Benefits of Avocado Oil.
Avocado Oil is one of the most skin penetrative natural oils. The green and yellow flesh means it is full of chlorophyll, essential fatty acids, minerals and vitamins.
These properties mean that Avocado Oil is as good on your skin as it is to eat. Avocado Oil protects from UV light and skin damage, hydrates and moisturises and is an amazing anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory. Avocado oil is uniquely made from the flesh of the Avocado, unlike other plant oils which are made from the pip. Thus, you can get similar benefits of the oil on your skin as you do from eating an Avocado. It is a great source of 'good' fats and plant sterol esters which help with heart health, circulation, good skin, anti-inflammatory and hormone balancing internally AND externally.
Protects from Oxidants and UV Rays.
The lovely green and yellow colours of the Avocado flesh are entirely representative of two key functional ingredients, chlorophyll and carotenoids.
In an Avocado that is still growing on the tree, the chlorophyll and carotenoids are the key to photosynthesis. Once the Avocado is plucked and made into an oil then the chlorophyll and carotenoids start to react differently than when they were busy with their photosynthesis.
Together they become Super Hero's against toxins, How?
When on the skin, carotenoids actually protect the skin from nasty UV light. In photosynthesis AND in oil format, carotenoids absorb UV light, ultraviolet, violet, and blue light and scatter orange or red light, and (in low concentrations) yellow light. So all this light gets absorbed into the avocado oil. The Avocado oil therefore stops the UV light from getting to the skin and damaging it. Avocado Oil is like natural sunblock!
The chlorophyll molecule is actually attached to a magnesium ion. Magnesium is known for its anti-oxidant powerhouse properties, meaning it behaves like Epsom salts which are full of magnesium and similarly it binds to toxins and free radicals.
What is really interesting is what actually happens when you put Avocado Oil on the skin. When the Avocado Oil meets the acidity of the human body, the magnesium ion actually splits from the chlorophyll molecule. This means the magnesium ion floats around and binds to toxins and free radicals. Importantly though, the chlorophyll molecule then searches around for other metal ions to fill the space that the magnesium. This means that the chlorophyll becomes a super magnet for toxins, particularly metal ones. The chlorophyll, magnesium and carotenoids are key to what makes Avocado Oil one of nature's best oils for the skin.
Moisturising, Anti-aging and Healing:
Vitamin E, lecithin and potassium are easily absorbed by the skin and hydrate and protect. In addition, Avocado oil is full of fatty acids. In particular, oleic acid promotes collagen synthesis which creates new connective tissue. Oleic acid is made of omega-9 which also lowers risk of some cancers, speeds cell regeneration. Also it helps to protect from microbial infections and reduces inflammation and is highly resistant to oxidation.
Properties: Unsaturated fats: Oleic Acid 70% - Omega 9 - Triglyceride Linoleic acid 13% - Omega 3, 6 Saturated fats: 7% Vitamin E.