Natural Blemish-Control Face Mask

Did you know that over 60 percent of what we put on our skin is absorbed into our bodies? That little factoid has really made me rethink every beauty product that I have.

This mask contains all natural ingredients — you could actually eat it if you really wanted to. But that’s the point. If I can’t eat it, I shouldn’t put it on my skin!

The recipe below will last for about three masks (or three days). If you are creating the mask for three people to use the same day, just use a ripe banana (spotty). But if you’re making it for just yourself to use over the course of three days, grab a more yellow banana with a tiny bit of a green on the stem.

Scroll to the bottom for all of the benefits of this mask!

Face Mask Ingredients

Half of a yellow banana (see above for ripeness considerations)

Photo courtesy of robin_24 on Flickr.

Photo courtesy of robin_24 on Flickr.

2 tsp coconut oil (it should be somewhat firm like the photo)

Photo courtesy of Meal Makeover Moms on Flickr.

Photo courtesy of Meal Makeover Moms on Flickr.

1 tsp peppermint oil

Photo Courtesy of Dan LaMee on Flickr.

Photo Courtesy of Dan LaMee on Flickr.

1 tsp vitamin E oil (buy in oil form, not capsule)

Photo courtesy of Frédéric Poirot on Flickr.

Photo courtesy of Frédéric Poirot on Flickr.

Directions

Mash the banana in a bowl, add other ingredients and whisk until smooth.

Apply to face generously and let set until really tacky (it won’t dry completely). I like to put a fan on my face to get the menthol effect from the peppermint oil.

When you’re ready to take the mask off, I suggest thoroughly wetting a hand towel with water, microwaving it for 30 seconds and wrapping it around your face for about 5 minutes. Then, gently rub the mask off using the towel, rinsing it as needed.

So what do all of these ingredients offer your skin?

Bananas are full of water and vitamins C, A and B6; all of which are awesome at giving you glowing and younger skin. They are a natural moisturizer and give your dry skill relief from the harsh rays of the sun.

Coconut oil has been talked about a lot lately for its many benefits to overall health and beauty. It’s important to get extra virgin coconut oil because it hasn’t been hydrogenated, bleached, refined or deodorized. It has a very low melting point compared to other solid oils. Keeping it below 76° F will keep it in a solid form, anything above that will make it liquid.

The peppermint oil in this mask is really the shining star. It’s the acne-controller, skin brightener, toner and pore-opener. You can find it at any major grocery store, in either the baking isle or the natural food section. Bonus tip: Peppermint oil also promotes hair growth because the menthol effect stimulates your scalp when it’s applied directly.

Vitamin E oil promotes healthy skin by healing scars and helping to control wrinkles and brown spots. You can find it at any health food store or vitamin shop. I used the kind that says, “pure enough to eat” on the label.

But, you may ask, “Why should I put oil directly on my face? Won’t that clog my pores?” Your skin needs natural oils in order to function correctly and fight blemishes and aging. Now, this doesn’t mean you should be rubbing PAM on your face, but at least using some type of natural oil on your skin once a week is a good idea.

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