Ahhh, New Zealand with its snow-capped mountains and pristine countryside.
It should be no surprise that the country produces oil with the nickname liquid gold.
Sustainably sourced and grown in the fertile, pollution-free orchards in the Southern Hemisphere.
The emerald green avocado bursts at the seams with nutrient-dense, skin-loving benefits.
We appreciate that applying it on your face may not seem as appealing as smearing it on your sourdough, but the results are undeniable.
Topically applied, it’s the antioxidant-rich superfood boost your skin has been waiting for.
We think you’d agree that anything that satisfies our taste buds and pores in equal measure is pretty much perfect in our book.
What Exactly is Avocado Oil
The liquid gold pulp is derived from – you guessed it – an avocado ta-dah.
We must admit; that the name avocado pear has a bit of an identity crisis.
Although it is known as an avocado pear, it is not a pear at all; only pear-shaped.
If that is not confusing enough, it is not a vegetable but a fruit. Blimey avocado, sort it out!
The oil is extracted from the avocado’s flesh by pressing or centrifuge extraction; this yields a lovely, golden-green oil due to the avocado’s rich chlorophyll content.
A quick summary of its fatty acid profile shows us it contains around 80% oleic acid, 10% linoleic, 5% stearic and 10% palmitic – this unique mix of fatty acids in avocado oil is ideal for deep skin moisturisation.
Additionally, oleic acid offers anti-inflammatory benefits, making it a derm-approved pick for those dealing with severe skin conditions like eczema and rosacea.
The oil tends to be absorbed well by the skin, making the skin soft and supple.
As avocado is such a valuable ingredient for your skin, it was essential for us here at the Naked Chemist to harness some of the golden goodness into our formulas.
How Avocado Can Improve Your Skin
- anti ageing
- natural steroid
- repairs sun-damaged skin
- improves burns and wounds
- effective in relieving skin conditions such as eczema
Benefits Read Like the Holy Grail of Skincare
These are some of the incredible benefits of avocado oil, but look, there’s even more:
Avocado oil is perfect if you have sensitive, irritated skin because it contains potent phytosterols that help take the fire out of the itch.
Interestingly, it is also rich in polyhydroxylated fatty alcohols that help to reduce sun-damaged skin inflammation.
A Potent Antioxidant
Avocado oil contains 130 to 200 mg per kg of tocopherols – vitamin E and vitamin C – these antioxidants can reverse ongoing DNA damage in your skin.
In layman’s terms, this means that the oil protects your skin from the effects of damaging free radicals, the molecules produced by environmental pollutants that can lead to inflammation and premature ageing.
Adding avocado oil products into your skincare routine can help prevent damaging free radicals and photo-ageing.
Natural Sunscreen Properties
The beta carotene, lecithin, fatty acids, and vitamins in avocado oil nourish and protect your skin from UV rays.
Lutein, a component in the oil, is known to absorb and filter UV light, offering a small amount of protection from the damaging sun’s rays.
Combined with other natural sunscreen ingredients and your SPF, this will give your skin additional protection against damaging UV rays.
High Nutritive Value
Avocado oil is rich in vitamins A, B1, B2, B5, C, D, E, and K, so your skin gets all the topical benefits.
This oil contains many components similar to the composition of your skin, such as lecithin, squalane, and skin-loving fatty acids, which is why it is such an essential oil for barrier function.
The perfect oil for dry, mature skin types is extremely rich in oleic acid, a vital moisturising and regenerating fatty acid naturally found in your sebum (oil).
Avocado oil really is an anti-ageing powerhouse; it’s no wonder it’s referred to as liquid gold.
According to this study (1), the essential fatty acids and oleic acid found in avocado oil can significantly help promote collagen synthesis, creating new connective tissue in your skin.
It was also found to help reduce inflammation during the healing process, which is important because inflammation is one of the leading causes of premature ageing.
Vitamin C is also in avocado oil, which plays an active role in increasing and mobilising collagen in our connective tissue, helping to keep your skin soft and supple.
That, coupled with the fact it contains folate – a type of vitamin B which also increases collagen production and helps to improve muscle tone and texture.
Wow, what an anti ageing superstar.
A Natural Steroid
Avocado oil also contains sterolin, which behaves like a natural steroid, calming and soothing sensitive, inflamed skin,
Thanks to the high levels of botanical compounds known as phytosterols, avocado oil greatly rejuvenates and replenishes stressed and tired skin.
Because avocado oil helps balance and regulate your skin’s natural sebum production, it’s a lovely balancing oil, perfect if you have oily or combination skin.
This 2003 study (2) found that when added to a formula containing vitamin B-12, avocado oil may ease eczema and psoriasis symptoms for extended periods rather than traditional vitamin D-3 therapy.
A great oil, if you find your skin is a little on the dry side. Research has found that repeated massage with avocado oil brings significant hydration to the epidermis, significantly improving the skin’s elasticity.
Fatty Acid Profile
C16:0 st Palmitic Acid 7-32%
C16:1 mo Palmitoleic Acid 2.13%
C18:0 st Stearic Acid 0.5 -1.5%
C18:1 mo Oleic Acid 50-80%
C18:2 pu Linoleic Acid 6-18%
C18:3 pu Alpha Linoleic Acid 0-5%
The composition of avocados can vary tremendously, depending on the variety, the fresh pulp from avocados is bright green, but this quickly degrades to a pale brown.
If you purchased Avocado oil and found it a bright green, it may be because it has been adulterated.
Unscrupulous manufacturers often add a green colouring agent to the oil to make it look more natural and prevent it from turning brown.
And if that is not bad enough, according to this study (3), nearly 70 per cent of private-label avocado oil products are either rancid or adulterated.
To ensure this doesn’t happen with our formulas, we source all our cold-pressed avocado oil locally right here in New Zealand in small batches to ensure purity and freshness.
This way, from seed to skin, we can also ensure full traceability, ensuring we never compromise on quality.
To Conclude. The naked truth
So as we can see, this really is an oil that has a true affinity with your skin.
From warding off signs of ageing to soothing inflammation and repairing your barrier function, avocado has you covered.
It even has natural steroid and sunscreen properties, for crying out loud!
But it is important to become your own label detective when sourcing this luxury oil.
Research has found that many unscrupulous manufacturers adulterate it because of its high price tag.
But once you have ticked this box, we think you’d agree.
You really need to have some liquid gold love in your life.
- Effect of Semisolid Formulation of Persea Americana Mill (Avocado) Oil on Wound Healing.
- Vitamin B(12) cream containing avocado oil iin treatingplaque psoriasis.
- Purity and quality of privately labelled avocado oil.