Improve Your Skin & Your Health
6 Key Nutrients in Avocados
- Omega-3 fatty acids
- Polyhydroxylated fatty alcohols
- Contain significant amounts of B Vitamins, vitamin A, vitamin E, potassium (more potassium than in a banana), magnesium, copper, iron and zinc.
The first evidence of avocados being eaten and used for medicinal purposes appears to be 10,000 years ago. There are over 50 different commercial varieties of avocados grown in the world. The smaller sized avocados tend to have more oil, and the larger smooth skin more water. Avocados are not a vegetable, but a fruit that grows on a tree.
These rich green pulped fruits are called “Mother Nature’s skin natural moisturizer”, and for good reason. They offer remarkable benefits to the skin when eaten or applied topically to the skin. The benefits come from all of the natural phytonutrients and healthy fats packed inside a remarkable package. The Avocado fruit pulp can very beneficial when applied to the skin surface. The pulp of an avocado when applied to sensitive or irritated skin provides natural emollients that has been show to speed up healing. These natural emollients help to clear rashes, soothe burns, and heal skin abrasions and acne. Anti-inflammatory Effect Protects Skin can help with wound healing, and skin diseases such as scleroderma and psoriasis.
Your hair and scalp can benefit too. Early Egyptians discovered avocados and began applying the pulp to their hair to strengthen and add shine. The pulp can be applied to wet or dry hair to condition and also treat dandruff or dermatitis. People report that after using an avocado conditioner their hair feels soft and is more elastic, and has less breakage. It’s easy to do…wash the hair with conditioning shampoo, apply one avocado that has been run though a food processor with enough water to create a smooth pasty consitancy…. leave for five to 10 minutes, and rinse with warm water.
Avocado Hair Mask
Severely damaged or dry, can benefit from this terrific hair mask. Simply mix together one avocado and one egg yoke in a bowl, or food processor. Add enough water to make a nice paste. After shampooing, apply the mixture to damp hair and massage deep into the hair and scalp. Leave for 20 -30 min, and then rinse with warm water.
Avocado Masks do they actually work?
Yes, when you apply the mask created from the smashed avocado pulp it works in 4 ways.
- It helps to heal skin by adding moisture
- The natural oils lock the moisture deeper into the skin to keep skin hydrated for longer periods
- It contains vitamin A (a natural form of retinol). Retinol can help boost new cell growth, and collagen production. The more collagen the skin produces the visible lines and wrinkles. Collagen is responsible for keeping skin tight, and youthful looking.
- Helps to fight free radicals that can destroy skin cells. This can lead to wrinkles, lax skin, dark spots, and other skin discolorations. The vital nutrients in avocado fruit act as natural sunscreen and can increase the effectiveness of sunscreens you are using on your skin.
Anti-aging Benefits of Avocados
There are anti aging benefits as well. The inflammatory benefits and the natural emollient oils absorb easily into the skin, and have been show in studies to slow wrinkle formation. The avocado in contains a natural form of retinol which has been proven to boost new cell turnover, and increase collagen production. Which means that your skin could be newer, fresher, and glowing if you use an avocado mask a 2-3 times a week.Many store bought lotions claim to treat dry skin, but in reality they only soften the surface of the skin. It can take many applications of a store bought lotion, and it needs to be reapplied through out the day to keep the skin from drying out again. However, when you apply an avocado mask the natural oils and antioxidants can penetrate deeper into the lower layers of the skin and create longer-lasting moisturizing benefits.
Oily Skin? If you have oily skin or acne don’t despair avocados can work magic on your skin as well. Using an avocado mask can give your skin a very deep clean without or harsh ingredients. Let the natural mask penetrate deep into the pores and draws out the impurities and cleans out dead skin cells with the power of amino acids, retinol, and glutamine. An avocado mask will leave your skin deep cleaned, healthy and help improve blemishes. This is a much more gentle option than harsh store bought chemicals that can cause irritation, redness or peeling.
*Always do a small test patch on your forearm or neck before apply a mask all over the face. ….Avocado masks can not be stored in the refrigerator. Each facial recipe is one time use only.
Avocado Facial Recipes
Avocados are a healthy choice to eat, but also in facials. These masks offer anti-inflammatory benefits, antibacterial, and the avocado natural oil is close to what the skin produces naturally. The Lactic acid in yogurt in the mask will help to exfoliate dry skin, and is a natural alpha hydroxy acid. The avocado pulp mixed with the honey will hydrate and smooth the skin. Goats milk is high in protein, natural oils, vitamins and minerals, which smooths and softens skin.
Avocado Hydration Mask for Dry or Mature Skin
- ½ and avocado
- 1 tbsp honey (raw is the most health)
- 1 tbsp plain yogurt
Mix the honey, yogurt and mashed avocado together in a non metal bowel. Using fingers slather it on your face, and leave on for 15-20 minutes.
Goat Milk & Avocado Facial
- 1 whole avocados,
- 2 Tbsp Coconut oil
- 2-4 Tbsp goats milk
- 1 Tsp raw honey
Place all ingredients into food processor or blender and blend until smooth. Add goat mild to creamy constancy as desired.
Avocado & Cucumber Mask
½ of ripe avocado (soft or pliable when gently squeezed)
½ of a small cucumber
1 tablespoon high quality aloe vera gel
1 tbsp fresh squeezed lemon
Directions: You will need to put all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Apply to face and wash off after 15-20 min with warm water.
Acne Mask or Dry Skin Mask
Another great acne mask to try with healing honey. The honey has natural antiseptic properties to help heal acne
Avocado & Honey
½ of a ripe avocado & 1 tbs honey
Put both ingredients in a non metal bowl, and mash. Add honey and blend until as smooth as you like scoop it up and apply to face for 15-20 min. Rinse face with warm water.