This strawberry banana DIY facial mask will leave your skin bright and glowing. It’s good for all skin types.
Strawberries are in season and they’re one of my favorites. They’re really good for your skin too. Whenever I have some on hand, I love to whip up this fresh strawberry banana DIY facial mask.
What Is a Fresh Facial Mask?
Fresh facial masks have had their raving fans for years. Lush even has an entire line built around facial masks made with fresh ingredients.
Lately, the popularity of fresh DIY facial masks has skyrocketed, as people are wanting simple, natural products for their skin. Plus, let’s be honest, Covid has a lot to do with it too. When you’re stuck at home you need something to do, and whipping up a fresh DIY facial mask is easy and can be done with ingredients you already have in your kitchen.
A bit of information if you’re new to the world of DIY facial masks…
Fresh facial masks are made using fresh, and perishable, ingredients.
These are things like fresh fruits, vegetables, yogurts, herbs and other botanicals. Because the ingredients used are highly perishable, fresh facial masks are made in small batches just enough for one use. (If you do happen to have a bit left over, put it directly in the fridge and use within three days.)
Fresh facial masks are highly potent.
Even though you’re mixing up a concoction of simple, natural ingredients, don’t think for a minute that your DIY facial mask creations are not as effective as a store-bought option.
Fresh facial masks are powerful and can deliver potent results for your skin. So, it’s important to follow these safety rules when using fresh DIY facial masks:
- Don’t let the mask sit longer than instructed. Longer isn’t better, and can cause skin irritation.
- If the mask burns or stings, wash it off right away with warm water and a mild cleanser.
- Don’t use a mask if it contains any food you’re allergic to. A good rule of thumb: If you can’t put it in your mouth, you can’t put it on your skin.
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Skin Benefits of Using a Strawberry Banana DIY Facial Mask
Like I alluded to before, your kitchen is a veritable treasure trove of all-natural and effective skin care ingredients. This strawberry banana DIY facial mask contains some sweet, skin softening ingredients.
Strawberries leave your skin soft and smooth, and smell fabulous. They have high amounts of vitamin C, which is a fabulous antioxidant and complexion brightener. Also, the fruit acids in strawberries give your skin a pretty powerful exfoliation.
Of course, strawberries always pair well with bananas. Bananas are toning and moisturizing.
Blend them together with a few other special ingredients and you have a lovely strawberry banana smoothie–for your face! You probably have everything you need for this mask in your kitchen right now.
Alrighty, friend, let’s whip up this scrumptious skin care treat, shall we?
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RECIPE: Strawberry Banana Smoothie DIY Facial Mask Recipe
This recipe makes a single use, fresh facial mask. Use immediately after mixing; it doesn’t keep well. But that’s OK, since it whips up in just a couple of minutes you can easily make a new mask whenever strikes your fancy.
- 1 medium-sized strawberry
- 1 tablespoon chopped banana
- 1 teaspoon plain yogurt (you can substitute with any flavor you have in your fridge)
- 1/2 teaspoon honey
- 1-2 teaspoons finely ground oats
Chop the strawberry and put it in a small bowl. Using a fork, mash until smooth. Really ripe strawberries, even ones that are a bit overripe, work best because you can really get them nice and smooth. It will make a difference in the feel of your mask.
Add the banana to the bowl. The measurements aren’t super important; just cut a small piece of banana approximately 1 tablespoon or so. (I’ll eat the rest of this banana later.)
Mash the banana with the strawberry. Again, try to get it as smooth as possible.
You could use a tiny blender or food processor, like the “Mini Bullet” if you’d like. Average sized blenders are just too big for this tiny amount of fruit. It’s easy enough to mash with a fork, though.
Next, add a teaspoon of yogurt. The Greek-style yogurt is good because it’s so thick, but you can use any type of yogurt you have at home. I’m using plain, but you can use any flavor too — vanilla, strawberry, lemon. Use what you have on hand. I’ll add the extra yogurt to my leftover banana for a nice snack.
Drizzle in honey and 1 teaspoon finely ground oats (just put some uncooked oats in a blender). Mix it up good. If your mask seems a bit too runny still, add another teaspoon of ground oats. Looks pretty, right?
Massage over clean skin and let set for about 5 minutes. You’ll feel this one working–it tingles. If your skin is sensitive, take it off after about 2 minutes. Remove with a warm cloth and rinse well. Your skin will feel super soft and smooth.
If you have any leftover, you can keep in in the fridge, but use it within 2 days.