Known as one of the most popular spa procedures among women, face masks are an important part of a beauty regimen. Whether used to help reduce dryness, inflammation, redness, or even acne, a face mask can mean the difference between dull and glowing skin. Plus, they can hydrate and rejuvenate too! But if you’re tight on cash and want similar results as a spa service, here’s a great alternative – a do-it-yourself face mask you can use in the comfort of your own home!
Based on a recipe from SELF magazine, the Hydrating Avocado Mask is an easy and refreshing go-to combination of four simple ingredients you most likely already have in your kitchen! It is great for stressed out, dry skin that needs an extra boost of nutrient-rich moisture.
The best time for this face mask is anytime avocados are ripe and in season – typically February through September (if buying California avocados, or pretty much all year-round if you’re using avocados from Mexico).
Simple Hydrating Avocado Mask
1/2 ripe avocado
1 tsp plain organic yogurt
1 tsp of honey
Optional: 2 tsp virgin olive oil
On a chopping block, gently slice the avocado from one tip to the other, across the center diameter of the fruit lengthwise, cutting through the exterior skin through until you gently feel the seed inside.
Use a spoon to scoop out the soft fleshy green insides, setting the seed aside, and dividing the innards in half.
In a mixing bowl, mash half of the green avocado innards until it is soft and mix in the yogurt and honey until forming a paste. If you have severely dry skin, add the virgin olive oil, which will help soften and smooth your skin. However, avoid adding the oil if your skin is already naturally oily.
Then apply the paste to your face and leave it on for 10-15 minutes. Try to avoid getting any paste in your eyes.
After the time is up, you can rinse your face with a gentle facial cleanser and water and apply your daily lightweight moisturizer or sunscreen. (Bonus: This face mask helps soothe sunburns too!)
As for the leftover avocado, sprinkle it with a dab of salt to taste and eat it raw or add it to a salad for a delicious snack!
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