I have really noticed a difference in my skin this winter. It’s been feeling a lot drier and looking a little lack lustre for a couple of weeks, which I think is down to the drying effects of central heating! When I thought about how I could address this, I had the idea for a face mask using nourishing avocado, coconut oil and honey – but then why just treat your skin from the outside when you can eat your nutrients too! As cold smoothies aren’t floating my boat right now, I made this one warm and comforting.
- 1/2 avocado
- 1 tbsp of honey (manuka would be best for it's antibacterial properties)
- 1 tbsp coconut oil, melted
- 1/2 avocado
- 1 heaping cup of mixed berries
- 1 tbsp honey
- Optional: matcha green tea powder
- Mash all ingredients together then apply to face and leave on the skin for 10 - 15 minutes. Use a face cloth to rinse off
- Warm the berries up in the microwave (I used frozen berries so nuked them for 2 minutes). Add to a blender along with the avocado and honey. Add 1 cup of water from a recently boiled kettle. Blend and serve.
So the way I would recommend doing this would be as follows…
- Run a nice warm bath with some essential oils or for something more detoxifying, epsom salts
- Light a scented candle
- Make the face mask and apply to face
- Make the smoothie
- Drink smoothie in the bath while relaxing, then remove the face mask with a cloth
- After you bath use a good skin oil for your face or body butter
- Feel amazing!
To be honest I had to try and stop myself from eating the face mask as it is. Sooo delicious, avocado with honey is one of my favourite things. The smoothie is like a thick sweet warm pudding, just gorgeous.
In terms of skin health, you are getting healthy fats, and moisture from the avocado and coconut oil. Honey is antimicrobial and the berries are full of antioxidants which can slow or prevent the effect of free radicals that cause oxidative damage to skin cells.
I am still doing my normal all natural skin routine which continues to work well, but this little ritual gives it a much needed boost for the winter. And if you needed proof this works, here’s a during and after shot…
Considering that was the morning after a drinking session I think my skin looks pretty fresh! The face mask leaves it feeling so soft and smooth.
Have you tried a warm smoothie yet? They are the way forward for the next few months in my opinion! Have you tried a home made face mask before?
I’ve tried a hot oat smoothie before, but never a warm traditional smoothie. Avocado is so nourishing for the skin, you look fab!
Warm smoothies are definitely going to feature a lot in my breakfasts this winter I think! I need to try one with oats in as well.
Warm smoothie is a brilliant idea!! I don’t think I could make a face mask with avocado without eating it all first ha!
I know, it was one of my clients that mentioned it to me, going to be making loads of them over the winter!
I -love- homemade face masks and scrubs. I haven’t made one with avocado in a while, but I’ll put straight up honey on my face on a pretty regular basis, and I love how much smoother it makes my skin feel. That and making a scrub with just baking soda and water…. or sugar, olive oil, and lemon.
I still have to try the baking soda scrub, I do like sugar and olive oil and have you ever tried coffee grounds as a scrub? So good!
Sounds and looks delicious (for both haha!)
I have never made a face mask before. I tend to exfoliate once a week and er…that’s it. I should moisturiser, I know I should…I used to be so good in using toner and cleanser and moisture but then it all just too time. Terrible.
Well you know as long as you are happy with your skin why mess with it? It looks like your skin is fab – do the least you need to keep it that way I say!
I always think about making my own face masks but never get round to doing it! Yes I agree warm smoothies are the way forward!
I always feel like I don’t have time until I make time – it’s a good way for me to make sure I relax!
Your skin looks so lovely and glowy Laura! Love the idea of nourishing inside and out at once!
I have never made a face mask- this one sounds lovely but I would feel like I would not want to “waste” the avocado on my skin (well taking it off and throwing it away) so would probably just eat it all!
Haha, well the way I see it is that I usually only use half a one at a time and the other half that’s left (I pour lemon juice on it to try and stop it browning) is never as nice so I might as well put it to good use!
The warm smoothie sounds amazing. I love having paper evenings especially now its so miserable outside! x
Me too – they are a great way to help me to relax!