Beauty Spotlight: Benefits & Uses of Cold-Pressed Avocado Oil

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Avocado oil is is one of the healthiest carrier oils for skin but it is also a very thick oil, often too thick for people to use without mixing it with a lighter oil, especially on sensitive areas like the face. Avocado oil is rich with vitamins A and E, as well as collagen-boosting plant sterolins.

Avocado oil can be used daily and is beneficial for all skin types, it can be used, as a very effective and natural skin moisturizer. This oil  deeply penetrates to the deep layers of the skin and stimulates the production of collagen, thus, improving the softness and elasticity of the skin and reducing  dryness. Avocado oil may also be beneficial for people with such skin conditions as psoriasis and eczema, relieving the itchiness of the skin.  If you’re suffering from  dry, itchy winter skin check out my avocado & shea whipped body butter for an all-natural, handmade moisturizing option.

Here are some of the benefits of topical use of avocado oil:

  • Boost Scalp Health. In addition to helping clear scaly skin, it can also relieve itchy scalp symptoms. Avocado oil, when regularly applied to the scalp, can stimulate hair growth.
  • Increase Collagen Production. When applied, avocado oil increases the production of collagen, which helps keep the skin plump and decreases the effects of aging.
  • Treat Skin Conditions. Avocado oil is useful in the treatment of a variety of skin conditions, including eczema and psoriasis.
  • Others. Avocado oil facilitates the healing of wounds and burns to the skin. It also helps to relieve and heal diaper rash.

Using Avocado Oil for Skin

**Prior to using avocado oil topically, you should make sure you aren’t allergic to it. To do so, place a few drops of avocado oil on your arm and rub it gently into the skin. Monitor your skin for a day or so. If you develop any negative reactions such hives or a rash, do not continue using it. If you don’t see any negative effects, you are free to begin enjoying all the benefits of avocado oil.**

 

Sensuous Bath

For a sensuous bath, you can create your own avocado oil aromatherapy blend.

  1. Mix 2 cups of avocado oil with a cup of almond oil and gently heat in a pan.
  2. Once the pan is warm, turn off the heat and add 2 bags of green tea.
  3. When the mixture has cooled, add 10 drops of lavender essential oil, 8 drops of chamomile oil, 4 drops of ylang ylang, and 2 drops of rose oil.
  4. To blend the oils well, place in an amber bottle for at least 24 hours.
  5. Add 2 ounces of this oil blend to your bath water for a relaxing experience.

Skin Care

After bathing, and when caring for dehydrated or rough and dry skin, a mix of avocado oil and olive oil can be used as a lotion. These two oils blend well and together help to rejuvenate the skin when applied regularly.

For best results, apply the mix at least two times daily over the skin. To give a nice fragrance to the mixture, you can add a few drops of any essential oil such as jasmine, orange or lavender.

Scalp Care

Avocado oil can be used for head massage. It also can be used as a hot oil treatment for the hair, since avocado oil is absorbed by dry hair shafts.

  1. To make the treatment, put 2 tablespoons each of avocado oil and castor oil or coconut oil in a bowl, and warm it up.
  2. Once the hair is wet, massage this warm oil into the scalp and leave overnight.
  3. Shampoo the hair and scalp in the morning.
  4. Regular use of avocado hot oil scalp treatment makes the hair soft and can help eradicate dandruff.

Facial Mask

Avocado oil can be used to make a facial masks for skin treatments.

  1. Peel 1 avocado in a bowl, mash the fruit into a paste. Mix in 1 teaspoon of avocado oil.
  2. Wash your face with warm water to remove the skin oils and any dirt.
  3. Avoid the eyes, nose and mouth, spread the mix evenly over your entire face using a spatula.
  4. For the oil to penetrate deeply into your skin, allow the mask to remain in place for at least 10 to 15 minutes.
  5. To remove the mask, use a towel that has been soaked in hot water and the excess water wrung out.
  6. With the towel placed over your face, apply pressure onto your face and then downward to remove the avocado.
  7. Rinse your face with lukewarm water.

Dry Skin

Because avocado oil tends to reduce itching and inflammation of the skin, people who suffer from very dry skin or from eczema often find avocado oil to have soothing properties. To treat dry skin or eczema, pour a small amount onto the affected skin areas. Blend with lighter carrier oils for a lighter blend that soaks into skin quickly.

Age Spots

Avocado oil is rich in a type of steroid called sterolin. Sterolins can penetrate deeply into the skin to afford it moisture. To make use of the power of sterolins in treating age spots, mix 2 tablespoons of avocado oil with and equal amount of castor oil, and stir well. Massage well over the age spots, and let sit for at least 15 minutes. Follow this with a warm water rinse.

“Because avocado oil is so thick, I recommend mixing it with a lighter carrier oil like jojoba, my current favorite winter facial oil is a mix of avocado, hemp and jojoba oils.  You can add essential oils for added therapeutic benefit.” -Ellice Campbell

Here is some essential oil options that can be added to your own DIY beauty serum that may help address various skin issues:

Acne prone skin: Melaleuca aka Tea Tree, juniper berry, lavender, cedarwood, geranium, sandalwood, thyme*, vetiver, lemon**, lemongrass, marjoram*, patchouli

Dry/Dehydrated: myrrh, geranium, lavender, Roman chamomile, sandalwood, lemon**

Dermatitis/Inflamed: Helichrysum, juniper berry, thyme*, geranium, melaleuca, lavender, patchouli, rosemary*

Oily: Lemon**, cypress, frankincense, geranium, lavender, marjoram*, rosemary*, orange**

Revitalizing: Cypress, lemon**, fennel*, lime**

Sensitive: lavender, geranium

Wrinkles: lavender, fennel*, geranium, frankincense, rose, rosemary*, myrrh, clary sage*, cypress, helichrysum, lemon**, orange**, sandalwood, thyme*, ylang ylang

*Should be avoided while pregnant        

**May make skin photosensitive, avoid sun exposure

Not into DIY? I would be happy to custom craft something for you! Check out my Etsy shop for the products I have available, you may like my Coconut Avocado Hair Mask  or my Avocado & Shea Whipped Body Butter!

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References:

http://avocadooilbenefits.net/avocado-oil-benefits-for-skin/

http://www.totalbeauty.com/content/gallery/diy-beauty-recipes/p116972/page2

http://naturalfacialrecipes.homestead.com/allabout_carrieroils.html

http://www.med-health.net/Avocado-Oil-For-Skin.html

 

 

 

 

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