As so many of my regular readers already know too well, I love nothing more than natural ingredients in my beauty products – so what is better than experimenting with ingredients at home to make your own multi-functional mask?
The mix is simple;
1 Avocado, mashed
1 Banana, mashed
1 tbsp Honey
2 tbsp extra virgin Olive Oil
These ingredients are great for both your skin and hair (how great is that?!). I picked them out due to their moisturising properties as I tend to lean towards the dry side with an occasional blemish.
Avocados and bananas contain vitamins A and E. These antioxidants help to soothe sore skin, such as sunburn. Vitamin A helps to get rid of dark spots and blemishes, whilst Vitamin E helps to prevent free radical damage to the skin. Avocado is absolutely fantastic as it is high in vitamin B7 which keeps the skin moisturised, and also helps to prevent hair from becoming too dry. Avocado oil is a popular oil used in the beauty industry as it is absorbed by skin rapidly – a superb bonus for a face & hair mask don’t cha think?
Bananas also contain B vitamins which help to moisturise & lighten skin, this is good at reducing any redness caused by spots or dry skin. Bananas are high in potassium too which hydrates skin cells. The banana is teamed with honey, of course, which has healing compounds to help fight bacteria. And finally, the extra virgin olive oil is full of anti-ageing antioxidants – a big yes yes yes for hair and skin! Similar to coconut oil, it an essential in an all natural ingredients beauty kit. This wonderful mask is filled with ingredients that are brilliant for outer beauty, and smells great too.
The application process is simple: apply a hot flannel to your face to open pores, then rub the mix in circular motions avoiding the sensitive eye area. Leave it on for around 10 minutes then rinse off with warm water. You should be left with clean, glowing skin.
For hair, apply in shower in-between shampoo and conditioner for a quick moisturising kick. Make sure it is evenly distributed using a wide tooth comb, and leave for 2-3 minutes before rinsing. However, for a deep conditioning boost, I find it best to apply to dry hair and leave the mask in for 20 minutes. The mask should be concentrated into the ends of the hair as this is where your hair will have endured most damage and split ends appear. After the much needed TLC shampoo and condition your hair as usual.
Take notice that your hair shouldn’t be greasy after using the mask – if it is, then the mask might be too heavy for your particular hair type!
Hope everyone enjoys trying out this amazing DIY beauty mask. I love it – it smells good enough to eat!