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Feed Your Face: Skin-Smoothing Homemade Guacamole Body Scrub

By Dr Jessica Wu

Here in LA, we have lots of Mexican restaurants. One of my favorite parts of the meal is the guacamole -- avocados are good for your skin because they contain fatty acids that help replenish your skin’s natural protective layer of lipids (oils). But they’re also a rich, nourishing skin care ingredient when used on the outside of your body. If, say, you have large dry patches of skin, or “chicken skin,” on the backs of your arms or the tops of your thighs, try my recipe for a smoothing guacamole body scrub:

1 cup sugar or salt
1/4 cup mashed avocado
1 tbsp sour cream
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp honey
A few drops of your favorite essential oil (I like peppermint)

Combine the ingredients in a large bowl, and use the mixture in the shower to scrub any rough, dry, or scaly patches of skin. Rub in a circular motion, paying more attention to elbows, knees, bumpy skin, and calluses. If your skin is sensitive, use granulated white sugar for a finer scrub. Brown sugar and turbinado sugar (Sugar in the Raw) have larger crystals, so they make coarser scrubs. Salt is better for the arms or legs but can be too abrasive for the face. I also suggest that you use a drain trap so you don’t clog your shower drain.

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