I love Pinterest. It’s become a very guilty pleasure of mine, and I know I am not the only one (I see some of y’all at all hours of the night.. pinning away to your heart’s content!). One of my favorite boards on Pinterest is called At Home Spa Day, where I pin all of the do-it-yourself beauty recipes I’ve stumbled across online. Recently, I’ve had the opportunity to try out some of the recipes I’ve pinned, and I thought that it might be a fun idea to blog about my experience! I hope that it inspires you to have an At Home Spa Day and give yourself some well deserved pampering.
The first recipe I’m trying out is super easy to create, and most of you will already have the ingredients available in your very own kitchen!!
“You Glow, Girl!” Facial Masque Ingredients
1/2 Banana – The more ripe the better Banana is excellent for hydrating and moisturizing winter-dry skin, reducing the visibility of blemishes, fighting wrinkles, and smoothing out rough skin.
1 tablespoon of coconut oil Coconut oil will soften and lubricate healthy skin cells, break down dead cells, heal acne, and hydrate skin… It’s truly a jar full of goodness!
1 pinch of tumeric Tumeric is not only great for curries, but acts as an anti-inflammatory agent. It contains antiseptic, antibacterial, not to mention anti-aging properties. Furthermore, it fights pimples, brightens the appearance of dull skin and evens out discolorations.
This was my first time recreating this recipe, so I admit to being more than a little anxious that it might not mesh well with my super-sensitive skin, but I took several deep breaths and got started.
Soo… we’re going to pretty much ignore how WHOMP WHOMP WHOMP my nails look. Okay? Okay! Using a fork, mash the banana half in a bowl. The object is to get the banana as smooth as possible, but I’m pretty heavy-handed, and I ended up mashing the crap out of it! LOL
Add 1 tablespoon of coconut oil to the mashed banana. I like using organic coconut oil, and this brand was the cheapest of the considerable selection at my local supermarket. Feel free to use whatever coconut oil you have access to.
I was always of the belief that a dash = a pinch, so I used one dash of the tumeric to my mixture. I’m thinking that I could’ve added a bit more, so if you’re not worried about staining, feel free to add 2-3 light dashes into your mixture and combine all three ingredients until well blended.
Once the mixture was blended, it had the consistency of baby food. Next time around, I plan on NOT going H.A.M. on the banana, which should make the end results a bit thicker. But, I figured waste not, want not and continued on. Besides… I had already eaten the other banana half! LOL
Once in the Audrey Can Lab (aka my bathroom), I washed my face and dried it so that I could add the masque to clean skin. I’ve been using Hey Fran Hey’s oil cleansing method for about a year now, so if you want to check it out, click here. I follow it pretty much to the letter, except I used Vitamin E oil instead of Almond oil.
Adding a bit at a time, I start gently smearing the mixture onto my face, making sure I avoid my eyes and hair-line. I recommend wearing a shirt you don’t care about, because it WILL drip. Here I am trying to be cute in my pink top and I got the mask ALL OVER it. #Fail.
This was my reaction to my Mum saying I smelled like banana pudding! Smelling like a sweet, southern dessert, I asked Siri to set a timer for fifteen minutes and went about my business.
After fifteen minutes were up, I returned to the lab, where I noticed that the masque had turned brown on my face. I took that to mean it was time to be rinsed off, so I gently did so.
After the masque was rinsed off entirely, and my face patted dry with a clean towel, I followed up with my favorite rose petal witch hazel toner with aloe vera from Thayer’s.
This stuff makes my skin SOOO happy!! I get in a thrifty 3-pack from Amazon, which lasts me about a year… so I always have it on hand!
Once I let the toner air dry, these were the results. It wasn’t a super dramatic change in appearance, but my face DEFINITELY felt smoother and softer to the touch! I am going to incorporate this into my skin care routine, doing this once a month. Now that it’s winter and colder than Elsa’s armpit here in New York City, my skin becomes dry easily, and I believe that this mask can be an effective tool in combating the dryness.