Avocado….You’re a Star!

Avocado…..also known as an alligator pear or butter fruit, is the only fruit that provides a substantial amount of healthy monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA). It contains a lot of fiber, as well as many vitamins and minerals such as vitamin K, vitamin E, vitamin C, B-vitamins, potassium, and copper. Not only are avocados a great addition to your smoothie, to add a nice creamy texture…..but it also does wonders for your skin when applied topically!

Avocado masks hydrate your skin, can treat acne, exfoliates, brightens, and can fade wrinkles. Ohhhhh avocado…..you ARE a star!! Give it a go! These masks are not only effective….but natural, toxin/chemical-free, and much cheaper than those $50 face masks from Sephora. Your skin will drink this up! Below I’ve listed a few of my favorite avocado mask recipes, to help with different concerns.

Smoother skin:

½ very ripe avocado

1 tbsp raw or Manuka honey

2 tsp jojoba oil

5 drops of geranium oil

*Mash avocado into a creamy paste, then combine and whisk all ingredients together. You can leave this mask on the face for 25-35 minutes, then wash off with water. For best results, use 3x a week. Mask mixture can be covered and stored in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.

Clear skin:

½ very ripe avocado

2 tbsp plain greek yogurt (2% low-fat)

2 tsp lemon juice (fresh)

1 tsp turmeric

*This mask is best used in the evening. For best results, use 3x a week.

*Mash avocado into a creamy paste, then combine and whisk all ingredients together. This mask can be on the face for 20-30 minutes, or 10-15 minutes to start if you have sensitive skin. Lemon is photosensitive, so try avoid direct sunlight exposure on the face for 12-24 hours, and/or wear sunscreen. The turmeric may leave some residue behind on the face, but it will wash off by the next day. This mask can be covered and stored in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.

Hydration:

½ very ripe avocado

2 tbsp of raw or Manuka honey

½ tsp coconut oil

*If your skin is sensitive to coconut oil, you can substitute with argan oil, jojoba oil, or apricot kernel oil.

*Mash avocado into a paste, then combine and whisk together all ingredients. This mask can be left on the face for 25-35 minutes. For best results, use 3x a week. Mask can be covered and stored in the refrigerator for 4-5 days.

Wrinkles:

¼ very ripe avocado

1 egg white

*Mash avocado into a paste, then combine and whisk with egg white. This mask can be left on the face for 15-25 minutes. For best results, use 3-4x a week. Mask can be covered and stored in the refrigerator for 3 days.

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