MY BEAUTY SECRETS; AVOCADOS (PARTS 2)

I was supposed to skip this part for later but the need from demand prompted me. Instead of avocado for hair as promised, today I take you through a few of homemade masks that are easy to make and not time consuming. Together with all the nourishment avocados can give, my recipes will contain a couple of other supplementary ingredients to make sure that your beauty comes with an extra share of nutritional value.

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  1. Honey

This is so far the most common of the avocado masks. Honey has been known for its nutritional value since the old ages. My mum is actually a fan; it’s either honey instead of sugar, or a spoon of honey for her cough. For the face, honey is known as a hydrating agent, facial cleanser and moisturizer. Now ask yourself how much the two could bring to the table!

  • Smash an avocado and mix it with honey in the ratio of 4:1 i.e. for every two tablespoons of avocado, you can add a teaspoon of honey.
  • Spread it gently on your face in a circular massaging motion. Pay special attentions to the folds and the hidden areas; beneath the eyes and sides of nose. Let it rest for 20 minutes.
  • Wash it out with lukewarm water; cold water may not get rid of the oil stains while hot water may damage your skin due to the temperature.
  1. Cucumber

You can say it’s true I get most of my beauty blogging inspiration from my family; being raised looking up to my two sisters and mother is no joke. We are just a family that loves looking good! So this one I learnt about from one of my sisters. Cucumbers have always been known to make good cure for dark eye lids and folds. Well, mixing it with avocados results in clear skin; it helps clear skin pores and prevents damages.

  • Mix half a cup of avocado pulp with two tablespoon of cucumber juice. Do not skin the cucumber, grate it as it is! That skin is more nutritious than the fleshy inside.
  • Apply the mask on your face gently, paying attention to the sides of the nose. For your eyes, you can place cucumber rings on each. Lie down for 15-20 minutes.
  • Wash the mask with lukewarm water
  1. Avocado, Banana and Egg yolk

I’m assuming this will be very affordable and available now that the three ingredients are common with the black communities. This mask is inexpensive and chemical free. I love the fact that the other half of the banana and avocado can be made into a fruit salad or fruit salad paste and act as a bread spread…yeeeey!

NB; Eggs always makes your skin tighten.

  • Take half a banana and half avocado. Mash them together and blend them with one egg yolk. Make sure the consistency is uniform.
  • Apply gently on your face in a massaging motion. Let it rest for 15-20 minutes
  • Wash it off using lukewarm water and pat dry (optional because the towel must be hygienically clean and free from crumbles).

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  1. Egg white and lemon

In this one, you can chose to use it separately or mix them together. Egg white acts as a mask on its own, but since it’s the avocado dynasty, that will come in handy in my next article. Keep following.  Lemon tends to be too harsh on the skin if used alone so I suppose mixing it with avocados is just the perfect fit. I can confidently say that this one is particularly important for oily skin and acne removal. Do you know the type of skin you have?

This mask is good for oily skin (lemon) or as a moisturizer for a hard dry skin (egg white). The purpose you’d intend it to serve will determine in what ratio to mix the lemon and eggs.

  • Beat the egg white until frothy and mix it with the avocado paste. Make sure it thickens enough and mixes well.
  • Add a teaspoon of lemon juice to the mixture.
  • Apply a thick layer to your face and rest it for 20-30 minutes
  • Rinse with lukewarm water
  1. YOGHURT

I knew about the medical importance of yoghurt back then when I was studying about the benefits of bacteria. Ladies, a yoghurt a day keeps those v** infections away! Back to beauty though, yoghurt has enzymes which will exfoliate your facial skin with natural cleansing and bleaching; especially now that the cold season is here and your skin may need extra moisture.

  • The avocado paste is mixed with a teaspoon of yoghurt in the ratio 4:1
  • Apply on your face. Remember it’s in a circular massaging motion paying special attention on folds and dark circles.
  • Let it rest for 20minutes
  • Wash off with lukewarm water
  1. OAT MEAL

To be honest, I don’t know how many of us know oatmeal and even its availability in Kenya and African countries. However, if this turns out to be your option- it is good for itchy, dry and rough skin- the procedure is available for you. Expect a smooth, hydrated and moisturized skin.

  • In this procedure though, the oatmeal has to be cooked. Blend it with the avocado pulp paste thoroughly and make sure they mix well.
  • Spread it on your face evenly. Massage continuously until it shows signs of sticking and drying. Let it dry for 15-20 minutes
  • Wash it with lukewarm water

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Beauty tips; to make the masks work best, wash your skin to cleanse and clear the pores. Do not try all the masks at once, make sure you know your skin type and the allergic reactions that may arise. Avocado stains are hard to remove, make sure you wear a protective garment. You can include a drop of olive oil if your skin is too dry for best results. Do not reuse a mask initially made without proper mode of preservation to avoid poisoning and skin reactions. Just make a day mask, or if you decide to make one for a week, store it in the required temperatures and conditions.

Now that you have the weapon with you, fight the best battle. Make sure to tell me if your choice of mask worked at the comment session.  Don’t hesitate to tell me what you’d like me to handle next.  Contacts on the about page.Tada!

all photo credits pinterest

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