If you're looking to cut down on your beauty budget, your kitchen cupboard and fridge hold plenty of secret savers that can help you maintain the health of your skin and hair, not least of which is the avocado.
Rich in Omega 3 oils, it's great for skin from the inside out, but applied topically, it can double your efforts.
Mash one with milk or oatmeal and apply to the skin as a masque for 15 minutes, removing with warm water.
Its vitamins C and E will help hydrate and nourish while the oiliness of the texture smooths and softens the surface.
You can use the skin as a moisturiser, too – it contains natural humectants to hold in moisture.
Lightly massage with the inside of the peel, allow the oil to remain on skin for 15 minutes and wash off.
For a DIY hair masque, mix the flesh of an avocado with an egg yolk and a tablespoon of olive oil and apply all over hair and scalp for 20 minutes.
Rich in protein and vitamins, the mixture will help condition and add shine and combat dryness.
Just be sure to wash off with warm water – too hot and you could end up with scrambled egg on your head. Use shampoo if necessary.
You'll find more info on avocados at www.summeravocados.com.