Like many people, I hate wasting food. Even if that means eating the same meal for three days in row. What's worse than wasting food that I've taken the time to prepare is wasting food I never got around to cooking - i.e. produce. I found myself in that predicament when I discovered an avocado in the kitchen that was in desperate need of being rescued from a meeting with the garbage pail. Had I been craving tortilla chips and guacamole, my next steps would have taken absolutely zero thought. Instead, I decided to use the avocado to create a homemade avocado face mask. A little pampering at home never hurt, right?
Before I did anything, I did some research about the benefits of avocado on the skin. Especially since I had never made a homemade avocado face mask before. I didn't want to accidentally add something to the mask that should not be applied to the skin! Apparently, avocados contain conditioning minerals to soften the skin, as well as vitamins B and E, which help moisturize dry skin and smooth fine wrinkles. I know, I know. Fine wrinkles have yet to take up residence on my face, but if I can do something to delay that from happening that doesn't involve painful plastic surgery or expensive cosmetics, I'm doing to do it!
I admit it. Applying the avocado face mask felt very strange, but my skin felt amazing after I had rinsed it off. And treating myself to a facial at home was way more economical than scheduling an appointment for one at the day spa!
This recipe makes enough for two masks. You can keep the remaining mixture in the refrigerator for a couple of days, using a bit of lemon juice to help keep the mixture from oxidizing and turning brown, or you can invite a friend over for a "spa night" at home.
Do you use food in your beauty regimens?
Homemade Avocado Face Mask
1 ripe avocado
1/2 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon natural honey
1 tablespoon plain yogurt
Cut the avocado in half and scoop the flesh into a bowl. Mash with a fork. Add olive oil, honey, and yogurt and stir until smooth.
After washing and drying your face, apply a thin layer of the avocado mask, avoiding the eye area. Leave the mask on for at least 15 minutes. After the mask has dried, rinse your face with with warm water.