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Soothing Avocado Mask + Oatmeal + Clay
I LOVE avocado’s, so next time you are making an avocado for dinner, slice off a small piece and pop it in the fridge to save for a nice avocado mask that night.
My mother always told me to eat my vegetables, she will laugh when she sees me now also mashing it on my skin. There is a plethora of benefits of avocado, filled with lots of Vitamin E, C, and K, they are super hydrating for your skin.
Clay masks are my absolute favorite (if you can’t tell already), but if you are someone who suffers from dry skin, you might only be able to do a clay mask once per week. Bentonite clay is an amazing detoxifying material with so many benefits like acne, skin tightening, and deep cleansing in your pores. Straight talk, clay is not hydrating.
Until I created this mask recipe! Wow! This avocado mask was so soothing, with a cooling effect and when I took it off my skin was thoroughly moisturized. So this clay mask will work wonderful for dry skin types as well as oily or combination. If you have oily skin, like mine, don’t be afraid to fight oil with oil.
This soothing recipe takes only a couple minutes to mix up, so simple to make, but it is packed with a ton of benefits for your skin. Your skin will be glowing!
Inspired by Freeman Clay Mask
I really like that Freeman has offered a line of clay mask products to its customers, at an affordable option. Our facial clay masks work out to less than .80 cents a mask. They have almost 500 four stars reviews on amazon for their avocado clay mask. It’s more of a “minty” green, and only contains avocado oil, not the actual fruit.
However what I don’t like is the list of ingredients. It not just one or two that you can’t pronounce, check out the ingredient list on this puppy.
Water/Aqua/Eau, Kaolin, Bentonite, Titanium Dioxide, Propylene Glycol, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Colloidal Oatmeal, Tocopherol, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Montmorillonite, Disodium Edta, Sodium Polyacrylate (Veegum Ultra), Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Fragrance (Parfum), Yellow 5 (CI 19140), Blue 1 (CI 42090)
Just to highlight a couple of the nasty ingredients in this mask:
- Methylcloroisothiaxolinone and Methylisothiazolinone is a common preservation found in health care products but has been linked to lung toxicity, allergic reactions (which some reviews comment from this mask), and possible neurotoxicity. (Safecosmetics.org)
- Propylparaben is believed to be safe, however dermatologists warn against this chemicals ability to mimic estrogen in the human body causing excess hormones. If you are pregnant, you definitely should not be using products that contain this ingredient. Hormone inbalance can be the reason we have acne in the first place.
I believe in only applying healthy ingredients on our skin, and most of all the ingredients in this face mask you can actually eat.
You will notice from the above list of ingredients there was Kaolin and Bentonite. The rest of the ingredients for this mask are so soothing so we chose to only use bentonite to add the acne fighting benefits to our recipe. Feel free to swap out for Kaolin for an extra gentle mask. You can try both of these clay in our facial clay assortment pack. We have French Green clay and Rhassoul clay too!
But before we dive right into the recipe, here’s why these ingredients are amazing for your skin.
I LOVE avocado’s, they are a staple item in my home. It’s even hard for me to part with a slice while I’m making dinner for a face mask. But trust me, it’s worth it.
Just some of the vitamins that Avocados contain (in relation to your dietary daily values, wikipedia), 100g serving:
- Vitamin K: 20% of the daily value (DV)
- Vitamin B5: 28% of DV
- Vitamin B6: 20% of DV
- Vitamin B2: 11% of DV
- Vitamin E: 14% of DV
- Vitamin C: 12% of DV
- Folate: 20% of DV
- Potassium: 10% of DV (that’s more than a banana)
Avocado Benefits for your Skin
The Vitamin E content in Avocado is a wonderful moisturizer without the oily residue, but we can’t wear avocado on our face all day. The Vitamin E gives this avocado face mask a lovely soothing moisturizing benefit. Vitamin E is a common ingredient in many good serums or skin moisturizers.
Packed with nutrients and vitamins, these wonderful minerals go to work for your skin as an anti-inflammatory. This can help reduce the inflammation and redness associated with acne.
Reduce signs of Aging
Consuming healthy fats, like avocados has been shown in studies to reduce the signs of aging. Vitamin C is essential for collagen production and a carotenoid called lutein in avocados, promotes the elasticity of your skin.
Keep reading some of the most common asked questions about using avocados in your beauty routine:
Is avocado good as a face mask?
Yes! The nutritional profile of avocados with a plethora of vitamins, omega 3’s, antioxidants is really incredible. You could simply use an avocado mashed up as a face mask, however I found the consistency to be harder to apply. Add in a couple other beneficial ingredients like oatmeal and clay from this recipe up the anti. Adding honey to avocado also makes a simple 2-ingredient face mask.
Is Avocado good for wrinkles?
The anti inflammatory benefits of avocados are not just beneficial for acne but also for reducing redness and fighting wrinkles. Oils in avocado also stimulate collagen production in your skin, which has a direct correlation to wrinkles. The healthy fat in avocados responsible for this is oleic acid.
Can I use Avocado for skin lightening?
Avocados contain an ingredient glutathione which reduces melanin in your skin, lightening your skin pigment. Another ingredient and face mask that also helps with skin lightening is our cucumber face mask.
