Nature’s butter – avocado – is just as great when applied topically to skin and hair

The not-so-humble avocado is a fruit for all seasons—and for all the right reasons. There’s hardly a nutrient the superfood doesn’t boast of. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), avocados are an excellent source of vitamin C, vitamin A, B, as well as antioxidants, dietary fibre, and omega-3 fatty acids. It’s this nutrient composition of the fruit which makes it an elixir of youth for your skin and holds the secret to silky-smooth hair.

Yes, eating half an avocado a day can give can do wonders for your health and complexion – but applying this “nature’s butter” directly on to your skin and hair is even better. Here are four ways for you to try:

1.       Whip Up an Avocado-Yogurt Masque
Sure, avocado and yogurt sound like a recipe for a delicious breakfast smoothie. But together, these ingredients also make for a nourishing night masque. Mix half an avocado with one tablespoon of yogurt and apply the concoction on your face. Wash it off after 15 - 20 minutes to reveal baby-soft skin. While the fatty acids in avocado moisturize the skin, the lactic acid in yogurt dissolves dead skin cells and tightens pore. If you’ve got oily skin, you can add a few drops of lemon juice to the masque to keep acne at bay.



2.       Make a Nourishing Scrub
Scrubbing can often leave your skin and dry and angry. Which is why mixing an exfoliating agent with a moisturizing base can strike the perfect balance. The next time you want to scrub, try this recipe: combine half an avocado with two to three tablespoons of sugar, and a few drops of lemon juice. Spread the mixture evenly on your face and let it sit for about five minutes, after which massage your skin gently but thoroughly. While the sugar exfoliates and the avocado hydrates, lemon juice brightens the skin and removes tanning.

3.       Try a Cooling Avocado Body Masque
Feeling the burn of the sun on your skin? Whip up an all-natural after-sun body masque, with this recipe: mix one avocado with one cup grated cucumber and apply to those parts of the body exposed to the sun. Wash off with water after 15-20 minutes. Cucumber calms irritated skin, while avocado replenishes the moisture your sun-damaged skin needs.



4.       Go for Avocado Hair Spa
The goodness of avocado doesn’t have to be limited to your skin – you can also utilize the fleshy fruit to nourish your hair and tame frizz. Here’s how: add two tablespoons of olive oil to the mashed flesh of one avocado. When thoroughly combined, apply the mixture to the roots and length of your hair and let it sit for about an hour. (You may need to wear a shower cap to keep the formula from dripping). Wash it off with a gentle shampoo and condition as usual. If you’ve got extremely dry hair, add a tablespoon of honey to the concoction. Honey will help retain the moisture that avocado and olive oil provide to your mane.  

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