ALL NATURAL DIY SKINCARE
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for Skin and Hair Care
There are a variety of avocado recipes for natural skin and hair care as the naturally high oil content of the avocado makes it ideal.
If you are already a fan of eating this smooth and creamy fruit, then taking advantage of the high natural oil content of the avocado for skin and hair care will probably come as no surprise to you.
If you are not a fan, or they are unfamiliar to you, then I recommend you seriously consider this as a cheap (when in season) and easy addition to your skincare regime!
Personally, I only ever eat fresh, raw avocado and the only avocado recipes I have are for natural skincare.
Many commercial skin care products contain extracts of avocado.
An Absolutely Simple Start!
You can use avocado directly on your skin and in your hair.
Avocado recipes can be really pure and simple, just the fruit.
One of the keys to successfully using it is the ripeness of the fruit.
An unripe avocado is rather rock hard so almost impossible to use.
An over ripe one is not only brown and mushy inside, but also develops a stringy texture that is not pleasant to eat or work with.
So you ideally want to use one that is just right for eating - that is
- dark (almost black) skin
- the remains of the stalk in the end of the avocado flicks out easily
- no large dips appearing in the skin (indicating a brown overripe spot inside)
- skin still feeling firm and not loosening in places (also an indicator of mush developing inside)
- with a gentle squeeze there is a little "give" in the flesh indicating it is not too hard
WHAT TO DO
Remove the flesh from the skin (keep the skins for use later), and mash until reasonably smooth and most of the lumps have gone. Don't overdo it or take too long because avocado oxidizes and turns brown quite quickly once opened.
FOR YOUR SKIN
Rub the mixture gently on to the skin.
Leave on for a few minutes to get the benefit of the natural avocado oil.
Gently rinse off. Then wipe with a warm cloth to remove excess oil.
You can rub the flesh over
sunburn to soothe and heal.
FOR YOUR HAIR
Add a little water to the mashed fruit.
Massage the mixture through your wet, freshly shampooed hair.
This is messy! but really beneficial especially for dry hair or hair that has been damaged by sun, hair dyes, perming or other treatments.
Leave it in for about 30 minutes.
You will need to shampoo it out.
Using the Skins
When you have removed the flesh, and while the avocado skins are fresh and pliable you can make use of them to combat dry skin.
Rub the inside of the skins over your hands, elbows, heels - basically anywhere that is dry and rough.
The avocado oil combined with the roughness of the skin will moisturize, soften and exfoliate all at the same time!
You can also use them on your face and neck but you need to take care not to damage this much finer skin.
This lovely green colored oil has become extremely popular to eat in recent years for its health benefits.
It can also be used as a carrier oil in skincare recipes, and it is particularly beneficial for dry, cracked and mature skin as it is high in Vitamin A and E.
It is thick and heavy so a 5% dilution with other carrier oils is best.
Recipes for Acne treatment that require a carrier oil will benefit from the addition of Avocado oil.
Avocados are high in Vitamin B6 and are thought to help with Parkinson's Disease.
Eating them can help with gout.
They are high in copper which assists with healthy hair and skin pigmentation.
It is a good source of Riboflavin (Vitamin B2) which can help reduce skin blemishes caused by rosacea.
It can also be helpful in preventing migraines.
FOR DRY SKIN - USING THE FRUIT
This is a lovely nourishing mask for dry skin.
You need to make and use it fresh as both the avocado and the banana will turn brown pretty quickly! This is one unfortunate reality when using fresh avocado recipes.
WHAT YOU NEED
A ripe avocado
1 teaspoon of honey
1 ripe banana
WHAT TO DO
Mash the ingredients together until lovely and smooth.
Apply to your face.
Lie back and relax for about 5 minutes.
Rinse off with warm water.
FOR DRY SKIN - USING THE OIL
This combination of Essential Oils, that utilizes Avocado as one of the Carrier Oils is great for dry, mature and cracked skin.
WHAT YOU NEED
2 drops Geranium oil
8 drops Sandalwood oil
4 drops Ylang Ylang
3 drops Patchouli
5 ml Avocado Oil
5 ml Evening Primrose Oil
Carrier Oil of your choice
WHAT TO DO
Mix all the oils together to use.
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