In lieu of the winter blizzard in the northeast, I am sharing one of my favorite remedies for dry skin. I have super sensitive combination skin, meaning that it basically acts like a pendulum switching from overwhelming acne and oiliness to dry patches. Many things set it off, especially cold weather.
This winter had been colder that the ones I’m used to, meaning my skin is currently covered in itchy scaly patches. But the good thing is that there are so many solutions already lying around my house! This mask is one of my favorites for acne, as well as dry and inflamed skin.
Although I also love avocado masks, avocados are pretty expensive so I prefer to use the humble banana. Also I have trouble opening an avocado and not eating it. This mask does it all– it soothes sensitive skin, moisturizes dry skin, brightens dull skin, and fights acneic skin. If you are unlucky in the skin genetics department like me, this mask is amazing. It uses the power of four awesome ingredients for your skin: bananas, oatmeal, agave nectar, and turmeric. You can also add in some clove, cinnamon, or other beneficial spice. It will basically smell like an amazing oatmeal cookie, and it’s totally edible.
What do the ingredients do?
Bananas: moisturizes and heals the skin. The potassium is awesome for moisturizing the face. Vitamin A, Zinc, and Lectins attack acne without drying. Vitamins B and E help fade wrinkles.
Oatmeal: awesome for soothing the skin and retaining moisture. Its 18 amino acids absorb to help repair and nourish the skin. Its anti-inflammatory properties calm redness. I am using oat flour in this recipe for a smoother mix, but you can use whole oats or just grind them/process them into a powder.
Agave Nectar: anti-microbial and anti-aging benefits. The Aztecs used agave nectar on wounds and skin infections. Honey can also be used, for a non-vegan alternative packed with anti-bacterial properties.
Turmeric: calms skin and fights acne. Its anti-inflammatory properties soothe the skin. It helps reduce oil secretion. Also anti-aging. Turmeric is one of my personal favorite remedies for sensitive skin. I also love using turmeric in cooking and mixed with warm water and lemon.
If you are missing any ingredients, you can still make the mask! Plain banana masks or plain oatmeal masks are also really good for your skin. But when you add all these things together, it is a real treat.
NOTE: This recipe makes a lot of face mask. I usually make this and share it with my mom.
You will need:
- 1/2 banana (ripe)
- 1 tbs of oat flour (or grind one tbs of oats in a coffee grinder, or just use whole oats)
- 1/4 tsp of agave nectar or honey
- a generous sprinkle of turmeric powder
- (Optional) a sprinkle of any other skin nourishing spice (I used a bit of clove, cinnamon and ginger are also great)
Mash up the banana and mix in the oat flour, agave, turmeric, and optional other spices. For a smoother mixture, use a blender or just deal with the lumps. Apply to your face and leave it on for at least 10-15 minutes. Follow up with cleanser and moisturizer.
It will be messy and gloopy, but so worth it. Afterwards, your skin should be soft and glowing. You might notice a decrease in acne the next morning.
Hope you all enjoy! How do you deal with dry skin?