This is the season for avocado, and they are now so easily available. It adds such a delicious taste to food and showers you with health and beauty benefits. I believe our diet helps how our skin looks and feel so by choosing food with high nutritional value we benefit both ways!
Avocado is a versatile fruit, that is delicious in guacamole , soups, salad, and smoothies and it is also used in beauty treatments for deep moisturizing. Avocado it self, or avocado oil and butters are used for skin care, face and hair masque to nourish the skin with vitamins A and E.
Eating Avocado is a good source of vitamin K, dietary fiber, potassium and folate.
Avocados are very low in sodium and cholesterol-free
Avocado does contains mono-unsaturated fat, that is the heart healthy kind fat so enjoy it in moderation.
I came across this interesting link that said “Adding Avocados to Salads Aids Absorption of Nutrients” http://tinyurl.com/24cvsh3
In a short study it was suggest that: Adding avocado to salsa increased lycopene and beta-carotene absorption higher, than the average amount of these nutrients absorbed from avocado-free salsa. Since avocados contain a large variety of nutrients including vitamins, minerals, as well as heart-healthy mono-unsaturated fat, eating a little avocado along with carotenoid-rich vegetables and fruits is an excellent way to improve your body’s ability to absorb carotenoids while also receiving other nutritional-and taste-benefits.
Avocados contain antioxidants and eating a healthy amount of antioxidants is vital for great skin. It will help with free radicals that cause cell damage and help prevent premature skin aging. It is also rich in oils that rejuvenate the skin, help with the frazzled hair and reduces the eye puffiness.
If you are creating spa treatment with avocado fruit make sure you add avocado as the last ingredient before starting a treatment so it does not oxidize and does not change color. Also, avocado is perishable so make sure you use the product as soon you mix for a treatment.
Here are few simple steps to use avocado in beauty treatments:
Avocado blend for a shiny hair:
1 teaspoon fine grounded Flax Seed Powder
2 teaspoon luke warm water
1 teaspoon vegetable oil (preferable Olive or Coconut oil)
Mix all to make a paste , then apply to your hair, cover with plastic wrap and leave it for 30 minutes or longer , wash as usual with shampoo and very light conditioner if you like – you will be amazed as to how shiny and soft your hair will feel.
Avocado treatment for puffy eyes:
Choose a nice ripe avocado, cut in ½ inch crescent shape slices, lie down with slice under your each eye and rest for 30 minutes or more, you will be amazed to see how well this works!
Dry Skin face masque :
Choose a nice ripe avocado, scoop in to a bowl, mix with ¼ teaspoon of olive oil, make it in to a paste, apply to your face as any other masque, wait for 20 minutes and rinse with warm water.
Oily skin face masque:
1 ripe avocado, mashed
½ tea spoon check pea flour
½ tea spoon lemon juice
Pinch of Turmeric
Apply as a face masque, wait for 20 to 30 minute, until it feels tight on the skin, rinse with warm water.
Soft smooth skin scrub:
1 ripped mashed avocado
1 cup of sugar scrub
1 tbsp of lemon juice
2 tbsp of olive oil
use this to exfoliate your whole body , apply in circular motion , pay attention to dry areas leave it for few minutes and rinse of with hot shower, pat dry, you will be left with silky smooth skin.
Avocado oil and butter are also greatly used as a massage oils for sensitive skin and for deep nourishing lotions, creams, shampoo and conditioner and lip balms.
Hope I have convinced you enough to try this amazing fruit, next time making your grocery run sure to pick up some avocado and give them a try! Enjoy!