Bananas for Beauty

Rejuvenate and nourish your face with this banana facial mask.

Bananas for Beauty
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Since bananas are in season year-round, you can easily add them to your beauty routine, says Donna Maria Coles Johnson, founder & president of the Indie Beauty Network.  For an instant moisturizer, scrape off the inner peel of a banana, apply it to your face, then rinse off after 15 minutes. If you have more time to spare, try this recipe from Donna Maria exclusively for Natural Health.

Banana Facial Mask
Oats cleanse the skin and honey draws additional moisture to it, while soothing rose oil complements the banana's aroma.

You will need:
½ ripe and peeled banana (eat the other half)
1 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon water
2 tablespoons finely powdered oats
½ teaspoon sweet almond oil (optional)
1 drop rose oil (optional)

Blend banana in food processor until smooth and mix in remaining ingredients. Apply to clean skin and leave on for 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water to remove mask. Pat skin dry and apply a moisturizer. Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight plastic container for up to one day.