Avocados – Skin Soothing, Smoothing and Preventive Hydrator
Besides being my favorite thing to add to toast, avocados have an impressive list of skin-boosting benefits. Why? Because they are full of healthy fats, minerals and vitamins our skin needs to glow. Keep reading to find out how avocados are skin soothing, smoothing and a preventive hydrator!
Lutein is a carotenoid known primarily for its benefits to eye health. But it is also important for skin hydration by preventing the breakdown of important skin lipids and increasing the overall water content of your skin.
Vitamin B helps to prevent skin conditions. Avocados are rich in biotin, a B vitamin that contributes to healthy skin. Biotin deficiencies can appear as dry skin or skin rashes.
Polyunsaturated fatty acids protect against environmental damage such as the harmful UV rays of the sun and help to reduce inflammation in the skin due to powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Monounsaturated fatty acids help to moisturize the skin and leave it soft to the touch.
Magnesium helps to lower cortisol production which helps reduce acne by stabilizing hormonal imbalances in the body. It is also a calming agent, potentially making it a great candidate for treating rosacea, acne, eczema, and minor skin irritations. Bonus: it boosts your mood.
Potassium can enhance the texture of your skin because it supports the rapid growth of new skin cells. Feeling dry? Did you know potassium helps regulate the amount of water in your body’s cells? Since potassium cannot be applied topically, eating avocados on the regular can give you a beautiful, hydrated glow.
Antioxidants are essential for optimum health and glowing skin, and avocados are full of them. Avocados have both vitamin C and vitamin E, two of our favorite antioxidants for skin health.
Vitamin C is one of our skin’s BFFs because it provides so many amazing benefits. It helps to reduce hyperpigmentation and plays an important role in promoting and preventing the breakdown of collagen and elastin; so, it’s the perfect anti-aging support. This important antioxidant fights inflammation making it great for acne.
Vitamin E is necessary for fighting free radicals and promoting tissue repair. Free radicals are the driving force in creating our fine lines and wrinkles. If we can reduce the free radicals, we can slow down the aging process.
Recipe – Avocado Bacon Bagel
- ½ toasted bagel
- Cream cheese
- Tomatoes, sliced
- ½ avocado
- Everything but the Bagel seasoning
- Balsamic reduction
- Bacon bits
Toast ½ a bagel and spread with cream cheese. Slice a tomato and top. Slice ½ an avocado and layer on your bagel. Sprinkle with seasoning and drizzle with balsamic reduction. Top with a sprinkling of bacon bits.
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