How to Use Avocados in Food and Beauty

7 Ways to Use Avocado in Your Beauty Routine

How to Use Avocados in Food and Beauty

If you’re anything us, your Instagram feed has you green with envy at the beauty of almighty avocados — from all measures of avo toast to the glories of guac and so much more. Let’s face it; there really is no such thing as too much when it comes to this creamy goodness.

A rich source of potassium and antioxidants, the fruit is not only a superfood for your body, it is also an all-natural shoo-in for your beauty regimen. “Avocado is rich in vitamin E and fatty acids which help reduce skin inflammation and can help repair the skin’s barrier,” says Joshua Zeichner, M.D.

, director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York.

Next time you’re stocking up on avocados for your kitchen, buy a few extra and whip up these seven recipes for a whole new DIY beauty routine that’s as delicious as it gets.

1. Moisturizer

Avocados are a great moisturizer for your face and hair. |

Avocados are high in fat, yes. But, it’s the good kind of fat! The natural oils that make an avocado so creamy (and healthy) are a dream for your skin, too.

Slathering on a mashed avocado paste may literally make you green but that mush will go way more than skin deep, hydrating and nourishing while reducing dryness and flaking. It couldn’t be simpler — just mash an avocado and apply to your face and body.

In a pinch, you can also take the peel of an avocado and wipe the inside of it across your face to take advantage of the natural oils. Gently rinse away after 15 minutes or so.

2. Sunburn soother

Sooth your sunburn with avocado. |

Rule number one is to never scrimp on the sunscreen — ever. But, if you do happen to wind up with a burn, an avocado may help soothe your red, inflamed skin. Combine half of a mashed avocado with 1 teaspoon of honey and a 1/2 teaspoon of lime juice and apply liberally over the skin. Leave it on for up to 15 minutes to maximize the healing and hydrating effects.

3. Moisturizing face mask

Avocado will work wonders treating your inflammation. |

Gently reduce inflammation and soften skin while tightening and refining pores with a face mask.

Mash half of an avocado with a tablespoon of yogurt and a tablespoon of honey (a natural antibacterial) for a moisturizing treat for your face.

You can also try an avocado mask to treat oily skin by combining half of an avocado with an egg white and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice. Lemon is a natural astringent while the proteins in egg whites strengthen the skin.

4. Anti-aging face mask

Who knew avocados could help you look younger? |

Vitamin E and other antioxidants in avocado are an anti-aging dream for your face as they reduce free radical damage that contributes to signs of skin aging. For a mask that fights wrinkles and dullness, mash half an avocado and mix in a tablespoon of rolled oats. Apply the mask to your face and neck and leave on for about 10 minutes before rinsing with warm water.

5. Eye treatment

You probably knew about using cucumbers for your eyes, but what about avocados? |

You’ve ly heard of putting sliced cucumbers over your eyes to decrease puffiness and redness. But what about sliced avocado? Along with adding those crescent-shaped slices in your sandwich, save a few for under your eyes. Simply place one slice under each eye and leave on for 20 minutes for an eye-brightening moisture boost.

6. Facial cleanser

Yes, you can clean your face with avocados. |

To really wash the day away in the most natural way possible while doing your face all kinds of favors, make an avocado cleanser that takes full advantage of the fruit’s nutrients. In a blender, add one egg yolk with a half cup of milk and half of an avocado and process until smooth.

The mixture should have a thin, lotion- consistency. Apply to the face and then rinse with warm water. You can also use this treatment as a deep, nourishing cleanser after your regular face wash.

Just remember that this cleanser is perishable, so store it in the refrigerator for up to two days if you have any leftovers.

7. Hair mask

This cat was let the bag a long time ago. |

Avocados aren’t just a superfood for your skin; they also can work wonders on your strands. Show your locks some love with a hair mask made by mashing together half of an avocado with two teaspoons of extra-virgin olive oil. Apply the mixture to clean, damp hair, paying close attention to any dry, split ends.

Leave on for about 15 to 20 minutes before rinsing thoroughly. The deeply moisturizing properties of avocados won’t just restore hair’s natural shine and help repair dry, damaged or color-treated hair, the mask will help tame the frizz.

You can also add an egg yolk to the avocado and olive oil mixture for an extra dose of moisture if your hair is particularly in need of some TLC.

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10 Insanely Cool Ways To Use Avocado In Your Beauty Routine

How to Use Avocados in Food and Beauty

Avocados are one of the world’s healthiest foods – they’re also rather tasty, inexpensive and versatile. You can toss avocado into a nutritious smoothie, top a salad with it or add some to a taco. And, if you get tired of eating them, you can use avocado in your beauty routine too. Actually, considering the many, varied benefits, you’ll probably want to continue doing both.

