May. 9. 2014
Beauty
McKel Hill, MS, RDN, LDN

McKel Hill, MS, RDN, LDN

Founder

Continuing on with our Cinco de Mayo theme, I thought it only fitting to include a DIY beauty recipe including one of the most utilized ingredients during Cinco de Mayo, as well as one of the most used foods this holiday, avocado! We’ve already used the avocado this week in my Spring Veggie Tacos with Avocado Cream (dreamy, right?), and it’ll pop up again today in this DIY beauty recipe for a hydrating, moisturizing, and soothing face mask.

So natural, you can eat it.

First and foremost, healthy and radiant skin always comes from the inside – what you’re eating, what you do with your body, how you manage stress, how much water and sleep you get, and so much more. I’ve had many clients of mineΒ who never complained of skin issues realize how much their skin started to glow and hair grow long and strong after eating a whole foods diet and following my plans. It’s amazing to see the transformation! I love avocado, so much so that I find myself wearing it in more ways than just on my face! All of these whole food ingredients in this avocado face mask can easily be found in your pantry and can be made very quickly. I use oatmeal, avocado, honey, lemon juice, and apple cider vinegar in this recipe for a reason. Each of them have unique properties that work together to provide nutrients and antioxidants directly to your skin and also leave it feeling smooth and soothed. If you’re thinking that you’re going to waste 1/2 of an avocado just for a face mask, think again. You know how avocados go from firm to ripe in the matter of a day and you’re left wondering how to use that too ripe avocado? Well this is a perfect time to use a really ripe avocado!

 

Sweet Avocado Face Mask // Natural Beauty Series
Author: McKel Hill, MS, RD, LDN
Serves: makes 1/2 cup
DIY avocado and honey face mask to help soothe, smooth, and hydrate your skin.
Ingredients
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1/4 cup uncooked oatmeal
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Simply mash and combine the ingredients in a small bowl and apply to your face. Be careful around your eyes (as with all products).
  2. Let sit on your face for about 20 minutes.
  3. Rinse with warm water.
  4. Follow with your favorite moisturizer.

AvocadoΒ is loaded with vitamin E, healthy fats, and antioxidants to help keep skin smooth. Lemon juice and apple cider vinegar contain citric acid which may help “brighten” the skin, and the apple cider vinegar may help reduce inflammation on the skin (think of breakouts or redness as inflammation). Honey helps brighten the skin and also thoroughly cleanse with it’s natural antibacterial/antimicrobial properties, and the uncooked oatmeal can work as an exfoliant while also soothing skin. Many all natural skincare lines use avocado in the form of avocado oil. It’s often used as a moisturizer and all natural source of free radical damage fighting vitamin A, E, and vitamin C.

After you’ve mashed the avocado and the rest of the ingredients into a small bowl, apply with your fingertips or use a brush, my absolute favorite spa-like application. Take a makeup brush or one that you don’t use often and designate this to be your “mask” brush. I do this for all my facial masks and create a spa-like experience at home by using the brush to apply the mask.

I wish you all an amazing weekend full of celebrations, good food, tasty drinks, dancing, and music. See you next week or keep up to date with me via Instagram this weekend! I hope you all enjoy this one, be sure to show me and share with me your avocado face this weekend! Tag me on Instagram or use the hashtag #nutritionstripped so I can see your beautiful faces πŸ˜‰

xx McKel

Products I used: honey, apple cider vinegar, facial brush, oatmeal

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