If you are anything like me then you will every so often have that odd avocado lying about forgotten about and overripe. Now you can still probably make a beautiful guacamole or smoothie with it but it your skin is feeling dry and dull then you may consider treating yourself to a nourishing face mask.Avocado_facial

Avocados are delicious and so good for your skin if eaten, but when applied directly to the skins surface they can instantly provide radiance and moisture. Avocados are rich in Antioxidant Carotenoids, these are free radicals that provide your skin with protection from environmental damage.

This means that your overripe avocado can be used up and help prevent signs of aging such as fine lines, wrinkles and dullness of the skin. If you do this treatment regularly, studies have shown that avocados whether eaten or used as a pure product on the skin can build up the density of the skin and improve skin texture and tone.

Avocados are also very high in Vitamin C. This is a serum I use a lot in my beauty products, so I always recommend using it in its natural form on your skin at home. Vitamin C has many health benefits but when it comes to your skin it is essential for the creation of collagen and elastin to help keep a youthful appearance.

Vitamin E is another anti-oxidant found in avocados, and is vital to prevent free radicals oxidising fat cells in your skin which eventually leads to premature aging. The natural vitamin E oil also nourishes and protects the skin to repair and dry or flaky patches of skin.

The last ingredient I’m going to talk about today which avocados are a wonderful source of is an Omega 9 fat called oleic acid, which reduces redness and irritation of the skin. It is very calming and maintains the moisture levels of the epidermal layer of your skin. This aids the skin’s hydration levels, leaving it soft and again helping to prevent signs of aging – which for me is always a bonus and much cheaper than anything you are going to purchase down your local department store!

Hopefully I have convinced you to give this very cheap and cheerful facemask a try, to see and feel the wonderful, instant results. I make many face mask recipes using avocados for my facial treatment clients in Norwich (depending on their exact skin condition) but this is a recipe for one of my favourites, and it’s made from ingredients you tend to have lying around the house.

Avocado, Oatmeal & Honey Mask

1 Ripe Avocado

1tbs of raw honey

1tbs of live yoghurt

1tbs of raw oats

Blend all ingredients together and apply to a clean face for 10 to 15 minutes. Remove with warm water