Posted by on 1/13/2021 to Let's Talk Soaping
Let's Make it "Butter" Series: All about Avocado Butter and its Benefits for the Skin and Body
Avocados are a popular and healthy ingredient found in many kitchens across the world, as they bring a plethora of health benefits when consumed, full of monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA). MUFA' help with the absorption of other beneficial antioxidants, like beat carotene.
It's well known for being packed full of vitamins like C, E, K as well as other nutrients like magnesium and potassium. Many have come to know the health benefits that includes heart health, helping to maintain cholesterol levels, as well potentially even helping to protect against some cancers, such as colon and cervical cancers, due to the highs levels of folate.
But, did you know that avocados can also be used to create body butter? In this post, we'll discuss avocado butter more in detail, and you'll learn about the benefits of avocado butter for the skin and body.
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What is Avocado Butter?
Avocado butter is taken from the fat of an avocado, with a beautiful creamy consistency that makes skin feel smooth and moisturized. The melting point of avocado butter is 104 degrees, and can be used nicely in soaps, lotions, butters and other applications.
According to the International Journal of Scientific & Technology Research 2019, manufacturers are able to get rid of the seed, and use a method that involves cutting the fruit and removing the seed, scrapping the avocado out and blending, the addition of cinnamon powder and a portion of butter, then mixing.
After, the mixture is wrapped and bee honey is added to the structure and frozen, for preservation.
This substance is edible and can be used in all kinds of commercial and DIY products, from face masks to lotions, the possibilities with avocado butter are endless!
Top Benefits of Avocado Butter (or avocados) for the Skin and Body:
1. Makes Your Skin Smooth and Evenly Toned
As you can already guess, avocado butter is great for your skin. The rich fats of avocados helps to moisturize and smooth our skin. Oils high in monounsaturated oleic acids increase skin permeability and may help with skin barrier protection, according to one study from the International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 2018.
Another study in 2012, indicates avocado oil as an excellent source of enrichment for dry, damaged and/or chopped skin. These results most likely indicate the ability to be more permeable then just to the top layer of skin.
2. Potential Wound Healing Properties
Avocado oils have the ability to help with wound healing, whether that be inflammation or better skin regeneration. It's believed that the fats, compounds, and vitamins found in avocados may help speed up skin repair, as well as help with people who suffer from certain skin issues like eczema and acne.
In 2008, the Journal of Wound Care in preclinical studies showed topical application of avocado oil in rats has been shown to increase collagen synthesis. The same study reveled it's ability to decrease numbers of inflammatory cells during the wound healing process.
Another study in 2011, indicated fatty acids from avocados suppress inflammatory response and can also provide a natural protection against UV induced damage in skin cells, also known as photoaging,
3. Helps Prevent Dry Skin
Another advantage of avocado oils and butters is there increased source of biotin. Biotin also known as Vitamin H in one of the B complex vitamins, and can help prevent dry skin when it is applied to the top layer of skin.
Some research suggests that people low in this, can show symptoms of hair loss.
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4. Good For Removing Eye Bags and Promoting Glowing Skin
Avocado face mask are a popular face mask remedy. Avocado butter can be the perfect remedy for eye bags and dull skin.
Evidence of cold pressed avocado oils have been shown to help with boosting the production of collagen, due in parts to compounds such as plant sterols, omeag-9 as well as other vitamins such as C and E.
Like many other butters and oils, avocado butter has made it's name known not only for the benefits of the consumption of them, but also in some skin care applications.
More research is certainly needed for some of the topical applications to prove specific claims, but given this fruits long list of positive effects on then body, there are bound to be more topical benefits.
Please be sure to share your experiences with avocado butters and oils, and different applications in the comments section below.