Avocados have had a massive surge in popularity over the past few years, but there is a lot more to this fruit than first meets the eye. Unlike many dietary fads, the avocado’s popularity shows no sign of waning and this is no doubt due to the fact that it is truly a superfruit. Unlike many other fruits, avocados are relatively high in fat (the good kind, so don’t worry), which is what makes it possible to create avocado oil. Perfectly edible and just as delicious as the fruit it comes from, avocado oil is becoming a popular substitute for olive oil and can be used to cook at temperatures over 50°C higher without burning.

When avocado oil is not being used for cooking, it is often found in cosmetic and skincare products. Rich in oleic acid and antioxidants but low in acidity, avocado oil is the perfect skincare ingredient as it possesses an incredibly high skin-penetration rate and is eagerly absorbed by the skin. In fact, we think Avocado Oil is so great that we have made it one of them main ingredients in both the Unity Beauty Essentials Daily Body Hydrator and the Complete Duo Stretch Mark Cream + Oil.

The reason we love Avocado Oil so much is due to a lot more than it simply being quickly absorbed by the skin, however. The fact of the matter is that for such a seemingly simple thing, Avocado Oil possesses a broad range of benefits. Obviously, these benefits differ depending on whether it is applied to the skin or eaten but either way, you’re sure to gain something that your body can put to good use. Below are just a few examples of Avocado Oil’s benefits, but we’re sure you’ll quickly come to see why it has been given such a prominent role within the Unity Pregnancy Collection.

High Oleic Acid Content

Often credited with many of the benefits associated with Olive Oil, Oleic Acid is a healthy monounsaturated fat that Avocado oil contains an abundance of. Studies suggest that Oleic Acid can not only reduce blood pressure but cholesterol too, making it a beneficial part of anyone’s diet. In terms of skincare, Oleic Acid can help to reduce the appearance of blemishes and makes it easier to ingredients that would not usually get along to work together well.

Rich in Lutein

Avocado oil is a potent source of Lutein, an antioxidant that has a particularly beneficial effect on the eyes. When eaten, Lutein helps to keep age-related issues such as cataracts and muscular degeneration at bay, while in cosmetic products it helps the skin to retain moisture and also provides anti-aging properties.

Contains Fatty Acids that Improve Skin Condition & Aids Regenerations

Studies have shown that Avocado Oil has a powerful effect on damaged skin and is capable of helping wounds heal. A study carried out Ruhr-University Bochum in Germany even showed that Avocado Oil is able to noticeably reduce the symptoms of psoriasis, a condition that causes patches of skin to become red and flaky, over a 3 month period.

A Potent Source Of Vitamin E

Avocado Oil is one of the richest natural sources of Vitamin E, an antioxidant that helps to combat free radicals and prevent cell deterioration. Like Lutein, Vitamin E can also help the skin retain moisture and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

Packed Full Of Chlorophyll

Chlorophyll is one of those things you probably don’t associate with skincare and cosmetics, but that is about to change. Capable of warding germs away and creating an environment that bacteria simply cannot abide, Chlorophyll is a wonder when it comes to keeping blemishes at bay. It also contains magnesium, which helps to deliver oxygen to the body’s cells and skin tissue more efficiently.