Avocados have so many benefits; from tasting damn great mashed on toast with a sprinkle of cracked black pepper, to providing the essential healthy fats and oils that boost health and fertility. With leftover avocados in the fruit bowl that were far too ripe to eat I decided to make myself a face mask from the superfood. Feeling in the pampering mood, after an exhausting and dreary week, I also whipped up a DIY hand soak for my dry, cracked nails.

For the face mask, first take a large, overripe avocado pear and slice vertically with a sharp knife, then twist the two halves apart.
Next, remove the stone and scoop out the flesh into a bowl and mash vigorously with a fork or potato masher until smooth.
Then, stir in a teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil. This isn’t recommended for those with an oily skin type- but for dry skin like mine it’s perfect!
Finally, add a teaspoon of honey- this helps declog pores! Apply to your face, avoiding eyes, leave on for 10 minutes then scrub off and pat dry. I was left with silky smooth, glowing skin!
For the hand soak, after filing and buffing nails, add 10 drops of pure tea tree oil (available from Superdrug) to a couple of ramekins or small bowls.
Next, boil around 150ml of water, allow to cool for a little while and add it to the bowls.

Grate the zest of one unwaxed lemon and stir tis into the liquid. Tea tree and lemon is a really refreshing, skin-friendly combination!

Now you can relax for five minutes; simply soak the nails of both hands in the warm , relaxing water , then pat dry. Now is a great time to push back cuticles and apply a rich hand cream.

Ruth @ Urbanity xxx

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