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The Beauty Glossary: A is for Avocado

The Beauty Glossary: A is for Avocado
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I once saw the avocado described as the passionate love-child of a vegetable and a stick of butter: creamy, fatty, healthy and delicious. Can I get an amen? This humble fruit has many uses; it can lift a party (who doesn’t love guacamole?) and dress up food from toast to salad.

It’s a superfood alright, but so rich in beautifying ingredients that you should be eating avocados as well as applying them topically. The pulp makes for a great avocado face mask (just add 1tbsp honey and 2tbsp hot water) and the oil works as a nourishing avocado hair mask.

Don’t worry about the coconut oil on your shelf, it’s still trendy in health and beauty, but avocado oil doesn’t need to be liquefied and it won’t leave you smelling like a piña colada all day.

Due to its high concentration of anti-inflammatory oleic acid, avocado oil can also ease discomfort caused by skin conditions

The oil of an avocado is very similar to the oil found in your skin. It boasts vitamin E, potassium and lecithin which work as a nutritious ‘drink’ for your skin and help generate strong new cells. These nutrients, along with amino acids and proteins in avocados, are ideal for hydrating your hair too. Together, these work to improve both the appearance and structure of existing hair while promoting healthier, faster growth of new strands and improving the overall condition of your scalp.

Great news avocado lovers! Due to its high concentration of anti-inflammatory oleic acid, when applied directly, avocado oil can also ease discomfort caused by skin conditions including dandruff, cracked hells, keratosis pilaris, insect bites and stings, sunburn, eczema and psoriasis. Because avocado oil is so thick, it won’t soak in as fast as other oils so a little goes a long way.

The avocado benefits are endless. In scientific/ingredient list terms, avocado oil is sometimes referred to as Persea Gratissima.

Here are some of our favorite products featuring the beloved avocado:

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