The Top 4 Avocado Skin Benefits


Skin Benefits of AvocadoIs avocado good for your skin and if so what makes it so beneficial?

While using avocado directly on the face is a popular natural beauty treatment, many people have found that just eating avocado regularly can do wonders for their complexion.

Avocados are rich in healthy fatty acids, vitamins and antioxidants that can improve your skin from the inside. Here are four of the best avocado benefits for your skin and even more reasons to eat one of nature’s healthiest foods.

1. Antioxidant Carotenoids for Healthy Skin

Avocados are a great source of antioxidant carotenoids like alpha-carotene, beta carotene, beta-cryptoxanthin, zeaxanthin and lutein. These free radical quenching compounds provide significant protection for your skin from the environmental damage that leads to fine lines, wrinkles and other visible signs of aging.

High amounts of carotenoids in your diet have been shown in scientific studies to improve your skin’s density, thickness, tone and general appearance.

Butternut squash is another high antioxidant food that’s also well worth adding to your diet for better skin.

2. Vitamin C 

Many people are surprised to find out that avocado contains good amounts of vitamin C for healthy skin. We should ideally have many sources of vitamin C in our diet every day as it is water soluble and cannot be stored in your body.

As well as having strong antioxidant properties, vitamin C is needed for the creation of elastin and collagen, which bind your skin cells together and maintain their firmness and structure.

Fresh pineapple is also a surprisingly good source of vitamin C and it has many other benefits for your health.

3. Vitamin E

Vitamin E is another skin antioxidant, but since it is fat soluble it is used by the body in a different way. Vitamin E assists in preventing free radical damage from oxidizing fats in your skin cells that lead to aging skin.

Research studies have also demonstrated that vitamin E can reduce the effects of UVA and UVB radiation from excessive sun exposure on your skin.

Vitamin E is much better for you and your skin when it’s obtained from natural sources like avocados. Here are 15 other types of foods that are good sources of this important fat-soluble vitamin.

4. Moisturizing Monounsaturated Fatty Acids

One of the main avocado skin benefits comes from their high oleic acid content. This monounsaturated fatty acid maintains moisture in the epidermal layer of your skin, helping to make it soft and hydrated.

An omega-9 fat, oleic acid is also involved in regenerating damaged skin cells and reducing facial redness and irritation. People who suffer from skin irritation and dryness regularly should try eating more avocado for skin health and moisturization.

Omega-9 fatty acids are one of the building blocks of a healthy complexion and avocados, and even more so avocado oil, are a great source of this skin moisturizing fat.

There’s much more on why the fatty acids and other nutrition in avocado are so good for you here, including all the vitamins and minerals they contain.

Eat Avocado for Better Skin

A diet high in avocado is good for your skin, and particularly your face, in the way its fatty acids moisturize and soften your skin cells.

When you eat avocados you are also giving your body a lot of skin protecting antioxidants, like beta-carotene, vitamin C and vitamin E, to prevent wrinkles and slow down the visible signs of aging.

If you need any more reasons to eat them, there are 9 more health benefits of avocado here, including losing weight, better digestion and lowering your risk of serious health problems like heart disease and cancer.

Next up are two simple ways to do just that with an avocado, kiwi and spinach smoothie, that’s a delicious way to get more of the skin benefits of avocado into your diet, as well as an avocado omelette for breakfast for long lasting energy.

Please share this article with friends who care about their skin but may not eat avocados regularly. Healthy foods like this really are the best way to improve both your appearance and your overall health.

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ray h

Great post! My health overall, and the look and feel of my hair and skin in particular, has increased a lot since I added avocados to my diet. You’re even able to make DIY hair and skin masks with these!

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    jim

    Hi Ray. Yes avocados really are great for your skin, both internally and externally. Thanks for your comments.

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Nora

I started eating avocado about an hour ago to improve my cholesterol. I hope to get good results..

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MARGAET CARLOGRIDIS

I an African who had such difficulty in keeping my hair soft after the new regime of hard hair straighteners . I took a chance and massaged ripe avocado into my hair before washing it.I rinsed it off and with very little toilet soap.I repeated it and making sure that this process was washed off,I rubbed in hair food.and set my hair.Wow!!! silky ,fast growing hair.Peeps try it.

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    Jim

    Hi Margaet,

    Avocado is good for hair as well but I find cold pressed avocado oil even better and much easier to use.

    All the best

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Chris

Hi,
I use to have bad cholestrol and after eats at least 2 Avocados a day for a year, and with sufficient exercise, my good cholestrol raise by a great leap and the bad one drops

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Connie

I am a filipina and I have a large dark Spot on my both cheeks .just wondering if I can put overnight the avocado and how often should I use..I appreciate very much if u can help me with this. ,,, Thank you ,,
………….Connie

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    Jim

    Hi Connie,

    Crushed parsley can be good for this. I’d do a search for ‘parsley for dark spots’ and check the top result.

