Natural Banana Peel Face Masks

Dating as far back as junior high, I had others jokingly comment on my skin care routine. At that time, a friend lovingly joked that I already had wrinkle creams (actually plain moisturizers) and we weren’t even in high school. I’ve been slathering on sunscreen every morning since I was stuck in the uniformed, plaid school jumpers, too young to wear the uniformed, plaid skirts.

Unlike some, I do not see skin care as a chore….most days. Most days, I see it as time I get to spend on myself. Time to do something in which I am not very good – relax. I owe this to two women – my mother and step mother. With my skin care, I was not particularly cooperative as a child. My loving mom annoyed me with her frequent encouragement to take time for myself through reminders to wash, to exfoliate, to moisturize, and to wear sunscreen. Going to visit my father in the summers offered no reprieve; my step-momma lovingly stepped in where my momma left off.

In my own reflections of these memories, I have learned that self-care comes in many forms. My mother and step-mother taught me that it is important, not selfish or vain, to take care of myself. In a society where women are expected to give and give, it is okay, and necessary, to also love and care for myself. It does not come naturally, and I do have to be intentional by scheduling self-care practices in my planner.

As I continue in my efforts to bring more intentionality to our lives, I am finding so many ways that I have passively lived life. I don’t like thinking about all the all the ways I have lacked intent with my actions and words. It’s uncomfortable. And from that discomfort must come growth. I try my best to accept where I am and encourage the progress I am making.

Arizona cutting board
So many banana peels that don’t need to be wasted!

Today’s mindful focus is on banana peels. In Morning Mango Puree, Fruit Smoothies, and My Journey Back to Work I share some of our smoothie recipes, many using frozen banana slices as the base. Recently, as I have thrown out those peels, I have been left wondering what nutrients I am also throwing away since I do not have a garden.

I have read that you can, in fact, eat the banana peel. Maybe one day. Today, I’m focused on non-consumption. That’s right. You can take advantage of the many nutrients like vitamin C, B-6, potassium, and magnesium found in a banana peel without consuming it. Our skin is our biggest organ, and a porous one at that. People have been using banana peels as wart removers and as skin soothers for discomforts like rashes and psoriasis. I’ve also read that banana peels can whiten teeth and lighten under eye circles. This led me to believe there may be some skin tone evening properties in the banana peel. All of this was enough to convince me to make a face mask out of these peels that get thrown in the trash week after week. And with my allergies, it feels wonderful knowing exactly what I am putting on my skin.

Before beginning, it is important to properly clean your bananas and oranges, especially if buying non-organic bananas.

Essential Oil Banana Peel Mask

Ingredients:

  • ½ tsp of spirulina
  • ½ an organic avocado
  • 2 clean, organic banana peels
  • Splash of milk (I alternate between hemp milk and organic whole milk)
  • 3 drops of Melaleuca Alternifolia (tea tree oil)*

Directions:

  1. Blend spirulina, avocado, and banana peels. Place in glass storage.**
  2. Mix in three drops of Melaleuca Alternifolia
  3. With clean hands, gently rub in upward circular motions over face for one minute.
  4. Apply a thick even layer. Let sit for 10-20 minutes before rinsing with warm water. Pat dry.
  5. Cover and place remaining in fridge for 1-2 days.
Essential Oil Banana Peel Mask
I love the cleaning sensation I get from the Melaleuca in this!

Essential Oil Banana Peel and Orange Peel Mask

Ingredients:

  • ½ tsp of spirulina
  • ½ an organic avocado
  • 2 clean, organic banana peels
  • 1 clean, organic orange peel
  • Splash of milk (I alternate between hemp milk and organic whole milk)
  • 3 drops of Melaleuca Alternifolia (tea tree oil)*

Directions:

  1. Blend spirulina, avocado, banana peels, and orange peels. Place in glass storage.**
  2. Mix in three drops of Melaleuca Alternifolia
  3. With clean hands, gently rub in upward circular motions over face for one minute.
  4. Apply a thick even layer. Let sit for 10-20 minutes before rinsing with warm water. Pat dry.
  5. Cover and place remaining in fridge for 1-2 days.
Essential Oil Banana Peel and Orange Peel Mask
The orange peel is an excellent exfoliator and the smell is uplifting. A match made in morning heaven!

These recipes are enough for roughly 4-6 masks. Both recipes can be used as exfoliators and as a moisturizing, and healing mask. In the short time I have been using these masks, I have seen my skin tone improve dramatically in regards to scarring and light melasma on my cheekbones. Diet changes may be more responsible than the masks for improving my melasma.

Up next for O and M masks – to incorporate that nutrient dense avocado seed that I’m throwing away!

For new readers, welcome and thank you for stopping by. I am not an expert in anything, but I am grateful that you’re taking the time to share my journey with me. We are all different and individualized, as will be our journeys. This is especially true with our bodies and our health. I look forward to reading what works for you and any tips you have for our family in the comments.

*Melaleuca Quinquenervia (Niaouli) can be substituted for Melaleuca Alternifolia. Niaouli has stronger properties than Melaleuca Alternifolia.

**When working with therapeutic grade essential oils, it is important to use glass containers because essential oils can break down plastic.

May everyone have a blessed Wednesday!

Vaya con Dios.

For a list of some other ways to use those excess banana peels, visit:

http://www.medicaldaily.com/health-benefits-bananas-and-their-peels-10-unusual-ways-use-entire-fruit-296454

Sources:
http://www.businessinsider.com/benefits-of-eating-banana-peels-2015-9
https://caloriebee.com/nutrition/Benefits-of-Banana-Peels
Young Living Fall 2016 Product Guide

5 thoughts on “Natural Banana Peel Face Masks

  1. Your mothers were right, take care of yourself! My wife Dr C uses a mixture of Gram Flour and honey for facial and henna and mayonnaise (but not together!) for hair all handed down from her mother in Kathmandu. Now in our 70’s, it worked!

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