Avocados contain a powerhouse of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytochemicals. There is compelling evidence suggesting that avocado helps to maintain cardiovascular health, weight management, and healthy aging – but are benefits limited to consumption of the fruit? Research says that’s not the case!
Using avocado in skin care products like facial creams, oil, facial masks, and moisturizers has gained wide applause among scientists and consumers alike. Nourishing and revitalizing, avocado has several benefits when applied to the face directly as a mask. One study even showed that when used topically, avocado oil may help heal wounds, decrease inflammation, and potentially even stimulate collagen production.
How to Make Avocado Face Mask?
Preparing an avocado mask is super easy. All you need is an avocado, a bowl, water and a spoon. If you want to make the mask ASAP, it’s better to buy an avocado that’s riper (try to find one with unblemished skin!). You can also buy green avocados and ripen at home if you don’t plan to use it right away.
Once you’ve found the perfect avocado, wash it and cut it into halves. Take a spoon or fork and scoop out the green pulp in a small glass bowl. Mash the flesh till it becomes a paste. Feel free to add the following ingredients for an increased benefit – yogurt, honey, egg yolk, oatmeal, and banana. Add in a touch of distilled or boiled water and mix the paste thoroughly.
To get the most out of the mask, make sure your face is squeaky clean before application! You can use a brush or apply the mask with your hands – it’s your call! Before you go any further: in case of any allergies and in order to prevent any unwanted reactions, remember to always perform a patch test first! Apply over your entire face first and use the rest on your neck.
Once it’s applied, set a timer for 15-30 minutes and take some time for yourself to relax. Maybe watch your favorite Netflix show! When the timer goes off, wash your face with lukewarm water and pat dry following up with your favorite moisturizer.
What does Avocado Facial Mask do?
Use an avocado mask on your face at least once in a week to enjoy the following benefits:
- Moisturization: Extremely useful at combatting dry skin, avocado works as a luxurious natural moisturizer to replenish the skin’s natural moisture. Natural oils like Vitamin E and linoleic acid present in the avocado fruit penetrate and provide moisture to those with even the driest of skin.
- Fights Premature Aging: Our bodies are constantly fighting the good fight when it comes to protecting us from damage caused by environmental pollution, UV radiation, and unhealthy lifestyles. Give your body a little boost by not only eating avocados, but using them on your skin! Using avocado as part of your skin care routine may be able to enhance collagen synthesis – giving you younger looking skin.
Staves Off Infection: If you deal with bouts of acne or irritated skin, you may want to give avocados a try. Studies have shown that avocados, especially when combined into a cream with tea tree oil, contain antimicrobial properties. Additionally, the fruit may be able to promote wound healing and decrease redness caused by inflammation
Preserving Your Avocado Face Mask
Preserving your avocado mask is simple – you don’t even have to add in any sort of preservative. Refrain from including your add-ins like honey, yogurt or lemon juice until you are ready to use your mask. Store it in an air-tight container and place in the refrigerator. Make sure to use within 7 days of making it!
The buttery avocado pulp clearly has the power to do wonders for your skin. including avocado as part of your skin care regimen may be the boost your skin cells need to fight off infection, redness, sun damage, skin aging, and dryness.
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