Lets talk bananas!
I really like a good perfectly ripe yellow banana, but other than that I want nothing to do with them! No banana flavored drinks, Popsicle or candy - I just like a simple natural (perfectly ripe) banana. Usually when they get too ripe I either stash them in the freezer for Penny's smoothies, make bread or feed them to my lovely chickens (yes they do love bananas!)....but now I have found one more thing to do with them - make a mash!
Banana's are packed full of powerful nutrients that make this fruit a perfect addition to today's mask. What's so great about them? This!
Nourishes skin. Strengthens connective tissue and helps maintain skin elasticity and strength. Tight skin for the win!
Protect against free radicals that cause oxidation stress and premature aging.
Heals dry, withered skin. Fades acne scars and dark spots. Smooths out aging skin and helps even out skin pigmentation.
Hydrates and moisturizes dehydrated sad skin.
Destroys bacteria that can cause acne and pimples. Again...YA!!!
Necessary for the production of collagen. Fights off free radicals and keeps skin oil in check
Protects skin from UV damage. Slows down the process of aging. Fights free radical damage to skin cells.
Fights acne causing germs. YA!!
Okay, Now lets talk about the other ingredients:
Honey contains antibacterial and antifungal properties that hinder bacteria that can lead to breakouts. Its anti-inflammatory properties will calm redness and irritation. Honey is also loaded with enzymes, antioxidants, and nutrients that nourish, cleanse, and hydrate the skin. Additionally It's the perfect ingredient if you want to attract and contain moisture in the skin!
White Kaolin Clay is the gentlest of cosmetic clays and thus great for sensitive dry skin. It doesn’t absorb so much as it does soften and with it being a finer clay it's perfect for those seeking a super smooth mask.
Yogurt - mmmmm bacteria! Yogurt not only is good for your gut but also your skin. Not only does yogurt moisturize the skin it is also known to reduces wrinkles and fine lines, reduce dark circles, sooth sunburns and help fade blemishes and even out skin pigmentation.Try to buy Greek yogurt with the highest fat content you can find.
Today's Mud Mask:
1 tbsp. White Clay
1/2 Ripe Banana
1 tbs Raw Honey
1 tsp. Glycerin
1 tbsp. Greek Yogurt
This mask is lovely. I used yogurt straight from the fridge and it felt gooooood. Cool and crisp with just a faint sweet honey banana scents. I mashed my mask with a facial spatula but would imagine you could get it a tad smoother using a fork (I'll try that next time)
New do! I got 4" chopped of Tuesday!
One thing that is lacking is the 'crust' factor - I really like a mask that dries out and gets well...all crusty! Even with the honey and white clay the banana puree and yogurt kept this mask rather wet, even after 30 minuets.
Rinse off was easy, and my skin felt super hydrated afterwards. Not the squeeky clean feeling but soft and supple (that's the honey working its magic)
This is an easy one to do at home, all ingredients are readily available so give it a try and let me know what you think....as well as what do you do with your over ripe bananas!
See you next week!
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