Avocados are wonderful fruits! They’re oils are packed with nutrients, vitamins, fibers and other essential fatty acids. But, is avocado oil a carrier oil that can be used in skin care? Good news: it is great for skin care and hair care!
Keep on reading to find out what exactly can Avocado oil do for your skin. I will give you a little teaser though. Avocado oil is a very praised and popular anti-aging oil!
It’s also very cheap compared to all those fancy brands out there. They usually use only a fraction of Avocado oil for their anti-aging products, and the rest of their ingredients are totally artificial and potentially toxic. Not to mention those incredibly expensive prices…
I will start with the properties and benefits of Avocado oil for skin and hair care. You will find out some crazy, but interesting facts about this amazing fruit too. On top of all the useful info on Avocado oil, you will also find a few simple recipes and tips on how to prevent premature aging. That’s probably the most important thing when we look for a good oil for skin care.
Did You Know?
- Avocado comes from Mexico. Spanish conquistadors brought it with them on the European continent in the 17th century.
Is Avocado Oil a Carrier Oil and What Makes It So?
Botanical name: Persea Americana or Persea gratissima
Texture: thick oil.
Color and aroma: yellow to dark green, with a sweet nutty aroma.
Shelf life: Avocado oil is quite resistant to oxidation, so it can last well above 1 year.
The two Latin names are not different types of Avocado oil. The oil used to be known as Persea gratissima. So if you see this name on a label, know that’s just part of an old terminology. They both represent the botanical names of Avocado oil.
Avocado oil is obtained from the cold press of the fruit pulp, which is rich in vitamins, minerals and nutrients. But it is also rich in essential fatty acids (like oleic acid) and carotenoids.
Here is the complete list of everything Avocado oil contains:
- Vitamin A
- Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B8 and B9
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin K
The biggest contribution to the oil’s amazing properties is given by high amounts of monounsaturated acids. They are Omega 3, 6 and 9, plus vitamin E and potassium.
The avocado fruit (or oil) is rich in soluble fibers that support a good digestion and improve the health of the colon. These fibers are not enough to fill in the daily need of your body though.
It kind of looks impressive when you think of how many good things the avocado has for us. Its nutritional breakdown looks almost like a supplement’s leaflet.
Often times, Avocado oil is compared to Olive oil, which is also over 70% fat. Avocado oil is 75% fat and almost all that percentage is oleic acid.
It also contains:
- 14% polyunsaturated fatty acids. This PUFA content is too low to pose any health threats.
- And 16% saturated fatty acids.
A few words about the oleic acid:
Oleic acid is a type of Omega 9 fatty acid. It is a very good monounsaturated oil for the skin and hair. But if it’s consumed with moderation, oleic acid is good for the body too. It may keep away inflammations and microbial infections.
It can also promote a faster healing of the wounds and prevent flare-ups of dry skin or eczema affected skin. Too much Omega 9 though, and you could find yourself with a serious imbalance of essential fatty acids.
Because of its high amounts of oleic acid, Avocado oil is great in cosmetic blends that involve melting and heating.
How is Avocado oil a carrier oil? The high content of fatty acids it contains make it a carrier oil. Vitamins A, C and E are all very powerful antioxidants. They make the oil very good against free radicals that cause premature aging. You always want your carrier oil to have such properties to add to those of anti-aging essential oils.
Avocado oil for skin can:
- Restore its elasticity and protect sensitive or fragile skin.
- Regenerate and restructure the skin tissue, protecting it against premature aging effects.
- Moisturize on a deep level and strengthen the protective barrier of the skin to face external aggressions. It can successfully be used to moisturize and nourish the skin against wind, sun, UV rays, cold, extreme heat etc.
- Soothe and calm down inflammations and mild pain on the skin.
- Improve the aspect of stretch marks.
Avocado oil for hair can:
- Stimulate hair growth.
- Make it shine and strengthen it.
- Work as a conditioner too.
So, is avocado oil a carrier oil? Yes it is and a very good and precious one too; also accessible. The best part of it is that it is not expensive at all, and it can last you a long time too.
