The 50 Cent Facial

Okay, so I know that little can beat a professional spa facial — the plush robe, meditative music, the soothing touch of trained hands. Well, yes until you’ve polished off your little fruit plate and taken your last sip of infused water and it’s time to pay the piper. Ouch! So for those times when your skin needs a little pick-me-up, you can make your own moisturizing facial mask using an ingredient you probably already have in your kitchen: Banana. Aside from being a delicious snack, bananas are packed with skin-loving nutrients. Bananas are high in potassium, a natural diuretic, making them a useful tool to ease water retention and de-puff eyes. Furthermore, the detoxifying nature of vitamin B in bananas helps neutralize free radicals, producing smooth, soft skin.

mashed banana on a plate

Here’s the [very simple] recipe:


Ripe Banana (yep, just a banana)


Mash a ripe banana until it reaches a smooth consistency. Gently spread the mashed banana on your face and neck and let it set for up to 20 minutes. Rinse your face with cool water and pat dry with a towel. You can also make use of the banana peel. The enzymes in banana peels are great for treating acne and dark spots. A banana peel that is yellow with black spots will be most effective. Take a section of peel and place it on your face, with the white inside touching your skin. Gently rub the peel over the affected area until you see the inside of the peel turning dark. Repeat until you have used all of the peel. Do not wash your face or you will wash all the goodness right off. Yes, you’ll smell like banana, but some people pay good money for that. Try it and drop me a line to let me know how it worked for you.

The 50 cent Facial

Laura LadyThe 50 Cent Facial