8 Easy Ways Avocado Can Make Your Hair, Skin, and Nails Just Gorgeous

Updated: Feb. 10, 2017

Replace expensive hair and skin care products with avocado to reap some serious beauty benefits.


Tame frizzy, unmanageable hair

Avocados are known for containing the “good” kind of fat. These monounsaturated fatty acids are nutrient-rich and help to develop cells both in and outside of the body, according to the American Heart Association. When you want to restore a shiny look and smooth texture to your hair, an avocado-based deep conditioner is the way to go. It will help to moisturize and strengthen your hair from root to tip. Check out this super simple avocado hair mask recipe. And here are other genius ways to tame your frizzy hair.

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Treat dull, tired skin

Masking doesn’t have to be an indulgence. It should be a regular part of your skincare routine. The healthy fatty acids, vitamins, and antioxidants found in avocados make them a great staple for DIY face masks. They help to moisturize and revitalize your skin. Check out this avocado facial mask recipe to learn how to make your own. Avocados are just one of many foods for beautiful skin.


Reduce wrinkles

Vitamin-rich avocado oil helps to plump and hydrate the skin, which may reduce wrinkles over time. Try Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado.

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Rid your scalp of dandruff

The moisturizing properties of avocado oil can help to relieve a dry and itchy scalp. You can use avocado oil to get flake-free hair but also get to the root of the problem. The oil helps to treat sores and blemishes on the scalp caused by eczema and psoriasis. Here are other natural treatments that can get rid of dandruff.


Save $$$ on manicures

The miracle of avocado oil can also do wonders for your cuticles. With just a few ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry, you can create your own cuticle cream. Follow this simple DIY. And these nail polish tips can help make your manicure last longer.

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Soothe a sunburn

If you can’t stand the scent of aloe vera, but have aching, red skin after a too-long day under the sun, avocado will help you out. The antioxidants and healthy fats will help to rehydrate your sunburnt skin and provide some relief from the pain. Just mash up an avocado and apply it to the affected area or mix it with some olive oil before applying to instantly calm your skin. Here are other natural ways to treat sunburn.

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Clear up bad breath

Some avocado a day keeps the dentist away! Avocado helps to keep your teeth clean and your breath fresh. Thanks to its creamy flesh, avocado is a natural way to clear your mouth and throat of bacteria and food particles. Here’s why your breath is so stinky anyway.

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Grow out your hair

Avocados are high in B vitamins and vitamin E, which are essential for hair health and growth. Vitamin E helps to prevent damage at the scalp and vitamin B promotes cell turnover, which results in strong hair growth. Here’s how to incorporate avocado into natural hair masks.

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