Did you know Avo is the new EVOO? Avocado oil is making a hot splash (yep, pun intended) all over the internet in just about every type of recipe imaginable, but did you know it’s also one of the best oils to use in your DIY beauty products?
I’ve been using it in homemade sugar scrubs, massage oils, lotions and more for years now. It’s easy to find, relatively inexpensive (compared to some oils) and insanely awesome. The avo fruit itself also has a myriad of uses in your beauty routines. Today I’m sharing some of my favorite uses for avocado and avocado oil outside your kitchen
Uses for Avocado in Your Health & Beauty Routines
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The avocado is really a powerhouse of a fruit, packed with 20 different vitamins and minerals. Avocado oil, as you can probably deduce for yourself, comes from the fruit (which, FYI, is technically a berry!). The simple act of incorporating avocados into your regular diet can produce amazing benefits to your skin and hair, but you don’t have to love the taste of the fruit to reap the benefits. Let’s check out other uses for avocado aside from eating them!
13 Uses for Avocado for Beautiful Skin and Hair
Anti-aging skin treatment
Mash up an avocado and slather it on your face for a refreshing mask treatment that helps fight the signs of aging. Don’t want to sit around with the ingredients for guacamole on your face? No problem. Use avocado oil on its own as a serum at night before you go to bed. A few drops will do it, you don’t need to dunk your head in the stuff!
Puffy Eye Treatment
You know how you can use cucumber slices to help reduce puffy eyes? Well, you can also use avocado slices. In fact, I think they work better. Just peel the avocado, pop out the pit, then cut the fruit into little crescent shapes. Lay back, place the slices under your eyes and daydream for 20 minutes. Pop them off, rinse and go! If you don’t have time for all that (or you only have avocado oil in your house), you can also use the oil as an eye treatment. Apply the same way you would an under-eye cream.
Dry scalp treatment
Avocado oil is fantastic for a dry scalp. Just rub a bit of the oil into your scalp and leave it on for about 20 minutes. Then shampoo as normal. OR, take it a step further and create your own awesome scalp treatment by mixing two drops each of rosemary and peppermint into about an ounce of avocado oil. It feels tingly and fantastic. I use this when I have a “hair headache” from having my thick hair pulled back all day.
Control frizz and protect against heat damage
Avocado oil is a great leave-in conditioner to help control frizzy hair and also prevent damage from blow-dryers or other sources of heat. The key to reaping the benefits without looking like you dumped a bottle of oil on your hair: remember the mantra “a little goes a long way.” Place a few drops in your hand and work it through your hair from the ends up.
Soothing itchy skin
Avocado oil is fabulous for hydrating dry skin and reducing itchiness associated with it. Simply massage straight avocado oil into your skin to feel the effects.
Controlling split ends
Hair looking a little fried around the edges? While avocado oil won’t get rid of your split ends, it can help control them until you can get a trim. It can also help prevent them! Just apply a bit of the oil to the very ends of your hair. Remember, less is more! You don’t want to end up with greasy looking hair!
Make your hair softer instantly!
Soften your hair by applying a mask of mashed avocado and egg. Leave it on for about 20 minutes, then rinse and shampoo as normal. Voila, silky soft strands!
Moisturize Dry Cuticles
Rub a little oil around your cuticles to help moisturize them and get your hands ready for that manicure. If you’re a nail biter like me, this is also a great way to soothe those aching ragged hangnails.
More benefits to using avocado in your beauty routines include:
- Boosting your skin’s natural radiance
- Potentially controlling acne outbreaks (eating the fruit regularly is the best way to get this benefit)
- Boost your hair’s shininess (follow the same advice in the frizz treatment tip)
- Rub the inside of the peel directly on your face in upward motions for a fabulous primer. You can leave it on and apply your foundation right over top of the oil residue.
- Helps combat oily skin too! It sounds crazy, but natural oils like avocado oil and coconut oil actually help draw the icky oils out of your skin. Mix in a tiny bit of lemon juice to help brighten your skin at the same time, if you want.
Health Uses of Avocado & Avo Oil
Aching muscle rub
Moisturize your skin and help those aching muscles with a super simple massage oil recipe. Mix about 4 ounces of avo oil and 3 drops each of peppermint, lavender and lemongrass. While the peppermint is pretty much a must (it works best for my aches, anyway), you can use other EOs in place of the lavender and lemongrass. Other options include marjoram, rosemary and chamomile. Just massage into your aching muscles and relax! Don’t use a heating pad though too soon after using any sort of muscle rub, DIY or otherwise.
Avocado oil is a fabulous “carrier oil” for your favorite essential oils. Planning a romantic night in? Mix in a few drops of Jasmine, sandalwood or, if you want to really splurge, rose oil into about 1/4 cup of avocado oil. Go easy on the EO’s, though, add a couple drops, stir, then adjust until it smells just right.
