Is Avocado Oil Good for Your Skin?
When it comes to skin care ingredients, you’ve likely heard about different oils being beneficial to add to your routine. Coconut oil, olive oil, and avocado oil are all common oils you’ve likely seen listed in the formulas of many skin care products. But what exactly is avocado oil, and is it good for your skin? We’re here to break down everything you need to know about avocado oil, including its role in addressing your skin concerns and some products picks to add to your skin care routine.
Avocado oil is derived from the avocado fruit. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), the avocado fruit is a rich potential source of oil that contains high levels of antioxidants, including vitamin E and vitamin A. The soluble components of avocado oil have these same beneficial properties.
In short, yes. If you have dry skin, products formulated with avocado oil can be a great addition to your skin care routine. “With its thick consistency, avocado oil is the perfect moisturizer for dry skin,” says board-certified dermatologist, and Skincare.com consultant, Dr. Elizabeth Houshmand (@houshmandmd). In fact, Dr. Houshmand notes that many people opt to apply products formulated with avocado oil—around the eye area, since rich hydration in this area can help smooth the look of lines and wrinkles. “[Products with] avocado oil can help nourish the delicate under-eye skin and keep it soft,” she says.
How to Add Avocado Oil into Your Skin Care Routine
Now that you know all about avocado oil and the skin care benefits it can provide, you’re probably wondering how you can incorporate it into your skin care routine. “You can use avocado oil in your skin care routine in a variety of ways,” Dr. Houshmand says. “You can massage the oil on your skin, or add a few drops to your lotion.”
You could also opt for a product that’s formulated with avocado oil. We’re sharing a few of our favorite skin care products—from Kiehl’s—that are formulated with avocado oil, below!
Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser
This gentle foaming cleanser contains squalane, apricot kernel oil, vitamin E, and avocado oil, and can help remove dirt and debris without over-drying or stripping skin. The pH-balanced cleanser helps maintain skin’s natural balance and is suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin.
Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser, $20 MSRP
Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Toner
Formulated with squalane, apricot kernel oil, vitamin E, and avocado oil, this facial oil helps gently removes surface debris and residue, while hydrating and comforting skin. To use, moisten a cotton pad with the toner and apply to face after cleansing.
Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Toner, $16 MSRP
Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado
This nourishing under eye cream is formulated with avocado oil, beta-carotene, and shea butter and provides creamy hydration suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin. The cream gently moisturizes the delicate under-eye area. To use, apply the under-eye cream along the orbital bone with your fingertip and gently tap around the delicate eye area both day and night.
Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve
This hand moisturizer contains avocado oil, sesame oil, a blend of botanical oils, and natural wax derived from olive oil. The formula can soothe, moisturize, and condition dry, active hands. The formula helps protect against and repair the appearance of severe dryness by allowing the skin to draw and absorb water from the air, forming a "glove–like" protective barrier against moisture loss. To use, apply hand salve liberally to clean hands, reapplying after washing.
Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve, $16 MSRP
Kiehl’s Intensive Treatment and Moisturizer for Dry or Callused Areas
This extremely thick, emollient treatment is formulated for very dry or callused areas that require intensive moisturization. The treatment is enriched with avocado oil, shea butter, and cocoa butter to help to soften and soothe dry, cracked, or parched skin. To use, apply a small amount to dry areas and massage in gently, allowing an excess of the cream to remain on skin as long as possible before blotting. For those with severely dry hands or feet, massage a liberal amount of cream into affected areas and cover with cotton gloves or socks to moisturize your skin overnight.