Avocado is one of the trendiest foods around. But it’s not only good for your health—it’s also amazing for your skin and hair.
“Avocado is packed with healthy, hydrating fats, fatty acids, and vitamin E, all of which are wonderfully moisturizing and anti-aging,” says Alexis Wolfer, natural beauty expert and author of The Recipe For Radiance: Discover Beauty’s Best-Kept Secrets in Your Kitchen.
“Avocado is also super gentle, so it’s great for sensitive skin, too.”
Ready to add this superfood to your beauty routine? Here are two avocado-enhanced DIY beauty treatments from Wolfer’s book, as well as other tips for for putting this delicious green fruit to work.
Egg yolks contain vitamin A, which is exfoliating, and cholesterol and fatty acids, which nourish dry skin. Meanwhile, sour cream is packed with lactic acid and protein to help exfoliate and restore moisture. If your skin is especially flaky, add honey for a more deeply penetrating effect.
3 egg yolks
2 tablespoons sour cream
2 tablespoons raw honey (optional)
In a small bowl, mash the inside of the avocado with a fork until smooth. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg yolks. Add the egg yolks, sour cream, and honey, if desired, to the avocado and mix until well combined. Apply a thick layer to dry, dull skin and let it sit.
After 20 minutes, use a dry washcloth to scrub covered areas, exfoliating the softened skin. Wash with warm water and pat dry.
2.Exfoliate Your Scalp
A clean scalp is essential for healthy hair growth. The lactic acid in sour cream, citric acid in lemon juice, and hydrating fats in avocado will help exfoliate you up there.
1/2 ripe avocado
1/2 cup full-fat sour cream
1 teaspoon lemon juice
Using a fork or immersion blender, puree the avocado until smooth. In a small bowl, combine the avocado with the sour cream and lemon juice. Apply directly to your scalp, using a wide-tooth comb to section off your hair.
Cover your hair with a shower cap and let it sit for 20 minutes before shampooing and conditioning as usual. If your hair is extremely dry, damaged, or color-treated, leave out the lemon juice for a more gentle scalp exfoliation.
3.Use the skin as well!
Rub the inside of a peel on your body to exfoliate dry skin and hydrate with the bit of avocado left on the inside. Leave the residue on your skin for five minutes before rinsing in the shower and patting dry.