Ah, the humble avocado.
From healthy avocado on toast to delicious avocado salsas, this superfood is hailed for its rich source of antioxidants and potassium.
But did you know it’s also a must-have product from your skincare regime?
Thanks to its plentiful amounts of vitamin E and fatty acids, it can help repair your skin’s natural barrier while also reducing any inflammation.
Want to know more?
Then here’s how you can introduce this delicious food into your daily skincare routine:
A number of brands like Neal’s Yard Remedies use avocado in their facial moisturisers to create a rich, indulgent and nourishing product.
Or, if you fancy making your own moisturiser, you can simply mash up an avocado before applying the paste to your skin. This will help hydrate, nourish and reduce any flaking skin, and can be applied to your face and body.
But don’t throw away the peel as you can also use the natural oils from the inside of this by wiping them across your face. Just rinse off after 15 minutes.
If you like the idea of making your own masks at home using avocado as one of the key ingredients, there are numerous recipes available.
For example, if your skin’s feeling particularly oily, you can take half an avocado, a teaspoon of lemon juice and an egg white to create a nourishing mask for your face. Just apply evenly before leaving for 20 minutes until you rinse it off with warm water.
As avocados have a high concentrate of fats (the good ones, I hasten to add), and ample vitamin A and E, they’re great for providing your eyes with a thoroughly nourishing treatment. Gently massage some avocado into the skin around your eyes and leave it to absorb into your skin (this might be best done at night).
Not only does avocado nourish your eye area but you can also use it remove make-up. Just use some fresh avocado on a cotton bud to remove the make-up from around your eyes.
If you feel as though your skin needs exfoliating, you can simply add a few extra ingredients to your avocado to create a wonderfully indulgent scrub.
For your skin, simply add a tablespoon of brown sugar, olive oil and honey to half an avocado. Blend it well before adding to your skin and rubbing it all over. This will naturally exfoliate and moisturise your skin to leave it feeling smooth and hydrated.
Then, just add a drop of peppermint oil to some of the leftover scrub to apply it to your lips. This will help pump some blood into your lips and will brighten them while leaving a fresh scent, too.
Finally, if you’ve over-indulged in the sun and your skin’s feeling inflamed and red, put the avocado’s healing properties to good use. Simply mash half an avocado with a teaspoon of honey and half a teaspoon of lime juice. Apply to the affected area before leaving for 15 minutes to allow it to hydrate and heal your skin.
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