But it might be time for you to take it off your plate and slap it on your face. The green wonder is packed with healthy fats, antioxidants, skin-saving vitamins A and K as well as B, C, E, and biotin - which supports glossy hair growth. As well as being incorporated in hair and beauty products, a few nifty hacks with an overripe 'pear' can help you achieve smooth hair and skin without any chemical nasties.
For instance, avocado oil makes for a great chemical-free make-up remover and a super-nourishing eye treatment, while the seeds of the avocado fruit can be made into a powder for a natural dandruff treatment.
So, if you have a few ripe avos going spare, why not try out these nourishing beauty hacks?
The oil in avocado makes a nourishing and effective make-up remover. It's easy to apply, just swab a cotton bud over a freshly cut avocado and use the oil collected to erase your eyeliner. It also doubles up as a nourishing eye treatment, too.
The oil in avocados is thought to have the highest concentration of the healthy fats and vitamins A and E - so don't wash the residue off afterward, just massage it into the skin using your ring fingers and it will be easily absorbed.
Avocado is great for making a mask, but a couple more ingredients can turn it into a pore-polishing scrub. Combine half an avocado and teaspoon of honey with a tablespoon each of olive oil and granulated brown sugar. Blend it well in a bowl and gently buff it over damp skin for a naturally exfoliating and moisturising treatment.
Want long, strong hair? Buy some extra avocados in your next shop! Take some of the ripe fruit, combine with a dash of olive oil and apply it to the lengths and ends of the locks for extra hydration before washing off as normal. However, if you suffer from dandruff, add some lemon juice to the mixture and work it into the scalp to help treat flaky skin. Leave for 20 minutes, gently heating it up with a hairdryer for added activation.© Cover Media