What to do with the leftover part of the avocado?! You eat half with your avocado toast or smoothie, and the other half goes brown and gross, and, inevitably, gets tossed. Time to start using the superfood to nourish your skin inside and out. Here’s my favorite avocado face mask recipe to make at home.
We know avocados have beauty benefits on the inside. They’re full of vitamins A and E and antioxidants that fight off skin-damaging free radicals. Plus avocados are good source of biotin, which strengthens hair and nails and improves dry skin.
Avocados are also deeply nourishing when applied to the skin. The high fat content hydrates dry skin and helps maintain moisture in the epidermal layer of the skin, keeping it soft. The omega-fatty acids soothe inflammation, facial redness and irritation. Make sure to use the dark green flesh near the skin of the avocado where the nutrients are most concentrated.
Anti-Inflammatory Spirulina + Avocado Face Mask
Combining spirulina with avocado makes a skin-soothing face mask that evens out skin tone and calms skin irritation. Spirulina, a blue-green algae, is a rich source of antioxidants like selenium, beta-carotene and vitamins C and E that help reduce inflammation. It’s also rich in amino acids to fight bacteria, which can help with acne.
Add a small amount of rich conditioning avocado oil, which gives collagen production an assist and helps keep skin soft and smooth.
Put the avocado in a bowl and mash with a fork until it has a smooth consistency. Keep mashing because the smoother the avocado is, the easier it will be to apply the mask to your face.
Add the spirulina and avocado oil and stir to combine. I opened up 2 capsules but if you have a bulk powder, use about 1 teaspoon.
Apply the mask to clean skin with your fingers or a facial brush (this spatula-like applicator is fantastic!). Leave the mask on for 15 minutes and remove with warm water. Pat skin dry and apply toner and moisturizer.
Photos by Abby Coyle