The effects of stress, fatigue, and exposure to the elements often show up on the fine skin around your eyes more than anywhere else. You can help alleviate some of these effects by giving that delicate area a little extra pampering.
Avocados are delicious and nutritional to eat, but they can also moisturize your skin. This wonderful green fruit contributes nearly 20 vitamins and minerals per 50 g serving (one-third of a medium avocado), including 6% daily value for potassium, and 4% daily value vitamin C, and 6% daily value of E when consumed as part of an overall healthy diet. The natural fats in avocados make them a good option when you need to moisturize — plus, they’re gentle and can be used on skin. There are commercial lotions on the market that incorporate avocados as an ingredient, but you can get all the advantages of avocado oil for less by making your own moisturizer from scratch.
A quick note before you do so: While avocado allergies aren’t common, you might want to check with your doctor or dermatologist before incorporating them into your beauty routine.
Making your own avocado moisturizer is simple and only requires two ingredients: avocado and oil. You’ll need a quarter of a ripe, soft avocado. If you’re not sure how to tell if your avocado is ripe enough, give it a gentle squeeze. If it yields to pressure, it’s ready to use. If you’re making guacamole or another avocado snack, set aside a quarter of an avocado to use for your moisturizer. If you’re cutting open a new avocado to make your moisturizer, you can save the rest for later by squeezing a little lemon juice on the exposed flesh, covering it with plastic wrap, and popping it in the refrigerator. As for the oil, you can experiment with different types to see which you prefer. Sweet almond oil, coconut oil, or olive oil are all good choices.
Mash the avocado into a fine pulp using a fork, then add a few drops of oil and mix it in well. Spread the moisturizer on the skin around face with your fingertips, taking care not to get it in your eyes. Lie down and relax for 10–15 minutes as you let the nutrients sink in, then rinse off with lukewarm water. This moisturizer will leave your skin feeling fresh and hydrated with only a few minutes’ work.