Holy Guacamole: How Avocado Benefits Skin

Jamie Newman | August 19, 2015 | 11:05 PM
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“Guac Star is a revitalizing and hydrating Avocado facial mask that is packed with Avocado Butter, Avocado Extracts and Avocado Oil,” McLinden says. “These key ingredients deliver Omega-9 Fatty Acids, Vitamins and moisturization directly to the skin. Parched, dry, dehydrated and sun-loving skin is instantly brought back to life!” ... Guac Star by FarmHouse Fresh
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Rich in skin-loving avocado oil and tocotrienol, as well as grape seed, sunflower, sesame and kukui nut oils, Avoplex works to restore moisture and lipids to the skin to nourish dry cuticles, heels and elbows. ... AVOPLEX Nail & Cuticle Replenishing Oil by OPI
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“When we designed this formula, we were aiming to offer a clay formula that is not over-drying, so that consumers with dry skin could still receive the cleansing benefit from a clay masque,” says Nathalie Yin, Director of Marketing, Personal Care of The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. “Avocado was therefore included in the formula due to its moisturizing property.” ... Avocado & Grapefruit Masque by Queen Helene
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“Gentle Shampoo is a mild cleanser safe for everyday use,” says Jessaline Orlansky, director of product development, Bumble and bumble. “Avocado Oil, a key ingredient, has moisturizing properties that’s perfect for dry and parched hair.” ... Gentle Shampoo by Bumble and bumble
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"Avocado oil's natural ability to smooth and soften is ideal for clients with skin that is dehydrated, aging or lined, says Teresa Stenzel, Director of Education for Bioelements. “It's one of the ways Absolute Moisture balances skin's water-to-oil levels and leaves lines less visible." ... Absolute Moisture by Bioelements
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“The avocado butter in Pureology's Hydrate HydraWhip penetrates into hair even better than oil,” said Ruth Roche, Pureology Artistic Ambassador. “It really replenishes the hair and adds ‘slip’, meaning it makes the hair easy to comb through, and more supple. It does all this without weighing the hair down-- it’s very lightweight with all the benefits of a deep conditioner.” ... Hydrate Hydra Whip by Pureology
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Nourish lips with vitamins and antioxidants while showing off a colorful pout. Available in a variety of fruit-pigment dyed formulas, these lip colors are made with a moisturizing base of avocado and cocoa butters. ... Fruit Pigmented Lip Glaze by 100% Pure
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This non-lathering cleansing conditioner works to moisturize and nourish hair. It is enriched with amla, argan, and of course, avocado oil, which penetrates the cuticle, strengthens follicle health, stimulates growth and quenches dry locks. ... LAVISH All in 1 Cleansing & Conditioning by Beauty & Pin-Ups
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A gentle, soothing daily moisturizer effective for all skin types. Avocado oil works alongside olive oil, seaweed, amino acid, algae, milk protein and more to calm irritated skin and combat dryness. ... Hydra 4 Day Protection Cream by Repechage
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This light crème styles and nourishes curly hair with avocado, apricot and coconut oils, giving it definition and all-day frizz-control. ... Curl Control Silkening Crème by Oribe
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Dominican Magic's Nourishing Conditioner naturally infuses hair with ultimate shine, condition and strength with the use of jojoba and avocado oils. ... Nourishing Conditioner by Dominican Magic
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We like avocado any way we can get it—diced up in a salad, sliced onto a sandwich, and yes, we will pay extra for a heaping scoop of guac wrapped inside our burritos (like that’s even a question). And the best part is, it’s really good for our bodies, skin, hair and nails!

“Packed with phytonutrients, avocados have become a staple because they’re rich in heart-healthy monounsaturated fat,” says Shannon McLinden, CEO of FarmHouse Fresh, a Texas-based company that specializes in face and body products that are made with up to 99.6 percent natural and naturally-derived ingredients. “The fruit has been shown to assist with everything from lowering cholesterol to reducing blood pressure.”

McLinden adds that avocados help manage weight due to their fiber content, both insoluble and soluble. Insoluble fiber helps regulate digestion; soluble fiber controls appetite by making us feel fuller, longer.

The fruits are rich in many nutrients such as vitamin E, vitamin C, folate, potassium and phytosterols.

 Avocado also yields incredible benefits in beauty routines. Sometimes on products, it is labeled under its scientific name, peresea gratissima. When we asked McLinden where the ingredient should be applied, she said “wherever you have skin!”

“The great thing about avocados is they're safe for all skin types, as they won't irritate dry skin or aggravate a sensitive complexion,” McLinden says.

Avocados contain high amounts of carotenoids, which have been shown to improve skin’s density, thickness, tone and general appearance. The vitamin C in avocado helps create elastin and collagen, which bind together skin cells to maintain their firmness and structure. Vitamin E helps stop free radical damage that lead to aging skin.

“Avocados are a great source of antioxidant carotenoids that are free radical quenching compounds; basically a "free-radical Pac-Man,” McLinden says. “They also provide significant protection for your skin from the environmental damage that leads to fine lines and wrinkles.”

Healthy skin and avocados, according to McLinden, have an important building block in common: omega-9 fatty acids. Many beauty products that use avocado as an active ingredient utilize its oil, pressed from the fruit of the avocado, because it contains the highest concentration of these.

Avocados are so great for skin, even by themselves they can act as a natural emollient. When applied topically, it can hydrate and even prevent dry skin.

Although your clients might be used to paying extra for that irresistible guacamole, convince them to mix some of that green goodness into their beauty routine as well. 


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