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Monday, October 19

Avocados Are Really Good - And Not Just To Eat

Known as one of the most versatile fruit, avocado can either be cooked or eaten raw. In some countries like the Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam and Brazil, avocado is enjoyed as a dessert drink mixed with milk, sugar and water. Mexico and Central America enjoys this fruit as a part of the main dish served with rice, salads, chicken and meat. Jamaicans enjoy this alongside bread or bulla.

Vegetarian chefs are also fond of substituting meat with avocado as the former has high fat content. This good-tasting fruit is also perfect in making California rolls and maki sushi. Aside from its rich texture and taste, avocado is rich in potassium, B vitamins, and vitamin E. It is also a good source of protein and carbohydrates. Avocado oils, on the other hand, are rich in lecithin, antioxidants, and vitamins A and E that help in maintaining healthy and youthful skin. The antioxidants found in this fruit help in fighting off cancer cells and at the same time help in maintaining wrinkle-free skin.

Are you low on budget? Here is a simple way for you to enjoy home-made avocado beauty products. To make an avocado facial, you will need 1/2 cup non-instant oatmeal, 1 cup mashed avocado and 1 to 2 tablespoons honey. Just mix all the ingredients in a blender and blend it until it becomes smooth. Apply it to your face. Let it dry for 15 minutes, rinse and pat dry with a towel. This very easy and affordable spa-like home treatment will give your skin rejuvenation and reduce eye puffiness.

To have a thoroughly-cleansed skin, make an avocado deep cleanser. What you will need are 1 egg, 1/2 cup milk and 1/2 avocado which is already ripe and has been peeled. In a bowl, beat the egg yolk until it becomes light and frothy. Then, add milk and the avocado. Apply it to your skin using cotton just like you would do with other cleansers and enjoy the deep cleansing effect. This mixture is effective against pollutants and also good to use after cleansing your face with soap and water. Refrigerate any leftovers to preserve it.

Is it not good to know that even with the current economic situation, you can still enjoy skin pampering using avocado as face lotion for face? Aside from its economical benefits, using this type of facial lotion means you are using natural products, thus eliminating chances of side-effects that are usually found with products that are chemically-based. -Gerald Shaw

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