So summer is winding down. Didn't get the bikini body…
Vine Vera is always on the lookout for new and interesting skin care ingredients and methods, and we love sharing them with you so that you can keep looking your best and keeping your skin looking healthy and radiant. One particular thing we’ve gone back to multiple times is the use of natural oils for moisturization, like olive oil and coconut oil, each of which have unique benefits and can be used to help deal with dry, rough, or ashy skin, or mixed with other ingredients, like sugar, to make exfoliating scrubs. As long as we’re on the subject, natural oils like these can also be used as massage oils, and there’s nothing quite like having a partner, friend or masseuse rub your tension away while infusing your body with beneficial natural oil.
But are olive and coconut oils the only natural oils that can provide immense benefit for your skin? Absolutely not! It’s recently come to our attention that avocado oil has a staggering number of applications for skin care, and we’re going to share with you some of the reasons why you might want to consider incorporating it into your skin care routine, as well as a couple tips on creative ways to use it.
Beneficial Contents of Avocado Oil
Avocado oil has a number of compounds and ingredients that are beneficial to the health and appearance of your skin. It’s full of a variety of unsaturated fats and omega 3 fatty acids (which also means it makes a healthy cooking oil in addition to the skin care applications!) that will nourish and make your skin soft to the touch. It also contains proteins, a rich antioxidant profile with vitamins A, D, and E, a compound known as sterolin—scientifically shown to soften the skin and reduce the appearance of age spots—and more. Basically, consuming avocado oil (use it as a cooking oil, or try making a vinaigrette for salads with vinegar and avocado oil!) and applying it to the skin—either in pure form or mixed into a product—will make your skin look healthful and radiant, fight aging issues like sunspots and wrinkles, make your skin luxuriously soft to the touch, and moisturize rough, dry skin. What’s not to love?
Try it Pure
There are many applications and ways to use avocado oil on the skin, but one was is to just lather it on in its pure form! Rub it onto any areas of skin, both the face and the body, although be careful with the face; try a dab of it first and see how you react. Avocado oil is not likely to clog your pores or cause irritation on the face, but depending on your skin type, it’s a possibility.
You can also make homemade avocado oil sugar scrubs for exfoliating your body skin! Just mix brown or white sugar with avocado oil until you have a thick paste (no need for exact portions, just go for a thick consistency that still flows) and rub all over your body, then rinse.
Mix with Caster Oil for Age Spots
If you’re using avocado oil to mitigate age spots, just mix equal parts of avocado oil and castor oil, apply generously to your age spots and massage it in. Let it sit for at least 15 minutes, then rinse with warm water.
Hair and Scalp Care
Avocado oil is really beneficial to your hair and scalp, too! Mix with equal parts castor oil, warm it up, and massage into your scalp for dandruff or itchy scalp, or apply generously to all of your your hair before bed, then cover with a shower cap to give your hair a deep conditioning while you snooze.