Much more than a hipster breakfast dish, there are so many benefits of avocado for the skin. So it seems that the cool cats are onto something with their avocado affair.
Apart from being yummy and in almost everything from smoothies to toasties, avocado oil is loaded with Omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamins A, D and E.
These power-packed compounds have exceptional skin benefits, making your skin supple, bouncy and glowy. This is why avocado oil is a key ingredient in our skin serum, Derma Botanica No.3.
According to Maya Ivanjesku, Chief Scientific Officer at LaFlore Probiotic Skincare, the fats, compounds and vitamins found in avocados can speed-up skin repair. They also heal wounds and even improve chronic skin conditions like eczema and acne.
These same nutrients also improve chapped skin and stabilise skin tone. And best of all for the ageing hipster, avocado oil can stave off wrinkles and fine lines.
To find out more about why avocado is the skin’s best friend, we need to look at its key components.
Avocado’s high level of fatty acids (“good fats”) helps deeply nourish all skin types. Plus, it contains Omega-3 (linolenic acid) and Omega-6 (linoleic acid), which can’t be produced by the body. These are the moisturising fatty acids we use in Derma Botanica No.3, to hydrate and soften your skin.
These fatty acids are also marvellous healing agents and strengthen the skin’s natural barrier, creating a protective layer. Studies have shown that they even speed up wound healing.
Avocado oil can also boost your skin’s immunity against stress and other environmental factors. Antioxidants such as vitamins E and C in avocado oil work to protect cells from free radical damage – which can age your skin.
Definitely found in the carrots that share their name, carotenoids are also plentiful in Avocado oil. Carotenoids assist in regenerating tissue and protect against sun damage, repairing skin protein fibres after damage by UV light.
Some types of carotenoids can actually absorb UV light and protect skin against burning. They also stimulate collagen and elastin to increase skin density, elasticity and firmness. If you suffer from hyperpigmentation, carotenoids can decrease the size of melanocytes (melanin-producing cells).
You don’t actually need to smear some of your breakfast on your face to get the topical benefits of Avocado oil. The easiest way to use Avocado oil is in our Derma Botanica No. 3 serum. Use it underneath your usual moisturiser or alone, instead of your daily or nightly moisturiser.
To fully experience the benefits of Derma Botanica No.3, use it twice a day and follow our unique Tap-Massage-Breathe (TMB) technique. This method gives you a moment to slow down and be present while you take care of yourself, and allows the oils to be fully absorbed and work deeply on your body, mind and spirit.
1. Prepare your skin by cleansing, and toning
2. Place 4–5 drops of Derma Botanica No.3 serum in your palm.
3. Tap your face and neck with your palms and fingertips.
4. Massage your face, neck and chest upwards using both hands.
5. Breathe in the remaining oil from your cupped palms, and take a mindful pause as you inhale the calming scent.
Avocado oil is pressed from the fruit of the avocado tree (Persea americana). For our Derma Botanica No.3, our Avocado oil is sourced from south-central Mexico and our suppliers use only organic avocado oil.
So next time you’re about to bite into your over-priced smashed avocado brunch, don’t forget that avocado is also a treat for your skin. Using our Derma Botanica No.3 will mean that your skin can enjoy and benefit from amazing avocado oil, and you’ll still be able to afford to eat it too.