You probably already know that avocados have delicious healthy fats. But do you know what the benefits of healthy fats are and how they can help you have the skin and hair that you’ve always wanted?
It’s true, avocados may be the magic fruit that can help you get better-looking skin and hair. Sometimes eating them helps, sometimes you apply the avocados right to your body and reap the rewards.
Avocados are great for you, and some of the ways they boost health and beauty just might surprise you. This July 31st, let’s have fun celebrating Avocado Day with these 7 great ideas!
1. Moisturizer for skin and hair
It seems pretty evident that a healthy fat would make a good moisturizer, and this is exactly the case with avocados. Avocado flesh is ripe with oleic acid, an oil that is thought to reduce inflammation, and it may even have beneficial effects on genes linked to cancer.
The avocado also has omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins A, D, and E, as well as potassium and lecithin, which not only help moisturize skin and hair but can also help nourish it.
You can rub the ripe avocado flesh directly onto your skin to get the moisturizing benefits, create your own face and hair mask, or you can purchase products that feature avocado oil for moisturizing.
2. Anti-wrinkle agent
Aging creates wrinkles, which typically means that wrinkles are seen as the enemy of a youthful appearance. Avocados fight the appearance of aging in a couple of different ways.
The antioxidants in avocado help battle free radicals, which can damage the skin and age it. There are also chemicals in avocados that stimulate the synthesis of collagen and elastin fibers, which make your skin look firm and youthfully plump.
Both eating and applying avocado oil give you these benefits.
3. Adds vitality to hair
Slow growing hair that is limp and lifeless is often a sign that the individual isn’t getting the right nutrients. Avocados have a lot of nutrients that your body and hair need, they also have oils that make your hair sing with joy.
This powerful little fruit goes a long way toward providing your hair with the fuel it needs to look amazing and grow faster.
4. Sun protection, but not sunscreen
Believe it or not, avocados can protect your skin from harmful UV rays. It’s the polyhydroxylated fatty alcohols found in avocados that go to work to reduce radiation-induced cellular damage and reduce inflammation.
It’s recommended that you go right to the source if you have a sunburn, and apply avocado pulp right to your skin.
Avocados also have vitamins C and E, which are known ultraviolet warriors. The vitamin C takes on the UVA damage, and vitamin E works on UVB rays.
While avocados are great at managing the damage that the sun can cause, they aren’t a sunscreen. It’s still crucial to apply a sunscreen if you’re going to be outside for any length of time. But if you get a burn, look for the avocado relief.
Here’s an interesting fact about avocados and the sun, avocados may remove your suntan. The component glutathione in avocados has been known to reduce the amount of melanin you have. It’s the melanin that produces the dark skin look.
Both eating and applying avocado may lighten your tan.
5. Anti-acne agent
An avocado mask or an avocado massage can do wonders for your complexion. Avocado extract can inhibit the enzyme 5-alpha reductase. This enzyme, when left unfettered, is involved in making the skin excessively oily, which leads to acne.
The linoleic acid in avocados can also help replenish sebaceous glands. If there is not enough linoleic acid in the skin, then acne tends to crop up.
6. Heals wounds
If you have a small cut or a nick, you know that they can hurt a lot. Sometimes those little scrapes are the worst. In comes avocado to the rescue.
Consuming avocado heals wounds and chapped lips by providing oil that is rich in nutrient maxes, proteins, minerals, and some key vitamins.
7. Helps psoriasis
People with psoriasis suffer from dry, flaky, and crusty skin. The pain and itching can be excruciating. A study suggests that an ointment made of avocado oil and B12 is effective at reducing the severity, thereby giving psoriasis sufferers some relief. This may not be conclusive proof, but for people with psoriasis, it’s welcoming news.
To put it simply
Avocado is a pretty exciting fruit because it not only tastes great, it provides the body with healthy fats and a whole host of nutrients that benefit the skin and hair.
Even better, you can get the rewards of an avocado-rich diet by eating this fruit or applying it directly to your skin and hair. If you’re worried about the calories in avocados, this is your way to get the benefits without added fats.
Try using avocados for your hair, skin, and even some wounds, and see if you notice an impact. Take your experiment a step further, and have a half an avocado on toast each morning, and work on great looking skin and hair from the inside out.