCADO IN SKINCARE
Avocado is a wonderfully nourishing ingredient to slather on. It elevates a simple piece of toast, and Avocado also upgrades your skincare by delivering skin-enhancing lipids for barrier-boosting moisture and a nourished, dewy-looking complexion.
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