The reader is urged to use personal
judgement in applying these natural beauty treatments. Any allergies
to particular fruits and vegetables or other medical conditions
should be taken into account, and those formulas avoided. Readers
should test all beauty treatments on a small area of skin prior
to use on any large area. And, of course, no miracles from any
beauty care, organic or otherwise, should be expected or can
Ancient Aztec, Mayan and Inca
Beauties believed that the avocado fed the skin from without
as well as within. What they found by trial-and-error, we have
rediscovered. The elegant green-gold avocado is a treasury of
vitamins, minerals and natural oils.
Consider these nutriments in
the California avocado: Vitamins A, C, E, iron, potassium, niacin,
pantothenic acid and its natural emollients. Plus protein not
usually found in fruit. And no cholesterol, of course. Avocado
skin color will vary from season to season: black, deep violet
and hunter green for the summer varieties; brilliant leaf green
for the winter fruits. The nourishment is identical. (But do
look for the California avocado. Its richer oil content helps
these formulas do their best.)
California avocado skin care
is completely relevant to today's trend toward the use of natural
organic substances. Here is a thoroughly safe, chemically free
approach to being more beautiful. The avocado can't promise miracles,
but you may find the nearest thing in your own favorite formulas
out of this book.
Some are the ancient secrets,
updated. Others come from all over the world, wherever there
is interest in natural beauty. Every formula is easy to prepare
in your own kitchen, using simple utensils.
The other ingredients, besides
the avocado, can be found in most refrigerators or cupboards.
Have fun, be natural, be beautiful!
How To Use An Avocado For
The avocado you use should be
fully ripe. If you buy several unripe ones for future use, let
them mellow in your fruit bowl (they look lovely with apples)
or put them in a paper bag, or wrap them in foil to hasten the
You may store your ripe avocados
in the refrigerator, but never, never put this delicate fruit
in the freezer. It might just die of shock.
How do you know when the avocado
is ripe? Hold it in the palm of your hand and gently press it
with your fingers. A ripe fruit will yield to your touch. It
will open easily, peel evenly and reveal its glorious green-gold
When the beauty formula calls
for MASHED, PUREED, or MACERATED pulp the procedure is quite
simple. Peel your avocado (or one-half) and remove the pit. Your
avocado can now be PUREED, MASHED, or MACERATED by any of these
methods: the fork, the blender, the potato ricer, the food processor
or the sieve.
The avocado like any other organic
matter, is perishable. Some of the formulas on this site are
designed for ONE TIME USE, and should be made up freshly for
each treatment. Others may be refrigerated up to 48 hours.
To prevent the avocado or its
mixture with other ingredients from darkening while stored in
your refrigerator, place plastic wrap directly on the surface
of the avocado mixture so as not to expose the mixture to air.
The usual method of adding lemon or lime juice for this purpose
may be too harsh for skins which are dry or sensitive.
Avocado Facial Cleanser
Beat the yolk of an egg until
it is light and frothy, add a half cup of milk and the mashed
half of a ripe peeled avocado. A blender is handy here, but if
you don't have one, beat the mixture with a fork until you have
a thin cream or lotion-like consistency. Apply on squares of
cotton as you would any other cleanser. You may also use this
deep cleanser after ordinary soap and water, if your skin is
normal. It's quite effective against pollution and grime. Therefore,
it's a very pure method of keeping your complexion free of pollutants
which can interfere with normal skin function.
Since the formula is perishable,
we suggest making it every other day and storing it in the refrigerator
California Avocado Moisturizer
The inside of the avocado peel
is actually valuable. The precious oil hidden away in the peel
of the avocado is also a wonderful facial moisturizer. To be
technical, the oil contains a humectant, a substance that holds
moisture. Using gentle upward strokes, lightly massage your face
with the inside of the peel. Let the oil residue remain on your
skin for about 15 minutes. At that time you may either leave
the oil on your skin and go to sleep or, if you intend to put
on make-up, wash your face gently with three or four rinses of
tepid water and pat dry. The oil will be invisible but it is
there, ready to hold your foundation or powder in place for hours.
Aztec Mystery Eye Treatment
Nobody really knows WHY this
is so effective on under-eye puffiness, but it IS. The procedure
is very simple: peel an avocado, remove the pit, and slice a
half into quarter-inch crescents. Lie down, secure a few slices
under each eye, and rest for about 20 minutes. The result is
Santa Barbara's Dry Skin
Beat the yolk of an egg until
it is light and frothy, then add the mashed pulp of a half avocado,
blending it well (you may use a blender at this point). Cleanse
your face thoroughly before using this masque (or any masque).
Spread the avocado mixture over the face and neck evenly; relax
on a slant board or bed for about 20 minutes. Remove with clear
tepid water and a face cloth, followed by a rinse of cold water
or a mild skin lotion. The result should be a marked improvement
in skin texture, and all-around revitalizing.
Santa Monica's Oily Skin
Put the white of an egg, a teaspoon
of lemon juice, and the mashed pulp of a half avocado into a
blender. In seconds, you should have a lovely green mixture.
Wash your face and neck thoroughly, then apply masque evenly
on those areas. Relax for 20 minutes; remove with tepid water
and a face cloth. Follow with cold astringent or skin tonic.
Home Brew for Hands
Cold weather's rapid arrival
is bad news for hand texture. A trip to the beauty salon might
be in order, but London nail technician Rene Rainbird has her
own recommendation for a home brew that should do just as well.
"Make your own by mixing
in a small bowl a quarter of an avocado with one egg white, two
dessert spoons of oatmeal and a teaspoon of lemon juice,"
says Rainbird, of the Daniel Hersheson salon. Blend together
and apply evenly to your hands, leave on for 20 minutes and rinse
off with warm water."
The result, she says, should
be both luxurious and effective. She describes her treatment
as "an exfoliating scrub that will leave dry, rough skin
noticeably softer and smoother."
(This tip taken from www.thirdage.com)
Reprinted with permission