My 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 apply 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