You’ve heard of the whole oil pulling thing with coconut oil, right? Well, I’ve never tried that because I just lack that kind of patience! Besides, I’m pretty sure I have TMJ and swishing for a zillion hours doesn’t sound all that comfortable. Anyway, you don’t need to swish avocado oil for an hour to reap the benefits of its antiseptic properties. Mix 1/2 cup water with one teaspoon avocado oil and, if desired, two drops peppermint essential oil into a sterile mason jar. Swish, swish, swish, spit. Eating the fruit regularly may also help control bad breath.
Relieve a bad sunburn
I actually read a bit of advice that said you can use avocado in place of sunscreen, but I’m not really on board with that tip. I’ve known too many people who dealt with skin cancer to advise using anything except a really good sunscreen. HOWEVER, if you do still end up with a sunburn, mash up avocado fruit really well and apply it directly to the worst spots for major relief.
Health Benefits of eating avocado
We’ve mostly been talking about uses of avocado and avo oil in external beauty routines, but there are a myriad of benefits to actually eating the fruit as well. These include:
- Aiding in the absorption of other important vitamins, including eye-healthy Vitamin A and skin-healthy Vitamin E.
- With double the amount of potassium than found in a banana, avocados may help regulate blood pressure. HOWEVER, if you are on certain medications or already have a heart condition, talk to your doctor about just how much potassium you should be eating. Hyperkalemia (too much potassium in the blood) is incredibly dangerous and potentially fatal.
- High fiber content helps you feel full sooner and longer, so it may help you stick to your diet better.
- Natural source of folic acid, making them excellent for pregnant women.
- Filled with Omega-3 fatty acids and other nutrients that may actually prevent or halt the worsening of Alzheimer’s disease.
- The natural anti-inflammatory properties of avocados may help prevent arthritis and encourage new cartilage growth.
Need a delicious new way to enjoy avocados aside from in guac? Check out this delicious no-cook avocado pasta sauce recipe from OurFamilyWorld.
Do you have any favorite ways to enjoy avocados? How about any favorite avocado or avo oil DIY beauty recipes? Tell me about other uses for avocado & avo oil that you know of!
I had no idea avocados were so good for my skin! I love this 🙂
I LOVE LOVE LOVE avocados and so do my kids. I try to do something with at least 1 a week. I didn’t know about a lot of these uses though, especially the sun burn. That is good to know because I am not really a fan of aloe gel anyways.
I had no idea avocado oil could be used for so much more than cooking. It sounds like the new coconut oil. I’m curious to try it out on my hair to keep frizz at bay and on my dry eyes.
I love avocados, whether to eat or in my beauty routine. It’s no surprise that avo oil is making a splash!!
Reading this just makes me love avocados more! I know it’s healthy, I just had no idea it had this much benefits! That’s so awesome. Thanks for sharing these.
These things are just good for everything. I need to start picking them up at the grocery store more often.
I have a whole bottle of avocado oil that I wasn’t sure what to do with. THis is so helpful!
thats a lot of benefits from avocado! love that its good for puffy eyes too need that fix so badly
Great tips. Thanks for sharing these great information about AVOCADO. I simply love this amazing fruit.
I love, love this. I can easily eat an entire avocado by myself at a meal. In fact, I add it to the top of my eggs and cheese for lunch:)
I love eating avocado especially has my substitute for butter. But I did not know there was so many ways to use. The oil is rich and in my smoothie is filling. will share with friends.
Thank you for the amazing tips and ideas. That would be helpful. Glad to learn new!
I had no idea avocados protected against frizzy hair! I need to start using them then! I have crazy hair!
I love avocados! I eat one a day! I love cooking with avocado oil 🙂
I never knew that the Avocado was good in my skin. Thanks for sharing
wow, that is really interesting! Good to know. I love avacados and I can eat it everyday! Thanks for sharing the info.
LOVE this! I’m the biggest avocado lover, definitely saving this!
Avocado has SO many great uses! I love eating it because it has so much nutritional value and healthy vitamins!
Wow! So many benefits. Good thing I love avocado. Love it! 🙂
I love love loooove Avocados! I literally throw in an avocado at every single opportunity. Let’s start with I eat all my meats (except fish) with avocado. And I love taking it as a snack, especially when time for the real meal is far, with a banana as it makes me full for hours. I was however not aware of all these health benefits. It helps keep the mouth fresh?? Whoah! I’m definately sharing this with a lot of people. Thank you.
I would never have thought to use avocados for beauty uses. Thanks for these wonderful ideas.
I love avocados. I have one avocado tree in my backyard