If the winter cold has got you down, and has got your hair and skin feeling dry and dull, boost your mood and get back your mid-summer glow with this super-easy 2-in-1 DIY moisturizing mask for hair and face. With honey, banana, avocado, and sweet almond oil and almond milk, this dual-duty moisturizing mask is so natural, it’s practically edible. The mask soothes and nourishes hair and skin, helping to lock in moisture.
Moisturizing Mask Ingredients: Honey, Banana, Avocado & Almond
When it comes to hair, honey acts as a humectant. In other words, it attracts moisture from the air into your hair. It will soothe the scalp, and add a natural shine to tired locks.
For skin, honey can help fight infections and irritation by unclogging pores and removing impurities. The honey in this moisturizing mask protects skin from becoming dry and may even help prevent wrinkles or aging skin! Plus, honey is a great source of antioxidants and can help protect skin from damaging UV rays.
Because bananas are rich in potassium, they can help soften hair. They moisturize hair as well, helping to prevent split ends and breakage.
The Vitamin C and Vitamin B6 in bananas help to maintain skin’s elasticity, which keeps your skin younger-looking. Vitamin C is also an antioxidant, protecting skin from damage-causing free radicals. Bananas are also a natural moisturizer that will give skin a healthy glow.
Like honey, avocado has humectant properties for hair, helping to lock moisture into strands. The antioxidant Vitamin E that is in avocado, plus its essential fatty acids, help promote healthy looking hair and a healthy scalp. The Vitamin E may even help prevent the look of aging, graying hair.
The antioxidants, fatty acids and amino acids in avocados help prevent wrinkles and signs of aging. rid your body of toxins that may otherwise result in wrinkles. Avocado is also rich in Vitamin A, which helps clarify and gently exfoliate the skin, to give it a healthy glow.
4. Sweet Almond Oil & Almond Milk
Almonds – including almond products such as almond oil and almond milk – contain Vitamin E and omega 6 fatty acids. Omega 6 helps promote the appearance of healthy looking hair growth, and Vitamin E strengthens strands and moisturizes the scalp.
The Vitamin E in almond oil and almond milk helps improves the complexion of the skin by retaining moisture, which helps reduce wrinkles and adds a natural, healthy glow to skin.
Recipe: How to Make a Moisturizing Mask
1 medium banana
1 Tbsp. sweet almond oil
1 Tbsp. honey
¼ cup almond milk
With a large fork or potato masher, combine all ingredients in a bowl. Or, for a smoother consistency that is easier to apply to hair, blend ingredients in a blender until well-combined and smooth.
To use on face: Apply a generous amount to clean, dry skin and let it sit for about 30 minutes. Rinse with warm water and gently pat dry.
To use on hair: Apply generously from root to ends, especially focusing on dry or split ends. Put your hair up on top of your head and cover with a shower cap. Let the mask sit for about 45 minutes, then wash and dry hair as usual.
This 2-in-1 moisturizing mask will leave your hair so soft and shiny, and your skin so glowing, people will want to know your secret!
(Recipe from blog.freepeople.com)