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avocadoMy philosophy is if certain foods are healthy for you internally, why not use them topically on the skin.  Avocado is a fruit (not a vegetable) that is good for heart health, but also great for the skin, especially during the winter.

Avocados consist of the following fatty acids:  71% monosaturates, 13% polyunsaturates and 16% saturates.  These fatty acids along with Omega 3 fatty acids help to protect and moisturize the skin inside out by absorbing fat-soluble Vitamins A, D, E and K.  Vitamin E helps to heal the skin, but Vitamin D is especially important because we have less absorption of natural Vitamin D from the sun during winter months.

So the next time you make guacamole, save some avocado for at-home facial treatments.  It can be used by itself, but works best when mixed with honey and plain yogurt (1T plain yogurt, 1t honey and ¼ avocado).  Blend ingredients together and avocado maskapply mask to the face.  Let stand for 15-20 minutes, rinse off with warm water and moisturize.

Avocado will act as a powerful antioxidant and moisturizer, the honey will serve as a humectant to pull moisture into skin tissue as well as act as a natural antibacterial agent.  The yogurt will help with cellular turnover.  Yogurt, after all is a dairy product that contains lactic acid.  This will help to minimize dead surface cell buildup on the skin and will be like having a natural chemical peel.  This mask can be used as often as needed.

Don’t throw the seed away.  Let it sit in a sunny windowsill until it is completely dry.  Crack open and grind it in coffee grinder.  Save in an air tight container and use the ground avocado seed as a scrub in your next facial