5 Surprising Healthy Uses for the Avocado

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Just about everyone knows that avocados can improve heart health, promote weight loss, and help you stock up on essential nutrients like potassium and vitamin B.

And that's only when you eat them. As a beauty aid, avocados and avocado-based products also have a well-earned reputation for keeping hair and skin looking young, beautiful, and soft.

Still, most people have only scratched the surface of what avocados have to offer. Here are five ways to rethink the avocado and reap the benefits, both inside and out.

Eye therapy
Ever noticed bags under your eyes and reached for an expensive cream, only to be disappointed by the results? Next time look no further than your kitchen. Yes, avocados can rid you of your eye luggage. Simply peel an avocado, remove the pit, and slice one of the halves into quarter-inch crescents. Then lie down and place a few slices under each eye. After about 20 minutes you'll be able to skip baggage claim!

Hair mask
It's not even winter yet, but your hair is probably starting to feel dry and straw-like already. An avocado hair mask may be just the thing you need. These do-it-yourself masks work wonders for all types of hair, including color-treated, dry, and heat-damaged locks.

Take this recipe from YouTuber prettyglamtv, who uses it to moisturize her thick, curly, and color-treated hair: In a mixing bowl, combine one ripe avocado with extra virgin olive oil (1 teaspoon) and melted shea butter (1/4 cup) until smooth. Apply sparingly to roots and ends, leave in for 30 minutes, and rinse out completely. Your hair is back on track!

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SOURCE: Health
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