If you asked me what I thought about avocados four years ago, I would have said that it is a tasteless and mushy vegetable….yes, vegetable…because anything green must be a veggie right? Haha, I’m just kidding. Anyways, I am currently a firm believer in the numerous benefits that avocado oil provides for our skin.
I decided to try avocado oil one year ago because I am a swimmer and pool water really dries my skin. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that my skin felt very soft and supple afterward, so I have continued to use avocado oil as my main facial and body moisturizer ever since.
An overview of Avocado Oil
Avocado has a comedogenic rating of 2 which means that it has a relatively low likelihood of clogging pores. I prefer avocado oil as my main moisturizer because I have dry skin and avocado oil is not too heavy, not too light, but just right (Yes, I got this from Goldilocks).
Avocado oil contains vitamins E, A, and D. It also has monosaturated fatty acids. All of these help to protect your skin from damage and increase collagen production in the skin.
This post has more information about comedogenic ratings: Comedogenic Ratings and Oils
I apply avocado oil at night after I have cleansed my face with my oatmeal/yogurt cleanser. Recently, my skin has adjusted to the harsh chemicals in the swimming pool by producing more oil, so I use avocado oil on the drier parts of my face which are my cheeks and nose. Then I use Hemp seed oil on my forehead and chin. In the morning after I rinse my face with water, I use squalane and hemp seed oil.
Avocado Oil for the Body
Avocado oil is also a great moisturizer for the rest of your body. After I shower, I slather it on and wake up with baby smooth skin.
You can use avocado oil as a base or carrier oil as well. Just mix in other oils that you would like to reap the benefits of such as rosehip seed oil, sea buckthorn oil, or tamanu oil.
I like to use avocado oil to dilute lavender essential oil.
Where To Buy
I buy my avocado off of Amazon and at the grocery store.
Read More: The Best Brands of Avocado Oil
Don’t Doubt the Magical Powers of Avocado!
Now, I love everything avocado related. I love it with rice, in sushi, as guacamole, with crackers, by itself, and especially as an oil. If you would prefer to use the actual avocado instead of its oil, I have a DIY recipe for an avocado face mask right here.
If you have dry skin like me, I suggest that you give avocado oil a try. If it doesn’t work for you, you can always use it in cooking or in salad dressings 🙂 If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, leave them below and I will be more than happy to answer them!