Benefits of Oatmeal for your Skin:
Another ingredient in this recipe is avocado face mask recipe is oatmeal. I’m sure this is a staple item that you have in your house either as oatmeal or for baking goods. But it’s not just a great ingredient for your kitchen, it’s a very common ingredient for beauty recipes because of it’s many benefits:
Improve Skin Tone
Like avocado, oatmeal is also anti-inflammatory. So it reduces redness of the skin and acne, improving overall skin tone. (Collodial Oatmeal Physical Properties)
Reduce Itching and Dryness
I’m sure as a kid you got an oatmeal bath a time or 2 like I did, that’s because oatmeal is a natural ingredient that can reduce itchiness. This can be especially useful in a mask if you suffer from dry skin or eczema. In a study, participants found improve skin moisture for up to 2 weeks after using an oatmeal product.
Oatmeal can even cleanse your skin to remove dirt and oil. Yes, you read that correct. This is due to the saponins, a plant chemical known for its detergent-like properties.
Thanks again to the saponins in oatmeal, oatmeal also makes a great exfoliant that removes dead cells and impurities. That said, I wouldn’t just rub some oats on your body, make sure to grind them up first.
What’s the difference between Collodial Oatmeal and Oatmeal?
You might have come across a recipe or 2 that calls for collodial oatmeal. There is no difference in the ingredient, rolled oats, but in the manufacturing of the oats. Collodial oatmeal is ground into a very fine particulate so that it’s not clumpy when added to mixtures. In our instructions, we simply add rolled oats to our spice grinder. If we were adding it to a moisturizer, we might care a little bit more about potential clumpiness.
Benefits of Bentonite Clay:
Bentonite Clay is the last main magical ingredient for this face mask recipe. After discovering Bentonite Clay, I was able to heal my acne and acne scars which founded a deep love for this product. Hence facial clay masks was born!
You would be here for atleast another 10 minutes learning about how amazing clay, so for that check out our bentonite definitive guide. I’ll give you a recap so you can get to the face mask recipe.
Bentonite Clay is a detoxifying clay that when mixed with water, swells and releases the many beneficial minerals stuck to it’s surface into the paste. When applied to the skin, those charged minerals do a swap of removing bad toxins, chemicals and heavy metals from your skin and leave the clay’s mineral contents behind. The science behind how clay works is pretty interesting stuff.
Benefits of Bentonite Clay:
- Fights acne
- Balances skin complexion
- Deep cleanses your pores
- Shrinks the appearance of pores over time
- Reduces acne scars
- Tightens skin elasticity
Avocado Oatmeal Clay Mask Ingredients:
The ingredients for this soothing avocado face mask are pretty simple.
Recipes yields 1. You will need:
- 1/2 tbsp of mashed avocado
- 1 tsp of rolled oats
- 1 tsp Bentonite Clay
- 1 1/2 tsp of water or witch hazel
- 1/4 tsp avocado oil (this can be cosmetic or food grade)
How to Mix Avocado Face Mask
This recipe yields 1 face mask recipes.
Step 1: Cut your Avocado in half, remove the pit and slice off an approx 1/2″ slice of avocado. Refrigerate the rest of your avocado or use it in a meal. Mash up the avocado with a fork.
Step 2: Using your spice grinder, add 1 teaspoon of rolled oats and blend until powdery.
Step 3: Combine dry ingredients, 1 tsp bentonite clay and 1 tsp of ground oatmeal.
Step 4: Add the remaining ingredients all together and mix.
Add 1/4 teaspoon of avocado oil. This one is my favorite from Pure Naturals because it comes in a multi pack of carrier oils:
Use 1.5 tsp of purified water, witch hazel or rose water. Witch Hazel is my favorite and I also use it as a toner in my skin care routine.
Add the Bentonite Clay. Our facial clay assortment pack comes with 4 different types of clay also including French Green Clay, Rhassoul Clay or Kaolin Clay. Our Bentonite clay is very high quality cosmetic/therapeutic grade, sun dried calcium bentonite.
Option: If you have very sensitive skin, you can also substitute the Bentonite with Kaolin clay.
This resulting mask should be a thick but creaamy paste. You could make it creamier if you mixed the avocado in a wet spice grinder, but I’m always on a mission to not do unnecessary dishes.
How to apply Avocado Mask:
Always cleanse your face before a face mask application. Using your face mask application brush, apply this mask liberally to your skin and upper neck. Approx 1/8″ of an inch thick.
Enjoy the cooling effects of the mask! If you would like it even cooler, pop it in the fridge for 5 minutes before application.
Leave on your skin for approx 10-20 minutes, don’t forget to remove the face mask BEFORE it dries. Leaving it on until it gets all cracked and dry can remove natural oils from your skin.
My skin was so smooth and very moisturized after the mask so I didn’t add another moisturizer. If you want less of a hydrating effect, skip the avocado oil. This mask is going to be a new go-to!
Related: 9 Bentonite Clay Face Mask Recipes
Disclaimer: Our content does not constitute a dermatologist or medical advice.
Did you try this mask? I would love to hear how it worked for you! Leave a comment below.
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P.S. Make a delicious salad with avocado, red pepper, spinach, black bean crumble topped with mct oil and red wine vinegar dressing. Yum!
P.S. Don’t make extras of this mask, the avocado will go brown from the oxidation.