Ingredient spotlight: Avocado oil

Avocado isn’t just the star attraction at your Sunday brunch, it’s also a hugely underrated skincare superhero with many benefits. At Ohana, we use it in several of our products, and for good reason; this highly functional fruit is packed with lots of goodness, and I want to shine a light on it this month so you know more about the nourishment it provides. 


Where is it found?


Avocado oil is pressed from the flesh of the avocado - the green bit that you eat, not the pit. Much like the avocados that you eat, they come from trees that originated in Mexico and Central America, and are harvested for their nutritional benefits and general deliciousness. 


Fun fact: The avocado is actually considered a berry. Who knew?


What does it contain?


Avocados are packed with monounsaturated fats, and are also rich in vitamins A, D and E. They are versatile ingredients with the ability to enhance the absorption of carotenoids and other nutrients, and oil extracted from the avocado is full of omega-3 fatty acids, which are beneficial for both your skin and your diet. 


They have become known as a go-to source of “healthy fats”, which is why health and fitness fanatics are always raving about these super fruits, but their benefits are much more than just a health fad. With so many useful things inside, such as vitamin B-6, riboflavin, niacin, magnesium, and potassium, they are a healthy meal staple. In addition, they are unique in that they provide lutein, known as the vitamin that helps defend against eye diseases. 


How does it benefit the skin?


For the skin, it’s all about the fatty acids, and avocados are brimming with fatty acids that can help skin retain its elasticity over time in order to reduce the signs of ageing. Its high content of vitamin E also makes it a great moisturiser, and provides the hydration needed to keep skin looking plump and youthful. 


The unique thing about avocado oil is its ability to hydrate the skin without leaving an oily residue, making it the perfect ingredient to help prevent troublesome acne. With its additional anti-inflammatory properties, this oil could reduce the inflammation, pain and redness associated with acne. 


Avocado oil has also been linked to the treatment of psoriasis, as studies have shown signs that it could help speed up the process of healing wounds. Using this nourishing oil on inflamed skin could help dryness and irritation heal faster (although it’s always best to do a patch test first if you suffer from any of these conditions). 


And as if all that wasn’t enough, how about taking avocado oil on holiday with you to help treat sunburn? This may be another great benefit, and while avocado oil cannot be used as sun protection, it is thought to help soothe red skin after sun exposure with the help of its bountiful vitamins D and E, beta carotene, lecithin and essential fatty acids. 


Where can you find it?


Avocado oil is available in its pure form as a cooking oil, however if you want to try the benefits of avocado oil in your skincare, Ohana uses this wonderful ingredient in our Prasanta Lavender Soothing Balm and Ahimsa Revitalising Body Oil, harnessing the benefits of a truly versatile and nourishing oil. 


Have you tried any of our products that contain avocado oil? Let me know over on Instagram at @ohanacbd.


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