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You know that avocado toast is all the rage, but did you know that you can use avocado for your beard?
We are not talking about taking the avocado and starting rubbing it on your beard, but we are talking about using a byproduct called avocado oil. Avocado oil is a popular beard oil that is used in many different grooming products like beard oils and beard balms.
It is a pretty versatile oil. It’s a carrier oil, which means that it can be used as a base for other oils like essential oils to penetrate the hair better.
So, I know that you are wondering what is avocado oil and how does it work? Well, that is what this article is all about, so carry on!
What is Avocado Oil?
Avocado oil is made from the pulp of avocados that are usually thrown away. Avocados are the fruit of the Avocado tree or Persea Americana, a tree species in the Lauraceae family. It is native to South Central Mexico and spread as a cultivated plant to Central America and parts of South America and the Caribbean.
It has a high smoke point around 520 degrees Fahrenheit, which makes it great for cooking. But cooking is not the only use for this oil.
The extraction process of avocado oil is similar to olive oil. The pulp of the avocado is ground up and pressed through a mill. The paste is then malaxed at about 45C for 40 minutes to allow the pulp to break down. Once pressed, clear green oil is extracted from the pulp. You might think that 45C is a high temperature but it is still considered cold-pressed because the nutrients, such as vitamins and minerals, are not lost.
So, that is what avocado oil is and how it is made. Now let us talk about its consistency and figure out if it works when applied to your beard!
Its consistency is similar to olive oil’s meaning it is high in monounsaturated fatty acids (about 70% oleic acid and palmitoleic acid), antioxidants, and nutrients that can help keep a healthy beard. It also contains many of the same nutrients as olive oil does such as vitamins A, D, and E which are good for moisturizing and nourishing your skin and hair follicles.
Avocado oil has a pretty light viscosity meaning it gets absorbed easily and is easy to apply. It quickly penetrates and absorbs into your skin and hair, making it a great carrier oil for other essential oils.
So, what are the benefits of Avocado oil for your beard?
Avocado oil is full of Vitamins, antioxidants, and fatty acids. These three properties are what give avocado oil its great powers for your skin and beard. Let’s see what these are!
It’s a great moisturizer
Vitamins A, D, and E are great moisturizers that help replenish your skin. It also contains lecithin which is a natural emulsifier that helps hold moisture to the hair follicles and make your beard shine.
It also protects your skin from UV rays
The carotenoids and vitamins A, D, and E are components that protect the skin from ultraviolet radiation which can be damaging. Ultraviolet radiation can cause skin aging and wrinkling, sunburn, and skin cancer. It also dries your hair, which can lead to split ends. Finally, it weakens the hair follicles break the protein structure, and lead to hair loss.
Increases Collagen Metabolism
It contains a potent amount of antioxidants that increase collagen metabolism in your skin. This protects your hair from free radicals and strengthens the hair follicles which promotes healthy hair growth, as well as prevents breakage of your beard follicles.
There was a study in which rats that were fed unrefined avocado oil increased soluble collagen production in their skin.
Soluble collagen is a type of collagen that is found in your dermis. It is known as the “restructuring” collagen since it helps with tissue repair. This leads to faster wound healing, protection against UV skin and hair damage due to sun exposure, higher skin elasticity, and reduced appearance of wrinkles. Not only does the faster formation of collagen prevent hair loss but it also restores hair growth in areas where facial hairs have fallen out.
It soothes itchiness and irritation
The antioxidants and essential fatty acids in avocado oil help soothe your skin and prevent irritation. It also works well for sensitive skin, especially during the first few weeks of beard growth when your skin is still adjusting to the new hair.
It also contains high levels of the antioxidant vitamin E which has natural anti-inflammatory properties. If you have dry, flaky skin underneath your beard hair, avocado oil can help soothe the itching and flaking by moisturizing your skin.
Prevents acne breakouts
Acne breakouts are not only painful but they can leave some lasting scars on your skin. There is a high chance of developing acne if you have dry, irritated skin beneath your beard which is why it’s important for new beardsmen to care for their skin using natural oils.
Avocado oil can help reduce the risk of developing acne since it moisturizes your skin, cleanses your pores, and reduces inflammation.
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Avocado oil for beard growth
The question that most men have about avocado oil is whether it can help increase beard growth. Well, there isn’t any scientific evidence that suggests that it will give you a thicker and fuller beard as it doesn’t increase testosterone levels or stimulate blood flow.
However, it helps restore the natural balance of your skin which can help grow a healthier beard. Not only does it help prevent itchy skin, dryness, and acne but it also conditions your hair shaft which reduces hair breakage when combing.
It contains many healthy properties which can be beneficial for your hair and beard. It’s also very affordable since you only need a few drops to cover your entire face, beard, and neck area.
It is a great natural product that helps take care of your skin and beard but it doesn’t help increase testosterone levels which are responsible for promoting beard growth.
How to use avocado oil
Avocado is a thin viscosity oil that absorbs quite easily into your skin. You can use it by itself or mix it with other beard oils to enhance its properties.
If you are using the oil by itself, then apply 3-5 drops to your palm and gently massage it all over your face, neck, and beard area. If you have a long beard then you can use a beard comb to evenly distribute the oil.
You don’t need to wash it off after application since it’s not greasy. You can apply the oil before you go to bed and leave it overnight if you want.
You can also make your own DIY beard oils, by mixing it with other carrier and essential oils. It works well with other carrier oils like grape seed oil coconut oil, castor oil, or argan oil since it doesn’t interfere with the absorption of other oils.
When it comes to essential oils, you can mix avocado oil with some of the best essential oils for beards like sandalwood, cedarwood, or tea tree to make your own beard oil. If you are new to beard oils, make sure you do some research on the oils that go well together before you start making your own beard oil
Always use the 1/3 rule when making your own beard oil to make sure you don’t overdo it. This means you should never use more than 1/3 of essential oil in your oil blend mix.
Avocado oil is a great natural product that can help you take care of your skin, beard, and hair. It doesn’t increase testosterone levels so it doesn’t promote beard growth but it does have many properties which promote beard health.
It works well as an all-around natural product for beginners who are looking to prevent dryness, itchiness, acne, and hair breakage.
You can use avocado oil by itself or you can mix it with other beard oils to enhance their properties. It’s also very affordable which makes it a great choice.
Whether you’re suffering from dry skin under your beard, have a long beard, or have an unruly skin condition like acne, it can help you get rid of your problems and get the healthy skin you desire.
All in all, it’s a great natural product that can take care of your skin and beard without any side effects. What do you think about avocado oil? Have you tried it or do you plan on trying it out? Let us know in the comments below.