Avocados have been cultivated in Central America for over 7,000 years. Ancient Aztecs believed this fruit fed the skin from within and without. Later, generations of Mexican women used it to nourish dry, dehydrated, sun-damaged and mature skin. Avocados are available in abundance in March and can help you heal your winter-weary complexion so that you'll face spring with a rosy glow.
The monounsaturated fatty acids that give avocado its rich, velvety texture can help to replenish the skin's lost moisture, while potent antioxidants fight free radical damage. Avocados are also a good source of vitamin C, which helps maintain collagen -- the most important component of connective tissue contributing to the underlying foundation of your skin.
Our recipe could'nt be simpler: Mash the flesh of a ripe avocado with a fork. For extra dry skin add some olive oil -- for less oily skin, add a squeeze of an acidic citrus fruit like lemon or grapefruit. Spread on your face and let it sit for 15 minutes, rinse with tepid water, pat dry.
For bonus benefits: Steep a green tea bag in hot water before you prepare the avocado treatment. Wait until the tea is completely cooled off (the 15 minutes of your mask time should do it) then after you've rinsed off the mask use the tea as a tonic to freshen your face and apply a final layer of protective antioxidants.