Why use the Avocado Face Mask?
- Fast and easy to make
- Very few ingredients
- Hydrates retaining skin moisture
- Repairs skin
- Source of Vitamin E
- Antioxidant properties
- Helps wound healing
- Helps production and renewal of Vitamin C
- Combined with Vitamin C acts as a natural sun protection (never rely only on this product to protect from the sun)
- Avocado oxidizes quickly, so it's best to prepare it every time
- Avocados need to be ripe enough, availability may vary depending on the season
- Fresh cold pressed virgin olive oil may be hard to find in some countries (available in my Store)
Remember you can skip any of the ingredients if you don't have them, it will still be great for your skin!
Before getting started let’s talk about the properties of this Face Mask and why should you use it.
The main ingredient will be, of course, avocado. Avocado is a very hydrating fruit, apart from a high content of water it also contains:
It’s very healthy to consume it regularly, and although in this case we’ll be applying it directly to our face to absorb all its properties through our skin, we’ll be only using half an avocado for the mask, so I strongly recommend that you eat the other half! It oxidizes very quickly so it’s best to use it all!
Our other ingredients will be olive oil, which as I also covered in the Olive Oil DIY Soap tutorial, very rich in Vitamin E and antioxidants.
Lemon juice is another good addition to the mix. Rich in Vitamin C, antibacterial and slightly whitening. It’s very acidic, we’ll be using only a little bit for that reason. If you have very sensitive skin you might want to skip this step or try it out first somewhere else other than your face.
Honey can also be used, it will help give more consistency to the mask while also being a very effective anti-bacterial that helps reducing acne, it’s also rich in anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory.
Another ingredient we can use to add an extra exfoliating effect are oats, which are anti-inflammatory, fight acne and they have a slight cleansing effect due to a chemical they contain called saponin.
Finally Magnesium sulphate, or as some of you might know it: Epsom salts. Epsom salts will help relax our facial muscles and will supply the skin with magnesium which helps repair the skin. Apart from that, we can use the Epsom salts as an exfoliant.
When to apply it
Apply it at night, specially after the Vitamin C Serum (link to DIY) has dried, since it increases the renewal of Vitamin C in the skin.
Leave the avocado face mask for 10 to 12 minutes before rinsing it off.
This oil has passed all the Extra Virgin tests. It's made in California with olives that are typical from the Mediterranean basin (the climates are very similar). It's also cold pressed. It's a good choice if we want to make sure that our soap preserves all the benefits of pure Olive Oil. Click here to buy 16.9oz or 500mL, the exact quantity you need for the recipe.
Extra virgin and cold pressed from European Olives, from an Italian family-run company. It's a good choice if we want to make sure that our soap preserves all the benefits of pure Olive Oil. The exact quantity you need for this recipe!