Lately my skin's been acting up so I decided to look for some DIY face masks. My skin is combination and also slightly sensitive so I have real trouble finding products that work well with my skin.
I came across a Banana mask for oily skin which I thought sounded good as the main thing I struggle with is how much oil I have on my face.
To make it you simply mix one banana a tablespoon of honey and some lemon juice together in a bowl. Then I found that using a cotton pad to smooth it around your skin works really well. The mask gave off a nice scent however having lumps of banana on my face wasn't the most attractive I've ever looked. I left the mask on for about 20 minutes and then washed it off with a flannel. Make sure you wash all the mixture off the flannel immediately though otherwise it's really hard to get off.
The banana in the mask contains essential vitamins and Amino acids that are really good for our skin. The honey is really good for the skin because it is a mild antiseptic this will help remove any bacteria that will cause spots. It also contains Amino acids and mild alpha hydroxy acids, these help boost our skins elasticity, locks in moisture and can balance oily skin. So there is real science behind why this mask works so well :). I looked this all up and found it really interesting, it's the chemist in me trying to break free :).
When I took the mask off my skin was oil free, plus my skin felt really soft and moisturised. When I woke up in the morning my face was a lot less oily than it usually is and also the dry patches were completely gone. I don't think the mask hasn't done anything visible for any spots I have but it has definitely helped the texture and appearance of my combination skin.
I also made my boyfriend use it ( I say made I'm pretty sure he enjoyed it even if he won't admit it =P). He has a small amount of acne and uses prescription creams for it, this really dries his skin out no matter how much moisturiser he uses. The mask made a substantial difference to his skin although his skin was still a little dry the next morning it was nowhere near as bad as it usually is and as soon as he put some moisturiser on the dryness went away. I would definitely recommend making this mask it's kind to the skin and it's really fun too :). Plus I find it's always nice to know that you're not putting any harmful chemicals on your skin.
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