When we think of avocado, we probably think of it on toast (ideally with a soft-boiled egg and a pinch of chili flakes), in smoothies and in Instagram-approved avocado bowl recipes. What may not immediately spring to mind is avocado in our skin care products.
All the reasons avocados are so healthy for your body apply to the skin as well. The fruit (yes, fruit) is high in vitamins A, B-complex, C and D, magnesium, calcium and many other amazing minerals, according to IdoMagal, founder of Lavido. Plus, avocados contain fatty acids that provide nourishment to dry, flaky skin. Its superfood credentials are why some health enthusiasts slather avocado on their face so the skin can reap the benefits. Those who prefer to save their bags of avocados strictly for eating can still enjoy the skin-perfecting benefits of avocado thanks to the rising number of skin care products formulated with avocado oil.
Amanda Sipenock, Lush brand and product trainer, explains that avocado oil is created by cold-pressing the flesh of the avocado. FYI: It takes 10 fruits to produce 1 teaspoon of the oil. The result is a rich, thick product that absorbs easily into skin. According to Magal, “The fatty acids that are contained within avocado oil have a complex molecular structure and they are extremely nourishing for the skin. It takes the body a long time to process these fatty acids and because of that, they enrich skin with nutrients, help to increase skin elasticity and smooth skin.”
Avocados’ nourishing properties make them well suited for skin care products, but the ingredient can also be found in hair, bath and even makeup products. And you thought we had already reached peak avocado.
Another great thing about avocado oil is that it’s suitable for all skin types. Sipenock points out that avocado oil is generally a more hydrating oil than some of its counterparts but it can still work for those with oily skin. When combined with other ingredients, avocado oil helps hydrate skin without making it greasy.
Feeling Beautiful Avocado & Oatmeal Facial Clay Mask, $4.29 at Ulta The massive avocado on the package is a big clue that this mask is packed with good-for-skin avocado oil. It’s mixed with kaolin clay and oatmeal to purify pores and increase hydration. Use it a few times a week for a deep clean.
Radiance Face Oil, $80 at Space.NK This facial oil is rich in avocado oil, hemp seed oil and Abyssinian oil, but it also has rice powder to soak up excess grease.The result is a product that instantly absorbs into skin while leaving behind a flattering matte finish. There’s no need to worry about shiny foreheads when using this stuff.
Superfood Facial Wash, $25 at Elemis Don’t just start breakfast off with avocados — start your skin care regimen with them. The facial wash is packed with skin care superfoods, including wheatgrass and kale, plus avocado, broccoli seed and pumpkin seed oils. The product is suitable for all skin types and helps boost skin’s natural glow.
Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask, $27 at Nordstrom This overnight mask is like a quenching drink for skin. Apply it before bed and the hydrating formula will instantly boost moisture reserves. The next morning, skin will be plump and glowing without any mask residue on your pillow. Most importantly, skin will remain soft and smooth as the day progresses.