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Today’s didn’t-know-you-needed-it-in-your-life banana recipe comes in the form of a mask. Yes, as in for your face: a soothing (not to mention delicious) treatment from ingredients you may already have lying around (yogurt, raw honey, oats, lemon, and—you guessed it—banana). If you’ve got a little time to lounge around, you can use it as a full-on facial treatment; otherwise, it works great as a gentle exfoliating scrub.
Finely grind the oats in a coffee grinder. Then, place the ground oats and all remaining ingredients into a small bowl. Using an immersion blender, blend until smooth. (You can also mix by hand, but an immersion blender helps get the right consistency.)
If using as a scrub, apply to slightly damp skin and massage gently in upward circles, avoiding the eye area. If using as a face mask, apply to clean skin and let sit for 15 minutes. Rinse off with cool water.
We got the recipe from Stephanie Peterson, founder of New York City’s Smoothie Beauty, a skin-care line made from actual food. “It's good for all skin types,” she says. “Together, the ingredients hydrate, soften, and soothe skin.” Banana is good for hydration, while yogurt’s lactic acid helps exfoliate. Oats are anti-inflammatory, honey retains moisture, and lemon contains antioxidants that can improve skin texture (if you’ve got sensitive skin, skip the lemon, which can be irritating).
If you find yourself wanting to experiment with more food-based face treatments, that's cool—just keep your skin type in mind as you start poking around the kitchen:
If you try out our good-enough-to-eat banana mask—or create one of your own—be sure to let us know how it goes in the comments.