6 Avocado benefits for skin, hair health and beauty

We discovered six benefits of avocado for skin, hair health and beauty that will make you want to cheer: bravocado! If you are the queen of smashed avo on toast or like your tacos with a little extra guacamole you might be getting more than you realise when you bite into your favourite morsel. 

Did you know avocados are full of superfood ingredients that may benefit your skin and revitalise your hair? And that’s just by adding avocado to your diet. There are also many benefits to applying avocado to your face and body or using products that contain avocado oil for a radiant glow that lasts all day. Let’s slice open the avocado to get to the pit of the matter – here are six benefits of avocado for a more beautiful you.

1. Avocado May Even Out Skin Blemishes Or Scars

Avocados contain Omega 3 fatty acids as well as vitamin E which helps skin to repair damage caused by acne, eczema, pimples, or scrapes. Avocados promote healthy skin growth and applying it to your skin can give you a more even skin tone. Avocados may also help to reduce the appearance of stretch marks by gently repairing damaged skin. Avocado can be used to create a paste which can be applied to the skin 3-4 times a week as a healing balm.

2. Avocado May Rehydrate Your Hair

Regularly eating avocados can revitalise your hair. If you suffer from dry damaged hair and an itchy scalp, try adding more avocados  to your weekly diet. Avocados are rich in biotin (a B-complex vitamin) that can nourish the scalp and moisturise the hair leaving it smooth and silky to the touch.

Comb, avocado mashed in a bowel, oil and lemon cuts

3. Avocado Can Moisturise Your Skin

Avocado oil has been known to provide deep moisturisation to your skin. South African women know that the sun is our biggest enemy when it comes to aging. Using products with avocado oil as a main ingredient can assist in preventing sun damage, soothing the skin and assisting it to heal more quickly. 

No one understands South African skin better than Dawn. This is why our Dawn Aloe Vera & Avocado Oil Soothing Body Lotion is made up with the key ingredient for natural moisturisation - avocado oil. Regular use of this nourishing lotion  all over your body, especially after bathing or showering, goes a long way in keeping your skin hydrated.

4. Avocados Soothes Sunburn

Speaking of the South African sun, sunburn is a daily concern. Most of us protect our skin with sunscreen, but from time to time we may forget. Luckily nature gave us avocados to sooth the pain of sunburn and gently reduce redness and inflammation. 

For a homemade sunburn ointment, you can mix:

  • •  Smashed avo – about ½ a cup
  • •   ½ tsp of lime juice 
  • •   1 tsp of plain yoghurt

Mix these ingredients together and apply it to the sunburnt areas on your body, leave for 10 minutes and then rinse off. 

5. Avocado Is a Powerful Anti-Aging Remedy

Avocados are good for your skin in that it combats aging. Free radicals are what causes the skin to age. Eating avocados combats free radical damage to the cells and allows the body to produce more collagen which – drumroll – lightens age  spots and softens your skin, leaving it looking youthful.

sliced avocado on toast with salt and pepper

6. Avocado Oil Minimises Breakouts

If you suffer from breakouts at certain times of the month it may be worth exploring products that contain a generous amount of avocado oil. This healthy fat is fantastic at preventing breakouts due to its antimicrobial properties. Avocado oil can even be used as a hydrating cleanser for a more supple appearance. Dawn Aloe Vera & Avocado Oil Soothing Body Lotion is formulated with avocado oil that delivers 48 hour moisturisation.

Give Avocado A Place of Honour in Your Home

And if you’re still not convinced about putting avo on your skin, simply eat it! It's delicious and full of goodness. In the summer months lunchtime sandwiches can easily be spruced up by the addition of smashed avocado. And in winter you may want to try baked avocados with bacon and eggs. Whatever you do, give this small green fruit a place of honour in your fruit bowl and beauty routine – and reap the skin benefits of avocado.