EZ DIY – Fruit (masks) for Your Face

From the California Avocado Commission

As we were looking for a great avocado face mask to make at home we came across this fun list from Niurka of “Fashionsta Styles” triple checked it with our own food facial experts and wanted to share. The next time you are making your at home DIY mask…consider these ingredients!

Bananas: Bananas are a great way to moisturize and soothe your skin. They are rich in protein and natural fats that can be used on all skin types. A great use to soothe your skin is to mash up a banana and apply it on your skin for about 15 minutes. Then rinse off with warm water and moisturize.

Strawberry: Strawberries have been known for ages to treat troubled skin and are in many acne creams. Mix ½ cup of strawberries with a tablespoon of sour cream for a great weekly mask.

Peaches: Peaches are best for soothing and cleansing dry skin. Mash one peach and mix it with a tablespoon of plain yogurt. Apply on your face for about 15 minutes and then remove with cold water.

Good stuff.. but what about the avocado? For that we turned to the California Avocado Commission, which has collected the following home facials.. We tried all of these, and the hardest part is not adding a bit of salt, lemon and garlic to make guacamole.

Avocado Facial Cleanser

Beat the yolk of an egg until it is light and frothy, add a half cup of milk and the mashed half of a ripe peeled avocado. A blender is handy here, but if you don’t have one, beat the mixture with a fork until you have a thin cream or lotion-like consistency. Apply on squares of cotton as you would any other cleanser. You may also use this deep cleanser after ordinary soap and water, if your skin is normal. It’s quite effective against pollution and grime. Therefore, it’s a very pure method of keeping your complexion free of pollutants which can interfere with normal skin function.

Since the formula is perishable, we suggest making it every other day and storing it in the refrigerator between uses.

California Avocado Moisturizer

The inside of the avocado peel is actually valuable. The precious oil hidden away in the peel of the avocado is also a wonderful facial moisturizer. To be technical, the oil contains a humectant, a substance that holds moisture. Using gentle upward strokes, lightly massage your face with the inside of the peel. Let the oil residue remain on your skin for about 15 minutes. At that time you may either leave the oil on your skin and go to sleep or, if you intend to put on make-up, wash your face gently with three or four rinses of tepid water and pat dry. The oil will be invisible but it is there, ready to hold your foundation or powder in place for hours.

Aztec Mystery Eye Treatment

Nobody really knows WHY this is so effective on under-eye puffiness, but it IS. The procedure is very simple: peel an avocado, remove the pit, and slice a half into quarter-inch crescents. Lie down, secure a few slices under each eye, and rest for about 20 minutes. The result is corrective magic!

Santa Barbara’s Dry Skin Masque

Beat the yolk of an egg until it is light and frothy, then add the mashed pulp of a half avocado, blending it well (you may use a blender at this point). Cleanse your face thoroughly before using this masque (or any masque). Spread the avocado mixture over the face and neck evenly; relax on a slant board or bed for about 20 minutes. Remove with clear tepid water and a face cloth, followed by a rinse of cold water or a mild skin lotion. The result should be a marked improvement in skin texture, and all-around revitalizing.

Santa Monica’s Oily Skin Masque

Put the white of an egg, a teaspoon of lemon juice, and the mashed pulp of a half avocado into a blender. In seconds, you should have a lovely green mixture. Wash your face and neck thoroughly, then apply masque evenly on those areas. Relax for 20 minutes; remove with tepid water and a face cloth. Follow with cold astringent or skin tonic.

Home Brew for Hands

Cold weather’s rapid arrival is bad news for hand texture. A trip to the beauty salon might be in order, but London nail technician Rene Rainbird has her own recommendation for a home brew that should do just as well.

“Make your own by mixing in a small bowl a quarter of an avocado with one egg white, two dessert spoons of oatmeal and a teaspoon of lemon juice,” says Rainbird, of the Daniel Hersheson salon. Blend together and apply evenly to your hands, leave on for 20 minutes and rinse off with warm water.”

The result, she says, should be both luxurious and effective. She describes her treatment as “an exfoliating scrub that will leave dry, rough skin noticeably softer and smoother.”

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Comments

  1. Melanie Towle says:

    I am loving unrefined coconut oil from cooking to post-shower body oil! A fraction of the cost of the mass marketed sesame oils and much richer! My skin has changed in texture & appearance! A great add on to all these products listed above. In addition wonderful in hair!! Just know it takes several washings to remove..,

  2. The avocado mask is also a great way to use avocados that are a day past their prime!

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