Natural avocado carrot face mask
Skip the chemicals and pricey products
We spend hundreds of dollars on fancy creams and lotions that hold hollow promises of youthful appearances and baby soft skin, hoping that we will find a jar of youthfulness in a drugstore or pharmacy somewhere. I don't know about you but I have never found the magic cure all in a bottle at my local Walgreen's. Ditch those compounds found in so many of those products that leave our skin cranky and irritated from thousands of chemicals. Whip up your own delicious face mask, made from all natural ingredients you can actually pronounce to nourish, hydrate and tend to your skin. Now that is beauty so yummy you can eat!
Skincare with carrots
Carrots are primarily known for being rich in beta carotene, a form of Vitamin A. This vitamin helps attack free radicals that age us by increasing the production of fine lines, wrinkles, pigmentation and uneven skin tone. Carrots are potassium rich, which prevents dry skin and banishes inflammation. Since this healthy snack is an anti inflammatory it aids in healing wounds and pimples and speeds up the skin renewal process. As an antiseptic, carrots are ideal for those with normal to oily skin, it helps to hydrate, brighten, tone and clarify your skin. Sun protection is another health benefit of carrots, which are chock full of antioxidants and carotenoids. These compounds protect and condition the skin to increase it's immunity against the sun and heal sunburns. In face, the consumption of carrot juice in the summer time acts as a natural sunblock. Please do note though, sunblock is still a very important factor in protecting yourself against the suns harmful UV rays.
A diet high in avocado is good for your skin, and particularly your face, in the way its fatty acids moisturize and soften your skin cells. This rich, buttery snack is high in zeaxanthin and lutein, free radical quenching compounds. High amounts of carotenoids in this food help to improve your skin's density, thickness, tone and general appearance. Most people are quite surprised to find that avocados are high in Vitamin C. It's important to have many sources of Vitamin C in your body as it is water soluble and cannot be stored in the body. As well has having very strong antioxidant properties, Vitamin C is required for the creation of elastin and collagen. These compounds bind your skin cells together and maintain skins firmness and structure. Vitamin E is another skin antioxidant, it assists in preventing free radical damage from oxidizing fats in your skin cells that lead to it's aging. Research studies have also determined that Vitamin E can reduce the effects of UVA and UVB radiation from excessive sun exposure on your skin.
- Blend all ingredients together in a large bowl, food processor or a blender. Be sure all ingredients are thoroughly blended.
- Be sure to prep skin before applying your mask. Cleanse with a mild cleaner and pat skin dry. Apply blended face mask and let set for fifteen minutes. Rinse with cool water & repeat weekly as necessary.
- 1 avocado, mashed
- 1 carrot, cooked and mashed
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1 egg beaten
- 3 Tbs honey
No time for masks? Try this Burt's Bees night cream
If you are on the go or simply do not have time to prepare your own face mask. There are many great natural skin care products out there that can be utilized. I am a flight attendant and constantly on the go, not to mention basically living in hotels. So needless to say, I don't always have fresh vegetables or a kitchen to whip up some of my favorite spa recipes to pamper myself with. I do however, use Burt's Bees products and am a huge fan of basically anything they come out with. I have sensitive skin and especially love this carrot nutritive night cream. After spending long hours in an airplane all day that has very low humidity, my skin needs some moisture and TLC. I always apply this carrot night cream right before bed and drink a glass of water. Upon waking, I feel moisturized and ready to jet set the day away!