Avocado and Coffee Face Mask

benefits-of-avocado-for-facial-skin-care-benefits-avocadoAvocados are one of the most beneficial superfoods around. While mostly known for being the leading role in guacamole, or the tasty sidekick of poached eggs, avocados are also great when used in homemade beauty products. Today, we’re going to show you how to make an awesome avocado and coffee face mask that will leave your face looking bright and flawless.

Why Avocado and Coffee?

Before we start, let me explain some of the benefits of applying avocado and coffee to your skin. With its healthy fats, avocado is a great ingredient for moisturizing your skin. It contains high amounts of Vitamin A and E which keep your skin both nourished and protected. The coffee granules in the mask leave your skin feeling extra invigorated. Think about how you feel after a double shot of espresso? By applying coffee to your face, your skin will feel just as alive! The high caffeine acid concentration found in coffee helps increase collagen production and has anti-inflammatory properties. The result? Beautiful, brighter, tighter skin.coffee grounds

By using healthy ingredients that you can find in your fridge, you can avoid all the nasty chemicals found in store bought face masks. If you can put it in your body, you definitely don’t need to worry about putting it on your face! This mask is chemical free, completely natural and vegan-friendly, too.

Here’s how to make it.

Step 1

Take one ripe avocado and mash it up. We love to use an extra ripe avocado as it will mash up really easily. If you have left your avocados lying out for too long, this is a great way to use them up.

Step 2

When your avocado is super smooth and lump-free, add your coffee. For a small-sized avocado, take one tablespoon of coffee. For a large-sized avocado, use two tablespoons. Make sure that the coffee you use is real ground coffee. The instant stuff is nowhere near as good for you (inside or out) so you can’t expect the same results.

Step 3

When your mask is ready, you need to prepare your skin for its application. Begin by cleaning your skin using your usual cleansing method. Ensure that you’ve removed every trace of dirt and makeup. Gently pat your skin dry with a soft, clean towel.

Step 4

Apply a generous layer of the avocado and coffee face mask to your skin. Leave it for 30 minutes.

Step 5

If you want an extra luxurious experience, why not chop up a couple of cucumber slices for your eyes? This will reduce any swelling, puffiness or dark circles you might have.

Step 6

To avoid blocking your drains, remove the mask from your face by throwing the remnants into a Tupperware tub. (Bonus tip- don’t bin it! Keep it and use it again later as a hair mask.) Cleanse your skin, again, as normal.

Step 7

When all of the face mask has been removed from your face, moisturize your skin as normal.

So, there you have it. An easy, budget-friendly and chemical-free way to bright, tight, beautiful skin.

Why ARE Avocados So Good For You?

avocadosEating plentiful fruits regularly keep the body healthy and fit. However, do you know eating more avocados can provide you more benefits- from keeping a good heart healthy to relieving pain from arthritis. Known as the butter fruit, Avocado is a unique fruit. Avocado is rich in fat and contains lots of vitamins, fibers, minerals such as copper and potassium. Due to its nutritional value, it is very helpful in reducing weight. Often featured in South American and Mexican cuisine, Avocado has great favorable effects on our health. Some of the health benefits by Avocado are:

Keeping heart healthy

Cardiovascular disease is a giant killer in the US and according to expert, high consumption of vegetable oil (pro-inflammatory processed) significantly help in developing this disease. The avocado contains rich amounts of monounsaturated oleic acid. Eating this fruit will reduce high blood triglyceride level, and increase the amount of HDL cholesterol in the body. The plentiful presence of fiber controls blood sugar level, provides protection against diabetes and heart problems.

Reduce blood pressure

The busy lifestyle has taken a toll on our health. People don’t get enough potassium and minerals in their body; this has led to kidney diseases, stroke, and high blood pressure. Therefore, it is advisable to eat avocados in your diet, as it is very rich in potassium and keeps blood pressure under check, reduces the risk of kidney failure and other diseases.

Cancer Prevention

Avocado is rich in antioxidant carotenoids like beta-carotene, alpha-carotene, lutein, beta-Cryptoxanthin, and zeaxanthin. The antioxidants help to protect the body against the growth of cancerous cells in the body. Alpha-carotene is also an important ingredient for cancer prevention. It also contains higher levels of vitamin C and vitamin E, which have great anti-cancer properties.

Help for Diabetics

There is a good news for people living with diabetics. Oleic acid found in avocado is very good to lower LDL cholesterol, while increasing the amount of HDL cholesterol. Keeping cholesterol level is check is necessary for diabetic people. Vitamin E is found in huge amount in the avocado. This leads to lowering of the cholesterol oxidation level in the body, which is the main reason of heart attacks and strokes. It also offers some shield from damaging of nerves in diabetic patients.

Skin benefits

girl-with-avocado-face-maskAvocado is very beneficial for skin. It has monounsaturated fats, which helps in enhancing the tone and appearance of skin. They help in maintaining the moisture level in the upper layer of the skin, so that it looks healthy and soft. The presence of omega-9 fats help in restoring of damaged skin cells, minimizing skin irritation and redness. Eating a healthy diet with monounsaturated fats can moderate sebum production in the body. Sebum helps to fight blackheads, ache and excessive oil skin.

Arthritis treatment

The presence of the high volume of phytosterols, monounsaturated fats, and antioxidants such as vitamin C and vitamin E helps to reduce the inflammation that leads to arthritis. Being an exceptional food for joint pain, it provides relief from pain, inflammation, if included in a regular healthy diet.

There are many reasons to motivate you to start eating avocado everyday. Make sure to purchase a few on your next trip to supermarket or departmental store.