How To Use Avocado For Your Skin Care?

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Avocado is also known as Alligator Pear originated in southern Mexico. It has become a useful ingredient for our daily skin care routine. It is rich in fat as well as protein.

These fats are monounsaturated which is good for a healthy heart. The provision of vitamin E in avocado helps the heart to remain fit. It is also known to supply 60% more potassium in comparison to banana.

It is also rich in fiber, folate (folic acid), vitamin B6, iron, copper, and magnesium.

Other than applying avocado on your skin, consuming it in salad form can also be beneficial for your skin.

Avocado contains vitamins like A, D, and E which has penetrating qualities to improve your skin.

Avocado oil is also very useful for skin care. The oil is useful to remove any sun damage or age spots.

It also softens the skin and provides a moisturizing effect and can do wonders on damaged, undernourished and dehydrated skin.

 

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Simple Recipes for Skin Care

 

Puffed Eyes

Cut avocado into slices and place it on or under each eye and relax with it for next 20 minutes.

The changes would be remarkable.

 

Eye Cream

Make an eye cream by mixing 5 drops of almond oil in 3 ripe slices of avocado.

Blend this mixture and dab it around your eyes.

Keep it for five minutes then rinse.

Another method of making the eye cream is by using 1/4 cup avocado oil with 1/4 cup aloe vera gel.

You could also use an apricot kernel, grape seed or sesame oil.

 

Facial Mask

This facial mask is useful for dry skin.

Mash half avocado and apply it leisurely on your face.

Keep it for 15 minutes and then rinse it off with warm water.

Make a paste of ½ ripe avocado mixed with 1 tsp vegetable oil.

Apply this paste on a washed and clean face.

Leave it for 15 to 20 minutes.

Rinse it with warm water.

This masque is very good for dry skin.

 

Smooth and Beautiful Hands

Make a paste by mixing 1/4 peeled & smashed avocado, 1 egg white, 2 tbsp. oatmeal and 1 tsp lemon juice.

Apply this paste on your hand and leave it for 20 minutes.

Rinse it with warm water and pat it dry.

You would be thrilled by the results by using it regularly.

 

Facial Scrub

You would need 2 tbsp. flax seeds, 1/2 mashed banana and 1/2 avocado peel.

Use a small bowl to mix flax seeds and banana.

Scoop the banana and flax seed by using an avocado peel.

Massage this scoop on your face in circular motion, slowly and gently. Rinse it with warm water.

 

 

Avocado Eye Cream

 

You will need:

5 drops almond oil

3 ripe avocado slices

 

You have to:

1. Blend almond oil into the avocado.

2. Dab around eyes and leave for 5 minutes.

3. Rinse it.

 

Avocado Mask

 

You will need:

1/2 ripe avocado

1 egg white

 

You have to:

1. Mash avocado into a thick paste.

2. Add the egg white.

3. Apply to face. Leave for 15 to 20 minutes.

4. Rinse with lukewarm water.

5. This mask conditions the skin and prevents dryness.

 

 

Avocado Mask (for dry skin)

 

You will need:

1/2 ripe avocado

1 tsp. vegetable oil

 

You have to:

1. Mash avocado into a paste and add vegetable oil.

2. Apply to a clean skin. Leave on for 10 to 20 minutes.

3. Rinse with warm water.

 

Avocado-Banana Mask (for dry or sensitive skin)

 

You will need:

1/4 mashed ripe avocado

1/2 mashed ripe banana

2 tbsp. plain yogurt (not low-fat)

1 tsp. wheat germ oil

 

You have to:

1. Mix all ingredients.

2. Apply mixture to face and leave for 10 to 15 minutes.

3. Rinse with lukewarm water.

 

 

Avocado & Honey Moisturizer Mask (For Dry Skin)

 

You will need:

2 tablespoons avocado

2 tablespoons honey

1 egg yolk

 

You have to:

1. Mash up 2 tablespoons avocado.

2. Mix with 2 tablespoons honey and 1 egg yolk.

3. Apply to face, leaving on about 15-20 minutes.

4. Rinse with warm water.

5. Finish with a rinse of the vinegar pH balancer.

 

 

Avocado Honey Mask #2 (For Dry Skin)

 

You will need:

1 ripe avocado

1 tbsp. of honey

 

You have to:

