I don’t mean to start things off with shameless self promotion, but MAN do I make a mean guacamole. Friends will back me up on this. I could eat it all day if my waistline wasn’t so against the idea, but I do try and fit avocados into my diet whenever possible since:
- They work as a “nutrient booster” by helping your body absorb more fat-soluble nutrients
- They contain good unsaturated fats that help lower blood cholesterol levels
- They provide nearly 20 essential vitamins and minerals including potassium, folic acid, and vitamins B, E and K
With all these great nutritional properties, why should anyone stop at simply digesting this green super fruit (yes, it’s a fruit)? It’s time to start slopping it all over your body!
Most people don’t know that avocados are nutrient-dense and contain unsaturated oils that have an incredible moisturizing effect on skin. Rich in potassium and vitamins, avocados and avocado oils have been used for years to help trigger the production of collagen; reducing wrinkles and enhancing skin tone.
Last night I was invited to attend a DIY beauty event with Avocados from Mexico and Janine Falcon from BEAUTYGEEKS. Paired with a fabulous manicure by the technicians at Tips Nail Bar, beauty bloggers like myself were treated to a moisturizing hand treatment using the best avocados (from Mexico, of course).
Amped up with egg whites and lemon juice, the avocados left my hands feeling incredibly soft. The perfect canvas for a fresh manicure! Here is the recipe for the avocado hand treatment, which can also be used as a face mask:
- 1/4 fully ripened avocado from Mexico
- 1 egg white
- 2 tablespoons rolled oats
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- In a bowl, mash avocado until smooth. Add egg white, oats and lemon juice
- Massage into hands and leave on for 20 minutes
- Rinse with warm water and pat dry
Since this recipe only calls for egg whites, Janine had a great idea to use the remaining yolk for an avocado hair mask! Full of fats and proteins to help revive your strands, the yolk mixed with one avocado and a splash of olive oil will create a nourishing hair treatment. The best time to apply is in the shower, since the heat opens up your hair follicles and allows the mask to penetrate deep into the hair shaft.
This isn’t my first rodeo with avocado, however. I’ve used it once before with strawberries in a face mask perfect for oily and/or acne prone skin. It’s amazing! Not to mention the left over avocado - guacamole anyone?