"avocado, the magic fruit"

Monday, June 20, 2011

I have always been 'just alright' with avocado. Sometimes I'll eat it, sometimes I won't. It's just a fruit that I really feel indifferent about. In fact, I don't think I come across avocados very often in my lifetime (there was that one time it was used in a burger I was having - which was pretty weird, for me) and I ONLY ever like it as guacamole with nachos; you know that green stuff that you eat with the sour cream? Otherwise, I would never eat an avocado on its own.

However, little did I know about the amazing things an avocado can do for my skin and hair. Notice how avocado is used a lot in beauty products - especially facial wash? Yep, they have really great moisturizing properties that will do amazing things for your skin & hair. Best thing is, you can totally make this at home and pamper yourself with it.

This great recipe was given to me by a dear friend, she swears by it, and now that I've tried it - I swear by it too! This will leave your hair soft and smooth, and you'll smell totally yummy. ;)

- One avocado, mashed into paste (should be in a creamy consistency)
- One tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- Two tablespoons honey

This is how the avocado should be halved.

Just mix all of the above, massage it into your hair, cling-wrap it and let it sit for about an hour (you can do your own thing or read my blog within that waiting hour *winks*) Then wash it all off, shampoo, condition and leave it to dry. Voila, yummy and soft-to-the-touch hair. Some people have recommended using it with mayonnaise or even eggs but I think this recipe smells the best.

You can totally do this while you're doing your avocado hair mask, which would be an absolute perfecto way to go all-out on an avocado overdose. There are two variants; one's for a moisturizing face mask which works great for dry skin and another's for a facial mask that you can probably do once a week for any skin type.

Facial moisturizer:
Mash a whole avocado into a creamy consistency and apply all over your face & neck avoiding your eyes and mouth areas. Leave in for 15 minutes and wash off with lukewarm water.

Facial mask:
Mash HALF an avocado into a creamy consistency, mix it with half a cup of honey and apply all over your face & neck avoiding your eyes and mouth areas. Leave on for 10 minutes and wash off with cool water and wipe the honey residue off with a wet washcloth.

Enjoy! ;)


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