Avocado for in hair and skin care products
This fruit rich in omega-3 fatty acids offers many health and beauty benefits, so you should not overdo it.
Because it has a creamy consistency when well baked, avocado is also called “vegetable butter”. It is this oily composition that makes it the perfect ingredient for moisturizing the skin and hair, both from the inside, when you include it in your diet, and from the outside, when you use it in the form of masks and treatments.
Here are four ways to use avocado for skin and hair care:
Include it in skin scrubs
Exfoliation is one of the main tricks that dermatologists and beauticians recommend for glowing skin. When you remove dead skin cells, you release the young and fresh skin from under them, which allows better hydration of the skin. Some scrubs are more intense than others, and if you include avocados in your exfoliating recipes, you will be able to cleanse and nourish your skin at the same time.
Mix a tablespoon of avocado puree with a teaspoon of coffee grounds and massage the clean skin with the obtained scrub, using circular movements. Then rinse with lukewarm water and apply a moisturizer.
Moisturizes dry hair
There are a lot of things that can dry your hair: from hair dye, hair dryer, sun exposure to chlorinated water or salt water. In addition to commercial hair care products that contain avocado oil, you can also use fresh avocado pulp to include in moisturizing hair masks.
Mix an egg yolk with the crushed pulp of an avocado fruit and apply the mask on dry hair. Let it work for at least half an hour, then wash your head using your regular shampoo. If you have damaged tips, avocado oil is an effective solution that restores the shine and elasticity of the hair. You can find avocado oil in health food stores or pharmacies.
Brightens the skin
There is no need to resort to complicated recipes for masks or homemade treatments. This fruit is enough to get a mask with an illuminating effect on the skin.
“Avocado contains vitamin C, which is excellent for reducing pigment spots,” says dermatologist Whitney Bowe. “It is also very moisturizing because it includes healthy lipids that help the skin’s natural barrier to block water inside,” adds the specialist.
Grind half a well-baked avocado and apply the paste obtained on the skin, in an even layer. Leave it on for 15 minutes then rinse with lukewarm water. Your skin will be more hydrated, will have a fresh look and a natural glow.
Nourishes the skin inside
“Avocado contains vitamins A, C, E and K and is rich in antioxidants that protect the skin from harmful environmental factors,” says nutritionist Kimberly Snyder. “Its monounsaturated fats give the skin a beautiful and rejuvenated look, hydrating it from the inside out.”
But the specialist warns that although it is particularly healthy, avocado should not be consumed in large quantities. “Even if avocados contain healthy fats, you have to remember that all fats should be consumed in moderation. Half a large avocado a day or a small avocado is enough,” adds the nutritionist.