If you’re anything like us, your Instagram feed has you green with envy at the beauty of almighty avocados — from all measures of avo toast to the glories of guac and so much more. Let’s face it; there really is no such thing as too much when it comes to this creamy goodness. A rich source of potassium and antioxidants, the fruit is not only a superfood for your body, it is also an all-natural shoo-in for your beauty regimen. “Avocado is rich in vitamin E and fatty acids which help reduce skin inflammation and can help repair the skin’s barrier,” says Joshua Zeichner, M.D., director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York.
Next time you’re stocking up on avocados for your kitchen, buy a few extra and whip up these seven recipes for a whole new DIY beauty routine that’s as delicious as it gets.
Avocados are high in fat, yes. But, it’s the good kind of fat! The natural oils that make an avocado so creamy (and healthy) are a dream for your skin, too. Slathering on a mashed avocado paste may literally make you green but that mush will go way more than skin deep, hydrating and nourishing while reducing dryness and flaking. It couldn’t be simpler — just mash an avocado and apply to your face and body. In a pinch, you can also take the peel of an avocado and wipe the inside of it across your face to take advantage of the natural oils. Gently rinse away after 15 minutes or so.
2. Sunburn soother
Rule number one is to never scrimp on the sunscreen — ever. But, if you do happen to wind up with a burn, an avocado may help soothe your red, inflamed skin. Combine half of a mashed avocado with 1 teaspoon of honey and a 1/2 teaspoon of lime juice and apply liberally over the skin. Leave it on for up to 15 minutes to maximize the healing and hydrating effects.
3. Moisturizing face mask
Gently reduce inflammation and soften skin while tightening and refining pores with a face mask. Mash half of an avocado with a tablespoon of yogurt and a tablespoon of honey (a natural antibacterial) for a moisturizing treat for your face. You can also try an avocado mask to treat oily skin by combining half of an avocado with an egg white and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice. Lemon is a natural astringent while the proteins in egg whites strengthen the skin.
4. Anti-aging face mask
Vitamin E and other antioxidants in avocado are an anti-aging dream for your face as they reduce free radical damage that contributes to signs of skin aging. For a mask that fights wrinkles and dullness, mash half an avocado and mix in a tablespoon of rolled oats. Apply the mask to your face and neck and leave on for about 10 minutes before rinsing with warm water.
5. Eye treatment
You’ve likely heard of putting sliced cucumbers over your eyes to decrease puffiness and redness. But what about sliced avocado? Along with adding those crescent-shaped slices in your sandwich, save a few for under your eyes. Simply place one slice under each eye and leave on for 20 minutes for an eye-brightening moisture boost.
6. Facial cleanser
To really wash the day away in the most natural way possible while doing your face all kinds of favors, make an avocado cleanser that takes full advantage of the fruit’s nutrients. In a blender, add one egg yolk with a half cup of milk and half of an avocado and process until smooth. The mixture should have a thin, lotion-like consistency. Apply to the face and then rinse with warm water. You can also use this treatment as a deep, nourishing cleanser after your regular face wash. Just remember that this cleanser is perishable, so store it in the refrigerator for up to two days if you have any leftovers.
7. Hair mask
Avocados aren’t just a superfood for your skin; they also can work wonders on your strands. Show your locks some love with a hair mask made by mashing together half of an avocado with two teaspoons of extra-virgin olive oil. Apply the mixture to clean, damp hair, paying close attention to any dry, split ends. Leave on for about 15 to 20 minutes before rinsing thoroughly. The deeply moisturizing properties of avocados won’t just restore hair’s natural shine and help repair dry, damaged or color-treated hair, the mask will help tame the frizz. You can also add an egg yolk to the avocado and olive oil mixture for an extra dose of moisture if your hair is particularly in need of some TLC.