So lately I’ve been on a rather strange kick. Find items in my house that I can turn into marvelous beauty products! I don’t mean to put anyone out of business (like that’s a possibility) but if there’s a good ol’ fashioned way to make things yourself – then why not try! Heck of a lot cheaper!
I don’t mean to toot my own horn, but my DIY Blackhead Remover I posted yesterday had better results than ANY blackhead remover I’ve ever tried. I can’t even tell you…. it was amazing. I’ll never buy a blackhead product again!
So today I decided to go a different route. I decided to use the avocado I’m never going to eat – and make an avocado face mask! I did a lot of reading up about avocado, and how good it is for your skin… so I thought – why not!
1) First, take one medium avocado, and put it in a bowl.
2) Add the juice of half a lemon
3) Add one large spoonful of honey.
4) Next, add one large spoonful of greek yogurt!
5) Mash away! Combine until creamy texture – there will be lumps.
The end result is what my son likes to call “embarrassing.” In fact, he begged me NOT to post the picture of myself wearing this face mask. So while I’m technically going to post the picture – I’m going to KIND OF follow his wishes, and put it after the jump.
CONTINUE WITH ME FOR EMBARRASSING PIC!
This is what we call blackmail material in my family. When my son woke up this morning, I was sitting at my desk with this on my face. It was like he had seen a monster. He told me I should be embarrassed. Maybe I should.
Anyway, I left this bad boy on for 20 minutes, and then took a nice hot shower. It rinsed off clean – and my skin sang HALLELUJAH! It was a beautiful mask! It smelled amazing, it felt amazing, and my skin feels rather fabulous right now. The combination of the avocados, lemon, honey and yogurt make such an amazing, cool-feeling mask. It may look ugly, but the results are undeniable.
Don’t believe me? Here’s some pro-avocado talk:
- Avocados are Mother Nature’s skin moisturizer. With their healthy fats and phytonutrients, they offer remarkable benefits to human skin — both when eaten and when used topically.
- Treat yourself to an avocado facial. Beauty, they say, is only skin deep. Luckily, avocado has moisturizing power to help make your skin more beautiful. For years, people have used avocado as a natural facial treatment, especially for dry skin. It’s easy to do in your own home. Just remove your makeup and wash your face with warm water and soap or your favorite cleanser. Mash some avocado and mix it with a little milk or oatmeal and apply it to your face. Leave it there for 10 minutes, then rinse it off with lots of water.
- There’s more to avocado than guacamole. Its oil is actually patented as a treatment for some forms of dermatitis and arthritis. According to Aubrey Hampton, author of Natural Organic Hair and Skin Care, long-term treatment with avocado oil helps relieve eczema. I’m not surprised, as avocado oil is rich in vitamins A, D and E, all of which help maintain healthy skin. I suggest applying it directly to any itchy, red or irritated areas.
- A naturally fatty fruit, avocado is also rich in vitamins, and the green pulp left attached to the peel has the highest concentration. Scrape off the pulp, and apply it directly to the skin. The abundant oils lubricate and soften the skin – the most basic step in preventing wrinkles.
- Honey, avocado, eggs, fresh fruits, oats, cream of wheat and nutritional yeast are a few other possibilities for a facial mask. So are ginger, papaya, pineapple and cucumber, which have skin-softening enzymes. Yogurt, sour milk, vinegar, apples, citrus fruits and wine contain AHAs, which are particularly important for a mask because they loosen the tight bond that holds the old surface skin (they also restore the skin’s natural acidity).
What will I try next!? Who knows!! Any suggestions – let me know!