Known in some parts of the world as “butter fruit”, the avocado fruit is an incredible superfood that is both delicious and nutritious. It’s health benefits aren’t just for your insides, however — avocado oil has equally tremendous benefits when applied to skin.
Originating in the tropical climates of Central and South America, avocados have been used in beauty rituals for countless centuries. In ancient Mayan and Aztec cultures, women used to mash the fruit and spread it onto their skin as a hydrating mask. Nowadays, the buttery green avocado flesh is pressed to extract the oils within, concentrating all the fruit’s skin-replenishing qualities into a precious liquid elixir.
Avocado oil is packed with omega-3 fatty acids, proteins, vitamins, and other skin-loving nutrients. Especially good for dry complexions, it penetrates more deeply than any other plant oil, quenching and replenishing down to the deepest layers. As a humectant, it also locks in moisture by creating a protective surface barrier. Skin is also protected by its high level of antioxidants, which neutralize free radicals and protect against environmental damage that typically worsen premature signs of aging.
The fast-absorbing oil has instant effects on how your skin looks and feels. From the very first application, skin feels smoother, cushiony, and more hydrated. Itchy dry patches are soothed and softened. With regular use, it helps boosts collagen production for plumper, firmer, younger-looking skin. Texture improves, complexion becomes more even, and skin feels stronger and more elastic. Avocado oil’s anti-inflammatory healing properties are so powerful that studies suggest it can even help treat conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.