Avocado oil is a carrier oil because it’s extracted from the fatty portion of the fruit. Also, because it doesn’t evaporate like essential oils do. It can only go rancid, but it’s known to be very resistant in time. As long as you keep it stored in a cool dark place, it should last well over 1 year. One year is the general shelf life of most carrier oils.
Did you know?
- Avocado has been found on stone representations in Mayan archaeological sites.
The health benefits of Avocado oil:
- The monounsaturated fatty acids are good at preventing cardiovascular diseases.
- Avocado oil can improve the intestinal transit.
- It can also fight against bad cholesterol.
- Since it contains a lot of lutein, Avocado oil can maintain the health of your eyes and sight.
- Avocado (fruit and oil) can send fullness messages to the brain. Those messages would delay hunger or cravings.
- Protects against diseases related to aging. That happens because Avocado oil contains powerful antioxidants, like proanthocyanidins. Read more on how proanthocyanidins can prevent or even treat diseases or pathological conditions.
After we’ve seen so many benefits, is Avocado oil a carrier oil that can be taken orally too? It can definitely be consumed raw or in cooking, as long as it’s pure and organic. It has a high burning point, just like Olive oil, so it’s good for frying or sautéing.
Did you know?
- The Aztecs chose the avocado fruit to be their symbol of fertility and love. That might as well be because avocados grow in pairs on avocado trees.
How to Use Avocado Oil and a Few Inspirational Recipes
Avocado oil as carrier oil can be used in various ways. First of all, for most people, Avocado oil is not toxic and it doesn’t cause skin irritations, so you can use it as it is.
You should perform an allergy test first, especially if you’re allergic to nuts or plants like rosemary, oregano or lavender. Avocado is part of the same family – Lamiaceae – just like the latter plants are.
It can also be used in many Aromatherapy essential oil blends for skin care and hair care. It is well-tolerated by all skin types! But it’s mostly effective on a dry or sensitive skin.
Oily or acne prone skin should use only a few drops of it and avoid using it as a base makeup. Too much Avocado oil may clog pores and contribute to more acne. Otherwise, most people with acne skin reported a significant improving of their scars, and a more elastic and moisturized skin.
In skin care recipes, Avocado oil blends well with:
- Olive oil.
- Shea butter.
- Baobab carrier oil.
- Rosehip carrier oil.
- And Wheat Germ carrier oil.
In hair care, Avocado oil blends well with:
- Geranium essential oil.
- Ylang Ylang essential oil.
- Murumuru seed butter. (All three work well for dry and damaged hair).
- Lemon essential oil. ( For frail or brittle nails and hair)
- Rosemary essential oil with 1, 8 – cineole.
- Clary Sage essential oil.
- Grapefruit essential oil.
- Cedarwood essential oil. (All four work well to prevent hair loss).
All these oils (essential or vegetable) work in a great synergy with Avocado oil. But that doesn’t mean you can’t add any other oils you like. They’ll complement each other with different proprieties and give impressive results.
Now, let’s see how exactly is Avocado oil a carrier oil that can make your skin look great with these Aromatherapy essential oil blends:
#1 Anti-Aging Blend
- Rose essential oil: 4 drops
- Palmarosa essential oil: 2 drops
- Patchouli essential oil: 3 drops
- Geranium essential oil: 2 drops
- Avocado essential oil: 4 tablespoons (2 Oz.)
- Optional: extra vitamin E: 3 drops (or one capsule)
Mix these ingredients and shake well before each use. This blend is packed with antioxidants from Avocado oil and the extra vitamin E (if you choose to add it).
Patchouli is known for its anti-aging properties and Geranium for its astringent ones. Meaning your blood vessels will contract and make the skin look firmer and younger. Palmarosa has antibacterial properties and it smells very nice.
Keep it stored in the fridge or any other dark and cool place, and apply a few drops on the face and neckline, each night.
