Avocados contain healthy fats poly fatty acids and monounsaturated fatty acids. Poly fatty acids are the ones that help protect your skin from sun damage and help protect sensitive skin and inflammation. Monounsaturated fats keep top layers of your skin moist, which leaves it soft and healthy.
When we are exposed to pollutants every day and our bodies generate free radicals which then causes cellular damage. Antioxidants help against damage from free radicals. Avocados have antioxidants such as Vitamin E which protects the skin from ultraviolet light. Vitamin C makes collagen for elasticity and firmness. Carotenoids are capable of promoting skin health and beauty according to the Dermato-Endocrinology Study on the link between nutrition and skin aging.
Every day we are out in the elements and are bodies are generating free radicals. Avocados are suitable for all skin types and can help by:
- Treating sensitive, dry or acne prone skin
- Enhancing skin elasticity
- Reversing effects of aging
Avocado and Honey
A hydrating face mask for cleaning and moisturizing. Honey is gentle astringent and extremely moisturizing. The combination of avocado and honey in this will refine the pores, tighten the skin, and smooth over wrinkles and reduce aging spots.
Simply mash a ripe avocado and mix it with one tablespoon of honey.
Spread a thin layer on your skin, and leave on for 20 minutes.
Wash it off with lukewarm water and then cold water to close pores and pat dry.
Avocado and Yogurt
This mask is beneficial when your skin needs extra moisture due to dry or humid air. This mask is especially ideal in those winter months. Yogurt has the enzymes which easily exfoliate the facial skin with natural cleansing and bleaching.
Take a teaspoon of organic yogurt and mix it with avocado pulp, spread onto your face and leave on for 15 to 20 minutes and then wash off with warm water and pat dry.
Avocado and Egg Whites
Great for premature aging. Combine 1 tablespoon of mashed avocado and one egg white. You’ll need to whisk this one for about 30 seconds until it is blended well. Slather a thick layer on your face(avoiding eye and mouth area as this mask stretched can cause fine lines and wrinkles. in a circular motion and let sit for 10 to 15 minutes, rinse with cold water and pat dry.
Avocado and Oatmeal
Combined with oatmeal, this avocado face mask acts as a gentle and amazing exfoliator for skin. Oatmeal is one of the best natural exfoliators out there and can be used to scour off excess sebum and dead cells from skin.
Mash 1/4 an avocado using the back of a fork until it is smooth and lump free. Stir in the oatmeal to make a paste. Slather the mask onto your already clean face in a gentle circular motion. Massage for at least 2 minutes letting the oatmeal gently exfoliate your skin. Allow the mask to settle for at least 15 minutes wash off with warm water and pat dry.