Overly Ripe Avocados? Try This Homemade DIY Avocado Face Mask
Before you toss those overripe avocados, there may be one more use for them, a DIY avocado face mask! Use mashed avocado on its own to pamper your skin, or throw in some equally nutritious ingredients also found in the kitchen.
Check out these fantastic recipes for homemade avocado facial masks.
What Are The Skin Care Benefits Of Avocado?
The benefits of the avocado fruit are plenty. You may already be eating them regularly, or using avocado oil while cooking or on your salads. But it turns out avocado is also quite the beauty tool.
A single avocado contains a host of mighty vitamins, minerals, and other amazing nutrients.1 All of these nutritional ingredients can help to maintain the appearance of healthy, younger-looking skin. And, who doesn’t love that idea?
- Omega-3 Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids (PFA) – incredibly nourishing fats that help nourish the skin’s natural barrier. They may also help protect the skin against UV damage. 2,3
- Vitamin E – an antioxidant that can help fight skin damage caused by free radicals4
- Vitamin C – an antioxidant that may help fight ultraviolet skin damage5
- Potassium – a lack of this mineral can lead to dehydrated and dry skin6
- Lecithin – a skin softening emollient7
Fun fact: Avocados actually contain more potassium than bananas.8
The Wonders Of Avocado Don’t Stop There
The pigments that give avocados their vibrant green hue may also offer tremendous benefits to the skin. These pigment carotenoids are known as chlorophyll, lutein, and beta-carotene, and they are all incredible antioxidants.9,10,11
Homemade Avocado Face Mask – Before You Start
No matter if you have oily skin or dry skin, a homemade avocado mask can be deeply nourishing and calming. However, before applying any mask – homemade or otherwise – you’ll want to do a skin patch test. This is to check that you don’t have a reaction to the mask.
Even if you don’t have sensitive skin, it doesn’t mean you won’t have a reaction to certain ingredients. Likewise, even if you eat that ingredient regularly, when applied topically, it might still irritate your skin.
Apply just a little of the mask to a small patch of skin. You can try applying it on the inside of your elbow. Then, look for signs of redness or irritation.
If everything looks and feels fine, follow the instructions below for several avocado face masks.
DIY Avocado Face Mask Recipe #1: Avocado “Butter“
This mask is a very simple treat for the skin. If you’re in the mood, you could always double your mix and eat half for lunch.
- ½ a ripe avocado
Smooth the mask onto your skin, and let it sit for 15 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water. Gently pat the face dry with a soft towel.
DIY Avocado Face Mask Recipe #2: Avocado, Turmeric, And Lemon Juice
This homemade avocado facial mask combines several powerful ingredients.
Turmeric is famed for having antioxidant and calming properties.12 Lemon juice is also a wonderful antioxidant.13
- One ripe, mashed avocado
- 1 Tablespoon of fresh lemon juice
- A generous pinch of turmeric
Smooth over the face in a thin layer, avoiding the eyes and nostrils. Let it sit for 15 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water. Gently pat the face dry with a soft towel.
Homemade Avocado Face Mask Recipe #3: Avocado, Honey, Yogurt, And Egg White
This DIY face mask combines yogurt’s nourishing and brightening potential with the rich moisturizing effects of a raw honey mask.15,16 It also includes egg white. Egg white may give the appearance of a skin-tightening effect on fine lines due to it’s high protein level.17
- One ripe mashed avocado
- An egg white
- 2 Tablespoons of plain yogurt
- 1 Tablespoon of raw honey
Combine well. Smooth onto face in a thin layer, and let it sit for 15 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water. Gently pat the face dry with a soft towel.
Homemade Avocado Face Mask Recipe #4: Avocado, Oatmeal, Honey, And Lemon
Long famed for its skin softening and soothing abilities, oatmeal is often used in professional products for itchy, dry skin.18
- ½ ripe, mashed avocado
- 1 Tablespoon of colloidal oatmeal
- 1 Tablespoon of raw honey
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
Smooth over the face, and let it sit for 15 minutes. Then, prior to rinsing, gently massage the mix into your skin for a minute. The texture of oatmeal makes it a fantastic exfoliant, so why not shed some dead skin cells while you’re at it?
Rinse your mask off with lukewarm water. Gently pat the face dry with a soft towel.
*If you don’t have colloidal oatmeal, you can use regular oatmeal and pop it into a blender, coffee grinder, or food processor. Your aim is to grind it down to a smooth, fine powder.
Try A Nourishing Avocado Face Mask Today
Now you no longer need to feel bad about throwing out browned avocados. You can turn them into part of your beauty arsenal in just minutes. Experiment with all these ingredients to come up with a mask you really love. Then sit back, relax, and let your worries melt away for a while.
Just remember to do a little patch test first.
You can also take the avocado face mask one step further. Use these same recipes in your hair for a natural boost of moisture and shine.
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