This single-seeded fruit contains an astonishing amount of essential nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and important monounsaturated fatty acids that can do wonders for your body, inside and out. This is why you’ve probably seen avocado listed in the ingredients of so many beauty and health products.

Take advantage of the many benefits of the amazing avocado by incorporating it into your beauty routine – the options are practically endless.

1. Turn it into a moisturizer

The healthy fats in an avocado fruit are great for moisturizing skin, and as the oils are very similar to the natural oils in your skin, it’s also very nourishing, helping to protect the skin from the stresses of the day.

The natural oils in avocado are able to penetrate deeply into the skin to soften and hydrate those annoying flaky, dry patches. Just mash up the flesh of a fully ripe avocado and then lather onto dry skin. Leave it on for about 15 minutes and then shower, or simply rinse it off in lukewarm water before patting dry.

If you’ve got very dry skin, make an extra nourishing, moisturizing face mask that will restore that youthful glow by combining the mashed flesh of an avocado with a tablespoon of raw honey and a tablespoon of plain yogurt. Allow it to sit for 10 minutes, and then rinse to slough away dead skin cells and leave the skin feeling soft, smooth and more supple.

2. Tame frizzy hair

The fatty acids and other nutrients, particularly vitamin E, along with the natural oils in avocado make it excellent for taming damaged, frizzy hair, which is generally caused by heat and humidity, though it can also result from the use of heated styling tools a flat iron and blow dryer. One of the most effective ways to use avocado to tame frizz, is to make an avocado-based hair mask.

To do so, mash up the flesh of one ripe avocado and then mix in about a tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil. Massage the mixture into your scalp and throughout your hair, and let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes.

Afterward, rinse well and then shampoo as normal. If your hair is especially coarse, you might want to rub a couple of drops of warmed avocado oil onto the ends of your hair as well.

The result? Your hair will be smooth, more manageable, and have a nice shine to it as well.

3. Eradicate unsightly dandruff

Men and women of all ages can experience dandruff. It’s generally caused by the massive flaking of dead skin tissues when dead skin is shed from a dry, very oily or microbe-infected scalp.

The result is redness, itching, flaking and irritation.

In an attempt to restore moisture, the scalp produces excess sebum, which then blocks the hair follicles and leads to bacterial and fungal infections.

Dandruff is especially annoying during the fall and winter when the weather is drier – and, as we tend to wear chic, often darker clothing this time of year, every last flake shows up on your shoulders.

The good news is that it doesn’t have to be that way, thanks to avocados. As dandruff loves a dry scalp, moisturizing is key to preventing those flakes.

It helps to rejuvenate and moisturize, while its rich supply of proteins, amino acids and vitamins work to soothe the scalp.

In addition to avocado, this hair mask features other ingredients that work together to eradicate that unsightly dandruff for good, including tea tree oil. Tea tree oil, which is an antifungal, antiseptic and antibiotic, has been used for centuries to treat everything from fungal infections to cold sores, with its healing properties well documented.

To make it, mash up the flesh of an avocado in a bowl until there are no large chunks remaining. Add 2 tablespoons of raw honey, 2 drops of tea tree oil and 10 drops of argan oil.

Mix until it becomes creamy and smooth. Use gloves to apply the mask directly to your scalp. Press it in while gently massaging using the fingertips.

Allow it to sit for about 20 minutes and then rinse thoroughly before shampooing as usual.

4. Sun protection

The high proportion of monounsaturated fat in avocado makes it excellent for use as a sunscreen as the fats form a protective layer over the skin. In fact, avocado oil is said to have the highest natural SPF among all vegetable oils.

It will protect against both UVA and UVB rays as well as protecting the skin against environmental damage, due to its high level of powerful antioxidants.

Thanks to its high palmitic acid content, avocado oil is also quite easily absorbed by human skin, helping to keep it firm and smooth.

5. Treating a sunburn

If you didn’t use avocado oil, or anything else for protection and find yourself with a nasty sunburn, you can still use avocado to ease the pain and prevent chafing. Mash up half of a fully ripe avocado and apply it directly to the affected areas. Or, you can also mix in a tablespoon of aloe vera gel to further aid in calming the burn as well as rehydrating the skin.

6. Fight wrinkles and other signs of premature aging

Most of us envy the virtually flawless complexions of beautiful celebrities, but few can afford the pricey skin care routines most of them employ.

Anti-wrinkle creams can run upwards of several hundred dollars, and many of them aren’t all that effective and come with a host of potentially harmful ingredients too.

