But seriously, what CAN’T avocados do?

By Corey Williams
Updated September 16, 2018
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If you routinely spend a notable chunk of your paycheck on skin and hair care, you’re not alone. The average American woman spends about $200,000 on beauty products in her lifetime, a 2016 study revealed. However, you can simplify your routine and save your hard-earned money by replacing your most expensive products with items you already have in your pantry.

For your face:

If you have acne…

Try making your own toner using equal parts water and apple cider vinegar. You’ve heard about the incredible healing powers of ACV, and for clearer skin, this cheap and effective astringent is no exception. Apply it with a cotton ball at night after washing your face. If you have sensitive skin, you may want to dilute the mixture with a little more water at first. You can increase the amount of ACV you use as your skin gets used to the toner.

If you have large pores…

Tighten your pores with an egg white mask. Apply one egg white to your face, making sure to avoid your mouth and eyes. Leave the mask on for about 15 minutes, then rinse with warm water.

Note: Make sure to wash your hands after handling eggs to prevent foodborne illness.

If you have dry skin…

Make a moisturizing avocado mask. For this mask you’ll need: ½ avocado, ½ banana and 1 tablespoon olive oil. Combine your ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Allow the mixture to sit on your face for 10-15 minutes, then rinse with warm water.

If your skin is dull…

Use turmeric to brighten your face. For a turmeric mask, round up 3 tablespoons rolled oats, 1 tablespoon honey, ½ teaspoon turmeric and one squeeze of lemon juice. Combine the oats, honey, turmeric and lemon juice in a bowl. Leave the mask on your face for 15-20 minutes before rinsing with warm water. You may have to rinse a few times to get rid of the yellow tint.

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For your hair:

If you have dull hair…

Use a beer rinse. It doesn’t matter what kind of beer you use—there’s no reason to literally pour perfectly good craft beer down the drain. After you’ve shampooed, pour a can (or two, depending on your hair length and willingness to waste two beers) over your hair from root to tip. Massage the beer into your scalp for extra body. Let it sit for a few minutes before rinsing. Actually, you might want to rinse a few times so you don’t smell like a brewery.

If you have damaged hair…

Try a coconut oil hair mask. Microwave about a ½ cup of coconut oil until it’s in its liquid state. Simply apply the oil to your hair and let it sit under a shower cap for a few hours. Rinse thoroughly as leftover coconut oil can leave your hair looking greasy.

If you have dry hair…

Moisturize your hair with an avocado mask. Combine ½ avocado with an egg yolk, using a blender for a smoother mask. Let the mask sit for 15-20 minutes before rinsing.