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3 Times a Week Banana Anti-Aging Mask

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.

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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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Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on anniebbond.com, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.

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6:03AM PDT on Mar 31, 2014

Beautifying both the human faces and their environment

12:24PM PDT on Mar 29, 2014

Good to know, but it may be too late for me. ;)

8:10PM PDT on Mar 13, 2014

Thank you for the facial mask recipe.

8:59AM PST on Mar 5, 2014

Thanks Annie.

8:54AM PST on Mar 5, 2014

I just wish there were Vegan alternatives.

8:53AM PST on Mar 5, 2014

AWESOME ARTICLE, EVEN IF THERE ARE A LOT MORE IMPORTANT ARTICLES, THANK YOU!!

8:10AM PST on Feb 13, 2014

not honey or milk on my face as once I've tried it before with a horrible
reaction but, well might work for others-thanks

1:25PM PST on Jan 11, 2014

Interesting. And you'll have that unmistakable banana smell.

12:31PM PST on Jan 11, 2014

Not vegan. Cream comes from mother cows who have their calves ripped away from them on day one or two, then these babies are either treated horrifically to become veal or to become mother cows themselves. At a young age, these cows are sent off to slaughter to become meat on some dark soul's plate. Vegan is the path to the light, away from darkness. Bees do not make their honey for humans....

12:12PM PST on Dec 30, 2013

Thanks . I often end up with over ripe bananas. It is better to put them on my face than in my stomach ...

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