That's right kids, after argan oil and coconut oil have taken the beauty industry by storm, avocado oil is about to become the "It" ingredient of the moment. And while you can expect to see it pop up in more and more products, the concept of using it on skin and hair is nothing new. In ancient times, Aztecs used avocado oil as a soothing moisturizer to protect their skin from punishing environmental conditions like intense sun and brutal wind. "Avocado oil is a great emollient because it traps moisture—it doesn't let it escape," says Anthony Rossi, MD, a NYC dermatologist. "This ingredient is good for dry skin or hair."
No wonder Lupita Nyong'o has called it her "one-stop-shop" for all-over gorgeousness. Organic, cold-pressed avocado oil delivers a slew of skin benefits: It contains fatty acids, which boost skin elasticity (providing you with a plumper, more youthful look), and it has also been shown to help skin conditions like psoriasis. Plus it's packed with vitamins B and E for shiny, shampoo commercial-worthy hair.
So, are you ready to get in on this wonder fruit (beyond slathering it on toast, that is)? Here are four ways you can use avocado oil to look and feel amazing from hair to heels.
1. As makeup remover: "Avocado oil is a gentle way to remove makeup," says Dr. Rossi. "The soluble lipids dissolve dirt and other oils without stripping." Pour a bit of avocado oil (like Now Avocado Oil) onto a cotton pad and swipe it over your face. Follow with your favorite cleanser.
2. As a hair hydrator: After a season spent at the pool, the beach, or on a rooftop, your hair could probably use a little rehab. Pamper it in the shower with moisturizing formulas like Garnier Whole Blends Nourishing Shampoo and Conditioner with Avocado and Shea Butter Extracts. For a more intense hit of hydration, try Garnier Whole Blends Nourishing Mask with Avocado Oil and Shea Butter Extracts. This trio gives thirsty strands an instant boost and brings back bounce.
3. As a foot softener: To prep your heels for fall's big mule trend, try this overnight treatment: Slough your feet in the shower with a pumice stone. When you get out, apply a rich cream like Captain Blankenship Avocado & Peppermint Hand, Cuticle & Foot Balm while your skin is still damp. Slip on a pair of socks and leave them on while you sleep. In the morning, wave those cracks goodbye.
4. As an eye brightener: Treat the sensitive skin under your eyes with a hydrating moisturizer like Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado. Chockful of natural fats, avocado oil is said to be the most moisturizing of any fruit oil. Pat—don't rub—a pea-sized dollop along the orbital bone with your ring finger to avoid any tugging.
The Ultimate Avocado Arsenal
1. Garnier Whole Blends Nourishing Shampoo with Avocado Oil and Shea Butter Extracts, $4.49; garnierusa.com.
2. Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado, $48; kiehls.com.
3. Garnier Whole Blends Nourishing Hair Care with Avocado Oil and Shea Butter Extracts, $6.99; garnierusa.com.
4. Captain Blankenship Avocado and Peppermint Hand, Cuticle, and Foot Balm, $24; sephora.com.
5. Now Avocado Oil, $6.99; now-2-u.com.
6. Garnier Whole Blends Nourishing Conditioner with Avocado Oil and Shea Butter Extracts, $4.49; garnierusa.com.