Instead, spend a couple of dollars on a good avocado to make your own potent antioxidant, amino-acid rich mask that will help fight off signs of aging crow’s feet and fine lines.

Avocados can be applied as a mask directly to your skin, and you can either use them plain or mix them with other healthy ingredients.

One of the simplest ways to do it is to mash up the flesh and allow it to soak into the skin for about 10 minutes before rinsing, that’s it! One of the healthy fats in avocados, oleic acid, not only fights wrinkles, but it helps to reduce inflammation and decrease redness too.

For a super powerful anti-wrinkle fighter, combine the mashed flesh of a ripe avocado with a tablespoon of coconut oil in a bowl. Apply it to your face and allow it to sit for 30 minutes before rinsing. Once it’s removed, your skin will feel incredibly soft – and, over time, those signs of aging will be diminished.

Remember to include lots of avocado in your diet too, as this fruit, as mentioned, works from the inside out and will help battle the aging process from within. Its antioxidants help to detox the body, which aids in reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, as well as making the skin more smooth and supple.

7. Battling acne

While avocado is a great moisturizer, it’s also excellent for battling acne as it helps to reduce inflammation and doesn’t dry out the skin, which can cause the skin to produce an excess of oil, exacerbating the problem.

It contains vitamin C and K which help to boost the immune system and fight acne-causing bacteria, while its vitamin E not only hydrates the skin, it helps to battle acne as well.

Finally, its omega-6 fatty acids, including linoleic acid, acts as an anti-inflammatory agent that reduces irritation as well as keeping the skin moisturized.

If you suffer from acne, it’s another reason to eat more avocados too, as its rich nutrients will work from the inside out to reduce it. Additionally, use this avocado-based mask three to four times each week as an acne fighter for best results.

The lemon juice contains acids that work to reduce bacteria as well as inflammation, while the oats help to soak up bacteria while also lowering inflammation. Mash up the flesh of an avocado in a bowl and add the juice from one lemon along with a tablespoon of rolled oats. Apply it onto your skin and let it sit for 30 minutes before rinsing.

8. A moisturizing shaving cream

The flesh of an avocado also makes a fabulous moisturizing shaving cream, resulting in legs that are soft and silky smooth. It calms and soothes to help prevent those razor bumps too. While you could simply smear the avocado directly onto your skin and shave with it, this recipe that includes avocado oil is probably one of the most amazing DIY shaving creams there is.

You’ll need a quarter cup avocado oil, a one-third cup of coconut oil and a one-third cup of unrefined shea butter. Begin by melting the coconut oil and shea butter on low heat over the stove.

When it’s melted, pour it into a container and then add the avocado oil; stir. Place the mixture into your refrigerator and allow it to harden. When it’s solid, remove it from the fridge and place it into a bowl. It should look a cube of butter.

Whip it well for several minutes, or until it’s light and creamy.

Now you can use it just you would any other shaving cream. Whatever is leftover should be stored in an airtight container in a cool, dark place to prevent it from going bad.

9. A nourishing hand scrub

Many of us suffer from dry, rough hands, especially during the winter months when the air is so dry.

But thanks to the practically miraculous benefits of avocado, you can use it to nourish and moisturize those hands to make them feel nice and soft again.

It’s quick and easy to mix up and the results are immediate. Your hands will soon be back to their dewy, moist, midsummer’s best – even in the heart of winter.

All you need is half of a mushy avocado, some extra-virgin olive oil, sugar, and patchouli essential oil. Mash it up the best you can, eliminating the lumps as much as possible.

Add in a tablespoon of olive oil and stir until it’s thoroughly mixed in. Now add about 5 drops of patchouli essential oil, which has a wonderfully warm scent and is great for healing and nourishing dry skin.

Next, add about an eighth cup of sugar. Stir well.

That’s all it takes to make this powerful hand scrub. Of course, you’ll have to apply it too.

To do so, scrub your hands with it, letting the alpha-hydroxy acids in the sugar soften those old, dead skin cells, while the avocado, olive oil, and patchouli essential oil work together to moisturize and nourish your hands underneath.

Scrub for several minutes, concentrating on the driest areas, and then rinse well with lukewarm water. Pat your hands dry and then apply your favorite moisturizer. Place the remainder of the mixture into a lidded glass container and store in the refrigerator for up to three days.

Repeat the application one to two times each day for three days, and by the end of that three-day period, you’ll be amazed at how baby soft your hands are.

