I’ve used coconut oil for a while for softer skin and shinier hair. Who hasn’t? I’m not saying goodbye to coconuts completely, but avocado oil has taken center stage for many of my beauty needs.
Don’t worry, it’s not just that little green fruit you use for guacamole. It does make a great dip, though. Avocado oil is a powerfully potent anti-aging and hydration ingredient to take your skin care to the next level. Did I mention it also smells great?
Absorbs Much Faster
The worst part of coconut oil for me was waiting for it to soak in. Apply a light layer of avocado oil and it absorbs in no time. This means I’m able to apply and get on with my day quicker.
Part of the reason is that the oil is thinner. You’ll notice when you buy it that it’s still in oil form unlike the solid you get when you buy coconut oil. That’s yet another benefit. No more heating hunks of oil when you’re ready to use it.
Full of Nutrients Your Skin Craves
Avocados are full of antioxidants, especially Vitamin E. Keep in mind that the fruit itself is used to treat a variety of ailments. Now imagine what it could do for your skin.
Outside of the hydrating and healing Vitamin E, avocado oil contains phytosterols, fatty acids, and sterolin. If you don’t know what two of those things are, you’re not alone. I had to look those up myself!
Phytosterols aid in repairing damaged skin while sterolin is known for reducing the appearance of age spots. I honestly didn’t need any convincing to try avocado oil after that.
It also includes Vitamins A, D, and B6 along with proteins, amino acids, folic acid, magnesium, iron, and copper. I’m serious when I say this is one powerful oil.
The Many Uses of Avocado Oil
The real test came when I started using it for a wide variety of beauty needs. The first was as a moisturizing makeup remover. Coconut oil worked but left my skin feeling a little overly moist.
I switched the avocado oil and the results were amazing. The makeup was gone, including stubborn waterproof mascara. I lightly rinsed my face to remove any excess. I can’t even begin to tell you how soft and clean my skin feels.
Now for my favorite part! I have adult acne prone skin. The antibacterial properties help clean my pores and fight acne-causing bacteria. The hydrating and healing properties reduce redness and heal my blemishes fast. I’m also thrilled to see my older acne scars fading a little at a time.
For your skin, applying a light layer of avocado oil aids in hydration, reducing wrinkles, evening skin tone, reducing age spots and discoloration, smoothing the skin, and offering protection against harsh environmental factors.
I do highly recommend wearing sunscreen when you go out. It’s not an SPF.
Avocado Oil Beyond Your Skin
I know I’ve focused mainly on the skin so far. I’m also using it for my hair care. Don’t freak out over the color of the oil. It’s not going to turn your hair a weird shade of green.
I like to use the oil as a deep conditioner a few times each week. I instantly noticed softer, shinier hair than I’d ever gotten with coconut oil. I also didn’t have oily hair by the next day.
The nutrients in the oil help remove excess residue, lock in moisture, and repair damaged hair. It’s also great to use year round, unlike coconut oil which doesn’t react so well to cooler temperatures.
I’m also using the oil as a leave-in treatment. It’s lightweight despite being an oil. Only use a little and you’ll be fine.
Embrace the Avocado
It only takes a little avocado oil to take care of many of your beauty needs. I’m in love with it and always have a bottle on hand. I’m also eating more avocados so I get benefits inside and out.