5 Homemade Avocado Masks for Hair and Skin

by Kristina Brooks Editor

Ever buy too many avocados and they get too ripe before you can use them? Don't throw them away! Instead get the most for your money and make one of these five nourishing, ultra-hydrating masks.

Moisturizing avocado mask with yogurt and honey

This smoothing mask can offer good hydration for any skin type. Mix these ingredients into a bowl to make a paste: 1/2 cup yogurt, 1/2 of an avocado, 1/4 cup honey. Smooth over skin and leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse or wipe away with a cool, damp towel.

Avocado facial cleanser

Use this mask regularly to remove toxins and to get fresh, radiant skin. Here are the ingredients: 1 egg yolk, 1/2 cup milk, 1/2 avocado. Mash the avocado until smooth. Set aside. Then whip the egg until fully mixed and frothy. Add mashed avocado and milk to egg and stir until it's a lotion-like consistency. Massage over face, then rinse or wipe away.

Avocado hair mask

This mask revitalizes dull-looking hair by adding moisture and oils for shine. Here's what you'll need: 1 medium avocado, 1/4 cup olive oil, i tbsp lemon juice, 2 to 4 egg yolks. Mash the avocado in a medium-sized bowl, then add olive oil, lemon juice and egg yolks. Stir into paste. Work evenly into hair, then pin hair up and cover with cap or plastic. Let stand for 30 minutes, then rinse with mild shampoo or cleansing conditioner.

Oily skin avocado mask

Do you have oily, acne-prone skin or oily trouble areas? This mask adds protein and a natural astringent to help balance skin. Combine these ingredients in a blender: a ripe medium avocado, a egg white, a tsp lemon juice. Create a creamy paste and spread evenly over face and neck and let stand for 20 minutes. Rinse away with warm water.

Avocado body butter

Here's what you'll need for this natural skin treatment: 1 to 2 ripe avocados, depending on how many trouble spots you have and 1/4 cup of cocoa butter. Mash the avocado and cocoa butter into a thick pastte. Spread over skin, paying special attention to spots that are dry or rough. Let paste sit on your skin for at least 30 minutes. Rinse off with cool water. Repeat often for best results.

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Kristina Brooks was a digital editor at HealthCentral with a background in animal biology, ecology, and health science. While studying broadcast journalism, she discovered the great need for health reporters that could translate research to the public. In her work, she hopes to use research to help consumers make smart decisions about their healthcare, and empower patients to stay confident and in charge of their chronic conditions. She helped launch HealthCentral's inaugural MythWeek.