Sure, we know avocados are delicious on pretty much everything, but did you also know that avocados are one of the most important moisturising nutrients you can have to improve the appearance of your skin? That's because avocado lipids are luscious, they contain lots of skin-healthy polyunsaturated and mono-unsaturated fats and because of these luscious lipids, avocados house lots of important beautifying nutrients and phytochemicals.
Moist skin ensures you have a smooth consistent and radiant complexion, a lack or loss of moisture can promote the appearance of wrinkles, as well as inflammation, redness, unevenness and puffiness. Avocados contain more of thecarotenoid lutein (and Zeaxanthin that works alongside lutein) than any other fruit, their antioxidant effect may protect your skin from UV-B-induced damage & their vitamin E content (the most important fat-soluble antioxidant in the skin as fats are a major component of skins moisture) protect lipids from oxidation which would damage skin structure and lead to dryness and wrinkles.
Avocados are also rich in B vitamins, which help with metabolism and energy. They also contain Vitamin C which may improve the health of your skin, as well as prevent the premature formation of wrinkles by improving the integrity of collagen, your skin cell’s scaffolding.
Better yet, avocados contain antioxidants called polyphenols as well which fight free radicals that cause cell damage. They also are a good sources of vitamins K, potassium ( more than bananas) which is essential for fluid balance – a lack can result in puffy or dry skin and fibre which is essential for keeping a †˜well cleansed’ digestive system.
SKIN FOOD ACTIVES: Carotenoids Lutein & Zeaxanthin, Vitamins E, K & C, B Vitamins – B1, B2, B3, B5, Biotin, Folate, Potassium.
BEAUTY BENEFITS OF AVOCADO: Luscious lipids replenish skins natural moisture barrier to keep soft and hydrated. Vitamin C boosts collagen production and antioxidants fight free radicals that cause inflammation, dryness and tissue deterioration.
LIP NOURISH: Yep, I use cold pressed avocado oil in my Lip Nourish Lipsticks! The omega 3+6 essential fatty acids boost the lips' natural process of moisture regulation, helping to soothe, soften and restore suppleness.
Now onto the fun stuff...
This basic recipe matches my criteria for the perfect avocado ensemble! It's healthy, quick, and easy and the kids will love it! Did I mention they it only requires five staple ingredients?
- Whole grain sourdough bread
- Ripe avocado
- Goats cheese
- Salt and pepper
DIRECTIONS- Slice and/or toast bread
- Spread on avocado
- Top with rocket leaves
- Crumble or †˜dab’ on goats cheese
- Season with salt & pepper (optional: chilli flakes, a drizzle of olive oil)
TIP: Normally avocados take a week to ripen but can be accelerate in a paper bag with an apple. They also taste delicious in an amazing green smoothie!
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