Your skin will appear younger and more radiant antioxidants are to thank for this.
Antioxidants are critical for optimal health and beautiful, bright skin. When it comes to antioxidant activity, the avocado fruit (yep, it’s a fruit!) is quite outstanding. Avocados include two of the most powerful antioxidant vitamins, Vitamin C and Vitamin E, as well as the antioxidant Lutein.
Vitamin C has anti-inflammatory properties, making it ideal for treating and preventing inflammatory skin disorders like acne. It also aids in the promotion and prevention of collagen and elastin breakdown, two structural proteins that keep the skin taut, lush, and firm, and which naturally diminish as we age.
Vitamin E is required for tissue repair as well as protection against free radicals, which are known to contribute to the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in the early stages of ageing.
Lutein keeps your skin moisturised by inhibiting the breakdown of vital skin lipids and raising your skin’s water content. The importance of hydration for a healthy complexion cannot be overstated.
Your Skin will Plump and Hydrate with Good Fats
Thankfully, we are no longer in the 1990s, when fat was the enemy and sugar was a non-issue. Fat can actually benefit your heart health, and the same is true for your skin. Avocados are high in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids, two forms of fat.
Monounsaturated fatty acids keep the skin moisturised and smooth to the touch.
Polyunsaturated fatty acids have potent anti-inflammatory capabilities and defend against environmental damage such as the sun’s harmful UV rays. They also aid to reduce inflammation in the skin.
An avocado a day can help keep your skin hydrated from the inside out while also calming and protecting it from UV damage. This isn’t to say you shouldn’t use sunscreen!
B Vitamins can Aid in the Prevention of Skin Conditions and the Maintenance of Healthy Skin
Avocados are high in Biotin, a B vitamin that helps to maintain healthy skin, strong nails, and thick, lustrous hair. Biotin deficiency might manifest as dry skin or a rash.
Avocados are high in fibre, pantothenic acid, vitamin K, copper, folate, and potassium, all of which are beneficial to general health on the inside and out.
Aim for at least one small avocado every day; if it’s a giant avocado, half will suffice. We like to put them in smoothies for a creamy texture, on toast with a splash of lemon, or on sandwiches in place of cheese or mayo.