Avocados are loaded with vitamins that nourish and help the skin feel and look younger, more vibrant. Avocados are the main ingredient in guacamole, a popular and healthy food commonly used as a sauce, spread or dip. Avocado contains vitamins D, A and E, which all help to smooth skin tone and soften skin. The essential oils in avocados also have been shown to reduce the appearance of age spots and improve sun-damaged skin. These benefits occur when avocados are eaten or when they are applied directly to the skin.
Mashed or sliced avocados can be used to reduce eye puffiness, applied as a facial mask to moisturize the skin, or mixed with flax seeds to be used as to exfoliate. To reduce eye puffiness, put a ripe, crescent-shaped slice of avocado under each eye and leave it there for 20 minutes. To use it as a skin moisturizer, mix it with a bit of virgin olive oil–about 1/4 tsp.–or until it is of desired consistency, then apply it to the face and hands. You can even use the inside of the skin of an avocado to gently moisturize and exfoliate your face: Simply rub the inner part of the skin on your face, leave the oils on your skin for 15 minutes, then rinse it off. The result will be softer, glowing skin.
Herbs and Spices
Guacamole contains spices as well as avocados, and these spices can be beneficial to the skin as well. Cilantro contains antioxidants, which are good for the skin and the entire body, as they are a cancer-fighting herb. Cilantro also relieves bloating and swelling in the skin. Cumin is another spice commonly found in guacamole, and it is also an antioxidant. Garlic is a popular antioxidant that also is thought to lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels, as well as detoxify the skin.
Other Guacamole Ingredients
Other ingredients commonly used in guacamole are also beneficial to the body and skin. Lime juice is antimicrobial, contains potassium, and has antiseptic properties that revitalize the skin. Onions contain vitamins E and C, folic acid, fiber and an antioxidant called quercetin. Onions also are known to detoxify the body and skin by removing heavy metals.
Peppers are sometimes used to make guacamole. Peppers can reduce cholesterol, fight headaches and relieve stress, all of which help improve the appearance of the skin. Peppers are also known to increase the rate of metabolism in the body. Finally, tomatoes are often found in guacamole. Tomatoes contain vitamins A, C, K, antioxidants and calcium. Tomatoes detoxify the blood, reduce cholesterol and improve skin clarity.