The Benefits of Avocado Oil for Natural Hair & Skin Care
Botanical name: Persea gratissima
After a healthy dose of naturally nutrient-rich avocado oil, your skin and hair will be doing the tango. Avocado oil is so healthy and moisturizing for hair and skin because of its high fatty acid content, essential fatty acids, and key vitamins and minerals for the healthy growth and repair of hair and skin. High in vitamin E, beta-carotene, and anti-inflammatory properties, it is especially reparative for dry hair and dry skin because of its high content of monounsaturated fats that strengthen hair, deeply nourish skin, and improve overall appearance of dry, dull skin and brittle, dull hair.
Unlike many other plant based oils, avocado oil is also unique in how it is sourced. Avocado oil is extracted from the fruit pulp of the avocado, rather than its seed. There are so many ways to benefit your natural hair and skin from the infinite powers of avocado oil. Whether you’re adding this beauty savior to your natural hair care regimen or natural skin care regimen, or weather you simply eat it, you’ll enjoy your results either way!
The benefits & uses of Avocado Oil for Natural Hair Care
Soothe Itchy Scalp - Apply a small amount of avocado oil directly onto dry, itchy scalp to hydrate and soothe. If your hair gets easily greasy, instead, apply warmed avocado oil onto your scalp, let it sit for 30 minutes and then wash out using your favorite sulfate-free shampoo.
Repair Splitting Ends - If you’re dealing with very dry ends, add a generous amount of avocado oil to your shampoo and conditioner before washing your hair. If you’re dealing with extreme breakage and brittle ends, soak your split ends in avocado oil over night. Apply a generous amount to your split ends, wrap with a protective baggie so you don’t oil-stain your pillow and sheets, and then wash out in the morning.
Moisturize Dry Hair - The fatty alcohols (not the same as regular alcohols which are drying) and omega fatty acids work wonders to infuse hair deeply with moisture. Rub in just a few drops of avocado oil into your palms and scrunch through wet or dry hair for an instant hydration, strength and shine boost.
Fight Frizz - If you’re dealing with frizzies and flyaways, the moisturizing properties of avocado oil help tame frizz and smooth down the cuticles of your hair. To reduce frizz, it’s best to apply a small amount of avocado oil onto wet hair and then air dry (blow drying will add volume, but can agitate your scalp and strands causing more frizz!)
The benefits & uses of Avocado Oil for Natural Skin Care
Carrier Oil - Avocado oil is a carrier oil that can be used to dilute your favorite essential oils so that they are safe to apply without irritation and so that they provide your skin with the best results possible.
Combat Free Radicals - The hefty antioxidants found in avocado oil help combat free radicals which wreak havoc on hair and skin by causing damage to our body’s cells and proteins.
Sun Protection - The high potency of mono-saturated fats help protect and shield skin from harsh UV rays. Strong antioxidants also help reverse signs of sun damage.
Soothe Skin Conditions - If traditional moisturizers aren’t cutting it for your severely cracked skin or skin condition like eczema, using a pure oil rich in nourishing fatty acids and nutrients like avocado oil can make a huge difference! If your skin is particularly sensitive, test on a small patch of skin first to see how you react.
Fight Inflammation - The natural soothing properties of avocado oil can sooth irritated and inflamed skin. Apply the oil directly onto the inflamed area a couple times daily for best results.
Collagen Production - Studies have found that avocado oil can aid in the body’s production of collagen, an important component of new skin cell growth. Because of this, avocado oil may help with wound healing and scarring.
Avocado Oil Nutrient Profile
omega-6, 3 and 9 fatty acids
vitamin A , D and E
Avocado Oil for Cooking 🥑
Did you know that avocado oils also makes for a delicious high-heat cooking oil? Use avocado oil as a light oil in your homemade vinaigrettes, salad dressings and marinades. You can also use it to fry basically anything on high, high heat in a fry pan! It’s smoking point is around 500 degrees F, so you won’t have to worry about burning your foods! If you’re already accustomed to adding a spoon full of coconut oil to your homemade smoothies, switch things up and substitute with a spoonful of avocado oil instead.
Whether you’re incorporating avocado oil into your diet or beauty regimen, you can’t go wrong with this nutrient-packed carrier oil. If you’re used to olive oil in your beauty routine, you will most likely appreciate the rich consistency and moisturizing properties of avocado oil that is very similar in make up to olive oil.