Monday, May 2, 2011

Avocado Face Mask

I spent this past weekend at Camp Blogaway in the beautiful San Bernardino Mountains connecting with some pretty fabulous bloggers (which I will highlight in the coming weeks), and left Camp with some amazing new food knowledge and many new food-loving friends.  It was great!!  But, and of course it's a small but, my skin was not great.  The dusty trails and higher elevation left my skin dry and in need of moisture.  Since I have sensitive skin to begin with, I am loathe to try chemical-laden products and prefer looking to mother nature instead.

California Avocados to the rescue!!  Did you know that California Avocados are rich in vitamin E, a vitamin that does wonders for your skin?  Instead of heading to a local drugstore for a moisturizing mask, I went to my kitchen instead and grabbed an avocado.  Here's the fast way to make an avocado face mask to perk your skin up! 

Grab a ripe avocado from the fridge and bring to room temperature.
While the avocado is warming up, warm up your face by placing a warm, wet washcloth on your face for a few minutes.  Take care not to scrub your skin-- we just want to open up the pores.
Cut avocado in half.  Peel half and place in a bowl, preserving other half for later.  Mash for a few minutes.  Optionally, at this point you may add 1 tablespoon of ground oatmeal for more of an exfoliant effect (see Calming Bath Soak for more info).
Smooth avocado on face (and neck and upper chest if you want) avoiding the skin surrounding your eyes.  The mashed avocado is also great for the tops of dry hands.

Sit and relax, trying not to lick your face for 10 minutes while the avocado does its' magic.
Gently wipe clean with a warm, wet washcloth and you're set!!

The whole time I've been typing this post, I keep touching my skin to feel how soft and smooth it is-- mother nature magic!

Celebrate your rejuvenated skin with the other half of the avocado and slice for your favorite sandwich, salad or omelet.