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10 Homemade Avocado Facial Masks For Glowing Skin

10 Homemade Avocado Facial Masks For Glowing Skin

When it comes to facial masks, the inclusion of avocado as an active ingredient comes almost naturally. Any decent beauty expert worth their salt would strongly recommend utilizing the elements in avocados to enhance skin condition. The fruit contains vital minerals such as calcium, iron, copper, potassium, magnesium and other vitamins that provides an extensive range of benefits. By carefully extracting these nutrients, avocado facial masks offer advantages such as:

  • Treating sensitive, dry or acne prone skin
  • Enhancing skin elasticity
  • Reversing effects of aging
  • Can be homemade
  • Suitable for all skin types.

When avocados gained popularity in the beauty industry, many brands created their own versions of face masks with avocado as the sole ingredient. With the passage of time, beauty enthusiasts started looking for variations in these avocado facial masks and started to concoct their own personal recipes. This led to the invention of various avocado facial masks for different facial treatments. Listed below are 10 popular homemade avocado masks to help improve facial skin condition.

Avocado and Apricot

Apricot

    Recipe: Blend an avocado with apricots and spread over your face while avoiding the eye area.

    Benefits: The natural acids can help to exfoliate dead skin cells while vitamin A and C in apricots tightens the skin. Vitamin E and high antioxidant content in avocados helps to balance skin tone as well.

    This recipe shot up the popularity charts after Victoria Beckham swore by its effectiveness. Her tried and tested formula can be left on overnight but beauty experts suggests that 30 minutes is sufficient enough to absorb its nutrients.

    Avocado and Oatmeal

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    Set for massage or body care procedures with different ingredients

      Recipe: Cook the oatmeal as per normal and mash the avocado, with its seed and skin removed. Mix and stir both together until all the pulp is dissolved.

      Benefits: Applying this formula as a facial mask can help to repair damaged skin and provides much needed moisture to the skin. Beauty fanatics can choose to keep it on for 15 minutes or allow it to dry naturally.

      Avocado, Banana and Egg

      avocado banana egg

        Recipe: Pick a soft avocado and mix together with a banana and an egg yolk. Stir the mixture until a consistent paste is produced.

        Benefits: People who are suffering from oily skin can seek help from this recipe. By applying it to the face for 10 to 15 minutes, it helps to reduce the natural oil content in the skin and can prevent acne and blemishes.

        Avocado and Honey

        avocado honey

          Recipe: Remove seeds and peel skin from the avocado and mash it up. Mix and stir thoroughly with 1 tablespoon of honey until a standard paste is produced.

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          Benefits: Both avocado and honey are natural skin moisturizers. A short application time of 15 minutes helps to erase any signs of dull complexion and gives the skin a radiant glow.

          Avocado and Yogurt

          avocado yogurt

            Recipe: Take ¼ avocado and squash it until the lumps disappear. Mix it with 1 teaspoon of organic yogurt and stir again until both are evenly combined.

            Benefits: Another great facial mask to restore essential facial moisture. In addition, the lactic acid in yogurt help to kills bacteria and treat acne. Beauty experts recommend application for 10 to 15 minutes.

            Avocado, Honey and Yogurt

            avocado honey yogurt

              Recipe: Similar to the recipe for the Avocado and Yogurt mask, simply add ½ a teaspoon of honey into the mix.

              Benefits: For people who suffer from extremely dry skin, this triple-element recipe can provide high levels of moisture to the skin and is most suitable for weather that can dry out the skin such as in the winter season.

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              Avocado, Honey and Orange

              fresh honey with lemon and orange fruits

                Recipe: Add in 2 tablespoons of orange juice, 1 teaspoon of honey and a couple droplets of chamomile oil with a mashed avocado and stir thoroughly.

                Benefits: Honey helps to moisturize the skin while the orange and avocado exfoliates impurities from the face. Suggested application period is 20 minutes.

                Avocado, Honey and Lemon

                honey with lemon

                  Recipe: Mash an avocado and thoroughly mix with ½ tablespoon of honey and ½ teaspoon of lemon juice.

                  Benefits: The avocado moisturizes the skin, while the honey and lemon work in tandem, functioning as a skin brightener. At the end of a 20-minute session, the skin appears more nourished with a radiant glow.

                  Avocado, Lemon and Egg

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                  lemon egg

                    Recipe: Mash up an avocado before mixing it with lemon juice and egg whites. Thoroughly stir and ensure that a well-combined paste is produced.

                    Benefits: This recipe contains the unique ability to control the natural oil volume in the skin and ensures that skin texture remains soft and smooth. Experts highly recommend this formula for people with oily skin with suggested application period of 20 minutes.

                    Avocado

                    avocado slices

                      Recipe: Slices of avocado

                      Benefits: Effectively removes blackheads

                      Saving the best for last, avocados can be cut into slices and used as a conventional facial mask. By rubbing the slices onto the face, it helps to remove unsightly blackheads and restore the skin to its natural shine.

                      Conclusion

                      The benefits of avocado in the formulation of facial masks have been widely publicized. Many beauty enthusiasts have attributed their improved skin condition to the use of avocado facial masks. However, as individual skin condition can differ drastically, other ingredients such as honey, lemon and eggs are used to help further enhance the capabilities of such masks. With the 10 suggested recipes above, anyone can easily find the suitable facial mask recipe for their unique skin condition.

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                      Last Updated on September 16, 2019

                      How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                      How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                      You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

                      We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

                      The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

                      Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

                      1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

                      Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

                      For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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                      • (1) Research
                      • (2) Deciding the topic
                      • (3) Creating the outline
                      • (4) Drafting the content
                      • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
                      • (6) Revision
                      • (7) etc.

                      Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

                      2. Change Your Environment

                      Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

                      One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

                      3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

                      Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

                      Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

                      My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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                      Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

                      4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

                      If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

                      Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

                      I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

                      5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

                      I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

                      Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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                      As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

                      6. Get a Buddy

                      Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

                      I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

                      7. Tell Others About Your Goals

                      This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

                      For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

                      8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

                      What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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                      9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

                      If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

                      Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

                      10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

                      Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

                      Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

                      11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

                      At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

                      Reality check:

                      I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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