The Trick for Treating Dry Skin You Probably Haven’t Tried Yet? Avocado Oil.
When the dry skin on your scalp, elbows, and knees is driving you crazy, you might opt for buttery cream and salves, but our go-to for parched skin is a potent oil that penetrates deeply to nourish and hydrate at the foundational level: avocado oil.
You May Be Wondering...What Exactly Is Avocado Oil?
While most oils come from the seeds of a fruit, avocado oil is different. The extraction process starts with the pulp of peeled avocados, making first what looks like guacamole. After pulp is run through a centrifuge, the oil and water separate. That oil? Avocado oil. Some manufacturers do this at high temperatures, but when the process is done at a cooler temperature, the oil retains the fruit’s natural goodness. The obvious green color is another sign that an avocado oil has been cold-pressed, like Valentia’s.
Cold-pressed avocado oil provides a distinctly nourishing treat for your skin. Comprised mainly of oleic acid, it also contains vitamins A, C, D, E, and K, along with chlorophyll, beta carotene, palmitic acid, lecithin, linoleic acid, and docosadienoic acid—a combination that’s perfectly suited for skincare.
Just a few ounces of rich avocado oil can do the job of countless skin and hair care products, simplifying your beauty routine while reducing your exposure to questionable chemical and synthetic ingredients hiding in many beauty products.
Our Favorite Ways to Use Avocado Oil
As a cleanser
Forget about harsh facial cleansers that strip away your skin’s natural moisture. Simply massage a dime-sized amount of avocado oil into your face to effortlessly lift away dirt, grime, and makeup—and then wipe away with a warm, damp washcloth.
As a moisturizer
Rich and gentle, avocado oil’s luscious blend of essential fatty acids, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals glides on smoothly and absorbs quickly to lock in hydration and glow, without the oily shine. It’s even gentle enough for the delicate tissue around your eyes, where it delivers vitamin K to reduce the appearance of dark circles.
As a replacement for chemical anti-aging products
The antioxidants and nutrients in avocado oil naturally help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for a fresh, smooth complexion.
As a balm for sensitive skin
Avocado oil’s healthy fats and chlorophyll can be your sensitive skin’s new BFF, and numerous studies explore this oil’s potential to help keep your skin looking and feeling its best, both in and out of the sun.
As a conditioner
To keep your locks looking lush, add a drop or two of avocado oil to your regular shampoo or conditioner—or treat yourself to a deep conditioning hot oil treatment by mixing with an equal amount of castor oil, then warming, working into hair, and leaving in for at least 30 minutes. For alluring nails, simply massage a small amount of avocado oil into dry nails and cuticles.
As a massage oil
Avocado oil’s silky texture and light, nutty scent make it just right for a relaxing whole body massage. And it’s also a perfect carrier oil for all your favorite essential oils, which alone are too strong to use directly on the skin. To safely enjoy essential oils, just mix a few drops into avocado oil before use.
When choosing your avocado oil, look for a cold-pressed, single-ingredient, small-batch product. Valentia Avocado Oil is sustainably sourced, organic, cruelty-free, non-GMO, and without any added coloring, preservatives, parabens, sulfates, or synthetic additives. Simple, natural, and affordable—just the way nature intended it.