Saturday, 20 February 2016

Why You should use Avocado Oil as an Eye Cream

I've mentioned using this oil as an eye cream before, but I thought I would elaborate for those who are into natural skincare or aren't into traditional eye creams. I use avocado oil as an eye cream occasionally; usually in the evenings. Sometimes in the morning, if I'm not in a rush (it takes a while to absorb: minutes not hours).

While not as vogue as coconut oil, avocado oil seems to gaining momentum in the beauty world, with skincare companies introducing serums, moisturisers, and eye creams with this promising ingredient. The catch is the oil used in skin care products do not claim to be organic, unrefined, undeodorised and unbleached, so they probably aren't.

Nutrition: what's in avocado oil
  • high in monounsaturated fatty acids (oleic and palmitoleic acids) - typically 75 % of the oil 
  • the rest in made up of polyunsaturated (linoleic and linolenic acids) and saturated fatty acids (palmitic and stearic acids)
  • chlorophylls
  • carotenoids
  • high in vitamin e
  • phytosterols

'Avocado' by Chad Miller licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Studies on Avocado Oil and Skin
  • Lutein is the most significant caratenoid in avocado oil and is also found naturally in the skin. Studies have found lutein protects the skin from damage from UV radiation (Roberts, Green and Lewis, 2009)
  • lutein provides antioxidant protection (Roberts, Green and Lewis, 2009)
  • wound healing properties (Nayak, Raju and Chalapathi Rao, 2008)
  • increased collagen synthesis and decrease inflammation (de Oliveira et al., 2013)

Other Uses
  • mix in with a moisturiser 
  • as a 'serum' at night before moisturiser
  • on it's own (I've tried this - it seemed too thin)

Best to use organic, unrefined, cold pressed for the most benefits:



Bibliography

Roberts, R., Green, J. and Lewis, B. (2009). Lutein and zeaxanthin in eye and skin health. Clinics in Dermatology, 27(2), pp.195-201.

Roberts, R., Green, J. and Lewis, B. (2009). Lutein and zeaxanthin in eye and skin health. Clinics in Dermatology, 27(2), pp.195-201.


Nayak, B., Raju, S. and Chalapathi Rao, A. (2008). Wound healing activity of Persea americana (avocado) fruit: a preclinical study on rats. Journal of Wound Care, 17(3), pp.123-125.


de Oliveira, A., Franco, E., Rodrigues Barreto, R., Cordeiro, D., de Melo, R., de Aquino, C., e Silva, A., de Medeiros, P., da Silva, T., Góes, A. and Maia, M. (2013). Effect of Semisolid Formulation of Persea Americana Mill (Avocado) Oil on Wound Healing in Rats. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2013, pp.1-8.

2 comments:

  1. Huge fan of this underrated carrier oil too! It's so light and my skin always eats it up :) Great post! Loved this read

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    1. Thanks Angie! I really need to try it is a carrier oil xo

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