As the saying goes “you are what you eat”. Besides being a popular addition to many dishes, avocados offer numerous beauty benefits…

Valued by many as food, few people are aware of the added beauty benefits of this green gold.

Have you been thinking about treating yourself to an at-home facial? They are a cost-effective way to create your own facial at home, and the natural oils in avocado could assist in maintaining skin’s overall health.

Avos are one of the best sources of natural ‘good’ plant fats, which help to improve blood cholesterol levels and lower the risk for heart disease when used to replace saturated animal and trans fats.

Avos are low in sodium, naturally free from cholesterol and provide a significant dose of potassium (just half an avocado provides 420mg of potassium).

The growing popularity of this ingredient has resulted in more and more research being done into the various beauty benefits offered by avocados. This well-loved food item contains natural ingredients that can help tighten pores and hydrate the skin.

Paula Begoun of Paula’s Choice is the bestselling author of 20 books about skincare and make-up.

She lists avocado oil as a good source of skin-repairing fatty acids, and as having antioxidant properties.

Lastly, avocados can work wonders on your hair. Both vitamins B and E are known to support hair health. If your hair is lacking in lustre, try an avocado hair mask to help promote your hair’s natural shine. Simply massage a little avocado oil into your scalp at night to aid in protecting hair from possible damage.

The perfect ingredient to have on hand for use both in the kitchen and in the bathroom… simply add an avo!

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