Get the avocado glow this summer! What the fruit of life can do for your skin.
Summer will soon be upon us, but before you head to the beach…or even just the beer garden, give your skin a boost with the avocado.
Dubbed the fruit of life, the avocado contains a myriad of nutrients that can help improve skin elasticity, firmness, and hydration, as well combat signs of ageing and help to protect the skin from the sun. We can reap the bountiful benefits of avocados by eating them on a regular basis, as well as applying avocado masks directly onto the skin.
Here are some of the top avocado nutrients for your skin (and the science behind them):
Good fats for firmness
It’s widely known that avocados have a high ‘good’ fat content, specifically monounsaturated fatty acids which are scientifically proven to increase elasticity and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. A recent pilot study in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology demonstrated that women who ate an avocado daily saw a significant enhancement in their skin’s firmness. This backs up evidence that the inclusion of fats, as a part of a healthy diet, is beneficial for the skin. What’s more, fats play a vital role in helping the body absorb specific vitamins. So whether eaten alone, or with other nutritious foods, the avocado will boost the body’s vitamin uptake.
Vitamins C and E for a collagen and sun protection boost
Speaking of vitamins, avocados have them in spades. They are particularly rich in both vitamins E and C, antioxidants which help combat skin-damaging free radicals. Though not to be used as a replacement for sun cream, vitamins C and E are proven to help protect the skin from the sun’s UV rays. Vitamin C is also vital for collagen production, the building block of skin and hair. As such, when consumed and applied topically, it can aid skin repair and ward off signs of ageing, according to researchers in the journal, Nutrients
Lutein for extra UV defence
Avocados are also a great source of lutein, a natural carotenoid that, like vitamins E and C, is an antioxidant and helps protect the skin from UV rays. A 2016 study found that individuals whose diets were supplemented with carotenoids such as lutein had significantly improved skin tone after a 12 week period.
A truly versatile ingredient, more avocado can be incorporated into the diet in so many ways. From the classic avo on toast or for the more adventurous, how about an avocado scotch egg, avocado ice cream or even an avocado mocktail. See below a recipe for a super simple avo smoothie from the World Avocado Organisation (WAO).
For the full avocado experience, why not treat yourself to a hydrating homemade avo face mask too. All you need is one ripe avocado and a tablespoon of honey. Combine the two ingredients to make a smooth paste, apply to the face and leave for 10-15 minutes, then remove the mask with water for brighter, smoother skin.
Recipe Idea – The Squeeze My Day Smoothie
This cocktail of fresh fruit, juices and seeds will set you on the right track for the day.