Behind The Ingredient: Persea Gratissima

The earliest record of the avocado's existence came from an archaeological dig in Peru that uncovered avocado seeds buried with a mummy that dated back to the 8th century BC. The avocado is native to Mexico, Central America and South America. Throughout history avocado oil has been renowned for its healing and regenerative properties.

AVOCADO oil, is a vitamin-rich, luxurious oil that profoundly nourishes the skin and replenishes it's delicate barrier. Different oils penetrate the skin at different rates. Oils that are slow to penetrate the more saturated the oil. Avocado oil is a medium to slow oil to penetrate the skin, but an excellent moisturising agent. It has occlusive properties this means it forms a barrier over the top of the skin because of this it helps to increase moisture levels by preventing epidermal water loss. 

SKIN BENEFITS INCLUDE 

One of the healthiest oils for skin contains:

Saturated and monounsaturated fatty acids Omega 9 and 6 Oleic Acid and other fatty acids in avocado are known to help the body heal, boost cell regeneration and fight free radicals

Amino Acids - Glutamine helps to cleanse the skin and safeguard against harsh pollutants from environmental factors.

VITAMINS

Vitamin A - (Retinol and Carotenoids) Is a fat-soluble vitamin and plays a vital role in the health of your skin. It helps to delay the effects of skin aging, assists with cell regeneration, and promotes collagen and elastin levels. This results in firmer, smoother, and more youthful skin with greater elasticity. Vitamin A is an antioxidant and it helps to reduce inflammation by fighting free radical damage.

B Vitamins - B1,B2  are both beneficial for skin health - A study demonstrated that a topical form of vitamin B was shown to dramatically reduce the effects of aging in human skin.

Vitamin D - Essential for glowing, healthy skin, helps retain serious moisture, reviving skin for a smoother, softer and more radiant appearance. Elasticity is boosted while fine lines are plumped and minimized. 

Vitamin E - which provides protection and helps skin retain moisture. Most of the time, the term vitamin E is wrongly used for alpha-tocopherol – the most studied form of vitamin E. Vitamin E is used as a general term for a group of sixteen liposoluble chemical compounds, which differ in their strength of efficacy. Those compounds also include all tocopherols alpha, beta & gamma tocopherols. 

Vitamin K - A fat-soluble vitamin, helps even out skin tone and reduce spider veins and broken capillaries.

MINERALS

Potassium - Helps to control the balance of fluids in the body and is required for proper nerve and muscle function helps to protect against dehydration. 

Selenium - A powerful anti-oxidant protects skin from UV irradiation-induced oxidative stress may also help to control oily skin. Useful for the prevention and treatment of psoriasis.

Zinc - Is a metal it is called an “essential trace element” because very small amounts of zinc are necessary for human health. It is needed for wound healing (cellular repair and replacement) Six percent of total body zinc is located in the skin. Zinc is present in both the epidermis and dermis, though at levels five-fold higher in the epidermis. Zinc stabilizes cell membranes, serves as an essential cofactor for several metalloenzymes. It's main function is to protect the skin against photodamage by absorbing UV irradiation, limiting penetration of radiation into skin and is used for treating skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, and acne.  

Chlorophyll - High in skin-protecting antioxidants neutralizing free radicals, which are responsible for disrupting collagen production and DNA, which causes wrinkling, helps enhance wound healing.

Rich in lecithin - as well as collagen-boosting plant sterolins 

Nourishing oil - essential fatty acids that soften and soothe the skin, is excellent for mature // dehydrated skins

Moisturising - A rich, deep penetrating oil, SPF properties ranging from 4-15, it can help boost protection for the skin during sun exposure

Steroline - Found in avocado oil can reduce blemishes and also relieve damaged skin in particular damage caused by sun exposure

Antioxidant-rich - Beta-carotene helps to protect against pollution

Study - In 2001 a study published in Dermatology, provided evidence that a vitamin B12 cream containing avocado oil has considerable potential as a well-tolerated, long-term topical therapy for psoriasis. Psoriasis patients used the avocado oil cream for 12 weeks and showed consistent improvement throughout the study period.

METHOD OF EXTRACTION - Cold Pressed unrefined - oils retain all of their aroma and nutritional value, making these oils highly beneficial for skin care requirements.

PLANT PART USED: The fruit.

    We have incorporated Organic Avocado Oil into our Hero [face] launching 2019

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    2 comments

    How interesting that oils penetrate the skin at different speeds. Perhaps you can write a blog about that :-)
    Amanda

    Amanda August 30, 2017

    I love eating them and now I am going to feel even better about using products with avocado oil. So great to understand how and why certain ingredients are used in skin care products. Cannot wait for your face serum to be launched!
    Tess

    Tess August 18, 2017

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