Avocados are very bland-tasting fruit found mainly in Mexico, Central and South America. They are mostly found in Spanish dishes, like guacamole and dips for chips and vegetable spreads.
The more ripe an avocado is (meaning, the softer it is) the better your guacamole dip will be.
Mixed with a great salad dressing, avocados can also make an basic sandwich a delightful and healthier meal.
But there is far more to avocados than sandwiches and dip. They are deemed a “superfood” according to several health articles. They contain numerous vital mineral and vitamins, including vitamin A,B,C, D and K, potassium, iron and magnesium.
Because of their high nutritional value, avocados have been known to assist in treating high blood pressure and decreasing cholesterol levels. Besides cardiovascular health, avocados have been known to reduce inflammation and arthritis.
But the goodness of avocados doesn’t stop there! These fruits can improve your skin and hair health as well. Loaded with vitamin A, avocados promote clearer skin, which comes in handy for folks dealing with pigmentation and acne. Mixed with eggs, avocados can provide an excellent hair mask to giving your hair long term moisture and softness.
Here is a list of some great ways to use avocados to improve your skin and hair health:
Facial Cleanser: On freshly cleaned skin, take half of a ripe avocado and mash it into a creamy paste. Mix it with an egg and a few teaspoons of milk. Allow this to sit on your face for 15-20 minutes. Rinse and enjoy the smoothness of your rejuvenated facial skin for hours!
Hair Mask: There are actually several ways to make a healthy hair mask. On freshly washed hair, take half of a ripe avocado and mash it with an egg, a small amount of honey and your favorite hair oil. Cover your hair with a plastic cap and leave it on for 10 minutes and then rinse. For a deep condition, leave it on for 30 minutes.
Simple Moisturizer: Avocado oil is made from the seed of an avocado. This light oil is easily absorbed in the skin and scalp, making it an ideal scalp massager or basic facial oil. Avocado oil has sunscreen properties to it as well, giving you extra protection if you need to be out in the sun.
Body Scrub: If you have extra dry skin, try using avocado as a scrub. Mash a ripe avocado in a bowl, mix in 1 teaspoon of your favorite oil and 3 teaspoons of sea salt or brown sugar. Massage the mix on your problem areas and watch your skin shine again!