Avocado Oil in Body Care

Botanical Name:

Persea americana

Aroma: Medium. Somewhat sweet, fatty and nutty in aroma.

Texture: Thick, leaves a fatty, almost waxy feel to the skin.

Color: Deep olive green.

Avocado oil (Persea gratissima) is not a modern discovery. The 16th-century Spanish historian Bernabé Cobo who visited America in 1596 also reported the use of this oil for cooking. Food historian Sophie D. Coe writes in America’s First Cuisines that, with a high oil content of 30% in its flesh, the avocado was a staple in the low-fat diet of pre-Columbia America. [1]

Oil of the avocado is expeller pressed from the fleshy portion of the avocado fruit. It is rich in proteins, fatty acids and vitamins A, B1, B2, B5, Vitamin D, & E. A great emollient with skin soothing properties widely used in soaps and toiletries, including creams, lotions, lip balms, body butters & scrubs.

This oil is simply SO skin friendly! It’s is packed with vitamins A, B, and E, proteins, and amino acids. As we age, the production of collagen in our skin decreases, creating the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and general aging.

Oil of the avocado increases collagen in the skin and strengthens cell walls to help skin looker younger and not as thin. It may also help inflammation, restore tissues, and protect the skin from UV rays and other stressors. It is high in carotenoids and 2005 research in the Journal of Nutrition shows it helps vitamin A carotenoids to absorb better.

Avocado Oil Provides Deep Moisturizing

This nutritious oil can penetrate into the second layer of the skin (dermis) and provide deep moisturizing with its oleic acid and phytosterols. People who have a dry and sensitive skin type are usually advised to use oils rich in oleic acid. The lecithin in avocado oil helps boost collagen, and the pro-vitamin A carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin enhance the skin’s natural antioxidant store.

Nutrients
in avocado oil

  • Monounsaturated fats like oleic acid, which makes up 63% of the fat content, and lecithin, a kind of fat molecule
  • Polyhydroxylated fatty alcohols or PFA, unique lipid molecules in avocado
  • Vitamin E  (chiefly alpha-tocopherol)
  • Chlorophylls
  • Carotenoids, the chief one being lutein (some carotenoids generate vitamin A)
  • Phytosterols, including beta sitosterol
  • Vitamin D

Fights Signs Of Aging

This skin friendly oil has benefits not just for a sun-damaged skin but any skin that shows the signs of natural aging like wrinkles, dryness, and flaccidity.

  • Vitamin E and lecithin in avocado help boost the collagen in the skin, giving it firmness.
  • Vitamin E and carotenoids also prevent inflammation and keep wrinkles from showing on the skin.
  • The fatty acids in this oil penetrate into the second layer of the skin, moisturizing it well and preventing aging-related dryness and wrinkles.

Health Benefits of Avocado Oil

  • The most abundant fatty acid in avocado oil is oleic acid, a fatty acid that provides numerous health benefits.
  • A number of studies show that avocado oil may benefit heart health, including reduced blood pressure and blood cholesterol levels.
  • Avocado oil is a relatively good source of lutein, a carotenoid that’s naturally found in your eyes. [2, 3] Lutein functions as an antioxidant that has benefits for eye health. Eating plenty of lutein may reduce the risk of cataracts and macular degeneration, which are common age-related eye diseases. Your body doesn’t produce lutein, so you must obtain it from your diet
  • There is good reason to include a healthy fat source like avocado when eating vegetables, as it may increase the absorption of carotenoid antioxidants up to 17-fold.

organic expeller pressed & hexane free avocado oil

Bushyhead Botanicals only sources organic expeller pressed & hexane free avocado oil for use in our botanical products.

References

  1. Coe, Sophie D. America’s first cuisines. University of Texas Press, 1994, p. 45.
  2. Pigments in avocado tissue and oil
  3. Dietary sources of lutein and zeaxanthin carotenoids and their role in eye health
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