    Hope this helps,

    Jim

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wendy maharaj

Hi Jim I would like to know what kind of parsley is good for dark spots . Thank you.

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    Jim

    Hi Wendy,

    Both kinds appear to have the properties needed with curly parsley perhaps slightly better for higher chlorophyll. See this page for more superfoodprofiles.com/parsley-face-mask-acne-dark-spots-discolored-skin

    All the best,

    Jim

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Elena

Hi. Is avocado good for calming rosasia?? I am 45 and having this skin problem is really UPSETTING!!!! Please help!!!!

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    Jim

    Hi Elena,

    Avocado is rich in monounsaturated fats that should help for rosacea but there can be many underlying causes including food allergies. I’d consider seeing a good alternative healthcare professional who understands the problem and can test you individually. Ayurvedic and Chinese traditional practitioners often have success treating skin problems like these.

    Hope this helps,

    Jim

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Shanila

Hi,
Great article. I have been having avocado, walnut and apple salad daily for 2 weeks. My complexion looks great and my dark circles under my eyes have improved by around 80%.

It’s definitely a food I will continue to have in my diet.

Best Wishes All

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Hans

Hi,

Greetings. I was wondering if we can consume avocados at night as a snack?

Regards,
Hans

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cassi jo

Hi Jim! I’ve been doing a sugar with lemon juice and honey scrub, followed by egg whites, strawberry and then avocado face masks – then I rinse with Apple cider vinegar and ice cold water. I have also been drinking a few small shots of ACV almost everyday. I have been eating two egg yolks a day. My diet has been oatmeal, tuna, peaches and cottage cheese and foods higher in protein and fiber. I cut all caffeine out of my diet. I have been doing early morning stretches and all sorts of random body exercises. I have even been trying to meditate and get in touch with my inner self and aura. So, I have been doing all of this for the last month now. Recently though, after seeing results in the decrease of my facial wrinkles, among many other beneficial differences- I thought I’d give olive oil a try, to see if it would do even greater things for my skin, but instead i broke out in pimples (which is not a very common thing for me). I know olive oil has done amazing things for my hair so far, along with even making it a shade darker (or at least that is how it seems to me) but I’m finding out the hard way it is no good on my face. Do you know of anything I could do to fix it? Or any tips on what else I can do to gain back some of my youth (minus the pimples of course lol) I’m 24 years old but I feel like I am 40. I have four children all under the age 7 and they were all c sections. One major goal of mine is to tighten up my skin and gain some of my “plumpness” back naturally, somehow. I’m very twiggy-looking and I just feel like a tired bag of bones… and if there might be any hope for me regaining some of my youth back, I’d love to know what it is. I’m willing to go the extra mile. Any help will greatly be appreciated and never forgotten. Thanks so much for your time!

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    Jim

    Hi Cassi,

    Avocado oil is much better than olive oil on the skin but I’ve actually written a whole ebook on superfoods for better skin and it’s free to download here: http://healthiestfoods.co.uk/health-enhancements/ This would have lots of information on improving your skin and likely your health at the same time.

    All the best,

    Jim

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Nyla

Hi Jim,

Do avocados make your dark spots/scars fade away?

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    Jim

    Hi Nyla,

    Crushed parsley is better for this than avocados.

    All the best,

    Jim

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brian

Hi jim

Can avocado make your skin more lighter ?

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    Jim

    Hi Brian,

    Crushed parsley with a little lemon juice is generally better for this. Avocadoes are a great skin moisturizer though.

    All the best,

    Jim

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Jo

Hello, if I use avocado directly on my skin, how long should I leave it on?

Thanks
jo

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    Jim

    Hi Jo,

    10 minutes is fine but half an hour is even better.

    All the best,

    Jim

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daniel glass

Two weeks of eating avocados and my skin feels softer already! Good thing we have some avocado trees on our orchard. Just wish they are not a seasonal fruit.

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    Jim

    Hi Daniel,

    I agree on both counts – avocados are great for your skin and also it would be even better if they were on the tree all year round.

    All the best,

    Jim

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chrissie

hi can you advice me on whats the best source of food for bags and swollen eyes i suffer from sinus problems and have been to docs and hospital yet nothing seems tov work.
thank you kindly

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    Jim

    Hi Chrissie,

    For the bags under the eyes this parsley remedy is helpful http://superfoodprofiles.com/how-to-get-rid-of-dark-circles-under-the-eyes-parsley

    The swollen eyes and sinus sounds like a food allergy. You could get tested or try an elimination diet where you slowly reintroduce the most common allergenic foods. There’s many people’s experiences with this on health forums like curezone.org

    I personally had similar symptoms regularly when I was younger until I replaced milk with coconut milk so that would be worth testing, though allergies vary from person to person.

    All the best,

    Jim

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