#2 Improving and Preventing Stretch Marks Blend
- Frankincense essential oil: 6 drops
- Lavender essential oil: 6 drops
- Neroli essential oil: 6 drops
- Avocado carrier oil: 4 tablespoons (2 Oz.)
Mix and shake well before each use. Keep it stored in a dark colored bottle, in a cool place and use after each shower or bath. Apply on the stretch marks and make a sane habit of it.
You’ll need a longer period of time until you can start seeing results, but it’ll be worth it. Avocado is very penetrating and the other essential oils can tighten the skin and improve the aspect of scars or stretch marks.
#3 Soothe and Protect Mature Dry Skin or Eczema Blend
- Rosewood essential oil: 10 drops
- Geranium essential oil: 10 drops
- Calendula carrier oil: 2 tablespoons (1 Oz.)
- Avocado carrier oil: 2 tablespoons
You can use this blend either directly on the affected area or in the bath water. If you choose the latter, then dilute a tablespoon of this blend in a cup of raw milk or Epsom salt.
Oils don’t mix with water so they need to be dispersed in something fatty first. Add the resulting blend in your bath water and enjoy its soothing effects. It’s good for the damaged skin and for the mind also.
#4 Under-Eye Dark Circles and Fine Wrinkles Serum
- Aloe Vera gel: 1 tablespoon
- Helichrysum essential oil: 7 drops
- Avocado essential oil: (1 tablespoon)
- Vitamin E: 2 – 3 drops
- 1 Oz. roll on bottle
Fill the roll on bottle with Avocado oil and Aloe Vera gel. Then add the vitamin E and Helichrysum essential oil and mix them well. Use circular movements to shake before use and apply on the area under the eyes. Gently massage the blend into the skin, with circular moves until it’s fully absorbed.
Avocado oil and vitamin E will penetrate the skin on a deep level. Helichrysum will stimulate the circulation in that area, improving the dark circles’ aspect.
#5 Stimulate Hair Growth Blend
- Rosemary essential oil: 6 drops
- Avocado carrier oil: 2 Oz.
- Thyme essential oil: 6 drops
Blend well all ingredients and apply from the scalp to the ends of your hair. Keep it under a shower cap if you have any, or a warm towel (keep it warm all the time). Hair absorbs better all the nutrients when exposed to a warm environment. That’ll also help it grow faster.
Keep it on for at least one hour, then rinse well until you feel your hair is squeaky clean. If not properly shampooed, your hair might feel oily here and there. I’ve been there and it’s not nice to have to jump back in the shower.
Tip on using the avocado kernel as well
This is not an Aromatherapy blend, but it’s a great tip if you’re looking to use every bit of the avocado fruit and benefit from its goodness.
Boil the avocado kernel in one liter of water (around 4 cups of water) for 10 minutes. Wait for it to cool down and then drink this concoction (or tea, as you prefer it) each day for health benefits.
Other tricks to use Avocado oil or fruit for a beautiful skin:
- Use a paste of avocado fruit mixed with honey and Lemon essential oil (or juice). Apply on oily, acne or normal skin types and keep the mask on for 15 – 30 minutes, then rinse with lukewarm water (or tea).
- Use Avocado oil on a cotton disk to remove your makeup. You can then wash your face or you can rinse the excess oil with a warm towel. Either way, your skin will be nourished for the whole night (or day).
- Pour a few drops of Avocado oil on your palms and then apply on the tips of your hair to condition it and make it stay in place.
- Use Avocado oil as a body lotion. Use it as it is or mixed with whatever essential oil you like. It’ll keep your skin moisturized, soft and firm.
Avocado oil really seems to meet all the expectations. It’s great for all types of skin and hair. It moisturizes on a deep level and it protects against premature aging effects. It can also prevent and improve all sorts of conditions. It seems to be a good ally to our health and weight management too.
After all of these, is Avocado oil a carrier oil? Yes, it is! And if it isn’t, then I don’t know what else we could wish for from a vegetable oil. I am very thrilled to use it every time.
Are you thrilled also? Have you ever used it, and if so, what is your input on its effectiveness?