The Benefits Of Avocado In Skincare
Avocado is more than just a favourite on the plate.
We’ve had mushrooms, kale and turmeric—now avocados are the latest ingredient that’s moving off the plate and into our skincare. Rich in lipids and fatty acids, avocados produce an oil that is super effective at penetrating the skin barrier. When used as a pure oil, there are a multitude more skin benefits that you should be aware of and the fact that it’s a natural ingredient that can be grown to be certified organic, it’s a no-brainer to use in our beauty cupboard.
To find out more, we spoke with Aymon Gow from Tropicology, the Australian skincare brand that harnesses the power of avocado oil throughout its range.
What makes avocado a good ingredient for skincare?
“Avocado is the perfect base for skincare because of its vitamin and mineral profile and its ability to act as a carrier of other actives and antioxidants deep into the dermis,” explains Gow. “The avocado is among the most nutrient dense of all fruits, naturally containing 11 vitamins and 14 minerals making it an antioxidant rich, superior skin food that promotes overall skin health and vitality.”
What are the benefits of avocado oil in skincare?
The founders of Tropicology actually created the entire brand around the power of avocados—which they discovered have high levels of oleic acid that helps to stimulate protein chains, promote collagen production and strengthen the skin barrier. “Avocado oil can be utilised in many ways, but our intimate understanding of this powerful superfood and the way it enhances complementary actives and botanicals is what makes it such a special skincare ingredient,” says Gow. If you’re not familiar with the brand, it’s owned by the founders of the family farm Tropical Fruit World, where they grow a number of plants, fruit and vegetables, including 18 different varieties. Over the years, they were able to witness and research the incredible benefits of avocado oil, which is how Tropicology came about. Gow says: “As a pure oil, it helps to reduce inflammation and promote healing through the generation of new connective tissue, making it suitable for all skin types and profiles. Avocado oil also acts as a humectant, drawing water molecules into the skin to deeply hydrate and nourish.” FYI avocados are also high in vitamins A, D and E, which help to moisturise the skin and protect it from environmental aggressors.
Do you get any of the same benefits from consuming avocado too?
Yes! As if you needed another reason to order that avocado toast, Gow confirms: “Avocado is one of the world’s great superfoods and you can absolutely get the same benefits by eating them. The avocado’s essential fatty acids are readily absorbed by the body and promote regenerative skin health. They also assist in supporting the protein chains that we refer to as collagen to plump the skin.” Win, win.
Can avocado oil treat skin conditions like acne, eczema and psoriasis?
“Avocado oil is richly endowed with natural antioxidants and essential fatty acids, which stimulates tissue repair and promotes overall skin health. It’s these antioxidants that can help heal the dry and irritated skin that these conditions produce. When applied topically, avocado oil assists the dermis layer of the skin with its anti-inflammatory properties, but also penetrates into the epidermis to heal and restore the skin matrix.”
What makes the avocado oil used in Tropicology products unique?
Well for one, it’s grown on a family-owned farm and is ACO Certified COSMOS Organic.
“Our oil is taken from the pulp of fruits grown using certified organic farming practices,” says Gow. “This means the allowable inputs into the entire farming process are audited annually to ensure the highest quality output of avocado oil is maintained. Each of our products contain up to 25 percent pure avocado oil, providing concentrated and effective performance to enhance skin’s health. Tropicology delivers a unique blend of science and natural ingredients to provide a product focused on efficacy.”