1. Peel one ripe avocado, mash the meat into a creamy texture.

2. Heat it over a double boiler until just warm.

3. Add 1 tbsp. of honey.

4. Massage into the face and neck.

5. Finish with a rinse of rosewater, witch hazel or vinegar pH balancer.

 

 

Avocado Cleanser and Mask

 

You will need:

1/4 ripe avocado

1/2 cup buttermilk

1 beaten egg yolk

 

You have to:

1. Blend avocado with egg yolk and buttermilk.

2. Apply to face and throat and leave on for 5 minutes.

3. Spread on a little more. Leave on for another 5 minutes.

4. Rinse with tepid water.

 

Creamy Avocado Mask

 

You will need:

1 tablespoon ripe avocado

1/2 tsp honey

Almond meal

 

You have to:

1. Mash 1 tablespoon ripe avocado.

2. Add 1/2 tsp honey and mix.

3. Stir in a little almond meal until creamy.

4. Apply to clean skin, leave on for 15-20 minutes and wash off with lukewarm water.

5. Finish with a rinse of the vinegar pH balancer.

 

 

Avocado-Yogurt Hand Treatment

 

You will need:

1 mashed avocado

Juice from 1/2 lemon

1/2 C. plain yogurt

Petroleum jelly

 

You have to:

1. Mix together the avocado, lemon juice, and yogurt.

2. Slather over hands. Leave on for 10 to 15 minutes, then rinse off. This will gently slough off dull skin and will gradually fade age spots, also.

3. After rinsing, lavish on petroleum jelly or super-rich hand cream and then wear white cotton gloves for one hour or overnight for maximum hydrating.

 

Note: do not use this treatment more than twice a week as it can be irritating. Also, do not apply it to cuts or sores as it may sting.

 

Deep Conditioner for Beautiful Hair

 

You will need:

1 small jar of real mayonnaise

1/2 of an avocado

 

You have to:

1. Put ingredients together in a medium bowl and squish together with your hands until it’s a minty green color.

2. Smooth into hair all the way to the tips.

3. Put on a shower cap or wrap your head with saran wrap.

4. Leave on for over the shower cap or saran wrap.

5. If you have really long hair and only need conditioning at the ends, cut the ingredients in half and apply only to the ends and just wrap them.

 

Avocado Softening Mask

 

You will need:

1 egg yolk

1/3 cup avocado, peeled and mashed

1/3 cup milk

 

You have to:

1. Beat the egg yolk until fluffy. Add milk and avocado, mixing thoroughly with the yolk.

2. Apply to face and leave on for 15 to 20 minutes.

3. Rinse with hot water.

 

 

 

Why Take Advantage Of Vitamin C For Your Skin Care?

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Vitamins are essential in keeping the skin healthy. In fact, there are a lot of beauty and skincare products in the market that use these natural vitamins and minerals as their ingredients.

Vitamin C is said to be one of the vitamins that are very beneficial in helping the skin regenerate.

In order to be used on the skin, Vitamin C is transformed to L-ascorbic acid but it is unstable and hard to use in cosmetics.

This is perhaps the reason why there are only a few cosmetic products that carry Vitamin C when compared to other vitamins like A and E.

L-ascorbic acid is dissolved in the water. Although it is concentrated inside the cell, it cannot protect its shell from the free radicals.

It also possesses strong acidic properties and sufficiently irritates the skin and then it rapidly decomposes and loses its force after 24 hours.

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Still, chemists are trying to find ways as this form is found to stimulate collagen synthesis on the skin.

Unlike other vitamins, it is also able to stay on the skin for as long as three days as well as prevents a reaction called UV immunosuppression, often seen in 90 percent of cancer patients in the country.

The ether form of vitamin C is derivative from L – ascorbic acid with the fatty acid, isolated from the palm-tree oil. It’s also called palm acid.

The ideal medicine for the skin will come out if we add a small quantity of palm oil to the molecule of vitamin C.

In this particular case, ether won’t irritate the skin and it is possible to bring that kind of vitamin C even to the open cut of the skin.

 

More importantly, the ether form of vitamin C is capable of being dissolved in the fat.

Therefore, it easily absorbs by the skin.

Thus, the ether form of vitamin C is capable of penetrating the thin membrane surrounding cells. The membrane of the cellular plasma itself consists predominantly of fat.

As a result, the ether form of vitamin C will strongly protect against free radicals precisely that part of the cell, where they can cause the greatest harm.

