It seems as though avocados have been a huge hit for the past few years. Aside from food, people have started to incorporate them into daily beauty routines. What does that mean? Simply put, there are some amazing avocado skin benefits! These creamy green treats have so many outstanding aspects, you’ll want to hit the grocery store as soon as possible to get your daily dose.
We’re going to help by breaking down all things avocados to give some informational and educational insight, and to show how the benefits go beyond using them as an addition to your breakfast toast.
Maybe the most surprising thing about avocados is that they are a fruit, not a vegetable! Used in many traditional Mexican dishes, avocados are an extremely popular fruit both in Central and South America. Most avocados purchased in the US come from California. They are considered a heart healthy fruit and are filled with fantastic benefits for your body such as potassium, fatty acids, and fiber. Avocados are a great, natural way to fuel your body with “good” fat and make an excellent addition to any meal. Aside from its nutritional value, avocados are rich in antioxidants which make it a great tool to use for its anti aging properties to help improve your skin. Avocado skin benefits include an extra amount of free radical compounds like beta-cryptoxanthin, beta carotene, zeaxanthin, alpha-carotene, and lutein. These helpful takeaways offer solutions to fine lines and wrinkles by making their appearance softened and less visible.
Anti aging remedy
Avocados are one of the best beauty secrets you can use to make your skin feel and look younger. Defeat dry skin by placing an avocado mask on your face and letting your skin absorb the healthy oils creating a natural moisturizing effect.
If you want to avoid spending a ton of money on expensive serums and creams loaded with vitamin C, there is some good news. Avocados are abundant in amounts of vitamin C, which is fantastic for giving skin a more firm look and feel. Used as a natural form of collagen, vitamin C can help skin keep a supple and moisturized feel.
Another plus of avocados is the amount of vitamin E that can greatly reduce free radical damage and soften wrinkles. Strangely enough, if you happen to get a little too much sun at the beach, applying a generous amount of avocados can help with the painful after effects of sunburn. The less sun damage you have, the more healthy your skin looks even as you age.
Take a look at this easy-to-make, nourishing avocado face mask recipe.
Avocado Face Mask:
- ¼ avocado (mash it up)
- 1 slice or wedge of lemon
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
Mix all ingredients together and use clean hands or a brush to put mask on an already cleansed face and neck. Let the mask sit on your skin for 10-15 minutes and rinse off with warm water. For best skin results, use a light toner, and follow up with a moisturizer with SPF in it to finish your fresh face routine.
Fit for a feast
While one of the best ways to use avocados is by eating the healthy fats in them to help shrink your waistline, ingesting them can also provide some equally amazing skin benefits. So cutting up a few slices sprinkled with lemon juice for a snack rather than grabbing for a bag of chips may prove to be a better habit for your well being inside and out!
The fatty acids, or Omega-9 fatty acids, in avocados help hydrate thirsty skin and offer a quicker turnover rate for skin cells. Someone who eats more avocados may find that skin repair comes a bit quicker and with results they can see. Another way to extract this specific type of fatty acid is by going straight to the source through avocado oil to use as a daily moisturizer to assist in skin regeneration.
Try this authentic guacamole recipe and use it in your daily diet to reap some great avocado skin benefits.
- 3-4 medium avocados
- ¼ c red onion (finely diced)
- 2-3 small limes
- ¼ c Roma tomatoes
- ¼ c cilantro (finely chopped)
- Sea salt
In a medium sized mixing bowl, scoop out avocados, place into the bowl, and mash. Combine mashed up avocado, red onion, tomatoes, and cilantro. Squeeze limes and gently fold juice into mixture. Use sea salt to taste. Serve and enjoy!
Looking for something a little more sweet? Try this easy avocado smoothie recipe. If you have always felt like you are someone who does not like avocados, just give it a try and trust us! You will want to infuse them into your smoothies all the time.
Avocado Strawberry Smoothie:
- 1 c milk (or other base of your choice)
- ½ avocado
- ½ banana
- 1 c strawberries
- 1-2 tablespoons honey
Place avocado, banana, strawberries, and honey in blender, pour milk in and blend. That’s it! The most simple recipe with a sweet kick. You won’t even know the avocado is there.
Dry hair mask
Skin and hair health often go hand in hand. So for dry, damaged hair, avocados just might be your saving grace. Even if you are someone who gets a regular cut and uses products like heat protectant and conditioner, hair over time can become dry and brittle. One of the best remedies is by using a hair mask to let the moisture soak in and make your hair feel soft and healthy once again. For hair that locks in more moisture and shine, here is one simple yet effective hair mask treatment you can make at home.
Avocado Hair Mask:
- 1 small avocado (2-3 for longer hair)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons honey
Use a small bowl and hand mixer to mix and whip your avocado until it is well blended. Add in honey and olive oil and continue to use your hand mixer until mixture is smooth. On damp hair, add mask from the roots to the ends. Be sure to saturate as much of your hair as possible. For added effect, place a shower cap over your hair and hit it with a hair dryer for a few minutes to let the mask soak in. Let the mask settle for 30-45 minutes and rinse out with cool to cold water. If your hair feels heavy with the mask, it is okay to shampoo and condition as usual until hair feels clean and silky.
With all of these great tips to getting a younger and healthier appearance, you can’t go wrong with the avocado. However, avocados are not always in season—though we wish they were—and sometimes, homemade treatments are just not enough. For the times you need more than just a boost, consider Botox®. As one of the most popular nonsurgical treatments used in the US, this FDA-approved treatment can help smooth out wrinkles and provide superior anti-aging results. A combo of healthy home remedies and Botox® from Eisemann Plastic Surgery Center can help you find your best skin yet!