I love the effects of banana on the skin, even though I don't love bananas. But if you aren't a banana fan either, you can leave this out or substitute a little extra yogurt.
Skin Benefits of Yogurt
Grass-fed yogurt has a different nutritional profile than conventional, grain-fed yogurt, making it the ideal choice for consumption and this face mask. It also boasts about 62% higher in anti-inflammatory omega-3 (while grain-fed cows produce dairy high in inflammation-causing omega-6).
Grass-fed dairy products are also up to 5 times higher in conjugated linoleic acid, or CLA. CLA has been shown to reduce inflammation and fight free radical damage that can lead to cancerous tumors.
Yogurt is also rich in probiotics, calcium, vitamins A and D, B12, B2, and phosphorous.
Make yogurt at home from grass-fed milk, or look for quality brands in the local farmers' market or natural grocery store. (It should be noted that not all organic yogurt is from grass-fed cows, some are just fed organic feed instead of having adequate pasture time.)
Skin Benefits of Raw Honey
I frequently wash my skin with raw honey for its skin-soothing benefits. Raw honey is naturally antibacterial, making it great for acne-prone skin types. This sticky substance is anti-inflammatory, helps heal blemishes, balances pH, and cleanses pores. It's highly moisturizing and combats the signs of aging skin by increasing firmness and decreasing skin imperfections.
Here's how to combine all these delicious ingredients into a natural face mask:
Chocolate Face Mask Recipe
This recipe makes enough for two face masks.
Ingredients2 TBSP raw cacao powder1 TBSP yogurt1 tsp raw honey;¼ banana
DirectionsMash the banana with a fork, then add the rest of the ingredients.Generously apply the chocolate mixture to the face and neck.After 10-20 minutes, wash the face mask off.
Storage: Leftovers will keep in the fridge for a day or so, but I don't recommend this particular mask for storing or gifting. (One of these other natural face mask recipes should work though!)
Tip: Double the recipe, because you're bound to have some chocolate cravings after using this mask!