Avocado is a versatile fruit.
You use it in a variety of food recipes. It makes for wonderful guacamole dips, smoothies, ice cream, and you can add it to salads.
Avocado is known to have healthy fats. It is rich in vitamins and minerals that are good for the body.
Can you use avocado for skincare?
You most definitely can! Why not pamper your skin with all the goodness from the avocado fruit by making a facial mask. You can use the flesh on its own or with other ingredients.
Here are six avocado facial mask DIY ideas for inspiration. When preparing your fresh fruit facial mask, use only ¼ of the fruit or just enough for a day’s use to avoid clumping or spoilage.
Avocado and Yogurt
Yogurt is known to improve skin tone, elasticity, moisture balance, and reduces inflammation.
Mash the avocado with two tablespoons of Greek yogurt. Apply and leave to dry for 15 – 20 minutes.
Avocado and Banana
Banana is known to reduce skin discoloration. Make a paste by using half of a banana and avocado. Apply for 15 – 20 minutes.
Avocado and Oatmeal
Oatmeal is known to treat skin inflammation and redness. You can use ground plain instant oatmeal . It doubles as a gentle face scrub.
Or you can pour hot water until it softens. Mix with the avocado and apply. Leave to dry for about 15 – 20 minutes.
Avocado and Carrier Oils
Carrier oils have emollient properties that moisturize and soften the skin.
Vitamin E in sunflower oil can help protect the collagen and reduces the appearance of fine lines on the face.
Argan oil has anti-oxidant properties and helps in anti-aging.
Vitamins A, D, and E found in avocado oil help moisturize the skin.
Add one tablespoon of the carrier oil to the avocado and mash to form a paste. You don’t want to add too much oil to avoid dripping.
Avocado and Honey
As a humectant, honey draws moisture to the skin. It has anti-inflammatory properties. Add one tablespoon of honey to the avocado and mash. Leave on your face for 15 – 20 minutes.
Avocado and Calamansi
Add one to two tablespoons of calamansi juice to the avocado. The acidity in the calamansi can lighten the skin. It also costs less compared to lemons. Leave on face for about 15 minutes.
You can also “mix and match” your ingredients. For example, you can add banana to your avocado-yogurt mask. Or you can add honey to your avocado and calamansi blend.
Whatever way you want it, your mask will leave your face looking fresh and moisturized.
As a word of advice, before trying any DIY recipe, do the following:
- Be mindful of your allergies. If you are allergic to cow’s milk, consider Greek yogurt. If you are allergic to nuts, choose a nut-free carrier oil, like sunflower oil.
- To test for any allergic reaction, try your recipe first on the inside of your forearm.
- Consult your dermatologist if you have skin conditions.
Have you tried making an avocado facial mask? What ingredients have you used? Do share.