An Avocado Facial Mask for Better Skin
Here’s a quick and simple avocado face mask anyone can make up at home and be applying a couple of minutes.
Used regularly, perhaps a couple of times a week, most people will quickly see a real improvement in their skin’s texture and appearance.
How to Make an Avocado Face Mask
There are only two ingredients in this facial mask – a little avocado and a touch of raw honey, preferably manuka honey, which itself has some amazing skin benefits. Regular heat treated honey from the supermarket won’t have the same properties unfortunately.
Most avocado mask recipes recommend using half an avocado. I don’t know about you but my face isn’t that big. Mashed up, avocado spreads well and you really don’t need a full half of one.
Keep the rest for eating. Avocados are very good for you and your heart and they can even help you lose weight.
What I do is simply cut the skinny end off the fruit, perhaps only an inch from the stalk. You can then keep the rest in the fridge for a nutritious salad or avocado smoothie (both great for improving your skin from the inside as well).
Scoop out the pulp with a teaspoon into a small bowl, getting as much of the extra green stuff right next to the skin as you can. This is where many of the antioxidant nutrients are concentrated so it’s really worth using.
Next get your honey (preferably a skin healing high strength manuka honey like this) and dip a fork into it.
Once again you don’t need a lot of honey, just enough to coat the fork well. Use clean fingers to push the honey off the fork and onto the avocado in the bowl and mash them both up well.
You should now have more than enough for your mask so take it to the bathroom and begin by washing your face well, ideally with a chemical free cleanser.
There’s a lot of suspect petrochemicals in the vast majority of cleansers out there. After a lot of research, I settled on this NaturOli deep conditioning cleanser. You only need a little and it gets your skin really clean without the harsh chemicals.
With clean and still moist skin, use your fingers to gently smooth the avocado and honey mask over your face. Work from the neck and chin, always upwards in circular motions. Only a thin layer is needed so any remaining you might as well eat for a little extra skin nutrition on the inside.
Once you’re finished it’s best to go to your bedroom, put down a towel on your pillow and relax for 10 to 15 minutes. After this time, gently wash off the face mask with lukewarm water.
You could follow with a good, non-comedogenic moisturizer like hyaluronic acid serum, but my skin has never felt the need for it. The avocado mask really is moisturizing enough on its own.
I’d appreciate hearing about your results if you make up this avocado facial treatment for yourself. I really think it’s so much better than expensive commercial preparations.
Some other natural skin treatments on Superfood Profiles you might like to try are this homemade papaya facial mask with alpha hydroxy acids and enzymes, these skin brightening amla mask recipes and this parsley facial treatment for dark spots and discolored skin.
Photo 1 credit with thanks: Laurel F