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Because it has 63% oleic acid, avocado pulp or oil, when applied topically, eases inflammation, heals wounds, and helps cell regeneration.
It can even heal psoriasis or eczema. Its fatty alcohol and vits C and E check UV damage and skin cancer and help repair DNA. With its antioxidants fighting free radical damage and vits, fats, and plant chemicals fortifying the skin's collagen, avocados keep your skin supple and youthful.
While nutritionists across the world haven’t stopped raving about the benefits of avocado for overall health and weight loss, the succulent fruit’s goodness for the skin has started gaining ground.
Avocado, also known as alligator pear, comes in an assortment of shapes, from a round cannonball to a tear drop.
While depending on the variety, the flesh of the avocado can range from bright yellow to pale yellow to yellow-green, all avocados have a smooth texture and nutty flavour.
How does avocado help your skin?
For topical use, nothing works better than avocado oil, especially cold-pressed oil, because the refining process takes away a lot of nutrients.
This oil is loaded with essential fatty acids, with monounsaturated oleic acid being the key ingredient that gives it a superfood-for-skin status.
It comprises 63 percent oleic acid, compared with coconut oil that has only 5 to 10 percent.
A quick avocado trick for your dry skin
If you cannot find the easy-to-use pure avocado oil, here’s what you do.
- Puree the avocado pulp after deseeding the fruit.
- Mix it with yogurt or sour cream and apply on your face and neck.
- Let it stay for 10 to 15 minutes.
- Gently rinse it off with water.
This mask will do wonders for dry and sensitive skin. You can even use it on elbows, knees, and heels to rid them of the dryness.