The avocado is a tree native to the Caribbean, Mexico, South America and Central America. It has a long history of cultivation dating to A.D. 900. The avocado fruit is also called the Alligator Pear, reflecting its shape and the leather-like appearance of its skin. The fruit has quite higher fat content than any other fruit and as such serves as an important part in the diet of various types where access to other fatty foods (high-fat meats and fish, dairy, etc) is limited.
Avocado oil is pressed from the fruit of avocado. And it is one of few vegetable/fruit oils not derived from seeds; it is pressed from the fleshy pulp surrounding the avocado pit. Most importantly avocado oil is considered to be one of the healthiest oils – it has high concentrations of vitamins, fatty acids, and minerals. Avocado oil consists mostly of oleic, linoleic, and linolenic acids, vitamin E, and potassium.
In a study done at the Department of Food Engineering and Biotechnology, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in 1991, it was found that avocado oil may mobilize and increase the collagen of connective tissue. This is mainly due to the vitamin and mineral content in avocado oil. Vitamins A, D, and E when applied topically act as powerful antioxidants and free radical scavengers, and when combined together they promote natural collagen production in the skin therefore helping to improve skin’s texture, firmness, smoothness, and good pigmentation. All these essential vitamins in avocado oil collectively with high concentration of potassium are also an important factor in epidermal cell turnover.
Fatty Acid content in avocado oil helps protect the skin; they prevent the evaporation of water from the skin surface. By blocking the evaporative loss of water, fatty acids increase the water content of skin, keeping skin moisturized and supple, improving elasticity and long term water-retention capability.
Avocado oil has also demonstrated sunscreening characteristics and has been given the highest ranking by the Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology for sunscreen effectiveness when compared to other naturally derived oils such as peanut, olive, or coconut.
Given all these facts, and also that avocado oil has the highest penetration rate among similar oils, avocado oil is an ideal natural ingredient in skin care products. Avocado oil when employed in natural skin care products treats dehydrated, dry, sun and climate damaged skin, while moisturizing and nourishing it. And with continuous use avocado oil regenerates the skin, restoring the health of the skin and improving overall complexion.
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