DIY: The Beautiful Avocado

The avocado can be one of your body’s best friends.  Not only does it containavocado nutritional benefits, but it also has value in topical beauty treatments.

Its full of vitamins and nutrients that will moisturize, exfoliate, and smooth your skin.  The antioxidants it contains will detoxify the remnants of cosmetics and the oils in its pulp and skin can give shine and softness to your hair, treat sunburns, as well as act as a natural sunscreen.

All parts of the avocado can be used in your beauty regimen, from oils in the skin to the pulp for masks and scrubs, and even the seed to grow another avocado tree (if it hasn’t been refrigerated).

Like the ones for eating, you’ll want to use ripe to over-ripe avocados, with them being somewhat soft when squeezed with the fingertips (the riper the better).  If these aren’t available you can take one that’s under-ripe and store it at room temperature for four to five days in a paper sack.

Avocado Facial Mask

  1. Peel an avocado and cut it in half.  Put the pulp of one half in a bowl and mash it with a fork to a creamy consistency.
  2. Add 2 teaspoons of sweet almond oil or virgin olive oil.
  3. For dry skin, add a teaspoon of honey.  For oily skin add a teaspoon of lemon juice.
  4. Apply mixture to face and leave on for 10-15 minutes.
  5. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.
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Avocado Facial Scrub

  1. Peel an avocado and put the pulp in a mixing bowl.  Mash it with a fork to a creamy consistency.
  2. Add one egg white, 2 Tablespoons of oatmeal, and a teaspoon of lemon juice and mix together.
  3. Massage into the face and neck.  Leave on for fifteen minutes.
  4. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.

Avocado Hair Mask

  1. Peel an avocado and put the pulp in a mixing bowl.  Mash it with a fork to a creamy consistency.
  2. Add 1 tablespoon of honey and 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
  3. Mix until creamy and then apply to your hair. Leave for 20 minutes.
  4. Wash out with a gentle shampoo.

Avocado Moisturizer

  1. Take the peel of a ripe avocado and spread it on your face oily side down.  (You’ll be able to hear the oil as it reacts with the surface of your skin)
  2. Massage upward for a few moments and let the oil act on your skin for 10 minutes.
  3. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.

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For any unused portions of avocado or mixtures, store in an airtight container or cover with plastic wrap directly over the top of the unused portions to prevent from darkening.  Store in your refrigerator for up to 48 hours.

***I know Friday are usually set aside for the pictures and palettes and I have a bunch of nice photos from vacation to use.  But it takes time and energy to create the palettes, neither of which I’ve had in abundance since returning home.  I hope to get back to them in the next couple weeks.

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