10. Enjoy healthier, stronger nails

Thanks to all of its rich nutrients, including plant protein, folate, Vitamin E and all of those healthy fats, eating avocados will actually help you grow stronger, healthier nails. In fact, they’re one of the best foods you can eat for better nails.

You can also apply avocado oil to them directly for healthier nails that shine. Simply massage both the nails and cuticles with avocado oil every night, and within just a few days you’ll notice a significant difference.

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15 Ways to Use Avocados (In recipes and your beauty routine)

How to Use Avocados in Food and Beauty

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I first tried an avocado about 3 years ago and I’ve been eating them only one way – chopped up – as a dip. But recently, I’ve compiled a list of 15 ways to use avocados – Who knew there were so many other ways to use avocados and enjoy them!

Here is my list I’m sharing with you of some of the ways to use avocados from using them in eggs at breakfast to making ice cream. I’ve recently been experimenting with using them all different ways and can’t believe I’ve been missing out on all these great ways to include them in my diet and beauty routine.

Benefits of Avocados:

There’s a great reason why you should try out some of these ways to use avocados and that’s because of all of the amazing health benefits! You know how they used to say an apple a day will keep the doctor away? Instead of an apple, many say “eat an avocado a day now to keep the doctor away”.

Avocados are full of nutrients! They contain a high amount of protein, fiber, and folate. They’re also a great source of phytonutrients which reduce inflammation in your body. Avocados contain a high amount of antioxidants and vitamins A, B, C, E, and K too! It’s really a super food. Studies have also found that eating an avocado daily can help lower our bad cholesterol.

Not only are avocados great for eating, but you can also use them for your skin and hair. They are naturally moisturizing and soothing.

15 Ways to Use Avocados

1. Toast with Avocado and Egg- Mash up an avocado, spread it on toast and put a cooked egg on top. Sprinkle with a little salt and pepper. It makes a quick and delicious breakfast!

2. Avocado Salad Dressing- Make a mixture of avocado, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper to create a creamy and fantastic salad dressing.

3. Avocado Ice Cream- Super healthy and tastes amazing! If you avocados, this is a must try recipe! All you need to make it is 2 avocados, honey, milk, sea salt, and lime.

4. Egg Baked in Avocado- This looks so cool and tastes even better! Slice an avocado in half and then crack an egg into each half. Place them in the oven and bake at 425 degrees for 20 minutes. After you take them the oven, add salt and pepper to taste.

5. Make Avocado Fries- I’ve never made avocado fries before, but they sure do look amazing! I’m going to try out the recipe this weekend. Just slice up some avocados, squeeze some lime juice on them, dip in egg, and coat in breadcrumbs. I’ll be using gluten-free breadcrumbs. Season with salt and pepper.

6. Face Mask- Just mash up an avocado and add 1 egg white. Stir the mixture and apply it to your face. The face mask is hydrating, moisturizing and soothing. When I use it, I’ve noticed a decrease in redness too. This is one of my favorite ways to use avocados in my beauty routine.

7. Hair Mask – Mash an avocado with a little lemon juice and olive oil to make a hydrating and moisturizing hair mask. You can use it in place of conditioner or just as a once a week deep conditioning treatment.

8. Scrambled Eggs with Avocado- Last week, when I went out for breakfast, I ordered scrambled eggs with avocado. Prior to that, I never thought about adding them to scrambled eggs. It tasted delicious! I will definitely order it again or make it at home.

9. Put it on a Burger- This is one of my favorite uses for avocados! Slice the avocado into small strips or mash the avocado and put it on your burger. I love getting a burger with avocado, lettuce, and onions. It tastes delicious!

10. Freeze and Make Popsicles- Blend up avocado, milk, honey, and lemon juice. Pour the mixture into Popsicle molds. You can dip them in chocolate for an extra special treat too.

11. Homemade Guacamole- All you need to make a delicious guacamole is a couple avocados, salt, lemon or lime juice and spices. You can add fresh tomatoes to make it even more flavorful too.

12 Avocado Smoothie- Add an avocado to your smoothie to get a boost in energy. Not only does it taste delicious, but you’ll get the health benefits of the nutrients and healthy fats.

13. Bacon Guacamole Deviled Egg- Take hard boiled eggs, scoop out the egg yolks and mix them with avocado, bacon, onion, and spices. Put a tablespoon of the mixture back in the egg white holes and enjoy.

14. Chip Dip- Mash up an avocado to use as a dip for your chips. You can use it plain or add a little salt or lemon juice for extra flavor.

15. Use it in Place of Butter in Baking Recipes – You can substitute avocados for butter in batter for any recipes, cookies or cake.

Do you have any favorite uses for avocados or recipes?