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Minty Guacamole Face Mask

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Looking for a deep-cleaning, skin-brightening, all-natural skin treatment?  Try this out!
 
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Step 1: Mix Your Mask

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Gather and prep your ingredients:
  • 1/2 avocado, mashed
  • Juice from 1/2 lime
  • 1/8 cup fresh mint, very finely minced
  • 2 Tbs ground almonds
  • 1 clove garlic, run through garlic press (or very finely minced and mashed a bit)
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • 1 tsp honey
Combine all by hand or use a food processor (not necessary, but it does make the mask smoother and more uniform). Apply mask to clean skin, stay clear of eyes, and leave on for 10 - 15 minutes.  Rinse off thoroughly with warm water. 

Caution: Remove immediately if you experience a high degree of irritation or burning!  Garlic, lime and mint have strong astringent properties and the concentrations of active ingredients are unpredictable in natural form.   You may want to try a small test patch first, especially if you have sensitive skin.

Step 2: What's Going On?

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So what's going on in this mask?  The table below lists some reported proprieties of each ingredient and links to the source of the information.  I was looking to balance some of the stronger elements with soothing ones, which I think worked out for me, but there are a lot of claims (some more scientific than others) so you may want to do some further review and research to see what will work for you.

Ingredient Benefit/Source
Avocado Calms, cleanses, firms skin, high in vitamin E
Chia Soothes inflammation
Almonds Exfoliates, high vitamin E
Honey Moisturizes, protects against UV damage
Lime Removes dead skin cells, high in vitamin C
Mint Contains salicylic acid, the active ingredient in several acne treatments
Garlic Anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, may reduce acne

cowstick2 years ago
As awesome as that is. I would much rather have that on a chip and a side of mojito. :D