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Your next avocado Instagram is going to be about more than just delicious toast (but also, delicious toast).
If you're as obsessed with avocados as the rest of Instagram—guacamole, countless bloggers' artful images of avocado toast, and, our newest fave, avocado fries—you'll be extra-happy to hear how healthy the green fruit is for you. (Yes, it's technically a fruit. Just go with it.) Even though they call it "nature's butter," eating avocado is good for your weight, digestion, skin, and dental health, says Kimberly Snyder, Los Angeles celebrity clinical nutritionist and author of The Beauty Detox Solution. Plus, avocado used topically on skin and has major hydration and antioxidant powers.
Check out these fool-proof avocado hacks you can easily do at home for gorgeous skin and hair—and if you want more, here are 4 more excellent ideas. Can't stop, won't stop!
Exfoliating is one of the best tricks dermatologists and aestheticians suggest for glowing skin. When you slough away dead skin cells, you reveal bright, fresh skin underneath, allowing moisturizers to penetrate better. That said, some scrubs are more intense than others, so if you want to make yours more entry-level (ie, hydrating and gentle), mix a small dollop of avocado with your scrub and gently massage in circular motions, suggests New York dermatologist Dr. Whitney Bowe. Your skin will be baby smooth.
Tons of things can dry out your hair: coloring, blow-drying, and sun exposure—just to name a few. To give your hair some extra TLC, look for hair care with avocado oil in it, which is super nourishing, especially when combined with rich shea butter, like Garnier Whole Blends Nourishing Shampoo and Mask with Avocado Oil and Shea Butter extracts. Be sure the deep conditioning mask completely covers the ends of your hair to help soften hair and improve the appearance of dry ends. Expect supple, luscious locks after you wash and dry.
No need to break out complicated DIY recipes: Avocado makes for the perfect hydrating, skin-brightening face mask all on its own. "Avocado has vitamin C, which is great for reducing dark spots," says Dr. Bowe. "It's also very hydrating—healthy lipids help the skin barrier to trap moisture." Mash half of an avocado in a bowl and spread an even layer across your face. Rinse after ten minutes for an ultra-soft complexion.
"Avocados contain vitamins A, C, E, and K and are full of antioxidants that help protect your skin from environmental damage," raves Snyder. "And its raw, monounsaturated fats give your skin a youthful, beautiful appearance, moisturizing from the inside out." OK, where's the guac?! But, Snyder warns, just be sure to keep your portions in control. "Even though avocados are a 'good' raw plant fat, remember that all fat should be eaten in moderation," she says. "Half of a large or medium avocado, or one small one a day is enough."