The avocado produces a rich and deeply-penetrating oil, which has been
valued since ancient times for its healing and moisturizing properties
for the skin. Avocado oil is rich in vitamins A, D and E, lecithin,
beta-carotene, potassium and essential proteins.
It is also a rich source of mono-unsaturated fatty acids,
particularly palmitic, palmitoleic, stearic, oleic, linoleic and
Benefits of avocado oil for the skin
As well as its high nutritional value, avocado oil contains some very
specific skin benefits. It is high in sterolins, which have been shown
to reduce age spots. It is the sterolins (also called plant steroids)
in the oil, which also help to soften the skin and impart a wonderful
For this reason, avocado oil is very effective if you have dry skin, or
if your skin is damaged by the sun, as it will help it to regenerate
and rejuvenate it. Avocado oil has also been shown to relieve the
dryness and itching of skin diseases such as psoriasis and eczema.
A study in Israel found avocado oil also significantly increases the
amount of collagen in the skin, which normally reduces as we get older.