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Avocados are amazing. They’re not only delicious and nutritious, but they also make for an incredible skin care ingredient. Avocado oil for skin is currently one of the biggest trends in the skin care world.

And since avocado oil is an all-natural product, it’s safe for both you and your baby.

In this article, the experts at Mustela will explain everything you need to know about avocado oil for skin. We’ll discuss the science behind avocado oil, nine of the health benefits it provides, and five simple ways to use avocado oil for skin.

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The Science Behind Avocado Oil For Skin

There are many myths about various skin care ingredients. The health benefits of some ingredients are exaggerated to the point that they begin to sound like magic elixirs.

Avocado oil is one ingredient that is actually backed by an enormous body of research to prove the health claims surrounding it. For starters, here is a list of all the nutrients in avocados:

  • Dietary Fiber
  • Potassium
  • Magnesium
  • Vitamins A, B-6, C, E, and K
  • Folate
  • Niacin
  • Pantothenic Acid
  • Riboflavin
  • Choline (Lecithin)
  • Carotenoids such as lutein and zeaxanthin
  • Phytosterols
  • Monounsaturated Fatty Acids

Each and every one of these nutrients improves your health in various ways. Research has shown these health benefits to be wide-ranging.

Studies on laboratory rats have proven that avocado oil can kill potentially harmful bacteria, help wounds to heal faster, improve metabolic health and liver functioning, reduce inflammation, and help treat Type 2 diabetes. That’s quite an impressive list!

On top of all that, there are also a number of scientifically supported reasons to use avocado oil for skin.

For instance, research demonstrates that avocado oil can stimulate collagen production in skin cells. Another study found that a vitamin B-12 cream containing avocado oil helped treat plaque psoriasis. Yet another scientific paper noted that avocado’s “lutein and zeaxanthin may help to protect the skin from damage from both UV and visible radiation.”

So how does avocado oil provide all of these incredible benefits for your skin? Avocados are packed with monounsaturated fatty acids, including one called oleic acid.

Oleic acid allows avocado oil to penetrate deep into your dermis, the second layer of your skin, sending the avocado’s nutrients directly to your skin cells. Oleic acid also has a number of healing properties itself, including lowered cholesterol and protection against heart disease.

With all of this remarkable research proving the health effects of avocados, it’s not hard to understand why so many families use avocado oil for skin care.

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9 Benefits Of Using Avocado Oil For Skin

Now that we’ve covered all of the research, we can explain nine wonderful benefits of using avocado oil for skin. Here are some of the amazing things avocado oil can do for you and your baby.

1) Hydrate Your Skin

Many people think of oily skin as a bad thing, but the truth is that you need a layer of oil on your skin for it to remain healthy.

Avocado oil can help to keep your skin hydrated while also nourishing your skin cells with vitamins and minerals. This will keep your skin (and your little one’s delicate skin) healthy and hydrated.

2) Relieve The Symptoms Of Eczema

Eczema is a skin condition characterized by extreme dryness, redness, itchiness, and discomfort. If you or your baby has eczema-prone skin, avocado oil is your best friend. It will help to hydrate while also relieving the symptoms of eczema, like itchiness.

3) Reduce Inflammation

Studies have shown that avocado oil for skin is an effective way to reduce inflammation. Regardless of what’s causing the inflammation — psoriasis, hives, or just an ordinary rash — avocado oil can help.

4) Improve The Appearance Of Acne

Some people mistakenly believe that oily skin causes acne. This isn’t the case. Acne is the result of clogged pores, not oil. In fact, a healthy level of oil on your skin can help to keep your skin from becoming irritated, which may prevent breakouts.

And remember that acne isn’t only a problem for teenagers and adults. It’s not uncommon for babies to develop acne too, so keep your avocado oil close by.

5) Care For Peeling Skin

There are times when your skin becomes so dry and damaged that it begins to peel. Infants are also susceptible to newborn peeling skin.

Avocado oil for skin can help to provide the hydration your skin needs to heal itself, while also providing a protective layer to help prevent more damage from occurring.

6) Soothe Your Sunburn

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Sunburn is never fun. It can be especially worrying if your baby gets a sunburn. Sunburn typically leads to redness, dryness, discomfort, and possible peeling skin.

Avocado oil is the perfect match for sunburn since it can help relieve all of the symptoms.

7) Help Your Body Heal Itself

Packed with vitamins and minerals, avocado oil has the nutrients your skin cells need to repair themselves. This means that avocado oil for skin can help small wounds heal faster.

Whether it’s a scratch, a paper cut, or a small bug bite, avocado oil can provide the nutrients your body needs to regenerate.

8) Improve The Health Of Your Scalp

Avocado oil is effective for improving the health of you and your little one’s scalps. Perhaps you have dandruff, or maybe your little one has developed a case of cradle cap. Avocado oil for skin can help to fight both of these conditions by improving scalp health.

9) Fight The Signs Of Aging

Believe it or not, avocado oil can also help fight the signs of aging. Research has demonstrated that “xanthophylls, similar to those found in avocados, may have antioxidant and DNA protective effects with possible healthy aging protective effects.”

So use avocado oil to keep your skin as smooth as your baby’s bottom!

5 Easy Ways To Use Avocado Oil For Skin

Now that you’re excited to get started with avocado oil for skin, let’s have a look at five easy ways to apply it.

1) Apply A Little Avocado Oil Directly To Your Skin

The first (and easiest) way to apply avocado oil is to simply dab a little bit directly onto your skin. It will take 10 to 20 minutes for your skin to completely absorb all of the oil, so it’s best to apply it when you have a little time to relax.

2) Mix Avocado Oil Into Your Shampoo And Body Wash

If you’d like to get the health benefits of avocado oil without having to think about, simply add avocado oil to your or your baby’s shampoo and body wash. It’s an easy, no-hassle way to use avocado oil for skin.

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3) Make A Homemade Face Mask With Avocado Oil

If you’re feeling crafty, you can make a homemade face mask to use avocado oil for skin. There are a number of household ingredients you can use to make the mask — yogurt, honey, or even ripe avocados.

Add a few drops of avocado oil to the mixture to give the mask extra nourishing powers.

4) Dab A Few Drops Of Avocado Oil On Your Scalp

If you’d like to improve the health of your scalp, simply dab a few drops of avocado oil directly onto your head. The same holds true for your baby. If they have a dry scalp or a case of cradle cap, just put a few drops of avocado oil on their head and gently rub it in.

5) Add Avocado Oil To Your Bath

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Before easing into a nice, hot bath, add a few drops of avocado oil to the water. Hot water can sometimes dry out your skin, so the avocado oil will prevent this negative side effect from occurring.

At the same time, your skin will absorb the vitamins and minerals in the avocado oil, thus receiving an extra boost of nutrients.

You can also add a few drops of avocado oil to the water during your baby’s bath time to give your little one’s skin extra nourishing benefits.

With a large body of scientific research to verify the health benefits, avocado oil is one of the few skin care ingredients that live up to the hype. Better still, avocado oil is completely safe and effective for both you and your baby.

The experts at Mustela understand the health benefits of avocado oil. That’s why we use Avocado Perseose in the majority of our products. This ingredient not only has the benefits of avocado oil, but is also specially formulated to preserve and protect your baby’s delicate skin.

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From Diaper Rash Cream 1 2 3 and Hydra Bebe Body Lotion for your little one to Stretch Marks Oil and Bust Firming Serum for you, Mustela offers a wide selection of skin care products that harness the power of avocado oil for skin.