3 Times a Week Banana Anti-Aging Mask

Bananas are one of the most nourishing fruits available because they contain large quantities of magnesium, potassium, iron, zinc, iodine, and vitamins A, B (folic acid), E, and F.

Here they are teamed with heavy cream (traditionally used to prevent wrinkles) and organic honey in a recipe crammed full of nutrients.

INGREDIENTS
1 small banana
2 tablespoons fresh heavy cream
1 tablespoon organic honey
1 tablespoon oat flour
Bottled or spring water
Rose hydrosol (see “Note,” below, about hydrosols.

METHOD
Mash the banana, using the back of a fork, and then add cream, honey, and flour. Stir to mix well. You may need to add a little more cream or flour to obtain the consistency of thick cream of yogurt.

Apply mask to the clean face, including the area around the eyes and the neck, and leave on for 30 minutes. Rinse off with bottled or spring water and cotton pads, and dab on a little rose hydrosol, allowing to dry naturally.

Effect: nourishes
Skin types: dry, aging
Frequency of use: 3 times a week
Shelf life: 6 hours in refrigerator
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Treatment time: 30 minutes

Note about hydrosols: Also known as floral waters (but not flower waters), hydrosols are a byproduct of steam distillation, created while extracting essential oil. Hydrosols have properties similar to those of their related essential oils, although inevitably in a less concentrated form, but they are enriched with various water-soluble active ingredients. Their gentleness makes them an excellent way to tone, hydrate, and rebalance the pH of the skin, so they are frequently recommended as final cleansers/toners after cleansing or nourishing masks.

This excerpt is from Anti-Wrinkle Treatments for Perfect Skin, by Pierre Jean Cousin. Copyright (c) 2001 by Storey Books. Reprinted with permission by Storey Books.
This excerpt is from Anti-Wrinkle Treatments for Perfect Skin, by Pierre Jean Cousin.

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Antony M.
Antony M.1 months ago

cool

Elena Poensgen
Elena Poensgen7 months ago

Thank you

Kerstin Stoffer
Kerstin Stoffer7 months ago

great. thank you :)

M.N. J.
M.N. J.7 months ago

You had me worried at "heavy cream," and you completely lost me at "Bottled or spring water' -- for RINSING YOUR FACE, no less!

Please stop encouraging people to use bottled water. Most of it is plain old tap water, and you're wrecking my planet by putting it in petroleum/plastic and using more petroleum to ship it long distances.

Just buy a filter system if the water from your tap is filthier than the tap water you buy in a bottle at a store.

Unless you are a disingenuous corporate shill, you are shockingly ignorant, and either way I resent Care2 for enabling you.

Karen F.
Karen F.7 months ago

Sounds good enough to eat.

Debbi -.
Debbi -.7 months ago

I would try it, if I had the ingredients on hand, but I don't.

lynda l.
lynda l.7 months ago

great

M Quann
M Quann7 months ago

Thank you.

Paulinha Russell
Paulinha Russell7 months ago

Thank you