Efficiency is important to me. I figure if you're going to buy food with your own money, then lug it all the way home, you'd might as well put some on your face. As it turns out, a homemade avocado mask can make your face look fresh and bright.
Disclaimer from the dietitian : This skin related recommendation is not based on scientific evidence. There is no 1,000 person study evaluating the benefits of smearing avocado on your face. But, when I combine what I learned in nutrition school, what I've learned from my esthetician, I assess possible risk, and see how fine I look after I rub this on my face, it's enough to recommend it. This post is the very thing blogs are for, despite my strong dislike of the word blog.
Open a ripe avocado with a knife.
Wash your face with a rag, or use a gentle exfoliant. This will remove normally occurring dead skin on your face, which blocks good serums (or avocados) from getting absorbed into your skin.
After washing and scrubbing, smear the spoonful of avocado all over your face. Most store bought masks instruct you to keep the product away from your eyes, but as far as I can tell after testing, there is no risk in applying as far as I did in the photo. Rub on the avocado and give yourself a good massage with it, because it feels nice. Treat yourself right! Now go do other things and wait until the mask has dried, about 20 minutes. You'll know when that has happened, and it will feel exciting. Now, ask your poor unsuspecting housemate Malay to take photos of you with this stuff on your face.
Wash the mask off in the shower, because there is probably some in your hair by now.
Why might this be good for your face? There are a lot of vitamin C skin products out there. I have bought them and like what they do to my skin, as vitamin C is needed for collagen synthesis. It's also present in all plant foods, and is an antioxidant (meaning it keeps things from oxidizing, or sort of, getting older). There is a load of vitamin C in avocado, as well as innumerable other antioxidants and enzymes that good things for you. There are enzymes and antioxidants scientists haven't even discovered, but they're working on it, and they know these truly magical compounds are present in plants. If you're buying masks that boast enzymes and antioxidants, why not just go straight to the source? Also, the fat from the avocado seems to make my skin feel soft. This is purely anecdotal, and I'll take it.
Please know however, this avocado on the face thing will not save your life, or fix everything. I still purchase skin products - many are great, and I'm selective. A lot of the products are also expensive, from companies run by people who aren't exactly trying to save the world, and the product comes in excessive and wasteful packaging. But yes, some products do work well. To take care of my skin beyond my homemade masks, I also get a good skin clean out from my esthetician Kim Stuart in San Francisco. She has the best machines, high quality whole food products, and uses champion techniques to make my face clean and soft. I choose to spend money on this because, well, it's my face.
Like I said, I plan to eat the avocado too. Efficiency is important. I consume avocados because (a) they taste good (b) they're healthy : fiber + good fats + a lot of antioxidants + some carbohydrate + some protein (c) they're easy to eat and (d) they are a whole food. The composition of nutrients in any whole food is already at ratios of fat, carbohydrate, protein and fiber your digestive system prefers. They contain a little bit of everything in ideal amounts. This is a key point to understanding nutrition science.
Circling back. When I'm really in a hurry, I eat the entire avocado with a spoon after cutting it in half. This went well when I had to be to work at 7 am and needed something quick in my stomach. The avocado would sustain me until 10 am, then I'd be ready to eat something else. Now, below is a photo of toast, because I need to step this solo avocado up a little.
Avocado toast is a food trend that I support. Instead of eating just the avocado like a barbarian, get yourself a piece of bread, which keeps you full for a longer period of time. Toast your bread, spread on the avocado with a fork, and add salt.
You could also use rice crackers or put a corn tortilla in the toaster if you don't have bread. Some places are selling this, adding lime juice, cilantro, epic sea salt. My favorite at home version of avocado toast is below.
There you have it.
You just spent $2.50 on an avocado and managed to eat a healthy snack, plus you look dead sexy with your now glowing and soft skin. You didn't spend more money on products and so you didn't contribute to more garbage. You are awesome.
Come winter I'll tell you how to rub butternut squash all over your face, and come out a winner when you have a piping hot delicious soup to go with it. Stay tuned!