Any beauty counseling session will remind you that face masks are a fun way for cleansing, nurturing and nourishing your skin. But what if the mask you used was not only nourishing, but delicious and nutritious enough to eat? Wouldn’t you feel better about the largest organ of your body soaking it up? Try this fortifying mask with a completely edible ingredients list. Each ingredient is packed with reasons to spread it on your face.
- Greek yogurt has lactic acid, which can exfoliate and loosen dead skin cells, as well as clear out pores.
- Honey helps retain your skin’s elasticity and moisture, and is therefore especially helpful for dry skin.
- Cocoa is a rich antioxidant containing iron, calcium, magnesium and potassium, all good for rejuvenation.
- Lemon juice, with its Vitamin C and B content, exfoliates, smooths, dries excess oil and helps fade scars and age spots. Keep in mind that sun exposure must be avoided while lemon juice is on your face.
- Buttermilk, a natural probiotic can soften, brighten, tighten and exfoliate.
- Banana, even all by itself, makes a great mask. The potassium contained in the yummy fruit can heal your blemishes.
The best part is eating the leftovers!
To make three to five face masks:
- 2-3 Tablespoons Greek yogurt
- 1 tsp. cocoa powder
- 1 tsp. buttermilk
- ¼-1/2 of a banana, mashed
- 1 tsp. honey
- 1 tsp. lemon juice
Note: To protect dry or damaged skin, you’ll want to eliminate the lemon juice and add the same amount of honey in its place.
For oily skin, use a little more lemon juice and less honey. If your skin is a combination of both, use equal amounts of lemon juice and honey.
Mix ingredients in a blender or food processor until the mask is thick. Test a little bit on your skin to make sure you’re not allergic. If the coast is clear, apply a layer of the mask to your face and let it dry for 20 to 30 minutes. Take a selfie while you wait. Why? Why not?
When you’re ready, wash your face off with cool water, followed by a splash of cold water to close your pores.