Avocados: They?re not just for guacamole anymore. While everyone is familiar with olive oil and its role in a healthy diet, not many people are well-versed about avocado oil. Yet oil for oil, avocado has about the same nutritional blueprint as olive, only tastier and healthier.
First, about 70 percent of avocado oil is oleic acid, a monosaturated pale yellow omega 9 fatty acid with a lard-like odor. Aside from the excellent work, it does in the body ? like improving glucose levels for diabetics ? the acid is less susceptible to spoiling than other fats. Externally, avocado oil is hailed as an excellent source for skin and hair care and is already an ingredient in many products, including baby products.
It may have some properties in helping fight UV-induced damage as well as be useful for improving symptoms of psoriasis. You can use avocado oil to remove makeup, by swiping a cotton ball dipped in oil across cheeks and eyelids. It?s also effective for moisturizing skin and repair cracked heels and dry cuticles.
It?s readily absorbed without being too greasy feeling. You can diminish fine lines by massaging a few drops of oil into crow?s feet as you would with an expensive skin oil. It?s also a wonderful hair conditioner or leave-in treatment for the scalp or split ends. Simply cover the scalp or split ends with a 1/3 to 1/2 cup of the oil and leave it wrapped in a towel for 20 minutes before shampooing as usual.