Avocados And Healthy Skin

� � Oct-10-2011

If you too are of the notion that beauty is only skin deep, take the pleasure of an avocado facial. Fortunately for you, avocado (botanical name, Persea Americana) possesses moisturizing attributes that aid in enhancing the beauty of your skin. For ages, people, particularly those having dry skin, have been using avocado in the form of a natural facial remedy. For those uninitiated, it may be noted that treating yourself is very simple and can be done at your home. Simply get rid of your makeup and rinse your face using warm water and soap. Alternately, you may also use your preferred cleanser. An easy way to have a facial with avocado is crushing some avocado and blending it with oatmeal or some amount of milk. Apply the blend to your face and allow it to settle for about 10 minutes. Wash it away using plenty of water after 10 minutes.

Avocado has several health benefits. Apart from a facial with avocado, consuming half of this fruit every alternate day is most likely to lower some of your blood cholesterol level. You may also alleviate the itching caused by psoriasis by adopting a two-pronged approach of consuming half of this fruit every day and also applying an additionally-rich cream prepared from the extracts of flowers of chamomile to your skin. Avocado encloses certain oils that work internally close to the skin surface and help in calming inflamed muscles.

Apart from guacamole, avocado has much more health benefits to offer. The oils enclosed by avocado have been patented for treating some types of dermatitis as well as arthritis. Even prolonged treatment with the oil obtained from avocado is effective for asthma. The oil contained by avocado has rich contents of several vitamins, for instance, vitamin A, vitamin D and vitamin E. All these vitamins are helpful in sustaining a healthy skin. In addition, avocado oil may also be directly applied to the skin areas that are itching, reddened or irritated.

Since long people have been extensively using avocado oil to treat as well as ease the skin. The oil as well as the pulp is especially beneficial for dry skin as it contains high levels of hydrocarbon. Often, avocados are also incorporated in health diets, and there is latest proof that hints that the fruit is effectual in transforming lipid profiles. Recently, a randomized study was undertaken, wherein women were asked to select a diet containing high levels of monounsaturated fatty acids that was supplemented with avocado, or a diet comprising high levels of complex carbohydrates. Three weeks later, women taking the avocado diet experienced a decrease from the baseline (8.2 per cent) of their total cholesterol level.

People all over South and Central America are known to relish consuming avocado immensely, and also hold this fruit in high esteem for its exceptionally nourishing attributes. There is a popular adage among the Maya Indians, who inhabit the Yucatan Peninsula and the mountainous regions of Guatemala, which says that 'hunger and malnutrition have no friends in places where avocado grows in plenty'. There are many among us who only visualize avocados in the conventional Mexican perception of guacamole. However, Mayan Indians consider avocado as a food that maintains the free movement of the joints of the body as well as keeps the skin youthful and lithe.

The oil extracted from avocado seed is helpful in nourishing as well as sustaining the tone of the skin. Application of this oil makes the coarse, dry or peeling skin softer and, at the same time, when this oil is massaged into the scalp, it augments growth of healthy hair. In effect, avocado is extremely nourishing and, hence, the fruit makes a wonderful food for babies. Avocado is native to Central America and is now cultivated in most places having a tropical or sub-tropical climatic condition, counting South Africa, Spain and Israel, for its nutritious fruit. Avocado is generally propagated from its seeds. The leaves of this plant may be harvested any time of the year, according to one's requirement, while the unripe fruits are collected when they have grown full size.

Avocado is a fatty food by nature and also contains high levels of vitamins, whose concentration is most in the green pulp that is left appended to the peel. To apply avocado straight away to the skin, you need to cut the pulp first. The fruit encloses profuse oils that lubricate the skin and makes it softer - one of the primary measures you need to undertake to avoid wrinkles.

In addition to avocado, you may also prepare a facial mask using other substances, such as eggs, honey, oats, fresh fruits, nutritional yeast and cream of wheat, to make your skin soften, glowing and get rid of or avoid wrinkles. Other possibilities for making a facial mask include papaya, ginger, cucumber and pineapple - all these substances enclose enzymes that possess skin-softening attributes. You should also know that sour milk, yogurt, citrus fruits, apples, vinegar and wine enclose AHAs, which are especially imperative for making a facial mask since they relax the firm bond that binds the old surface of the skin and, at the same time, helps in restoring the natural acidity of the skin.

