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Oh, avocado, you taste AMAZING on toast and are extremely beneficial for the skin. Is there anything you can’t do?
Not, but seriously, this fruit *or is it a vegetable?* is a must-add ingredient for you skincare routine. Why? Because it can do it all! From deeply moisturizing the complexion and preventing moisture loss, to improving the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, avocado for skin is a buzz-worthy goodie for those with dry skin.
Want to know more about avocado skin care? Keep reading to discover the ABCs of this ingredient.
Who doesn’t love a good avocado? That smooth, green fruit that's oh-so-good in guacamole, on toast, or just eaten plain with a spoon is delicious! But what is it? Is it a fruit or a vegetable? And what can it do for your skin?
In the botanical world, avocado is a fruit that originated in Mexico and Guatemala but is pretty common in all of America. However, for culinary purposes, this creamy goodness is pictured as a vegetable just because no one goes around eating avocados with sugar or in fruit salads.
No matter what you think avocados are, there’s one undeniable truth: they are amazing for the skin! Packed with fatty acids, minerals, and vitamins, avocados are an essential addition if you want to moisturize, brighten, and nourish your skin.
Since it is a natural ingredient that comes from the laurel family, avocados are generally considered clean and safe for most people.
No matter if you think avocados are a fruit or a vegetable, the fact remains that they come from plants, so they’re vegan-friendly.
The key benefits of avocados are extremely beneficial for pregnant women’s skin and, the best part is that they’re safe to include in a skincare routine.
Avocado for skin is safe to use while breastfeeding since they don’t enter the bloodstream or affect milk production.
In moisturizing skincare products, avocados are used as an active ingredient thanks to their high amounts of fatty acids and vitamins that hydrate and protect the skin.
Avocado oil in skincare is considered to be moderately comedogenic, so it is recommended to be used by dry to normal skin types, while people with oily, combination or acne-prone skin should avoid it.
EWG (Environment Working Group) Score
Both avocado extract and avocado oil are considered safe ingredients with low risks of allergic reactions and low toxicity levels, so the EWG gave them a score of “1” on a scale of 10.
CIR (Cosmetic Ingredient Review) Rating: A
The CIR considers that avocado for skin is a safe ingredient that can be used in cosmetics and skincare products.
Avocado for skin is safe to be used twice a day, however, it is important to read the products’ labels to check the instructions and find out how many times you can use a product containing avocado.
Thanks to its moisturizing and anti-aging benefits, this ingredient is especially good for those with dry or dehydrated skin. On the other hand, people with oily and combination skin should avoid it since avocado oil is comedogenic and could cause acne breakouts.
It is recommended to stay away from other oils when including avocado beauty products in your skincare routine. This is because avocados are packed with fatty acids, and mixing it with other fatty acids-rich oil could be too much for the skin to absorb.
Instead, you can mix avocado with lighter moisturizing and brightening ingredients like niacinamide and hyaluronic acid.
Avocados contain fatty acids and vitamin C, a power duo when it comes to brightening the skin. For starters, fatty acids can replenish moisture levels, while vitamin C reduces dark spots. So, together they can give you a healthy glow.
It’s never safe to rub raw fruits or vegetables directly on your skin because they can cause more harm than good. Additionally, the amount of fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals in one raw avocado won’t do much for your complexion. That’s why it is better to buy formulated skincare products that contain avocado.
Yes! Avocado oil is comedogenic, which means that it can clog your pores and cause acne in people that are prone to breakouts or have oily skin.