Avocados are well loved for their flavor and their beneficial fats—monounsaturated fats, or the “good fats”. These types of fats, when consumed in moderation and in place of trans fats or saturated fats, can help reduce cholesterol levels. More than 75% of the fat of an avocado is the “good fat.”

However, avocados can be quite temperamental—sometimes ripening at the perfect moment and other times sooner than we are ready for it. While an overripe avocado is still perfectly safe to eat (so long as there isn’t any mold—we don’t mean that overripe!), it isn’t as appetizing to look at as the perfectly ripened and firm slices we prefer on our meals.

So, what to do with the avocado (or avocados) that have overripened? There are plenty of dishes you can create to implement the overripe avocado flesh, like mixing it into your scrambled eggs, making super moist and healthy brownies or muffins, or even making your own dressing.

Aside from food, avocados can also be used as a beauty/health product. The fats of an avocado can provide more than heart health benefits. They are also extremely moisturizing for both the skin and hair—so they are the ideal fruit for health inside and out! Avocados are also high in vitamin E and antioxidants—which are both beneficial when consumed or applied externally as a hair or face mask.

Here are two ways you can use an overripe avocado you don’t plan on eating but don’t want to waste it.

Revitalize Your Skin

Make your own at-home avocado-honey facial mask and enjoy moisturized and brighter skin.

Follow the “recipe” below:

Ingredients

  • ½ Avocado
  • ¼ Cup of Uncooked Oatmeal
  • 2 TBSP Honey
  • 1 tsp Lemon Juice
  • 1 TBSP Apple Cider Vinegar

Directions

  1. Mash the avocado and combine the remaining ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Apply to a dry face, carefully avoiding the eyes (as you should with any product but the citric acid from lemon juice & apple cider vinegar would be quite unpleasant if it gets in your eyes!).
  3. Let sit for about 20 minutes and then wash off with warm water.
  4. Complete the process with a facial moisturizer of your choice!

Why it works:

The vitamin E, antioxidants, and “good” fats of an avocado help to moisturize and smooth the skin for a brighter, healthier look. The apple cider vinegar and lemon juice both have citric acid, which is a common ingredient in spa facials to “brighten” the skin via natural exfoliation caused by this “acid.” Apple cider vinegar is also known to help with skin inflammation, like redness and breakouts, so it can help “brighten” this skin this route as well. Honey is a natural antimicrobial, so it helps to cleanse the skin and pores of acne-causing bacteria. Oatmeal works as a gentle exfoliant, helping to remove dead surface skin cells, dirt, and other contaminants.

Moisturize Your Hair

Dull or damaged hair can receive a boost of love with an avocado hair mask. The “good” fats work to moisturize while the vitamin E nourishes the scalp. Simply combine one avocado with a quarter cup of olive oil and a dash of lemon juice (no more than a tablespoon). When fully mixed, apply it to dry or slightly damp hair and let it sit for 20-30 minutes. Then hop in the shower and wash it out with your regular shampoo.