Avocados are one of our favorite foods to enjoy as a dip, on some tacos, or even in a salad. But avocados aren’t just a delicious addition to our diets, they’re actually very beneficial for our skin, hair, and overall health. It’s a wonderful moisturizer for dry skin due to the fact that it’s high in fatty acids. If you have eczema, psoriasis, or acne, the anti-inflammatory properties of avocados work wonders to help alleviate some of those skin conditions. Here are nine DIY beauty recipes for your face, body, hair, and lips that involve avocados and other common ingredients found in your kitchen. Now you just gotta make you don’t consume the avocados before adding them to your beauty regimen.
Avocado Face Mask
We should be doing a face mask at least once a week for healthy, glowing skin. The fact that avocados are rich in antioxidants means that they are great at slowing down the signs of aging. This DIY recipe calls for avocado, honey (which can calm inflammation), plain yogurt (to lock in moisture), and lemon juice (for that vitamin C kick). Option to throw in some oatmeal to soothe and treat damaged skin.
Avocado Deep Conditioning Hair Mask
Studies have shown that avocados work wonders for your hair and that’s because they are high in monounsaturated fatty acids. Of course, eating avocados comes with many health benefits, but applying it topically to your locks will help replenish shine and give more hydration. The key to making this mask work is heat so it’s best to apply the mask to damp hair, wrap it up with a shower cap, and either get your blow dryer or sit out in the sun for about half an hour.
Avocado Eye Cream
Avocado oil is often touted as a go-to healthy cooking oil, but it also benefits your skin. According to one study, oil from an avocado is known to increase your body’s collagen production. And the fact that the skin around our eyes is super thin and sensitive, avocado oil is perfect for that delicate wrinkle-prone area.
Avocado Facial Cleanser
This avocado facial cleanser will be your new favorite beauty DIY. It’s more of a mix between a face mask and an oil cleanser. With two simple ingredients (egg whites and avocados) you are getting the best of both products and it’s so simple to make. The egg whites will help tone and tighten the skin and the avocado will do what it does best: hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. This traditional cleanser is perfect for oily, acne-prone, or combination skin types.
After-Sun Avocado Body Mask
Avocados are rich in fatty acids which are known to reduce skin damage caused by UV rays. You’ve most likely been in the sun over the summer and you may have experienced dry skin or even a sunburn. This after-sun avocado body mask will hydrate and repair your skin back to life. The avocado oil and honey will soothe while the turmeric evens out your skin tone. Note to self: wear old clothes because the turmeric in this recipe will stain any type of fabric it comes into contact with.
Avocado Face + Body Exfoliating Scrub
Every day our bodies are producing new skin cells and getting rid of old ones. An exfoliating scrub can help our bodies in doing so and it can moisturize our skin at the same time. This avocado face and body exfoliating scrub will improve your skin’s texture as well as help protect against environmental toxins. The recipe will be enough for one full body application. If you have any left over, make sure to store it in an airtight jar and place it in the fridge for up to three days.
Avocado Stretch Mark Oil
Pregnancy takes a toll on the body and your skin is no exception. Women who are pregnant may experience changes around the breast and abdominal areas and that is where extra care may be required. Avocado oil helps keep the skin supple and promotes elasticity, perfect for a growing belly. Adding essential oils like lavender or chamomile can help calm your senses while you enjoy a pleasant belly rub.
Avocado Sugar Lip Scrub
It’s so important that we don’t forget about showing our lips some love. Exfoliating your lips with sugar will help remove dead skin and the avocado will provide hydration leaving your lips soft and silky. This recipe only takes about a minute or two to make and you can leave it in your fridge to last longer. For best results, use this scrub twice a week.
Avocado Treatment For Dry Hands
If you’ve got leftover avocado make this easy avocado treatment for dry hands. Our hands need so much care because they are constantly exposed to the sun, wind, cold weather, water, not to mention hand sanitizer now more than ever. If we neglect taking care of our hands that can lead to itchiness, dryness, and irritation. So grab your avocado, some egg whites, rolled oats, and lemon juice. Mix that up and leave on your hands for about 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water.