Super Easy DIY Avocado Face Masks for Every Skin Type


By Alexa Santory

The Best DIY Avocado Masks for Your Skin Type

       Today's Beauty School lesson is a fun one because it involves three of our favorite things: DIYs, face masks, and of course, avocados! In case you didn't already know, avocados are one of nature's most perfect moisturizers and skin supporters. A good face mask can make a world of difference for your skin, but adding avocado to the mix gives your skin an incredible boost of vitamins, nutrients, and antioxidants. Keep reading to find out some of our favorite DIY masks for dry, oily, and acne prone skin!

Moisturizing Carrot and Avocado mask for Dry skin

What you’ll need:

1 peeled carrot
½ avocado
1 tablespoon of honey
½ tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
1 egg yolk

How to make it:

Steam the carrot until it’s soft enough to be mashed, then mash the avocado pulp and carrot together until they are well blended. Add in the honey, egg, and olive oil and mix it all together until it’s well combined. Apply the mask to clean, toned skin. Leave it on your face for up to 15 minutes, rinse it off with warm water, then super cold water to shock the pores, pat dry, and follow with toner and moisturizer.

Why we love it:

Carrots add an interesting dynamic to this mask, which is otherwise packed with deeply moisturizing ingredients--egg, honey, and olive oil. Since dry skin has a tendency to look rather dull, carrots are awesome for getting back a natural, healthy glow. They have lots of vitamin C, which is a natural skin brightener. Plus, they’re full of antioxidants and beta carotene, which converts to vitamin A in your body, helping to protect your skin from sun damage and slow down signs of aging. Honey is a humectant, meaning it’s a magnet for moisture. If you have dry skin, honey is the way to go for introducing some intense moisture. It’s also antibacterial and antimicrobial, so it’ll fight and destroy bad bacteria from flourishing on your face. There’s a ton of vitamins E and A in this mask, and in the olive oil, it works to heal the dry patches on your face and restore the skin to a more soothed state. The egg yolk ties everything together. They’re mostly made of fat and water, so they’re great for keeping moisture locked into your skin. Then of course, the pièce de résistance, there’s avocado, which is pretty incredible at deeply moisturizing even the driest skin, thanks to those good ol’ fatty acids! If you’re suffering from flakiness, dry patches, or your skin is desperate for a drink, this mask is sure to relieve and eliminate any dryness, leaving you with soft, supple, glowing skin.

Avocado and Egg White face mask for Oily Skin

What you’ll need:

1 egg white
¼ of a ripe avocado

How to make it:

Mash the avocado and egg white together in a bowl until they’re smooth and well combined. Apply the mask to clean, toned skin, making sure to create circular motions, going upward so it won’t drip. Leave it on for up to 15 minutes, then rinse it off with warm water, then cold water, pat your skin dry and follow with toner and moisturizer.

Why we love it:

        Egg whites are the surprise hero of this mask. Who knew they were so effective at balancing oily skin? Eggs in general are pretty bomb for your skin because they have so much fat and protein! Good fat though, of course! The whites stand on their own because they contain a protein called albumin, a simple protein that helps tighten pores and clear blackheads. There’s also a nutrient called lysozyme that’s great for fighting acne, making this a good option for people with acne prone skin, too! Vitamin B helps protect the skin from free radicals, which aids in reducing signs of aging. Remind us again why eggs get a bad rep? There is a caveat to using straight up egg white on your skin. Since it’s so good at tightening the pores, it can actually leave your skin feeling a little too dry -- dry enough for sebum production to go into overdrive. That’s where the avocado comes in; she’s there to balance things out. All those fats and skin healthy vitamins help restore any moisture lost due to the egg white. How’s that for teamwork?

Avocado and Honey face mask for Acne Prone Skin

What you’ll need:

1 tablespoon of honey, preferably organic
¼ of an avocado

How to make it:

Blend the avocado into a smooth paste. In a bowl, mix the paste with the tablespoon of honey until it’s well combined. Apply the mask to clean, toned skin and leave it on for up to 15 minutes. Rinse it off with warm water, then cold, pat dry, and follow with toner and moisturizer. Another option before you apply the mask -- you can also steam your face (standing in a hot shower, for example) to really open up the pores. This is helpful if you have more serious acne since it allows the ingredients to penetrate deeper.

Why we love it:

       This mask is a classic and a staple for DIY-ers who suffer from acne. It’s deeply moisturizing, it’s nourishing, it’s easy to make, and it’s effective. Honey is great for attracting and locking in moisture, but since it’s also an antibacterial, it’s pretty bomb at soothing and getting rid of breakouts. Antioxidant-rich avocados help protect the skin from free radical damage that could cause acne. Honey is also a great anti-inflammatory so it’ll help reduce redness from breakouts! The avocado’s monounsaturated fats help moisturize any dry spots you may experience from breakouts, especially if you’re using drying spot treatments. There’s also the presence of linoleic acid, an omega 6 fatty acid found in avocados, and it’s a healthy fat that’s excellent at keeping acne prone skin clear. For those of us who experience breakouts, or suffer from acne, it could be due to a lack of linoleic acid! You also get double the anti-inflammatory benefits because of it! The more you know! There’s a reason why this mask is often the first and most popular variation of the avocado mask -- simple, yet effective. Who doesn’t love that??
Avocados can do some pretty amazing things for your skin, no matter what type. Don’t be afraid or alarmed by the amount of fats that are found in avocados! They’re there to support you and want to see you shine!

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CUSTOM RESTORING AVOCADO MASK

Shana says...
"I used the last of my Avocado Mask a couple days ago to prepare for a protective style. I mixed it with aloe Vera juice and some deep conditioner. I left in on my hair with a plastic cap for 2.5 hours and sat under the dryer for about 15 minutes. My hair is MOIST and strengthened. I definitely have to add this avocado mask to my routine!"

 

We explain why the Custom Restoring Avocado Mask is so bomb tomorrow in Beauty School!


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