Winter Facial Mask

Now this could be a new holiday ritual to enjoy with the family or keep as your own holiday indulgence. I've been picking up an extra avocado at my local grocery with the intention to create a moisturizing mask, but lately I've had a craving to eat them all with a little salt, cayenne pepper, eating them with a spoon right out of it's green skin. They've been great over my breakfast eggs, tortilla soup and blended into my smoothies too!

There are some wonderful benefits that come with avocados. There incredibly nutritious with the abundance of Vitamin K, Folate, Vitamin C, Vitamin B5, Potassium, Vitamin B6, and Vitamin E. Avocados are a high fat food, it's a heart healthy fat though, monounsaturated fatty acids. Loaded with fiber and powerful antioxidants, and are so delicious, you can eat right out of it's skin. 

Now that we're all hungry for avocados, let me share my moisturizing mask to alleviate dry rough skin from winter winds before you eat the last half. I actually used this simple recipe at one of my daughters' birthday parties. The girls were so excited to learn how to create their own natural facial masks and use the soft facial brushes to apply. They must have rinsed off and reapplied at least three times. My hang out moms were so happy I included something for us to indulge in as well. We'll be making this for Christmas Eve this year since we're social distancing and it's an easy way to distract my excited child from Christmas gifts under the tree. Oh, let me share a few benefits of an avocado facial mask before we get into the needed ingredients and making your concoction - great for moisturizing the skin, reduces inflammation, and helps in healing acne.

What you will need:

* One ripe avocado 

* 1/3 cup of plain yogurt - we used an almond yogurt only because we use cow milk alternatives in our house. 

* 2 teaspoons of honey 

* 1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice

* 1/2 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar

* Medium or large towel

* Face towel


 -Scoop your avocado out of it's skin and into a bowl

- Mash up or blend with your choice of plain yogurt until it's smooth

- Add your honey, lemon juice, and ACV, mix in completely

- Chill in the refrigerator for a few minutes

- while you wait, get the kettle heated up for tea or pour the wine!

- drape your chest or lap with a towel incase your mask drips.

I like to use a fanned out facial brushes to apply my mask, but using clean finger tips to massage in feels fabulous too. Use can separate bowls for everyone using the mask.

Leave on for 10-15 minutes. Soak facial towel in luke warm water and wipe off mask repeatedly until skin is completely clean. Spray with toner and for extra dry skin, use a couple drops of avocado or jojoba oil to seal in moisture. Rinse with cool water in the morning.

This DIY recipe is more than enough for six people, but you can put in an air tight sealed container or bag up to a week if you want to save for just for yourself - Shh! Discard after the week mark. You can use daily or use the rest as a hair mask treatment, leaving on for 15 minutes, washing and conditioning usual to add shine, moisture, and detox the hair. If you have an oily scalp, just apply from mid-shaft to ends.



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