Naturally rich in Vitamins (A, D and E), Omegas (3 and 6), minerals and antioxidants, avocado is almost perfectly balanced nutritionally. And it does a lot more than look pretty in salads. Its skincare benefits should make it a menu staple for anyone with particularly dry and sensitive skin. Easily absorbed, avocado oil boosts moisture levels, protects skin’s barrier function and smooths any rough edges.

For the most comprehensive range of avocado inspired skincare products turn to Crabtree & Evelyn London (www.crabtree-evelyn.co.uk) who combine avocado and olive with hints of basil in an invigorating Avocado, Olive & Basil Shower Gel (£15 for 250ml), a light but nourishing Avocado, Olive & Basil Body Lotion (£16 for 250ml), and a rich and luxurious Avocado, Olive & Basil Body Butter (£22 for 225g). In its purest form, Neal’s Yard Remedies Avocado Oil (£7.50 for 50ml, www.nealsyardremedies.com), is a great treatment for any persistent, problem areas of skin that are prone to cracking: think elbows, heels and cuticles.

Sensitive facial skin should love Pai’s Avocado & Jojoba Hydrating Day Cream (£32 for 50ml, www.paiskincare.com) which relieves tightness for supple smiles. For a restorative night cream − or a soothing day treatment for eczema-prone, hypersensitive skin − back to Neal’s Yard Remedies for their Vitamin E and Avocado Night Cream (£21.50 for 50g, www.nealsyardremedies.com). And, for tired eyes, Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado (£20 for 14g, www.kiehls.co.uk) is just the right texture to moisturise without migrating into your eyes.

The Aztecs thought avocados were sacred. Let’s see if your skin agrees.

Posted by Alexander Aiden

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