Last fall, I had a pretty nasty cold and was desperate for natural remedies to relieve my symptoms.
So it seems like we have to leave avocado toast in 2018. What? We may as well not even brunch. Luckily there are so many things you can use avocados for. I love using superfoods as part of my beauty regime because it’s cheap and all natural. My skin is on the sensitive side so I’m wary of products with ingredients I have to Google.
Avocado is a great staple — you can use it on your hair, face, and body. Even if you don’t like avocados for they’re taste, you will love it for the skin benefits! Using these masks can transform and protect the skin from natural elements. This is really helpful, considering the frigid time of year. Although I am in the south now, I still hold onto my winter skin treatments. I’m always looking for ways to implement moisture without clogging my pores and I started making these whipped avocado masks.
There are literally hundreds of benefits of avocados and I’m learning more each all the time. In regards to the skin, it’s a natural source of moisture and hydration. The protein, lecithin, fatty acids (especially omega-3), and vitamins A, C, D, and E help moisturize and protect skin from harsh UV rays. Rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory, abs antibacterial properties, the pulp and oil repairs and improves malignant skin. Regular use had the potential to heal wounds, reduce acne scars and hyperpigmentation, and treat psoriasis.
Even if you have simple skin goals, using avocado masks or oil is a great start. These masks are quite simple and you most likely have the ingredients in your kitchen! They each have 1/2 of an avocado as an overachieving base. I like using a super ripe avocado so it’ll be easier to mix. I mash the avocado using a fork in a plastic cup. Then I use a spoon to stir in the ingredients and get the mask silky smooth. You can double the recipe or if you have any extras, feel free to use it on your neck, chest, hands, or feet!
Here are some of my favorite tried and true combinations:
½ avocado + 1 tablespoon honey + 1/4 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- Adding honey allows you to benefit from its skin-cleansing properties. Plus, the toning apple-cider vinegar delivers perfect pH balance for all types of skin. I’ve talked about honey extensively in this post. Such a complexion booster with the antioxidants!
- Apple cider vinegar contains alpha hydroxy acids that will remove dead skin and reveal healthy and vibrant new skin. I’ve used it alone as a toner since it sloughing off dead cells, and also in many face masks.
½ avocado + 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil + ½ banana
- Banana? Yes really! It is amazing since it builds healthy, glowing skin. Prolly because it’s packed it potassium, vitamins A, B, C and E, lectin, zinc and amino acid. All of this combined gets rid of flaky and dehydrated skin and reduce your skin imperfections.
- The good fats in olive oil nourish dry and aging skin. It’s best to use this face mask after spritzing your face with water. This will allow the fats to seal the moisture into your skin. Also, the antioxidants in extra virgin olive oil will help your skin battle off signs of aging.
½ avocado + 1 tablespoons organic honey + 1 tablespoon plain yogurt
- The higher the fat content in the yogurt, the more moisturizing. Also, the lactic acid in many dairy products acts as a gentle exfoliant, giving skin that fresh-faced glow without any irritation. Lactic acid also help dissolve dead skin and tighten pores.
Use a ripe avocado. If you buy one that is too firm to use, store it in a brown paper lunch bag for a day or two to expedite the ripeness. Do not store the masks because they will brown very quickly and turn to an unpleasant mess. Use any leftovers on other parts of your skin! #smootheverywhere