Banana Botox Facial

Okay, I admit it. I’m OBSESSED with Pinterest! Back in Burbank one of my student’s mom told me about it and I thought to myself, “Lovely, yet another social medium to waste my time on.”

Banana Botox Well, now that I’m married, I’ve discovered that it’s like a secret homemaker social society. On it, I find (and share) adorable animal photos, DIY crafts, sewing, essential oils, candle making, and homemade skincare.

(O.M.G. I LOVE it!!)

Well, today…I’m sharing a facial mask that I ADORE!

It’s simple, it’s all natural, and it makes your face feel and look UH-MAZING! Plus, it tastes yummy, you know…just in case you happen to lick your lips with it on! (giggle!)

The Banana, Yogurt, Honey Facial Mask

It’s SO simple. Equal parts of each ingredient. That’s what I do. Here are the ingredients I use:

That’s it! Then put it on your face and leave it on for 20 minutes.

Instead of getting a banana, I use the baby food. As I understand banana powder also works. I just found it less messy to mix. The BeechNut has 2 ingredients: banana and lemon juice concentrate. If you suffer from acne? Use a REAL banana! Why? Because the peel is known to CURE acne!

If you google the skin benefits for any of these and you’ll find a SLEW of info! But here’s the breakdown:

Nutrients in Banana* Skin Benefits
Vitamin A Gets rid of dark spots and blemishes. Evens out rough skin
Vitamin B Delays aging, lessens dryness, moisturizes and lightens skin
Vitamin E Works as a “Protector”. Combats free radical impairment, boosts the skin’s sun-rays resistance, prevents and diminishes appearance of wrinkles
Potassium Gets rid of dry skin by moisturizing and hydrating skin cells
Not to mention that Dr. Oz calls bananas a natural botox!
*http://naturalbeautytips.co/banana-face-mask-recipe/
Nutrients in Yogurt* Skin Benefits
Lactic Acid A natural alpha hydroxy acid that helps smooth and exfoliate skin as well as dissolve dead skin and tighten pores.
Zinc Helps soothe sunburns
Lactobacillus Used for skin disorders such as fever blisters, canker sores, eczema (allergic dermatitis); and acne
Probiotics When applied topically it is proven to reduce acne and rosacea by creating a protective shield. It also contains antimicrobial properties and calms the skin.
*http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/790.html
http://www.organicauthority.com/delicious-beauty/5-skin-rejuvenating-treatments-using-yogurt.html
https://www.aad.org/stories-and-news/news-releases/could-probiotics-be-the-next-big-thing-in-acne-and-rosacea-treatments
Nutrients in Honey* Skin Benefits
Hydrogen Peroxide and Phenolic Compounds It is antimicrobial and (the more natural the honey) antibacterial. Honey has been proven to resist flesh eating bacteria where usual antibiotics have not. (Yuck!)
Antioxidants Honey is full of antioxidants with help slow down and resist the signs of aging. (Yay!)
*http://www.beesource.com/resources/usda/honey-composition-and-properties/
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/the-science-behind-honeys-eternal-shelf-life-1218690/?no-ist
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3609166/

Depending on your skin type, you can add essential oils for even more benefits! Here’s a GREAT chart! I personally use therapeutic grade Young Living Essential Oils. If you are interested in purchasing wholesale, I’d love to have you on my team!

best-essential-oils-for-skincare1

So, try this out and let me know how it works for you! Then check out Pinterest for more cool Homemaker DIY stuff! You know I will!! 😉 Here’s a link to mine!

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Effective Facial Scrub found in your Kitchen Cupboard

2011_07_07_Awash with sea salt…AND without making a mess! It’s Sea Salt!

I’m all for “easy” on a day-to-day basis. My schedule doesn’t allow me to spend 10 to 15 minutes with a mixing bowl making a facial scrub each day…then clean it up afterward.)

So here’s what I do:

1) I grab my cleanser. (Since I have acne prone/sensitive skin, I use Avon’s Clearskin Blackhead Eliminating Daily Cleanser that I’ve put in a pump. It didn’t come in a pump. I got one at the beauty store.)

2) I grab my bottle of Sea Salt. (I use Morton’s Coarse Kosher Sea Salt – NOT table salt – that I’ve put in a travel bottle for easy access.)

3) I wet my face a little.

4) I pump out my cleanser, in one hand, shake a good amount of Sea Salt on it and rub my hands together.

5) I massage the mix all over my face and neck for about 60 seconds.

6) Then I rinse.

My skin does get a little red, because the sea salt is course enough to slough off dead skin, cleanse and detoxify the skin. So, I follow up with my favorite oil, Kukui Nut Oil, and the redness disappears.

If you have a cleanser that works for you, USE IT! SAVE YOUR MONEY!

Do I have a different scrub? Yes, once a week I use a Glycolic Acid scrub. The only one I have found that does not break my face out is Nude’s Miracle Mask. It’s a scrub and mask in one! It’s AMAZING! Again, afterward I follow up with my Kukui Nut Oil.

Make a facial scrub with sea salt in organic honey, organic vinegar, avocado, evaporated milk or simply use your own cleanser and save time, money and the mess.

I’d love to know what you use!

Resources:

Livestrong
WebMD
and my Mother the Massage Therapist. 🙂

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