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A for Avocados

Text by: Melinique Sanz

For those of you as obsessed with beauty and good heath as I am, read on, for this article will prove a helpful, eye-opening tool.

Having spent fifteen years working in malls, behind major department store cosmetic counters, I was exposed to every beauty line and regimen you can think of, all of which were developed in a chemist's lab, designed by scientists and marketers who have your hard-earned dollars in mind. The bottom line is always sell, sell, sell, whether or not it's effective or good for your body.

Did you know there's a skincare line designed by an astronaut who suffered severe burns that left him scarred and disfigured? This wise man did what women throughout the ages have done when it comes to healing and beautifying the skin; he used Mother Nature.

Who better than the earth and sea to come to our rescue?

Crème de la Mer is the name of this million-dollar line, made with natural, sea kelp and secret ingredients. It's what Superstar Singer/Actress Jennifer Lopez uses all over her face and body, but she pays $250 per jar. But to all the single ladies and working moms who have a budget to live by, I say you can look like a superstar without spending like one!

In it's new category, "In and Out Beauty from A-Z," Polite Society Magazine will give you a quick and easy, natural remedy to beauty ailments every month, no secrets, no hard sell! These fun concoctions are right at your fingertips, ingredients for which can be found at local grocers or in your own backyard. The best part is they won't cost you a small fortune!

We'll start at the beginning with "A" for Avocados! Yes, that delicious, pear-shaped fruit (sometimes considered a vegetable depending on from where you hail), rich, creamy, and delightful, is also great for skin! Full of essential, heart healthy oils, the avocado also has healing properties like none you can find elsewhere when it comes to lowering bad cholesterol. Plus, they've been around for ages — the oldest evidence of avocado use was found in a cave located in Coxcatlán, Puebla, Mexico and dates back to circa 10,000 BC!

My favorite avocado, beauty recipe is for "Hairy Guacamole! Deep Conditioning Hair Mask."

  1. What you need: two pounds of ripe avocados, skinned and mashed.
  2. How to use: it can be done in the shower after a single wash with your favorite shampoo.
    Apply all over hair from roots to ends as a deep conditioning hair mask.
  3. Cover with a shower cap for five to ten minutes (depending on the severity of hair damage and/or dryness scalp). In the meantime, slather whatever you have left on your face (avoid the inner orbital area), neck, and décolletage (neckline), and if you're in a spa frame-of-mind, continue all over your body! Your skin will feel soft and supple afterward.
  4. Rinse well and re-shampoo. Follow up with a light conditioner of your choice. Your hair will be shiny and full of body and strength! For guilt-free, heat styling, use as often as twice a month and watch as your hair and scalp improve with time.

*If your hair is thin and fine, or thick and kinky, make sure you wash out all the stringy avocado fibers before adding a leave-in or crème conditioner.

Some Other Great Information and Uses for Avocados

  • Holistic Healing: This mask doubles as a soothing treatment, much like Aloe, to cool and heal the scalp from burns caused by chemical treatments, colors, relaxers, and permanent waves.
  • Grow Your Own: Make this a lifetime treatment and save the seed to plant your own tree!
  • Storage: Avocados oxidize quickly. Store what's left over in a freezer-safe, airtight container, seal with plastic wrap, and cover with a lid. If frozen, the avocado should keep for up to two weeks. Thaw in your fridge and re-use at your leisure.
  • Caution: Make sure you test your skin for allergic reaction before use. A simple test is to spread a pea-sized amount on the inside of the wrist or nape of the neck (back of the head at hairline). Leave on for one to two minutes. If itching or swelling occur, wash off completely, and seek medical attention.

*Note to the Reader: For those of you who cannot use avocados due to allergies, or maybe because green isn't your thing, try mayonnaise instead. It leaves hair nice and shiny, with a lot of bounce! All it takes is a couple of tablespoons and a shower cap to do the trick. Wash well, and style those shiny tresses!

I hope you enjoy your skin and hair experience after using this au naturale remedy. Stay tuned for next month's A-Z beauty tip.