Why Avocados Are Good for Your Skin
This just in: avocados are for much more than topping your toast. Why? The green and buttery fruit is incredibly nutrient dense—and not just for your inner health, but for your complexion as well.
Don't get me wrong—I love eating avocados. In smoothies, drizzled with balsamic vinegar, or even as a mayo replacement in sandwiches. So, yes. You could say that I'm obsessed. The little oblong fruit is just SO yummy. But the lesser-looked into side of this miracle ingredient? Skincare.
So avocados really are magic?
According to the California Avocado Commission, the fruit is an extremely nutrient-dense food that contributes nearly 20 vitamins and minerals to your daily diet. California avocados, specifically, contain five grams per serving of Monounsaturated Fats—otherwise known as "the good fat"—which helps lower blood cholesterol. They also contain at least one gram of Polyunsaturated Fats, Pantothenic Acid (a B-Vitamin), dietary fiber, Vitamin K, Vitamin E and so much more.
But what does this all mean for our skin?
Well, aside from the fact that what you eat shows on the outside, some of these vitamins and minerals are usually found in some of your favorite products. Kiehls, for example, carries the creamy eye treatment with avocado oil. This is an EXTREMELY popular product for the company (and one that I am still waiting to try), but let's say you're on a budget, right? Luckily, because avocados are so popular, there are two options.
Invest in some avocado oil and dab it on under your eyes every night before going to bed. Of course, it is not 100 percent the same as the cream, but it can definitely work wonders. If you decide to follow this, please be sure that the oil is 100 percent avocado oil, and doesn't have anything else in it. It might be slightly more expensive, but, hey, it's going on your face.
But, if you'd like to go straight to the fruit rather than the oil, there are so many vitamins and minerals that can help your complexion. According to the Huffington Post, the healthy fats in avocados can help to plump and smooth your skin when used directly. I've also heard that the polyhydroxylated fatty alcohols in the fruit can help to protect you from harmful sun rays—but, as always, this is not a substitute for sunscreen. Just an extra precaution.
Avocados are great for...
smoothing, hydrating, plumping and eating!
THE MULTI-USE MASK
There's a ton of face mask recipes out there using avocado, but my favorite has always been the simplest: mashing a really ripe avocado with 100 percent olive oil. Simple, and so easy to find in your pantry. Unlike other masks, this won't harden.
And the best part? This can be used for your hair too—leaving it silky smooth and hydrated (kind of like an all-natural leave-in conditioner). On some days, if I'm looking for more of an exfoliant, I'll mix in a little bit of coffee grinds.
You'll notice that I'm not putting exact amounts here. And honestly, this is because it really all depends on your preference. I recommend using one large avocado. As for the olive oil? I like my masks firm, but also spreadable (like how it should be on toast). So really, the amount of olive oil that you add depends on the size of the fruit that you choose.
I usually leave it on for around 15 to 20 minutes depending on how much time I have on hand. This is definitely a sitting and resting kind of mask! No moving around here, or you'll have avocado all over your floor ;)
Rinse off with warm water, and finish with a serum and moisturizer treatment for super soft and glowing skin.
Happy masking, my lovelies!