Dark and knobbly as a dragon’s egg, and sometimes called Alligator Pears because of their bumpy olive skin, Avocados seem to be the latest “must have” fruit. Not so long ago we were being told to avoid them as they were supposed to be bad for our health. Nowadays they are turning up in everything from salads and wraps to smoothies and even brownies. How fashions change, yet Skindulge has been using Avocado Oil in its skin creams and some soaps for over ten years now.
The demand for Avocados is so strong that countries around the world are trying to grow them. These include Zimbabwe, Israel and Spain, but in spite of this, demand is outstripping supply. Peru has been given a licence to export avocados to China which will put even more pressure on world demand.
Avocados are particularly rich in magnesium and potassium, even more so than bananas, strawberries and kiwis. They are a good food to eat to normalise blood pressure and lower the risk of kidney failure and heart disease. The oleic acid and dietary fibre in Avocados help normalize blood sugar levels, providing further benefits for heart health and lowering the risk of diabetes. Valuable for your body, both inside and out, when you eat Avocados you are also giving your body a lot of skin protecting antioxidants, such as beta-carotene, and vitamins C and E. Ideally, we should have many sources of vitamin C in our diet every day as it is water soluble and cannot be stored in your body.
A diet high in Avocado is good for your skin, particularly your face, in the way its fatty acids moisturise and soften your skin cells. As well as having strong antioxidant properties, vitamin C is needed for the creation of elastin and collagen which bind your skin cells together and maintain their firmness and structure. The Vitamin E helps guard against photo-aging from sun exposure. The monounsaturated fats in Avocado are beneficial for improving your skin tone and appearance. They are vital for maintaining good moisture levels in the epidermal layer of your skin that make it look and feel soft and healthy. These omega-9 fats are known to assist in reducing skin redness and irritation and are involved in repairing damaged skin cells. A good dietary intake of monounsaturated fat can moderate sebum production as well, which helps control acne, blackheads and excessively oily skin.
For a quick and easy skin hydration mask, mix together raw honey, yogurt and an Avocado, and then slather it on your face. This should also help stave off those cursed wrinkles. You could always eat any that is left over !