By Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi
The avocado is a beautiful fruit packed full of healthy goodness, so much so that to only eat it and not use its full beauty potential by applying it topically to the skin and hair would be a crime to Mother Nature herself!
The nutrient dense, creamy fruit – affectionately referred to as ‘nature’s butter’ – is an excellent source of over twenty vitamins and minerals.
But why is this fruit (technically, a berry) so damn good at making us prettier? It boils down to its poly- and monounsaturated fatty acids, which protect your skin. Monounsaturated fats keep the top layer of your skin moist so it’s soft and healthy, while polyunsaturated fatty acids protect it from sun damage, free radicals and inflammation.
As for our hair, the great news is that avocados contain between 2 and 6 micrograms of biotin, which is around 6 – 16 percent of our recommended daily intake. As part of the B complex vitamin group, biotin prevents hair loss and dry skin.
If you want beautiful skin without buying expensive skin products, just make avocados a part of your diet. Avocados are creamy, tasty, inexpensive and versatile. You can make guacamole, top sandwiches or salads with them or add avocado to quesadillas and tacos. If you get tired of eating them, you can just mash up an avocado and apply directly to your skin or as a mask on your hair.
But I get it – sometimes you want to open a jar of something that doesn’t smell like lunch, but provides all the same benefits. Here are 10 avocado based beauty products that are truly worth a try.
Our beauty sleep is fundamental to looking good when we’re awake, and applying a deeply nourishing night cream wins half the battle. This night repair cream by Antipodes takes advantage of the avocado antioxidants and vitamins E, A, B1, B2, C and D to renew your skin. You’ll wake up feeling smoother and more hydrated, with a wonderful scent on your face. This is excellent for dry and mature skins as it sinks right in and helps the natural production of collagen.
If you want to cleanse your face from impurities and increase circulation, the PHB Face Mask will work its magic. Made using the purest hypoallergenic ingredients, it is ideal for sensitive skin, as toxins get gently removed and the avocado nourishes the epidermis. Teenagers who are affected by acne love the effects of this product, as it helps with spots and in some cases it has also been beneficial to treat eczema and rosacea.
This gentle face cream uses lemon, cocoa butter, aloe vera, plant enzymes and of course, avocado oil, to lightly moisturize your skin, leaving it with a clean looking, matte finish. It also smells dreamy (though I’m not sure how natural that ‘fragrance’ is…).
I know what you’re thinking: shampoo soap? But this silky avocado shampoo bar is creamy and foamy, and has balancing and refreshing properties that are especially good for oily hair. Your scalp will feel restored, as your hair will come out clean, shiny and healthier, thanks to the avocado oil present here.
Pai Hydrating Day Cream is an exceptionally gentle and effective moisturiser. If you want to start the day off protecting your face without having that greasy look, this product is ideal. It is formulated to hydrate and protect dry sensitive skin, using only the cleanest organic ingredients that hydrate dry skin without any irritation. Perfect for summer!
Protect yourself from the effects of the sun, wind and saltwater with the avocado oil extracts in this Laboratories du Haut-Segala oil, certified organic by Ecocert. The product is extracted from the pulp of the avocado and contains the uber-nourishing vitamins A, B, C, D, E, H, K and PP, making it ideal for eye contouring, neck hydrating, and even solving brittle split ends. It is easily absorbed and adds instant radiance to your look à la plage!
Wonder how Miranda Kerr gets that seductive pout? Surely her Kora lip balm has something to do with it! This all natural hydrator is enriched with not only avocado oil but also jojoba and rosehip.
The heavenly blend of avocado oils in this Avocado 24-Hour Replenishing Cream is a sumptuous night moisturiser. Perfect for mature, dry or even normal skin, it will contribute to smoothen out lines in the utmost natural way. You will wake up feeling your skin cells completely regenerated and balanced.
Osea’s Advanced Protection Cream possesses a formula that’s rich in antioxidants providing additional protection against environmental toxins. The avocado’s essential nutrients hydrate the skin to reveal a radiant complexion. Great for dry skin, this will truly make you glow with natural beauty!
Not sure what a co-wash is? Well, this four-in-one-formula cleanses, conditions, nourishes and detangles, leaving your hair fresh and healthy for the entire day. The Briogeo Be Gentle, Be Kind Co-Wash has been crucial to delay oily hair, leaving it manageable and shiny. It is gluten-free and doesn’t irritate the scalp, or cause any kind of sensitivity issues. The benefits of this specific co-wash are that it’s practical, saves money on products, and gives super glam results.