Avocados are much loved by millennials. Recently, there was even an article that detailed how much millennials were spending at cafes on avo toasts (for your easy information, it is a lot). It begs the question, how then have avocados risen in popularity in such a short amount of time? That is all down to how avocados are heaven-sent for your skin. Because of how avocado is loaded with so many nutrients that your body and skin feeds on, the green fruit with a buttery and nutty taste has been revered by those who lust after glowing skin and perfect complexion.
Going slightly off-tangent, we shall look at the mystical powers of avocado oil. If you are a fan of avocados, you would know that they have a shelf life of only a few days and that would mean having to throw them away once they go bad. That would explain how avocado oil is the preferred option if you want a longer-lasting alternative while still getting your hands on the many benefits that avocados bring.
What Is Avocado Oil?
Sure, avocado oil is not as well known as the other natural oils on the market like olive oil or coconut oil, but they are just as delicious to use in your cooking. To get the avocado oil that you see in your neatly packaged bottle, the flesh of the avocado fruit undergoes the cold-pressing process for the oil to separate from the pulp and the water, before going through yet another round of screening before it appears as the extra virgin avocado oil that you see. Why avocado oil is great for your body is because of how it still contains almost the same nutrients as avocados like the healthy fats and the oleic acid and essential fatty acids.
Unlike oils like pumpkin seed oil and flaxseed oil, avocado oil can be used in cooking and even as a dressing in your salads. Another sterling feature of avocado oil is its extremely high monounsaturated fat content which makes it a great alternative as compared to the other cooking oils. Although something that you have to look out for is the smoke point of avocado oil when you drop it in a hot frying pan. When it reaches its smoke point, the structure of the oil would go weak in the knees and that is when the nutrients would be lost and the flavour would change drastically.
Benefits of Avocado Oil
Before you start buying into avocado oil, first look into what this delicate oil can do for your body and health.
Moisturises The Skin
Our skin is on a first-name basis with avocado oil precisely because of how much nutrients it contains. On top of the vitamin E in avocado oil, it also contains other nutrients like potassium, lecithin and other nutrients that our skin needs to moisturise and nourish itself. The outer layer of our skin, called the epidermis, makes use of these nutrients to form new skin as well. For those who commonly have dry, irritated or flaky skin, antioxidants and vitamins in avocados have been found to help with soothing and healing the skin when it is afflicted by inflammation.
Avocado oil has many uses and aside from being used as cooking oil, it can be used as a facial mask as well. When you apply a fine layer of avocado oil on your face for a short period of time, avocado oil can keep your skin feeling hydrated without leaving any sticky or oily residue behind to reduce the likelihood of you having to deal with acne. Because of how avocado oil contains components that has anti-inflammatory benefits, the use of it as a mask would help reduce the redness and inflammation that could come as a result of acne.
Treats Sunburned Skin
In tropical Singapore, it is very easy to find yourself getting sunburned even when you are just headed outdoors to get to your usual lunch spot with your colleagues. If you are not one who is dedicated to the sunscreen, avocado oil would be a great way to help treat your sunburned skin. That is because of how the antioxidants in avocado oil like vitamin E, beta carotene, vitamin D and essential fatty acids, would help heal and soothe your sunburned skin.
Reduce Signs Of Ageing
Signs of ageing like wrinkles and fine lines on our skin do show up even when we are extremely careful with our skin. To prevent those signs of ageing from appearing too obvious, you could start taking in healthy fats like those found in avocados and avocado oil to aid your skin in retaining its elasticity. How you can do that is by incorporating more avocado oil into your diet, like in your baked goods and even in your stir-fry dishes.
For the love of avocados, you should start considering its use to reap all the health benefits that this lovely green fruit could bring to our body.