Zaboca! That’s what we call the Avocado fruit back in my home country of Trinidad. It’s also one of the many fruits that was found on my grandparents property (The picture above is my grandmother’s Avacado fruit tree, which happens to be older than my mother).
Needless to say, we found many uses for them among which were facial masks. Yes, it’s food for your skin too. Avocado oil is obtained from the flesh of the avocado fruit. It’s a natural concoction, which penetrates deep into the epidermis and regenerates the skin.
Avocados contains with vitamins (A, B1, B2, D, E and K), sodium, calcium, copper, magnesium, protein, lecithin and fatty acids, which makes it great for all skin types. It is especially beneficial for dry, wrinkled and damaged skin or scalp. Aside from eating it, a great way to reap the benefits is to make and use Avocado facial masks. Here’s a quick and easy recipe.
Preparation and Use
1. Cut the Avocado and remove the seed.
2. Mash it until it’s mushy. Clean your face and neck. Use either your fingers of a flat makeup brush and apply the squashed Avocado over your entire face and neck. (keep away from the eye area).
5. Sit with the mask for 20 to 30 minutes.
6. Wash with cold water and pat dry with a clean towel. 7. Apply a moisturizer to retain the water.
***Other ingredients you can use in an Avocado mask include, honey, lemon juice, lime juice, orange juice, grapefruit juice, egg yolk and olive oil***
Dixie Lincoln- Nichols is a biological science educator, health and wellbeing consultant and Qigong instructor. Her work has been featured in media outlets like, Oprah Mag, SELF, Yahoo and more. She is the founder of Inside Outer Beauty Market, a multi-cultutal retailer curating and creating products to support the body inside and out. Visit the site at www.iobeautymarket.com