Month: June 2013

Avocado Baby

Good to eat but great for DIY beauty masks too!

Good to eat but great for DIY beauty masks too!

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When I was a kid one of my favourite books was Avocado Baby. It was a cute little story about a sickly baby who was picky eater until his mum starts feeding him avocados and something amazing happens. He develops superhuman strength and becomes an overnight sensation tackling burglers, helping around the house and teaching the bullies a thing or two.

While I’m since old enough to know that it won’t be possible to lift a car just by eating an avocado, I am convinced that avocados are more than just a humble fruit and now that they are in season why not pick up a few and do some amazing beauty things of your own with them.

Avocados are full of vitamins A, D & E and a perfect all-natural antidote to stressed skin when used as an ingredient in a DIY homemade mask.

Sounds weird to put food on your face but don’t knock it until you try it. Homemade masks contain only what you put into them and using all-natural ingredients in your own homemade mask means you can actively leave out any chemical nasties often present in commercial beauty products.

Avocado Face Mask for Radiant Skin

With a fork, mash 1/2 soft, ripe avocado into a medium bowl. Set aside.

Dissolve 1 teaspoon of honey in 2 tablespoons of hot water.

Add honey & water mixture to the mashed avocado and mix well.

Apply to face and leave for 10~15 minutes.

Rinse off well with lukewarm water.

This is a soothing, moisturising face mask that will help restore your skin’s natural glow.

Honey & Avocado restores radiance to tired skin.

Honey & Avocado restores radiance to tired skin.

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Avocado Face Mask for Oily Skin

With a fork, mash 1/2 soft, ripe avocado into a medium bowl. Set aside.

In a separate bowl,  beat up 1 Egg white and fold it into the mashed avocado.

Add 1 Tablespoon of fresh lemon juice to the avocado/ egg white mixture and combine well.

Apply to face and leave for 10~15 minutes.

Rinse off well with lukewarm water.

* The natural astringent properties of the lemon and egg white help absorb and mattify the oil on your skin. The avocado in this mask helps soothe breakouts.

Lemon and Egg Whites are great natural astringents.

Lemon and Egg Whites are Natural Astringents

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Avocado Face Mask for Dry Skin

With a fork, mash 1/2 soft, ripe avocado into a medium bowl.

Add 1/4 cup raw coarsely-ground oatmeal and 3 Tbs of yoghurt (or whole milk) to the avocado.

Mix well. The final mixture will be paste-like. Apply carefully to the face and leave for 10~15 minutes.

Rinse off or, for a final boost, leave the mask on while you scrub your face gently for another couple of minutes using circular motions with your fingers. The oatmeal flakes in this recipe lend this mask  an additional exfoliating quality.

Rinse off well with lukewarm water.

A Natural Exfoliant.

A Natural Exfoliant

I picked up four plump avaocados this week for just RM10 at my local morning market. A steal as these babies can go for as much as RM6 or RM7 a pop at top supermarkets.
Whether you use them in a mask or just gobble them up for lunch, avocados are a multi-use Superfruit worth adding to your pantry and to your beauty regime. I love, love, love avocados and the Hass variety is my favourite – Hass avocados are those gorgeous dark green ones with the bumpy skin.
Avocado Baby was onto a good thing!
Avocado ~ The Superfruit and It's Many Benefits

Avocado ~ The Superfruit and its many health benefits

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Enjoy them while they’re still in season!