How to Make a Banana Face Mask

Homemade facial mask from banana, plain yogurt and honey
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Overview
  • Working Time: 5 - 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 - 30 minutes
  • Yield: 1 mask
  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Estimated Cost: $4 to $10

A banana face mask is an inexpensive and easy way to feed moisture and vitamins directly to your skin. Bananas are well-known to be high in vitamin C, potassium, and magnesium, and while these nutrients are definitely good to consume, they have also shown benefits to the skin via topical exposure. Vitamin C has a well-proven track record of improving skin health and magnesium has been found to help people with psoriasis.

Applying a face mask once or twice a week is a good way to keep your skin looking fresh, and many of the ingredients in fruit are the same that come in expensive packaged facial care products. By making your own mask, you are skipping the need for preservatives and other chemicals that keep off-the-shelf masks fresh and ingredients mixed together.

You'll also be creating a fully biodegradable product that doesn't need any packaging, so no waste there. Creating and using your own face masks from ingredients you have at home also means you don't need to use any extra fossil fuels to go buy or ship packaged products.

What You'll Need

Equipment/Tools

  • 1 Medium-sized mixing bowl
  • 1 Fork for mixing
  • 1 Headband or hair tie to keep hair off face
  • 1 Washcloth

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe mashed banana
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp yogurt

Instructions

  1. Mash the Banana

    Mash your banana using a fork. Keep going until you have a lumpless goop, which should take at least a minute or so of active mashing and mixing.

    How to Pick a Banana for Your Face Mask

    Look for a banana that's on the riper side (yellow with some brown spots on it). If you don't like eating ripe bananas, this can be a great way to use them and cut down on food waste. In addition, ripe bananas have more antioxidants, which could prove beneficial to your skin.

  2. Mix the Ingredients

    Add the other ingredients to the banana, mixing as you add them. Once all ingredients are thoroughly mixed together it should be the consistency of thick pancake batter.

  3. Add Water if Needed

    You can always add water if you want to thin your mask out a bit, but you shouldn't need to; you don't want the mask to be too drippy once it's on your face.

  4. Pull Your Hair Back

    Let your mask sit for a minute while you get all the hair off your face. Put it in a ponytail or wear a headband.

  5. Ensure Clean Skin

    Skin should be relatively clean but you don't need to wash your face. However, if you wear makeup, definitely remove it first.

  6. Apply Face Mask

    Do a final light stir and gently apply your face mask using your fingers. Start with cheeks, then chin, then finally forehead (if the mask is on the drippier side, don't put it on your forehead so it won't drip into your eyes). Leave plenty of space around your eyes. If you do get it in your eyes, give it a good cool water wash in the sink.

    Wait 10-15 minutes, while the mask does its thing. Read, listen to music, or meditate.

  7. Gently Remove Mask

    Use a gentle washcloth to remove the mask. The mask doesn't need to dry out for it to be ready to be removed.

  8. Dry and Moisturize

    Pat dry, then tone, moisturize or use whatever serums or creams you normally use after washing your face.

Variations

You can add a tablespoon of whole rolled oats and a teaspoon of water to the face mask recipe above to create a thicker mask that will exfoliate a bit when it's rinsed off.

A banana face mask is great for dry skin, as it will be moisturizing and calming, but if you have oily skin you can use it too—it will add moisture to your skin, not oil.

Watch Out for Allergic Reactions

Bananas have low enough levels of proteins and vitamins that they aren't likely to cause irritation. However, if you are allergic to bananas, this is isn't a good mask for you to try. And if you are allergic to latex or to other fruits, especially avocados, chestnuts, or kiwis (but also potatoes, tomatoes, celery, carrots, melons, or papaya), you might want to do a spot test before you do a full mask to check for any possible related allergies.