When it comes to vegetables, green is good – and the same advice applies to fruits as well, especially when it comes to a ripe, green avocado. Avocado is one of the most nutrient-dense fruits you can consume: one avocado contains over twenty vitamins and minerals, along with healthy doses of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. These good fats contribute to heart health, lower cholesterol, and are packed full of fiber that helps you lose weight by creating a feeling of satiety. Avocados are also a good source of potassium, which aids in lowering blood pressure.
Avocados are not only good for your gut and heart health – they are also beneficial for strong nails, thick and shiny hair, and a glowing complexion. Avocado oil is becoming one of the most popular ingredients in sunscreens, lotions, and creams due to its moisturizing and anti-aging properties. And this versatile fruit can be ingested, applied directly to the skin, or mixed with other facial mask ingredients to reap these amazing skin benefits:
- Avocados contain anti-inflammatory properties that can soothe redness and irritation caused by inflammatory skin conditions, such as eczema, psoriasis, and acne. The anti-inflammatory elements also ease the pain and itching of sunburns.
- Avocados are packed full of healthy fats which help skin retain moisture. They have a high concentration of oleic acid, a monounsaturated fat that seals in moisture to the skin’s top layer, called the epidermis. If the epidermis isn’t adequately hydrated, skin will start to lose its elasticity and look dull and slack. Avocado oil makes for a wonderful moisturizer because it is easily absorbable by the epidermis. It can be applied to areas of the skin that frequently become dry, rough, and flaky – such as the elbows, knees, heels, and lips.
- Along with monounsaturated fats, avocados are a good source of polyunsaturated fats, such as Omega-3 fatty acids. Polyunsaturated fats have anti-inflammatory properties and they help soothe skin irritations and acne flare-ups. These fatty acids also help skin hold onto hydration, and they protect skin from UV radiation damage.
- When it comes to avocados, the A stands for antioxidants: avocados are chock full of these powerful compounds that protect skin from free radical damage caused by environmental toxins, pollutants, stress, and UV radiation. Accumulation of free radicals in the body harms DNA and cell structures and it can increase your risk of developing chronic diseases. On the outside, free radical damage causes physical signs of premature aging. The antioxidative carotenoids, Vitamin E, and Vitamin C in avocados all work to lower inflammation, reduce the appearance of wrinkles, and protect the skin from sun damage caused by UV rays. The carotenoid lutein also increases the moisture content and elasticity in the epidermis, while Vitamin E nurtures softer, smoother skin. Vitamin C is a crucial component in the production of collagen, which is the protein that gives skin its shape and structure.
- Along with your skin, avocados are beneficial for strong, healthy hair. They can be used as moisturizers for a dry, flaky scalp. And avocados contain numerous nutrients – including biotin, iron, folate, Vitamin C, and fatty acids – which promote hair growth. Adequate nutrition is one of the most important factors in determining healthy hair growth and nutritional deficiencies are a leading cause of hair loss.
If you want a little taste of the benefits avocados can bring to your skin, book a Customize Your Own Package special spa treatment at Ageless Allure Medispa. This month for a special price, choose two or three services from the following to create your own treatment:
- 50-minute Farmhouse Fresh Signature Facial featuring GUAC Star Avocado Hydrating Mask
- 50-minute Spring Refresher Avocado-Lime & Honey Express Facial with Eye, Hand and Foot Treatment
- 30-minute Jan Marini 40% Glycolic Resurfacing Peel
- 25-minute Swedish Massage
Two services is only $110 and three services is only $140 this March. Schedule today at 863-292-2317.