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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 October 15, 2018

            Why Am I So Tired? 10 Reasons You’re Extremely Tired And How to Fix It

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            “Why am I so tired?” is a question that people ask themselves pretty frequently. Everyone gets tired at one point or another, particularly after something like an illness, a long night up with a sick child, or a busy week at work. When tiredness is persistent, however — when you feel tired as soon as you wake up in morning or when sleep doesn’t seem to help, no matter how much rest you get— it may often indicate a deeper, underlying problem.

            While there are a lot of possible reasons for tiredness, here’re some of the most common causes of fatigue:

            1. Dehydration

            If you want to boost your energy levels, first check whether you are dehydrated. The human brain is 85% water, and needs to maintain this level in order to perform its essential functions.

            If you fail to drink enough water, the brain extracts fluids from your blood to compensate for the deficit. As a result, the oxygen levels in your blood drop, reducing the amount of energising oxygen available to your organs and tissues. Fatigue and sleepiness set in rapidly, leaving you more vulnerable to the 2 pm post-lunch crash that many of us experience.

            You cannot cure this crash with caffeine – the only long-term, effective solution is to drink hydrating fluids throughout the day.

            2. Lack Of Exercise

            A workout will surely leave you feeling even more tired, right? Wrong! As counterintuitive as it may sound, physical activities have an energizing effect. Moving your body releases endorphins, increases your heart rate, and boosts your concentration.

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            Try to fit in at least 30 minutes of medium-intensity exercise every day. It’s easiest if you can make this part of our everyday routine, either as soon as you wake up or right after work.

            3. A Poor Diet

            The food you eat has a direct impact on sleep quality and the amount of rest you get every night. For maximum energy, stick to protein, slow-release carbohydrates, and a moderate amount of healthy (unsaturated) fats. The majority of your food should be plant-based, high in fiber, and low in sugar. These choices will prevent blood sugar fluctuations, which can leave you feeling exhausted.

            An easy way to make sure you stick to a good diet is through meal preparation. It’s easy to just get take-out when you’re tired after work, but if you have a meal ready for you in the fridge, you’ll be less tempted by pizza or cheese.

            Find out more about healthy meal prep here: 10 Meal Planning Apps You Need To Have To Get Healthier Easily

            4. Skipping Breakfast

            Physician Dr. Nerina Ramlakhan advises that eating breakfast is key to maintaining a good level of energy throughout the day. When you eat breakfast, you are sending calming signals to the areas of the brain responsible for avoiding danger, along with those that instruct the body to conserve as much energy as possible.

            Ingesting food signals to your brain that there is enough food available to ensure our survival. This encourages it to stay relaxed, which in turn, promotes restful sleep.

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            Some great ideas for a healthy, filling, and make-ahead breakfasts include overnight oats, smoothies, and freezer-friendly breakfast burritos.

            Or if meal-prepping isn’t your think, stock up on easy but healthy breakfast foods like multigrain cereal, yogurt, and fruit: 20 Healthy Breakfast Choices That Will Save You Time

            5. Poor Quality Of Sleep

            We all know that it’s important to wind down a couple of hours before bed. But did you know that it’s what you do throughout the day that promotes good-quality sleep? It’s not just about the number of hours you sleep, but how restful and deep that sleep is.

            TO feel rested, try to regulate your everyday routine to make your sleep deeper and better. Get up at a regular time in the morning to ensure that you get regular sunlight.

            Eat nutritious foods in moderate amounts, and make sure you stay hydrated. Go to bed at the same time. And before bedtime, avoid screens that can give off harmful blue light and also keep you stimulated when you need to prepare for a restful night.

            Read more about how to develop a routine that will get you better sleep: Poor Sleep Quality Comes from All the Things You Do Since Morning

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            6. Sleep Apnea (A Person’s Airways Get Blocked off While They Are Asleep)

            Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder where a person’s airways get blocked off while they are asleep, causing their oxygen levels to drop while they are asleep. This often causes people to stop breathing at night and then to jerk themselves awake (this can happen over 30 times an hour).

            Because of this, people with sleep apnea can feel short of breath and have low energy levels. Mouthpieces and other devices to aid in breathing as well as the use of a special breathing machine to keep oxygen levels in a safe zone.

            If you feel tired all the time and think you might have sleep apnea, consulting with a doctor is important. Do a sleep study, as this can often reveal if there is an underlying problem causing your tiredness — and once a diagnosis is made, treatment to help you get your energy back begins.

            7. Depression

            Depression is the most common mental health disorder in the United States (and in many other countries of the world as well). It is marked by persistent feelings of sadness or unhappiness but has physical symptoms, too. Apart from fatigue, people may also experience changes in sleeping and eating habits and difficulty concentrating.

            Treatment can often center on anti-depressants, counselling and lifestyle changes like stress management to help manage this condition. You can take a look at these 15 Ways To Overcome Depression And Sadness.

            Many people also benefit from activities like yoga and meditation, which help regulate both the body and mind.

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            8. Hypothyroidism

            If a person has hypothyroidism, their thyroid gland does not produce adequate levels of these important hormones— and the result can be a persistent and unrelenting fatigue, even if someone is getting enough sleep. Other common symptoms of this disorder include mood swings, weight gain and feeling cold all the time.

            Fortunately, simple blood work can reveal if there is a problem and it can be treated with artificial thyroid hormone pills like Synthroid. Check here for signs of having a thyroid problem. If you suspect that you might have hypothyroidism, talk to your doctor.

            9. Anemia

            People with anemia are not able to make enough red blood cells to transport oxygen throughout the their bodies. This is often due to a lack of nutrients like iron or B-12 and can be caused by problems such as heavy periods, bleeding in the digestive tract or pregnancy (due to the increased demands of the growing baby).

            However, in most cases, this can be resolved with treatments like changes in diet, iron supplements or B-12 shots.

            While here are some drinks you can try to relieve symptoms of Anemia, it’s best to do a blood test and consult your doctor in case of any hidden medical conditions.

            10. Cancer

            While you shouldn’t be freaking out about cancer just because you are tired, it is a fact that fatigue is one of the symptoms of cancer. Other common symptoms can include unexplained weight loss and the presence of palpable lumps or growths. This disease is marked by the abnormal and uncontrolled growth of cells that can do damage to surround tissues and possibly spread to other parts of the body.

            Diagnosis is usually by biopsy and treatment often focusses on radiation, chemotherapy or surgery— and generally when a diagnosis is made early, the outcomes for the patient are better.

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