DIY Skincare: Health & Benefits of Avocados
How: It’s easy to be skeptical of anything prescribed for all skin types, but avocados contain beneficial nutrients to address a range of concerns. In addition to ingesting this delicious fruit, you can apply it topically to reap even more beauty benefits. The natural oils in avocados can deeply penetrate deep into the epidermis layers to nourish, soften, and hydrate, giving us a glowing complexion.
The hydrating properties may reduce fine lines and wrinkles, help keep skin smooth and boost skin’s immunity against stress and other environmental factors. They can also prevent and repair free radical damage.
Specifically, antioxidants such as vitamins E and C help protect cells from free radical damage – one of the best anti-aging method. Avocados also contain lutein, a carotenoid that promotes skin elasticity, while oleic acid and chlorophyll help to reduce redness and inflammation.
Recipe idea: Mix 1⁄2 avocado with yogurt and raw, organic honey for a hydrating mask. Leave on face for 15-20 minutes, and rinse off with lukewarm water. Optional: Add in oats to help exfoliate the skin.
Promotes Healthy Hair and Nails
How: Consider an avocado your daily multivitamin. Avocados are filled with biotin for lustrous hair and nails. Also, vitamins B and E can protect hair strands from dryness and damage, control hair loss, and repair scalp damage.
Recipe idea: Ever buy too many avocados that start getting soft before you can eat them? Mash them up and put the mixture directly on your hair as a nourishing mask. You might also consider applying avocado oil to strands for extra shine or straight to the scalp to treat dryness and flakes.
Promotes Muscle Recovery & Repair
How: Avocados are also an appealing post-workout snack. In addition to helping you stay full, avocados contain all nine essential amino acids. It requires for proper protein synthesis to help promote repair and recovery of muscles.
Recipe idea: Add chopped avocados to a salad, and create a dressing with an avocado oil base.
Avocados contain a low level of natural SPF (4-10 SPF), although recommended that you always use factor 30+ when being exposed to sunlight for long periods. What is also interesting is that Vitamin E and other antioxidants found in avocados work great together at relieving sunburn. They can help to repair damaged cells and hydrate your skin.
The oil of avocado works excellent as a natural hair moisturizer, preventing fizziness, breakage, and split-ends. Avocados are high in Vitamin E and protein, which penetrate hair follicles, making them soft, shiny, and healthy. As mentioned above, avocados are great for moisturizing dry skin. Do not forget about the skin on your head. Keep your scalp moisturized to prevent flakes and itchiness.