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7 Amazing Benefits Of Avocado For Skin You Didn’t Know

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7 Amazing Benefits Of Avocado For Skin You Didn't Know

Full of healthy fats, vitamins, and antioxidants, avocados do not just work wonders for your health, they are great for your skin too. When applied topically, the fresh pulp, can help moisturize dry skin, reduce acne flare-ups, heal minor cuts and nicks. Avocado oil may also protect skin from sun damage and even add years to your aging skin.

Avocados are known for their great health benefits. These yummy fruits are full of healthy fats like oleic and linoleic acids as well as B vitamins, vitamin E, and potassium. They can lower cholesterol levels and are good for your heart.1 But avocados don’t just work wonders for your health, they’re great for your skin too. They can:

Benefits Of Avocado For Your Skin

1. Moisturize Your Skin

The healthy fats in avocado are great for moisturizing your skin. In fact, your skin will love it if you rub it with the fleshy side of the peel after you scoop out this delicious fruit. You can also mash up a ripe avocado and add a little lemon juice and an egg white – both of which have astringent properties and can tighten pores – for beautiful, smooth skin.2 Combining the pulp of an avocado with some honey, yogurt, and olive oil can work as a wonderful face mask too. Honey and olive oil are both really good moisturizers while yogurt is a natural cleanser that can soften skin and tighten pores. 3

2. Smoothen Wrinkles

Aging can change your skin giving you fine line lines and wrinkles. But Avocados can turn the clock back. Nonsaponifiable fractions of avocado oil have been found to stimulate the synthesis of collagen and elastin fibers which are proteins responsible for maintaining the structure and elasticity of your skin. So to give your skin a new lease of life, apply some avocado oil.4

3. Protect Your Skin From The Sun

When skin is exposed to the harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun it can cause DNA damage (which can lead to skin cancer) and inflammation. But according to research, polyhydroxylated fatty alcohols, a kind of fat found in avocados, can reduce cellular damage induced by radiation as well as skin inflammation. However, do keep in mind that these don’t act as a sunscreen so remember to also use a sunscreen to protect your skin.5

4. Treat Acne

Are unsightly pimples causing you distress? Applying some mashed up avocado could help you out. One study found that a cream containing avocado extracts significantly reduced the number of papules and pustules in people who had acne by inhibiting an enzyme known as 5-alpha reductase which is involved in making your skin excessively oily.6

5. Lighten Skin

Avocados may hold the key to getting rid of your tan. They contain an antioxidant component known as glutathione which can lower melanin (the skin-darkening pigment) levels by inhibiting an enzyme (known as tyrosinase) involved in its production. Both topical application and consumption of glutathione can be effective. So applying some creamy avocado to your face or adding some to your salad could brighten up your skin. 7

6. Heal Wounds

Did you know that avocados can help heal cuts and nicks? One study found that applying or consuming an avocado extract led to quicker growth of new skin cells and helped wounds heal faster in rats. So if you apply some avocado to chapped lips it doesn’t just moisturize them it helps them heal too!8

7. Help With Psoriasis

Psoriasis can cause flaky, red, crusty skin. And if you’re looking for a treatment for this condition avocado oil might be able to help. One study found that a vitamin B12 ointment containing avocado oil was effective at reducing the severity of the skin irritation caused by psoriasis. However, the researchers have cautioned that they were not able to determine whether avocado oil alone would have this effect. But the combination of vitamin B12 and avocado oil works.9

References   [ + ]

1. Health Benefits of Avocados. Dairy Council of California.
2. Handa, Parvesh. Herbal beauty care. Orient Paperbacks, 2005.
3. Hughes, Joanna. The Numbers Book: A Girl’s Guide, 9 Rules to A Healthy, Happy and Beautiful Life. AuthorHouse, 2010.
4. Danhof, Ivan E. “Potential reversal of chronological and photo‐aging of the skin by topical application of natural substances.” Phytotherapy Research 7, no. 7 (1993).
5. Rosenblat, Gennady, Shai Meretski, Joseph Segal, Mark Tarshis, Avi Schroeder, Alexandra Zanin-Zhorov, Gilead Lion, Arieh Ingber, and Malka Hochberg. “Polyhydroxylated fatty alcohols derived from avocado suppress inflammatory response and provide non-sunscreen protection against UV-induced damage in skin cells.” Archives of dermatological research 303, no. 4 (2011): 239-246.
6. Sharquie, Khalifa E., Hayder R. Al-Hamamy, Adil A. Noaimi, and Ali F. Tahir. “Treatment of Acne Vulgaris with 5-Alpha Avocuta Cream 2% in Comparison with Tretinion Cream 0.025%(Single Blind Comparative Study).” Journal of Cosmetics, Dermatological Sciences and Applications 2, no. 03 (2012): 179.
7. Sonthalia, Sidharth, Deepashree Daulatabad, and Rashmi Sarkar. “Glutathione as a skin whitening agent: Facts, myths, evidence and controversies.” Indian Journal of Dermatology, Venereology, and Leprology 82, no. 3 (2016): 262.
8. Nayak, B. S., S. S. Raju, and A. V. Rao. “Wound healing activity of Persea americana (avocado) fruit: a preclinical study on rats.” Journal of Wound Care 17, no. 3 (2008).
9. Stücker, Markus, Ulrike Memmel, Matthias Hoffmann, Joachim Hartung, and Peter Altmeyer. Vitamin B12 ointment containing avocado oil in the therapy of plaque psoriasis. No. 2001, 27. Technical Report, SFB 475: Komplexitätsreduktion in Multivariaten Datenstrukturen, Universität Dortmund, 2001.