Miley Cyrus is a fan of the advocado facial, and so are we.
If you've got too many ripe avocados than you can physically smother over toast/blend in a smoothie/bathe nachos in/scoop out and eat like a pot of yoghurt... DON'T chuck 'em in the compost – try these nourishing beauty treatments with the superfruits instead. Packed with healthy fats, antioxidants, skin-saving vitamins A and K as well as B, C, E and biotin (aka the hair growth vitamin) they're just asking to star in your pamper regime. Here's how:
1. MakeUp Remover
You don't even need to sacrifice the flesh for this one: The oil in avocado makes a nourishing – and effective – makeup remover. Who knew? Simply swab a cotton bud over a freshly cut avocado and use the oil collected to erase your panda eyes.
2. Eye Serum
The double bonus is that if you've used avocado as an eye makeup remover, it's a super-nourishing eye treatment, too. The oil in avocados is thought to have the highest concentration of the healthy fats and vitamins A and E – so don't wash the residue off afterwards, gently massage it into the skin using your ring fingers and it will be easily absorbed.
3. Face Mask
There are endless variations on the avocado face mask, but we recommend combing the pulp with other skin-feeding ingredients in your kitchen cupboard. Most simply, try mixing half a super-ripe avocado with a teaspoon of raw honey, (a great natural exfoliant and humectant so it helps shed dry skin while boosting hydration levels) and leave it on the face for 10 minutes before washing off. If you have blemish-prone skin, try combining a spoon of natural yoghurt to the recipe, the lactic acid helps kill bacteria.
4. Skin Scrub
With a couple more ingredients you can turn your face mask into a pore-polishing scrub. Combine half an avocado and teaspoon of honey with a tablespoon each of olive oil and granulated brown sugar. Blend it well in a bowl and gently buff it over damp skin. Naturally exfoliating, balancing and moisturising – your skin will feel super-smooth after washing it off.
5. Lip Scrub
Keep a spoonful of your skin scrub aside and add in a drop of peppermint oil to make it an invigorating lip scrub. It will brighten your lips and get the blood pumping to them, while doubling as a little breath freshener.
6. Hair mask
If you only try one avo hack do it with your hair; one of the best vitamins for long, strong hair growth is biotin which is found in avocado. Combine it with some equally rich and moisturising olive oil and apply it to the lengths and ends of the locks only if you're prone to greasy roots. However, if you suffer from dandruff adding some lemon juice to the mixture and working it through the scalp too can help treat flaky skin. As with any hair mask, to avoid mess wrap it up into a shower cap – which you can pop in the washing machine afterwards! – and leave for 20 minutes, gently heating it up with a hairdryer for added activation.
7. Manicure mask
If you want to recreate a luxury manicure experience, add an avocado hand mask into your routine. Simply mash up half a ripe avocado with a small ripe banana (also antioxidant, vitamin and mineral-rich) and cover your mitts in the green gloop. While it works its healing magic pop your hands in some sandwich bags to minimise mess! When you wash it (or lick it?) off after 10 minutes your hands will be softer than when you use hand cream and your nails will be nicely nourished from the vitamins and zinc.
From the editors of cosmopolitan.co.ukavo