Natural and Organic Skin Care

Moisturizing Avocado Scrub

Avocados are a wonderful moisturizing agent for the skin and hair.  They are rich in vitamins B, E and K, and high in monounsaturated fat and potassium.  Unique among land plants, avocados contain polyhydroxylated fatty alcohols (PFAs), which are widely present in ocean plants but rare on land.  PFA’s are well known for their anti-inflammatory benefits.

Avocados can be mashed and applied alone as a hair or face mask, but make a great addition to many home spa and beauty recipes.  The one below can be used on your face, or your whole body for a rich, nourishing and moisturizing scrub – just what the skin needs in the heart of winter!  The avocado moisturizes, the oats moisturize and lubricate, the cucumber soothes and cools, and the almond meal gently exfoliates.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup mashed ripe avocado
  • 1/2 cup cucumber
  • 1/8 cup raw almonds or almond meal
  • 1/8 cup oatmeal

Directions

  • Puree avocado and cucumber until smooth
  • If using whole raw almonds, grind them into a course meal using a blender or coffee grinder
  • Combine all ingredients and mix well
  • Wet your face and/or body with warm water
  • Apply the scrub and gently massage into your skin using a circular motion.
  • If able, leave on for 5 minutes.  Rinse well, and pat dry your skin.
  • Note: it is not necessary to follow this scrub with soap.  Your skin will be left cleansed and moisturized!
  • Also, use caution in the shower as the scrub can cause the floor to become slippery

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