So let me begin this post by letting you all know that this recipe was actually compliments of my quick thinking sister, as I had originally intended to ingest this and not use it topically. You are all well aware (based on my earlier post on the DIY Pineapple Strawberry Enzyme Facial Mask ) that I started out the year, like a lot of you, on a health kick. I received a juicer for Christmas and have been really enjoying juicing and coming up with different fruit and vegetable juice recipes, which led to me discovering how amazing the pulp of some fruits work as a facial mask.
Well the health kick continues and in addition to juicing I also wanted to whip up fruit and vegetable smoothies. So I went out and got a Magic Bullet. My first smoothie was going to contain avocados, pure coconut water, honey and coconut oil. I’ve been reading up on the health benefits of avocados and was really excited about incorporating it into my diet. Well I did not have coconut oil handy first thing Monday morning so I substituted extra virgin olive oil instead. Not measuring anything (because I was so anxious to get going) I put one half of a very large avocado, a bit too much olive oil and honey and not enough coconut water in the bullet and blended. It tasted absolutely awful, one sip was enough, I could not finish the rest. When my sister asked about my smoothie I told her how horrible it tasted and she then suggested that it would make a great face mask…something I had definitely not considered, but was glad she mentioned it because that meant I wouldn’t have to toss an entire glass of bad tasting smoothie.
Later that night I applied the mask to my face, including under my eyes, since that area is so delicate and often feels dry. I also applied it to the ends of my hair since that part tends to get really dry and brittle. My skin definitely felt softer and more hydrated after I removed the mask. The skin under my eye felt as if I had applied a heavy eye cream. My hair felt the same as if I had just conditioned it and rinsed so I did not notice a huge difference right away, but I will continue using the mask on my hair and leave it in for longer than ten minutes to see if I notice a change in the condition of my hair with continued usage. I am definitely thinking that avocados are my new health and beauty superfood!
Have you made face masks with avocados? Share your recipe!