Here’s why to add avocado to your skincare routine

Avocados are a great addition to many skincare routines – and not just because it’s a calorie-free alternative to munching on them (avocados are a great source of healthy fat, but they are relatively high in calories so if your aim is weight loss stick with half an avocado). I love avocado oil in hand and feet cream as well as lip moisturizers because they will boost hydration (eos makes some great, frugal buys with avocado oil). This is especially important for anyone with dry skin or come winter. That said I avoid any face-care products made with avocado oil – or any oil – because I immediately break out. If you don’t have issues with sensitive/acne-prone skin, however, have at it! To find out more about all things avocado and skincare I turned to dermatologist Dr. Marnie Nussbaum.

What are the skincare benefits of avocado? Avocados are rich in fatty acids, vitamins and antioxidants especially vitamins A, D and E. Therefore it is super moisturizing and soothing to the skin. Antioxidants prevent free radical damage and help protect against sun damage. It also has anti-inflammatory properties which is great for irritated and dry skin. Due to its super absorbent properties, it is great for dry, chapped skin.

Are the products avocado works particularly well in? Products containing avocado are particularly great for damaged hair and dry skin as they are intensely hydrating.  eos Crystal Lip Balm, for example, contains five nourishing oils including avocado oil as it hydrates dry chapped skin. Also, Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with avocado moisturizes the delicate eye area while being quickly absorbed and easily layered under makeup. Products with avocado are also great for thicker skin areas like hands and feet.

Is there anyone who shouldn’t use products with avocado oil like acne prone because of the oil? Avocado oil is comedogenic and therefore has the ability to clog pores.

How to the benefits of topical avocado compare to eating avocado? Avocados contain many antioxidants, vitamins and anti-inflammatory properties and are therefore wonderful nutritious foods. However, we always promote a healthy, balanced diet for clear, glowing skin. The moisturizing benefits for skin and hair will come more from topical application rather than being absorbed through the gut.

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