Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil



Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil at a glance

  • Excellent source of fatty acids
  • Replenishes, smooths, & softens skin
  • Rich in natural antioxidants
  • Helps strengthen skin's barrier

Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil description

_Persea gratissima_ is the Latin name for avocado, and the oil from this fruit is an excellent source of skin-replenishing fatty acids, including omega-3 linolenic acid, omega-6 linoleic acid, oleic acid, and beta sitosterol. These work on skin’s surface to preserve moisture and prevent water loss that can lead to signs of dehydrated skin. [br] [br] Avocado oil not only replenishes, smooths, and softens skin, it’s also able to visibly calm skin and is a good source of natural antioxidants such as vitamins A, C, D, and E. On compromised skin, avocado oil has been shown to boost skin’s hydroxyproline content, an amino acid that plays a key role in reinforcing a firm feeling along with strengthening skin’s barrier. [br] [br] Oil from the avocado seed is a good source of a group of antioxidants known as polyphenols, which includes catechin, epicatechin, and 3-leucoanthocyanidins. These have a synergistic effect on neutralising many types of free radicals before they can damage skin.

Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil references

  • Molecules, June 2019, ePublication; and October 2018, ePublication
  • International Journal of Molecular Sciences, January 2018, ePublication
  • Industrial Crops and Products, July 2016, pages 213-220

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Ingredient ratings


Proven and supported by independent studies. Outstanding active ingredient for most skin types or concerns.


Necessary to improve a formula's texture, stability, or penetration.


Generally non-irritating but may have aesthetic, stability, or other issues that limit its usefulness.


There is a likelihood of irritation. Risk increases when combined with other problematic ingredients.


May cause irritation, inflammation, dryness, etc. May offer benefit in some capability but overall, proven to do more harm than good.


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