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How to Make Natural Avocado Face Masks

How to Make Natural Avocado Face Masks

Avocados are amazingly nutritious. Packed full of vitamins and high in healthy fats, eating avocados are a good source of nourishment as part of a healthy diet. However, its health benefits aren’t just restricted to inside our bodies—using avocado on the skin can be hugely beneficial as its key ingredients give your skin an added boost.

The oil in avocados acts as a natural moisturizer, and together with protein, potassium and vitamins A, B, D and E, these act as the perfect skin replenishers for all types of skin, from those suffering with acne to more mature skin.

The best way to use avocados is to use them in the form of face masks which are easy, cheap, and effective to make at home. Mix avocado together with other natural ingredients and you have a lot of great avocado face masks that you can try that will leave your face soft, smooth, and glowing. Here are 5 great yet simple avocado face masks that you can try at home (just try not to eat them before using!)

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Simple avocado face mask

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    Avocado on its own has so many great benefits for the skin. The oil acts as a natural moisturizer similar to coconut oil and Argan oil so it soaks gently in and is great in softening and smoothing wrinkles. The vitamin E adds more nutritious value to your skin, so just using it on its own can create a really simple and effective face mask.

    • Use half a ripe avocado and mash it up into a bowl so it forms a smooth pulp.
    • Carefully apply it to clean skin and leave for 10–20 minutes.
    • Clean off with a damp cloth using warm water.

    Avocado and honey face mask

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      This is a great classic face mask using avocado and honey. Honey is wonderful for your skin as it contains anti-bacterial properties that help with acne as well as boosting complexion. It also carries anti-oxidants that are beneficial in slowing down the ageing process so it’s great for mature skin. Combine this with avocado and you have a beautiful face mask that you can use regularly to give your skin a boost.

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      • Get half a ripe avocado and mash it up into a bowl.
      • Add half a tablespoon of honey (preferably raw but a good organic one will do the trick).
      • Mix the two together until it forms a paste.
      • Apply it to clean skin and leave for 15–20 minutes.
      • Clean off with warm water and pat the face gently with a towel.

      Avocado and egg white face mask

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        Egg white is a wonder for the skin. It helps remove excess oil so if you’re prone to an oily face and acne then this face mask will help fight the spots and prevent blackheads. It also softens and smooths skin and has been known to lift sagging skin around the cheeks as the egg white will tighten as it dries. You will find it quite messy and slightly harder to remove so it’s advised to use this mask before having a shower to make it easier.

        • Mix half a ripe, mashed avocado with the white of one egg.
        • Apply the mixture to clean skin starting at the bottom of the face and working up.
        • Leave on for 15–20 minutes, preferably lie down while it dries as the tightening of the mask will pull your skin down if standing.
        • Clean off gently yet thouroughly with warm water (best done in the shower).

        Avocado and oatmeal exfoliating face mask

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          Oatmeal is a great exfoliator getting rid of excess oils and dead skin on the face—what’s better is it’s natural and cheap to make. Teamed with avocado this makes a wonderful all-round face mask that can be used on dry skin. While the oatmeal soaks up and removes sebum, the avocado adds needed moisture and nourishment. This is a great combination that you can use regularly in your beauty regime.

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          • Add half a ripe avocado with half tablespoon of oatmeal.
          • Mix together thoroughly and apply to a clean face in gentle circular motions to give yourself an exfoliation.
          • Continue to leave the mixture on for 15–20 minutes.
          • Clean off gently with warm water and pat your face dry.

          Avocado and yogurt face mask

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            Using yogurt on the skin means you get even more moisture for your buck. Acne-prone skin will benefit from this mask as the lactic acid in the yogurt kills any bacteria and the acid also helps even out the pH balance of your skin.

            • With half a ripe and mashed avocado add in a tablespoon of plain, organic yogurt.
            • Mix together and apply to a clean face.
            • Leave on for 15–20 minutes.
            • Gently wash off with warm water and splash on some cold water to close any pores (particularly good for acned skin).

            Of course you can add any combination of these ingredients to experiment with your own avocado face mask and can be a great addition to your usual beauty regime. Using these masks at least once a week will improve and nourish your skin greatly so if you have an avocado or two hanging about then try something different with them today.

            Featured photo credit: Kerdkanno via shutterstock.com

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            Last Updated on December 9, 2019

            5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

            5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

            Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

            Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

            Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

            1. Get Rationally Optimistic

            Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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            This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

            In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

            The result: no more mental stress.

            2. Unplug

            Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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            How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

            It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

            Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

            3. Easy on the Caffeine

            Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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            Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

            4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

            That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

            How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

            • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
            • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
            • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

            While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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            5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

            This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

            The result: mental stress will be gone!

            So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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