Source: Persea Gratissima is grown commercially in South Africa and Israel.
Extraction: Avocado Oil is cold pressed. The oil is obtained by pressing and refining the flesh of the avocado pear.
Properties: Avocado oil contains a high amount of proteins and unsaturated fats, both of which are strong skin agents. Avocado oil actually contains omega-3 fatty acids – those very same fatty acids as found in fish oil. Avocado oil is high in a substance called sterolin, which studies have shown to facilitate the softening of the skin and to reduce the incidence of age spots. Avocado oil is rich in antioxidants, making it useful for healing sun-damaged skin. Antioxidants like vitamins A, D and E in avocado cause the skin to be suppler, and are thus particularly good for dry or aged skin. Avocado oil contains lecithin and potassium, which are all highly beneficial for the skin as well as the hair.
Research in the USA has revealed that Avocado not only smooths the surface of the skin but can also penetrate its upper layers. This helps in absorbing the vital vitamins, monounsaturated fats and Essential Fatty Acids found in the Avocado which help delay degeneration and keep skin looking youthful.
Uses: Avocado oil is great to use in massage on its own, although it is often mixed with another carrier oil such as Sweet Almond or Wheatgerm. It is even better when its properties are augmented by adding essential oils. Avocado oil is excellent for enriching creams, lotions and baths.
Caution: Keep out of eyes. For external use only.