Bananas are one of the most popular eating fruits in the world – Americans on average consume 26lb or Bananas per person per year. They are an easy snack to take to work, school or anywhere else and come in their own packaging.
No wonder so many people love bananas! Another reason to love this nutrient packed fruit is that they are fabulous for skin when used in natural homemade facial masks. Banana face masks are so simple to make and can be combined with lots of other beneficial ingredients for all different types of skin from acne prone to dry mature skins.
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant protecting skin from free radical damage and premature aging. It aids in the production of collagen in your skin. Vitamin C brightens and renews skin.
Potassium is beneficial for skin because retards acne bacteria slowing it’s ability to reproduce. When combined with other ingredients like yogurt and honey, banana makes a great acne mask base.
Vitamins A E and K
Vitamin K is good for reducing dark circles around eyes which can often be a symptom of a Vitamin K deficiency. Vitamin A is used in many skin care products (sometimes called Retinol A) for reducing wrinkles by supporting and encouraging collagen production.
Thiamine and other B Vitamins
B-complex vitamins promote healthy skin tone and is very good for acne prone skin for helping skin fight acne bacteria.
As you can see Bananas have many vitamins that nourish skin, they are also moisturizing.
Here is an easy facial mask recipe base that you can add other ingredients to:
Banana Face Mask Base
1 ripe banana mashed
1 teaspoon honey (if you have acne it is best to use active UMF honey)
1 teaspoon oatmeal, ground or whole
Mix and apply to skin leaving on for ten minutes then wash off.
This is your base mask, to this you can add other additions to your recipe like:
Acneic Skin (or oily skin)
Add a squeeze of lemon, lime juice or apple cider vinegar
3 drops of tea tree oil (a very potent antibacterial essential oil) – can add lavender oil to soothe inflames skin
1 tablespoon unsweetened yogurt
You can also rub the inside of a banana peel onto acne spots to help clean up problem areas.
Add 1 teaspoon olive, almond, avocado or coconut oil
Add 1 teaspoon mashed avocado
Alternative – add an egg to the recipe
Flaky, Dull Skin Peel
Add a teaspoon of mashed pineapple, papaya or kiwifruit pulp
Add a tablespoon of brown sugar
Rub the mask on in a circular motion and leave on for ten minutes before washing off.
Lightening Whitening Skin Mask
Add a teaspoon of lemon juice
Add a 1 inch cube of mashed cucumber
Add 1 teaspoon yogurt
Add 1 teaspoon ground almonds or Almond oil
Few drops of fennel oil (optional)
These are a few options to add to your Banana Mask. You can make many more with a whole range of different ingredients like essential oils that really treat your skin to a nourishing bath of healing and rejuvenating “active” ingredient benefits.
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