Spa Foodie: Dissect Your Guacamole for Super-Spa Sunday!

As the Giants take on the Pats in an epic rivalry this Sunday, there’s really only one thing on my mind: THE GUACAMOLE (and Victor Cruz’s salsa to go with it, of course). Superbowl Sunday means nothing to me without an endless supply of someone’s homemade guac. My trick is adding a lot of cilantro and a little Adobo, but as it turns out, those are about the only two ingredients that don’t translate to the guacamole spa dissection you’re about to witness.

Turn your Superbowl Sunday into Super-Spa Sunday! Tackle (Eli Manning and Tom Brady style) skin and hair problems using the essential ingredients of guacamole, all packed with vitamins and some very surprising beauty benefits. Ready for some mind-blowingly simple DIY spa recipes? KICK OFF!

AVOCADO

 

Avocado-Honey Mask for Dry Skin: Mash up 1/2 avocado, rich in Vitamin E to help rebuild skin collagen, and mix in 2 tablespoons of honey. Apply to your face and neck and let it sit for 10-12 minutes, then rinse with warm water and a washcloth. From a previous post by The Chefanies.

Avocado Hair Conditioning Mask: Beat up 1 raw egg, mix in 1/2 mashed avocado. Massage into your hair for 5 minutes then rinse thoroughly.

Avocado-Coconut Oil Hair Color Protector: Microwave 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and massage it from roots to ends. Then, mash an avocado and massage it on the ends only. From a previous post with Rita Hazan’s hair tips for lasting color.

LIME

Lime Facial Toner for Blemishes: Lime juice (and lemon juice) have high acidity, which exfoliates the top layer of skin and helps fade pigmentation, blemishes and freckles over time. Rub lime wedges (preferably not straight from the Corona bottle) onto your face, focusing on unwanted blemishes. Let it dry completely, then  rinse with water.

Lime Body Toner: Using the same theory as the facial toner, even out darker or discolored skin on your knees or elbows. Cut a lime into two, then rub each half onto your knees/elbows. Let it dry, and rinse thoroughly.

SALT

Salt Bath for Itchy Skin: Just add a cup of table salt or sea salt to your bath. It will help relieve itchiness and also soften skin while you settle into a deep relaxation.

Simple Salt Exfoliation: After the shower, simply sprinkle some salt on your hands and rub it all over your skin. It will remove dry skin and also get your circulation going. Try it the morning after the ‘bowl to wake you up!

Citrus Salt Body Scrub: Mix together 1/2 cup of fine sea salt and 2 tablespoons of almond or grapeseed oil, then add 5 drops of orange essential oil. In the shower, massage it in circular motions, concentrating on the rough spots.

Salt Spray-Toner for Oily Skin: Fill a spray bottle lukewarm water, add a teaspoon of salt, and spray on your face. Blot dry.

ONION

Onion Juice Rinse for Hair Growth: Sounds smelly, huh? Well, onions are known to be a natural way restore hair follicles and encourage hair growth by stimulating scalp circulation (lots of sulfur), so if you’re willing to put up with the smell: Squeeze the juice out of a medium uncooked onion (blend it then strain it – this could take an hour, and you’ll need to push with a spoon to get all the juice out). Apply the onion juice to the top of the scalp, and gently massage into hair roots. Let it sit for 30 minutes, then wash with shampoo thoroughly. Repeat twice a week or more to see some real results!

TOMATO

Tomato and Lime Pore-Shrinker: Tomatoes have cooling elements to soothe skin and lots of vitamin A and C to brighten skin tone – and you already know what limes do! Combine a tablesoon of fresh tomato juice with a 3 drops of lime juice, and apply to skin with a cotton ball. Let it sit for 15 minutes, then rinse with warm water.

Beauty touchdown, baby!