 

The stability is another advantage of the ether form of vitamin C.

That’s why it is possible to add this form to the creams and the lotions, and it will preserve the ability to act for months and even for years, completely without spoiling or losing its anti-oxidant effect.

In looking for Vitamin C in products, make sure that it contains a stable L-ascorbic form and a low pH level. Highly concentrated products are also recommended.

Remember that just because a product advertises Vitamin C on its front level, it does not mean that it contains the kind or the form (L-ascorbic acid) that your skin can use.

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Vitamin C as Shield from the Sun

Vitamin C serves as a good shield from the sun, which harms the skin by drying it up and causing wrinkles and lines to show up.

Vitamin C does this by neutralizing the reactive oxygen or free radicals, which is often caused by the interaction of sunlight, skin tissues and of course the cell membrane.

But though it prevents the absorption of light, it should not be used to replace sunscreen. Skin care experts still recommend the use of sunscreen for maximum sun protection.

Still, vitamin C can be combined with sunscreens for more coverage and longer protection because once this gets into the skin. It cannot be easily washed or rubbed off.

Vitamin C as an Anti-oxidant

Vitamin C is known to play a crucial role in the oxidation process. It prevents free radicals from destroying the skin.
Free radicals are caused by ultraviolet rays from the sun and its reaction with oxygen.

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Vitamin C Stimulates Collagen

The vitamin helps synthesize collagen, a component of the skin that is essential in slowing down the aging process of the skin.

L-ascorbic acid signals the collagen genes to begin creating new collagen

Vitamin C Treats Scars

Mildly deep scars are healed skin lesions. The only difference is that some collagen is missing from the bottom of the scar. It, therefore, looks depressed.

You can get this collagen refilled with an injection at regular intervals or try to use Vitamin C and find out if you are getting satisfactory results.

Vitamin C encourages production of collagen and elastin in the skin. With more collagen and elastin, the skin looks healthy, young and the scars don’t look that prominent.

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The Vitamin C Challenge

Vitamin C skin care, however, faces a major challenge today. This is related to the oxidation tendency of Vitamin C skin care products.

On coming in contact with any oxidizing agent like air, the Vitamin C in the Vitamin C skin care products gets oxidized. Thus, makes the Vitamin C skin care product useless and counter-effective.

 

The oxidized Vitamin C imparts a yellowish-brown color to the Vitamin C skin care product.

This is something that you need to check before buying a Vitamin C skin care product.

Even after you buy a Vitamin C skin care product, you need to store it properly and keep checking that it’s still good to use. For example, examine if it hasn’t attained a yellowish-brown texture.

The manufacturers of Vitamin C skin care products have tried to deal with this (oxidation) problem in multiple ways and research on Vitamin C skin care products is on the top of their list.

One such method of retaining the effectiveness of Vitamin C skin care products for a long term is to keep a high concentration (say 10%) of Vitamin C.

However, this makes the Vitamin C skin care products even more expensive. The Vitamin C skin care products are already pretty inexpensive and making them even more expensive will throw the product manufacturers out of business.

 

The other way is to use Vitamin C derivatives like ascorbyl palmitate and magnesium ascorbyl phosphate.

These are not only more stable but also inexpensive.

Even though the derivatives-based products are not as effective as the Vitamin C skin care products, their stability against oxidation is a very desirable feature that makes them very attractive. Moreover, these are known to be less irritating too.

Talking of effectiveness of Vitamin C skin care products, it’s important to mention that not everyone responds to Vitamin C treatments. So it’s not a magic potion in any way.

If you don’t see a noticeable difference in your skin, it might be because of your skin not responding to Vitamin C treatment and the Vitamin C skin care products might not be at fault, at all.

As more research goes on, one can only keep our fingers crossed and wait for a complete solution to the challenges faced by ‘Vitamin C skin care’ today.

 

Vitamin C is often regarded as a wrinkle fighter or an anti-aging agent.

The main objective of ‘Vitamin C skin care’, in scientific terms, is to increase the synthesis of collagen, a structural protein that is found in the skin.

The additional benefit is related to its capability of countering free radicals which cause damage to the skin.

Please consult your doctor about vitamin C topical formulations. Vitamin C is unstable and your doctor will guide you best about which brand to use. Your doctor will also guide you about your scar concerns and how Vitamin C will help.

 

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