Revitalize and nourish your skin with a homemade, pore-cleansing mask that consists of a luscious melange of banana and honey and is infused with the heavenly scent and skin-balancing benefits of rose and ylang-ylang essential oils. Made with fresh, natural ingredients you may already have in your kitchen, this invigorating mask whisks away pore-clogging debris, leaving any type of skin refreshed and glowing. What's best is this beautifying mask can be whipped up in a flash, making it an accessible and a relaxing way to pamper yourself before a special night out.
Grind 1 tablespoon of oats to a fine consistency in the blender. Peel the banana, cut it into small pieces and mash. Cut 1 fresh lemon in half and extract 1 teaspoon of juice.
Add the lemon juice, 1 tablespoon of raw honey, 1 egg yolk, 1 teaspoon of wheat germ oil and ground oats to the mashed banana. Mash all the ingredients together to form a smooth, creamy paste.
Dilute the mask with a little distilled water if it's too thick, then stir thoroughly until the mixture is completely smooth. Add 1 drop each of ylang-ylang and rose essential oils, and stir well until thoroughly infused.
Pull your hair back into a ponytail and wrap a towel around your shoulders to cover any exposed clothing. Wash your face and neck and gently pat dry.
Apply the mask to your face and neck using upward motions, avoiding areas around your eyes and mouth. Relax and rest for 10 minutes, or longer if your skin is dry.
Soak the washcloth with warm water and gently remove the mask, then thoroughly rinse your face and neck with warm water. Follow with a cold water rinse. Pat dry with a clean towel. Apply your regular toner -- or skin freshener -- and moisturizer.
Apply the mask within an hour or so of preparation.
Lavender essential oil may be substituted for rose.
Roman-chamomile essential oil may be substituted for ylang ylang.
After applying the mask, consider lying down and relaxing with cold teabags or freshly cut kiwi slices over your eyes to soothe and reduce the appearance of dark circles.
If you have sensitive skin may wish to test a tiny portion of the mask on the inside of your wrist for 10 minutes, then rinse and wait for 24 hours to make sure you're not allergic to any of the mask's ingredients.
Do not use this mask if you have allergies to bee products, such as honey.
Do not use this mask if you have acne or other skin problems.