DIY Beauty: Homemade Banana & Oat Face Mask

Whilst tidying my kitchen this week I came across a couple of (over) ripe bananas. I hate to throw food away but I also don’t really like eating them at this stage so I decided to do something useful with them! I made a really simple but effective homemade skin cleansing face mask. This mask is really great as it’s all natural and fresh ingredients. Sometimes I wonder about all the chemicals I put onto my skin, are they really as beneficial as some natural ingredients? This mask really packs a punch when it comes to skin friendly ingredients!
 Banana is excellent on the skin as it’s full to the brim with potassium, beta-carotene and B vitamins. Potassium helps to reduce water retention in the skin and combat dark circles and eye bags, whereas the beta-carotene turns into Vitamin A within the body and fights the ‘free-radicals’ keeping the young cells and leaving the skin ultra smooth and soft.
Oats have been used as a natural remedy for acne. They contain anti-inflammatory properties so are also great for calming red patches, sensitive skin and allergies. They are also gently buff the skin giving a soft exfoliation. 
Honey contains is great as it contains an antibacterial property which makes it a great cleanser. It is also packed with antioxidants and hygroscopic (water-retaining) qualities and is becoming a staple within the beauty industry, with companies like The Body Shop making use of it’s amazing skincare elements. 
This mask is really easy to whip together. 
You will need:

1 ripe banana
2 tablespoons rolled oats
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon milk
Step 1: Mash the banana into a smooth paste
Mashing the banana
Step 2: Add the rolled oats, honey and a dash of milk to the mixture
Step 3: Mix until all the ingredients are combined
Step 4: Apply to the face, sit down and relax with a cuppa for 15 minutes.
Step 5: Rinse with warm water. As I rinsed this off my skin I massaged the mixture in a gentle circular motion on the skin to give my skin an extra buff with the oats as the mixture rinsed away.
Ta-da! Skin should be left feeling soft and smooth. 
I have tried this recipe quite a few times now and I can honestly say it gives great results. Give it a go and let me know what you think! 
Have you ever made a homemade facemask, or have any all natural skincare tips? 
Would love to hear them – please leave me a comment below 🙂 
Have a great weekend everyone,

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