Avocados are known for their high mineral and nutrient contents that help promote weight loss, lower cholesterol levels and improve the health of your heart when you eat it. But this versatile fruit that has been overlooked the past years is slowly getting the recognition it deserves. Check out Pinterest and other blogs and you’ll see that avocadoes have graduated from being just guacamole and salad food to being an ingredient in to enhance beauty. From face, skin and even up to hair products, avocadoes are now being added to keep these soft, smooth and silky.
If you are one of those who think this fruit is only good for eating, think again. And look at the list of other uses you could do with this multi-purpose fruit.
Anti-Frizz Hair Mask
If you have dry and damaged hair, you could use avocadoes to bring it back to its lustrous smooth and silky old self. The meat of this fruit have lots of moisturizing properties, which when combined with olive oil provide hair with nourishment that goes deep into the roots to keep it soft and strong. Olive oil keeps the hair from turning frizzy while the biotin in avocadoes strengthens hair strands. Mash one avocado and mix one-fourth cup of olive oil until it turns into paste. Massage on hair and leave on for 30 minutes. Rinse well after.
Exfoliating Facial Mask
Not only is avocado good for the hair but your skin could benefit from it too. This fruit is known for its hydrating qualities that could help nourish the skin and keep it from getting flaky and dry. The vitamin A in avocado helps cell growth that slows down the development of wrinkles and lines in your face, making you look youthful. Meanwhile, the vitamin C in the fruit boosts collagen production to help the skin to be more elastic and supple. To use it as an exfoliating mask, mash one avocado and combine with one-fourth cup of steel cut oats. Add two tablespoons of honey and mix into a pasty mask. Massage the mixture all over your face and neck in circular motions. Leave on for 15 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water afterwards.
Under Eye Brightening Cream
If you’re tired of waking up with raccoon eyes because of the dark circles under your eyes, then maybe it’s time you try a natural product to lighten it. Avocadoes are rich in vitamins A, D and E, which are essential in helping cells under your eyes regenerate faster. They also keep the skin around your peepers soft, diminishing the appearance of dark eye bags. The potassium in avocadoes also aid in cell growth that helps the skin around the area to be elastic. Simply massage avocado meat on the skin around the eyes and leave it on for 10 minutes. Do this every morning and evening daily for two weeks to see results.
Anti-Dandruff Scalp Treatment
The nourishing properties of avocado are also great in treating itchy and flaky scalp. Take the mashed meat of avocado and massage on scalp. Leave it on for 15 minutes to allow the natural oil and amino acids from the fruit to penetrate the scalp and keep it nourished. Rinse well with cold water.
Avocado Juice As Mouthwash
Drinking avocado juice is beneficial in keeping your intestines healthy and working properly to prevent bacteria and microbes from developing that could soon manifest in bad breath.
After-Sun Cooling Treatment
The natural oils in avocadoes have proven to be effective in soothing sunburned skin. The antioxidants in the fruit also help the skin from being damaged by the sun and other environmental factors, helping one’s complexion to look healthy and glowing.
Hand Softening Scrub
Maintaining a home could sometimes take a toll in your hands, leaving it dry, wrinkled and calloused. To infuse some life and softness in your hands after a hard day at work, combine mashed avocado with brown sugar and scrub it all over your hands to slough off dead skin cells. Leave it on for five minutes and wash off thoroughly.
Soothing Shaving Cream
The oil in avocadoes provides enough moisture to make it a great alternative for shaving cream. The vitamins in the meat also help in soothing the skin, ensuring that skin does not get scratched or burned.