Food for Beauty: All Things Avocado

This amazing fruit is really good for our skin, hair and nails anytime of year.
I make sure to eat avocado a couple of times a week at the very least either plain, over salad, grilled or in guacamole. It's versatile and easy to integrate into your life.

Why It's Good For You

Avocado is chock full of essential fatty acids, which keeps our skin supple and our hair shiny and healthy. I noticed just this past Summer that my tan was deeper and lasted longer, so it must also have some pretty good antioxidant qualities as well...

You can use organic avocado oil as well- I apply it directly to my skin for a boost of moisture. It's a fantastic makeup remover as well. Because this oil is easily absorbed, it's wonderful for dry hair and scalp- I found it more nourishing and less greasy than coconut and olive oil. It's a Godsend for coarse and curly hair.

I even make a nice soothing masque out of a tablespoon of overly- ripe avocado. This is especially good for the upcoming chilly weather when our skin is most dry and prone to wrinkling.

Rita's Recipe for Soothing, Smoothing Avocado Mask is:

  • 1-2 tbs. of ripe avocado

  • 1teas. honey

  • 3 drops lemon juice

  • 1teas. avocado or olive oil.

Mash together in a small bowl. Apply directly to a clean, damp face. Apply a warm washcloth over this, leave on for 5 minutes. 

Note: Apply a thicker layer over drier areas like under eyes, around mouth and neck area.
Rinse with lukewarm water.

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