Unless you’ve been living under an Instagram-less rock the past few years, it’s safe to say you’re well aware that the avocado is the reigning queen of the health food world (with kale as its king, of course).
And while avocado toast will always be one of our favorite go-to breakfast options, we’re also all about using avo as a major part of our natural beauty routines as well. Avocado is packed full of amazing health benefits that are just as beneficial for your skin as they are for your body. There are so many avocado mask benefits that we’re psyched to share with you here.
Avocado for Glowing Skin
- Avocados are high in Oleic acid, which helps to keep your skin moisturized and it reduces skin inflammation.
- Antioxidants: Avocados have those cancer-fighting, cell-protecting molecules in spades.
- Avocado will gently exfoliate skin
- Anti-inflammatory: Avocado helps soothe irritated skin, reducing redness and puffiness that can make acne look worse than it is.
Avocado Mask for Acne
- Organic yogurt
Yogurt is a powerfully effective acne-fighting ingredient as the lactic acid kills bacteria on your skin.
Avocado and Honey Mask
- Manuka or Raw Honey
Raw honey is found in a lot of different face masks. For one, it has the right consistency to stick on your face. But the main reason is because it makes your skin moist and soft. If you're using Manuka honey you might want to heat it up a little bit because it's VERY thick.
Avocado Oatmeal Face Mask for Dry Skin
Oatmeal is another extremely popular DIY face mask ingredient found in your kitchen. I like to grind the oats up a little bit before I use them as this creates a better exfoliant. When I was a tyke I remember getting a bad case of poison ivy, the thing that helped settle the itching down more than anything else was oatmeal baths because it has anti-inflammatory properties.
Avocado and Egg White Face Mask for Oily Skin
- Egg white
Egg whites acts as a natural astringent which is to say it helps to shrink skin. They also help to temporarily remove fine lines and wrinkles. It's not an anti-aging treatment, but if you're going out for an evening you may want to consider applying an egg mask before leaving.
*Helpful hint: start your mask application at your chin and work upward to your forehead so that the bottom dries quicker, preventing dripping!
Avocado, Honey and Cinnamon Face Mask
We've already talked about how honey makes your face moist, leaving it looking and feeling fresh. Cinnamon is antibacterial which is great for helping to fight acne. Make sure you spot test this mask first, because some might find it irritates skin.
Helpful tip: To spot test place some on the inside of your elbow. This area is very similar to facial skin. If that's a go, I still like to spot test on a small patch on my face, preferably somewhere that my hair can hide before slathering it all over my face. If you react negatively to a facemask it's best your entire face isn't red and blotchy!
Avocado and Turmeric Face Mask to Brighten Skin
Image & recipe by: Naive Cook Cooks
- Lemon juice
Yogurt is another star in the DIY face mask world, it's hydrating which is terrific for dry skin. For the best results pick up organic, greek yogurt. Avoid yogurts with sugar and flavouring that dominates the majority of super-market shelves.
Lemon will help to fight acne, because like cinnamon it is anti-bacterial.
Turmeric is one a powerful herbal supplement that has been studied extensively. A word of warning; turmeric can stain your skin leaving it with a slightly orange-ish tinge. Like any other facemask, spot check this before you get too carried away.
Turmeric is anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory which makes it ideal for fighting acne. It'll help to reduce redness and help to heal acne scars. In addition to this more and more studies are finding that there is a link between anti-oxidants and aging (wrinkles and fine lines).
Detoxing Avocado Mask
- Rose water
- Bentonite clay
- Nutritional yeast
- Ground oats
This face mask contains loads of natural ingredients that are amazing for your skin. We've already discussed how honey is hydrating and oats act as a natural exfoliant and anti-inflammatory.
Rose water is a natural astringent which can help reduce the look of fine lines, wrinkles and pore size. The bentonite clay also helps to minimize pores while helping to control the production of sebum.
Mint gives this mask a delicious smell, it's also a mild astringent and anti-bacterial.
Avocado and Cucumber Face Mask
- English cucumber, peeled
- Avocado, pitted and chopped
- Fresh mint leaves
- Lemon juice
- Egg white
Directions: Blend ingredients together in a food processor or blender until smooth. Apply to clean skin and leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse off with warm water and moisturize if necessary.
Avocado and Carrot Face Mask
- Olive oil (or Argan Oil)
While olive oil isn't the most ideal skin care oil (I would recommend rose hip or argan oil) it also isn't the worst. It's non-comedogenic, and contains some Linoleic Acid. Lionleic Acid may be one of the causes of acne. Unfortunately Linoleic Acid goes rancid quickly, so cooking oils which require longer shelf lives tend to have higher percentages of Oleic Acid.
So in short, yes you can use Olive Oil but I'd recommend another oil that is better suited to skin care.
The carrot will be turned into a paste along and mixed with the avocado and oil. It's antiseptic which helps to kill bacteria, another cause of skin problems.
Avocado and Fruit Face Mask
- Mashed avocado
- Mashed banana
- Olive oil (or Argan oil)
- Fresh orange juice
Again, olive oil and again I'll recommend substituting it for a friendly oil, like Argan oil. The banana could very well be for textural purposes, but it is mildly exfoliating. Orange juice is high in Vitamin E which is a popular vitamin in serums for it's ability to reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
You’ll Be Glowing In No Time
With so many options for a customized avocado face mask, you’re sure to get covetable, glowing skin in no time. We’re major proponents of using natural, raw ingredients when it comes to skincare— if we wouldn’t
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