For treating dry skin, it is advisable that you use heavy oil, for instance, avocado or wheat-germ. On the other hand, you need to use light oils like sunflower or almond to treat oily skins. Then again, the essential oils of lime, lemon, clary-sage, sage or thyme have cleansing properties and are appropriate for treating all types of skin. The essential oils of lavender, chamomile, rosemary and/ or geranium are other wonderful options for treating any skin type.

If you crush an avocado and massage the pulp into your hair for about five minutes and then wash your hair, it will help to make your hair more lustrous. People in South Africa often make a facial mask with crushed avocado, honey and lime juice. The blend is applied to the face in the form of a moisturizer with a view to neutralize the dehydrating effects caused by the hot sun.

During some point of time or the other, people have employed all the parts of avocado with a view to deal with some of the inconveniences of their life. People all over Mexico, South America and the Caribbean region have used avocado in several different exclusive ways. Avocado seeds were dried and pulverized to prepare a powder, which was used to eliminate dandruff. On the other hand, there are people who chewed the avocado seeds to alleviate toothache. The skin or peel of the fruit has been employed in the form of an antibiotic for treating dysentery as well as eliminating intestinal parasitic worms. Since ages, people have been using the flesh of the fruit in the form of a comforting shaving cream and also to condition dry hair.

You may also use avocado, olive or almond oil to cleanse your skin. Massage any of these oils on the skin, allow it to remain for some time and, subsequently, wash your skin using warm water and dry the skin with a soft cloth. At times, you may also use a facial loofah (also known as a vegetable sponge) along with the oil as well as warm water to get rid of the dead skin. In addition, you should use liquid creams and liniments (not any hardened cream), which contain plenty of nourishments and natural elements to prevent your skin from turning very dry. It is advisable that you should never use any cleansing cream, cold creams or solid moisturizers. Basically, these substances are hardened saturated fats, as they soon become stale or rancid and, subsequently, produce harmful free radicals that may result in untimely wrinkles.

The composition of the oils obtained from avocado, wheat germ, olive, almond, sesame, safflower and apricot kernel is very close to that of the skin's natural secretions. Many of these oils also have rich linoleic acid content and an essential fatty acid, which facilitates in the regeneration of the skin cells. It may be noted that a number of manufacturers have now even substituted artificial coloring and aroma with herbal extracts as well as powders of several flowers, for instance, rose, lavender, orange blossom, iris and chamomile.

The name avocado has been derived from the ancient Aztec term for 'testicle'. This may be one reason why once men considered consuming avocado to augment their masculinity or virility. In ancient times, the pulp of avocado was employed in the form of hair pomade with a view to promote growth of hair as well as to facilitate in healing wounds. The indigenous tribes of America used avocado seeds to treat diarrhea and dysentery. Till this day, avocado oil may be found present as an ingredient of several cosmetics.

Crush half of one avocado and apply it to your face to make your skin softer as well as nourish it. Allow the crushed fruit to remain on your face till it dries up and, subsequently, wash it off with warm water. Avocado also encloses the vital fatty acids as well as other nourishing substances that aid in avoiding formation of untimely wrinkles. In order to tauten as well as purify the skin pores, you need to stir up the white of an egg adding a pinch of alum and then apply the mixture to your face, using it as a facial mask. Allow the mask to remain for about 15 to 20 minutes and then wash it off with tepid water. It may be mentioned here that wrinkle lines formed in the facial area from the lips in the direction of the nose may perhaps be owing to a deficit of riboflavin (vitamin B2).

If your desire to heal dermatitis, you need to prepare a formulation blending avocado, aloe vera and any cream high in vitamin E. Avocado is also reputed for treating constipation, since the skin as well as the pulp of this fruit are considered to be excellent cathartics. Avocado seed also possesses therapeutic properties and is saved by people always. This is primarily because when the avocado seeds are boiled in any tea, they may be used in the form of a poultice for healing sores and bruises.

Chemical analysis of Mexican avocado has revealed that the leaves of this plant enclose 3.1 per cent of an essential oil, comprising 95 per cent of estragole, and about 5 per cent of anethole. The pulp oil of Mexican avocado is utilized in the form of massage oil. In addition, it also forms an active ingredient in several lotions, creams and hair care products. The oil extracted from avocado seeds too has been patented for treating sclerosis of the skin (hardening of a portion of the skin tissue).