Many of my patients enjoy getting a facial from time to time. It’s relaxing and can really perk up your mood and the color and tone of your skin. However, many people don’t have time with their busy schedules, or don’t want to spend the extra money indulging in a spa appointment that can be kind of pricey. I have good news for you though! You can save time and money by creating your own spa facial at home! Here’s how by using one of the best selling spa skin treatments, natural avocado!
The Skin Nourishing Benefits of Avocado
Spas use natural avocado as part of their skin nourishing treatments because avocados are rich in healthy natural fats, as well as vitamins A, B, D, E, protein and potassium that make it an excellent skin moisturizer and conditioner.
Avocado also helps promote collagen growth in the skin which helps the skin retain its elasticity and ward off the lines and sagging of aging skin. Avocado also contains plant steroids called sterolins that help reduce the appearance of, or entirely banish, skin scars and discolorations.
Avocado is an excellent treatment/remedy for the following skin problems:
-Eczema and psoriasis
-Rosacea / inflamed skin
Avocado A Simple, Yet Luxurious Home Skin Treatment
Being a dermatologist, my patients, both male and female of all ages, come to me with many of the skin conditions listed above. In addition to the professional medical skin treatments they may receive in my office, I give them a simple skin treatment that they can do at home in-between visits and whenever they just want to have a little pampering “me” time. Some of my patients even invite friends over for a “facial party”.
Here’s a very simple, inexpensive, easy to make avocado based skin treatment that you can whip up at home in no time. Although most of my patients use this skin treatment formula as a facial, it can be used on the neck, arms, back, lips, hands and feet.
The only ingredients you will need are:
Avocado – cut in half, remove seed, scoop flesh into bowl and mash with a fork.
Some additional ingredients that you can also add for specific skin conditions, 1-2 tablespoon each, to the basic avocado mash include:
Aloe vera gel – cooling, soothing, anti-inflammatory. Add for acne, rosacea, sunburn, inflamed skin. Good for shaving rash.
Extra virgin olive oil – soothing, deep moisturizing, antioxidant. Add for dry skin, wrinkled skin.
Egg white – astringent, drawing/tightening action. Add for acne, whiteheads, and blackheads, diminish large pores, and tighten skin.
Witch hazel – astringent, drawing action. Add for acne, large pores.
Cosmetic clay – available in health food stores. Draws impurities. Add for white heads.
After you’ve made your specific mix, or if you just want to use plain avocado, apply it to your face, sit with your head back against a chair so the mixture sits firmly on your skin and doesn’t slide. If you’re treating other larger skin areas like your back, arms or legs, you will need to lie down flat on a bed or reclining lounge chair. Turn on some relaxing music and take a 30 minute vacation while the mixture works its magic.
Avocado Allergy Caution
Generally, if you can eat avocado without adverse reaction, you can use it is a skin treatment. However, some people can be allergic to avocado, and/or any of the other ingredients listed above, namely the egg white. Avocados are members of the evergreen family and if you have an allergy to evergreen, or even birch, you could also have an allergy to avocado.
In addition, it has been found that people who have latex, chestnut, mango, banana allergies can also be allergic to avocado. If you have any of these chemical or food allergies, best to steer clear of avocado until you can determine if you may have an avocado allergy.
Some of the symptoms of allergy or intolerance to avocado can include:
-Hives, itching, reddened skin. Seek medical attention.
-Abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting. Seek medical attention.
-Anaphylaxis, a life-threatening allergic reaction that includes severe shortness of breath, dizziness. If you experience these symptoms with avocado seek medical attention immediately!
Avocado is one of nature’s true nourishing wonder foods that not only can be eaten for its health benefits but applied topically for its skin conditioning benefits. If you’re sure you don’t have an avocado allergy, try treating yourself to an avocado skin facial. It can be a mini-spa vacation that easily fits into your busy schedule, is easy on your pocketbook and leaves you relaxed and your skin looking great!
Jay Brachfeld, M.D.
Avocado Natural Skincare, http://www.yourskin101.com/natural-skin-care/avocado.aspx
Avocado Allergy, General Information, http://foodallergens.ifr.ac.uk/food.lasso?selected_food=4
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