Avocado butter is derived from crushed and hydrogenated avocado flesh. The oil from the avocado fruit is high in vitamin E which helps to stimulate collagen activity, fights the signs of aging, rids the body of free radicals and softens the skin. Avocado butter absorbs readily into skin, lips and hair. Not only is it used for moisturizing, it is also used as a natural sunscreen.
Pre-shampoo Hair Treatment
Avocado butter is extremely moisturizing. You can apply a small amount of this butter to your hair and scalp for a pre-shampoo, deep conditioning treatment. Massage it in and leave it for an hour before rinsing it off with shampoo and warm water. You can use it plain or mix it with sweet almond oil, coconut butter, olive oil or regular conditioner. A few drops of lavender or rosemary essential oil add a nice scent as you moisturize.
Avocado butter works well as a leave-in conditioner for dry, frizzy, curly or black hair. Apply the avocado butter to the ends of your hair and massage in. You only need a teaspoon or so to get the results you want. This is not a good leave-in conditioner for people with fine, thin or limp hair as it has a heavy consistency that will weigh the hair down if applied as a leave-in conditioner.
Avocado butter can be mixed with other ingredients to make a skin moisturizer. Shea butter, coconut butter and jojoba oil are great bases for this. Mix equal parts of your chosen ingredients. Apply the mixture directly to warm, moist skin and rub in thoroughly for best results. Use on elbows, hands, knees or anywhere that tend to be dry skin areas.
Avocado butter can be directly applied to your lips to make them look shiny, healthy and moisturized. You only need a small amount and it doesn’t need to be mixed with anything when using it on your lips. Use it whenever you need some extra moisture on your lips.
The oil in avocado butter helps to enhance UV-A and UV-B absorber activity in your skin. This makes for a natural sunscreen. You can often find avocado oils in synthetic sunscreen mixtures.