A lot can be said about avocados as a food source: they’re high in fiber and potassium, full of antioxidants, and are the key ingredients in creamy guacamole. Even if you don’t like the taste of avocado, you can still reap some of the benefits of this superfood.
In this test, I smeared a fresh avocado all over my face. I know, this has been suggested for years by fashion magazines and beauty blogs. Maybe you think it’s too messy (no one wants to look like a green alien), or maybe you think it won’t do any good for your skin – no matter what, there is some reason that you haven’t made an avocado mask.
Supplies: 1 hass avocado, organic jojoba oil.
Hypothesis: “This is going to be a miracle worker. I’m going to wonder why I never tried this before! I just hope my skin doesn’t break out.”
Process and Results: I scooped out about 1/4 of the avocado into a small bowl and mashed it. I added enough jojoba oil to cover the avocado, but not drown it (maybe a teaspoonful) and mixed. Because I mashed the avocado with my hand and a spoon, it was a little chunky. Next time I might use a blender until the mixture is more uniform. Like I said, I smeared the mixture on my face and neck. I let it sit for about a half hour. By that time the avocado was dried up and my skin felt tight. I rinsed with warm water.
The next day (I did this at night, just before bed), I noticed my pores were smaller and skin was brighter. I was very happy to see such results with only one use. Of course, after another day or two, the results had mostly disappeared.
At first I thought, “maybe the avocado isn’t doing anything. Maybe the positive results are purely from the jojoba.” I’ve used jojoba oil on my face before but never tracked the results. So for 2-3 days, I applied the jojoba oil without any avocado (I still rinsed after a while). The outcome almost shocked me, because I discovered two new blemishes! Though my skin was greatly enjoying the moisture, I didn’t have the same brightening or tightening effects I originally experienced. In conclusion, I suppose the avocado really was the active ingredient in this mask.
The Grade: B
I will continue to use both avocado and jojoba as part of my skin’s routine because I am quite satisfied when I use them concurrently. The experiment loses one letter grade because it isn’t likely for me to consistently have avocados on-hand. It is also slightly time consuming to prepare the mask.
What’s next for “The Benefits of Avocado, Part 2”? Hint: It involves hair.
Sources and photos: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=5, http://www.freedigitalphotos.net.