UPDATE: This post originally ran on October 24th but as the weather gets drier, we wanted to share it again!
We’re always trying out different homemade beauty recipes, and after doing so many, I’ve come to realize that there are many ingredients that are beneficial for both the skin and hair. Today I’m sharing a recipe for a dual face & hair mask. The ingredients are so natural, you could even eat it. As the weather gets cooler and dryer, our hair and skin begin to head in that direction, too. This mask will help lock moisture in, leaving you with skin and hair so soft, you won’t even know what season it is.
First, here are the ingredients, as well as a few of the many ways they’ll benefit both your skin and hair.
Hair: Honey acts as a humectant, attracting moisture to your hair. It improves the health of hair follicles and the scalp, and adds a natural shine.
Skin: Honey fights infections below the skin’s surface by unclogging pores and cleaning out impurities. Its moisturizing properties protect from dryness while also preventing wrinkles. Honey is a great source of antioxidants and has the ability to protect skin from UV rays.
Hair: Bananas are rich in potassium, which helps soften hair, while preventing split ends and breakage.
Skin: The vitamin C and B6 present in bananas helps to maintain skin’s elasticity, resulting in younger-looking skin. Bananas are a natural moisturizer and are known to give skin a healthy glow.
Hair: Like honey, avocado has humectant properties, helping to lock moisture into your strands. Its vitamins, amino acids, and high fat content promote hair growth and overall scalp health.
Skin: The antioxidants and amino acids present in avocados help rid your body of toxins that may otherwise result in wrinkles. Avocado is also rich in vitamin A, which helps remove dead cells from the surface of your skin.
Sweet Almond Oil & Almond Milk
Hair: Almond oil and almond milk are full of omega-6 fatty acids, which play a large role in hair growth and development; as well as vitamin E which strengthens the hair and moisturizes the scalp.
Skin: Almond oil and almond milk contain vitamin E, which improves complexion by helping to retain moisture, reduce wrinkles, and add a natural glow to skin.
And now for the making of the mask!
To make: Combine ½ avocado, 1 medium banana, 1 tablespoon sweet almond oil, 1 tablespoon honey, ¼ cup almond milk. Mash together in a bowl or blend in a blender until well-combined/smooth.
I like using a blender because of the smooth consistency that results — it’s especially good when using on your hair, as you may otherwise be left with chunks of banana or avocado that are hard to remove from hair. Feel free to adjust the ingredient proportions to your liking!
To use on face: Apply a generous amount to clean, dry skin and let sit for about a half hour. Rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry.
To use on hair: Apply generously to hair, from root to tip, focusing on tip. Pile your hair on top of your head and cover with a shower cap. Let sit for about 45 minutes, then wash and dry your hair as usual.
If you get a chance to try out this recipe, let us know how it goes!
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