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Quand utiliser l'huile d'avocat ?

When to use avocado oil?

Used in the formulation of cosmetic products, avocado oil is brimming with benefits for the body. Known for its nourishing and protective properties, its application benefits both the skin and hair. To take full advantage of its virtues, discover when to use this natural ingredient.

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Published February 9, 2024, by Pauline, Head of Scientific Communication — 6 min read

Topical Application: When should one resort to avocado oil?

Theavocado vegetable oil is a botanical extract possessing a rich texture and providing several benefits to the skin. This oily extract contains numerous active ingredients with interesting properties, such as fatty acids and vitamins. Let's discover together when to use it in topical application.

  • When one has dry skin.

    The topical application of avocado oil is particularly recommended for individuals with dry or very dry skin. Indeed, it is rich in lipids, notably linoleic acid, which helps to restore the stratum corneum, the skin's protective waterproof barrier. Additionally, avocado oil forms on its surface a protective veil and strengthens the hydrolipidic film, limiting the penetration of pollution particles and impurities and preventing dehydration.

  • To prevent stretch marks.
    Avocado oil can be used to prevent stretch marks. These are caused by the rupture of collagen fibres due to the sudden stretching of the skin. Indeed, by strengthening the skin's hydrolipidic film, avocado oil makes it more flexible and less prone to stretch marks.

  • To prevent skin ageing.

    The topical application of avocado oil helps to limit skin dehydration, thereby preventing the emergence of dehydration fine lines. These small superficial streaks appear on the areas of the face where the skin is most delicate and are caused by a weakening of the skin barrier and the hydrolipidic film, leading to the gradual evaporation of water from the epidermis. Avocado oil also has a stimulating effect on collagen production, which helps to enhance the suppleness and firmness of the skin.

How to incorporate avocado vegetable oil into your routine?

Non-irritating, avocado oil can be used regularly daily to care for one's skin. Although it is not a photosensitising substance and can be applied in the morning, we particularly recommend its use in the evening, at the end of your routine. Indeed, this oil is rich and oily, leaving a shiny finish on the skin. It also has an occlusive nature, which is why it is preferable to apply it after other treatments, to avoid hindering the absorption of their active ingredients.

Hair application: When should one resort to avocado oil?

This vegetable oil also has benefits for the hair and can be used for several reasons.

  • When one has fine, dry, or brittle hair.

    The vegetable oil derived from avocados helps to strengthen the hair fibre. The active ingredients it contains have a structure similar to the lipids that make up the cuticle of the hair. They are thus able to integrate into it, where they act as intercellular cement. By contributing to the restoration and cohesion of the cuticle, these saturated fatty acids also promote its impermeability and the protection of the internal layers of the hair fibre, such as the cortex.

  • To prevent white hair.

    Rich in tocopherols (vitamin E) and carotenoids, antioxidants, avocado oil combats the effects of free radicals. The hair application of this natural ingredient thus helps to protect the hair from exposure to UV radiation or pollution. Moreover, it slows down the appearance of split ends and grey hair, which a study has shown to be correlated with the presence of free radicals. Indeed, it seems that these are capable of triggering a chain reaction leading to the degradation of melanin, the pigment that gives hair its colour.

How to incorporate avocado vegetable oil into your routine?

In order to deeply nourish the hair and restore its shine, avocado vegetable oil can be used once or twice a week, as a mask or oil bath. To do this, apply a few drops to your hair, avoiding the scalp, and leave it on for about fifteen minutes before shampooing. In this way, your hair fibre will be nourished and protected from friction during the application of the shampoo. Moreover, if your shampoo contains sulfates, your hair will also be safeguarded against them. If you are using pure avocado oil, be careful not to apply too much to avoid weighing down your hair.

We have developed a restorative hair mask with a rich and creamy texture. This treatment is enriched with biomimetic ceramides (INCI name: Behenyl/Stearyl Aminopropanediol Esters) and avocado oil (INCI name: Persea Gratissima Oil) which deeply repair and nourish the hair fibre to soften the hair and prevent the appearance of split ends. This mask is used 1 to 2 times per week and is applied to washed and towel-dried hair from mid-lengths to ends. Leave it on for about ten minutes before rinsing.

Sources

  • HAUSER M. & al. In vivo investigations on the penetration of various oils and their influence on the skin barrier. Skin Research and Technology (2012).

  • SEIBERG M. Age-induced hair greying - the multiple effects of oxidative stress. International journal of cosmetic science (2013).

  • ORTIZ-VIEDMA J. & al. Avocado oil: characteristics, properties, and applications. Molecules (2019).

  • HEREDIA J. B. & al. Fatty acid profile, total carotenoids, and free radical-scavenging from the lipophilic fractions of 12 native mexican avocado accessions. Plant Foods for Human Nutrition (2019).

  • FIROOZ A. & al. Preparation and evaluation of anti-wrinkle cream containing saffron extract and avocado oil. Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology (2020).

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