How To Brighten Skin in 20 Minutes: DIY Banana Face Mask + Smoothie

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Does glowing skin feel like a distant memory? Well, it doesn’t have to be. You can brighten your skin and fight aging with a DIY banana face mask, lip scrub, and smoothie.

Bananas are packed with nutrients that hydrate skin, soften fine lines, and make your skin glow. So, whip up these DIY banana beauty recipes, and you’ll see brighter skin before you know it.

So read below to learn how bananas benefit your skin. Then see the DIY banana mask, lip scrub, and smoothie recipes.

How Bananas Benefit Your Skin

bowl of bananas for face mask to fight aging
Bowl of bananas for anti-aging banana face mask by Tatiana Volgutova / Getty Images via Canva

Bananas contain an arsenal of nutrients that nourish your body and skin. They contain vitamins B and C, potassium, and copper.

B-vitamins balance oil and boost hydration, leaving skin youthful and supple. Next, vitamin C boosts collagen and brightens skin, making it a powerful anti-acne and anti-aging weapon.

Bananas' anti-aging nutrients for skin and their functions
Bananas’ nutrients for skin

Meanwhile, copper fights inflammation, fades dark spots, and speeds healing. And according to Mukti Organics, potassium helps your skin maintain healthy moisture levels.

All these nutrients strengthen your hair, boost heart health, and fight acne and aging. And all these actions are vital for youthful skin.

But when these vitamins and minerals combine, their skin-healing powers multiply.

So what better reason to make a DIY banana mask and smoothie? Below is one DIY mask that will pump life back into your skin.

DIY Banana Mask Recipes to Fight Aging and Brighten Skin

glowing skin spa mask
Spa mask by Anna Subbotina / Canva

Now, try these DIY banana mask recipes to get glowing skin. Feel free to try one or both masks, depending on your skin type and preference.

DIY Banana Mask #1: Yogurt, Honey, and Banana Face Mask for Acne-Prone/Dull Skin

All you need to make this mask is banana, Greek yogurt, lemon juice, Manuka honey, and essential oils (optional).

DIY mask
DIY banana mask by Kazmulka from iStock
  • Lemon juice: contains vitamin C to brighten skin and fight inflammation
  • Yogurt: contains lactic acid, which exfoliates and softens
  • Manuka honey: fights inflammation, softens and hydrates

However, feel free to adapt the ingredients to your liking. You can even add a few drops of roselavender, or lemon oil if you’d like.

Or add a teaspoon of anti-aging grapeseed oil to the mix. (See here for DIY grapeseed oil face masks that leave your skin satiny smooth.)

Now, see the recipe for directions. After applying the mask, set your timer for 20 minutes, and make your banana smoothie while you wait for the mask to dry.

DIY banana mask recipe #1: fight aging and brighten skin
DIY banana mask to fight aging and brighten skin

DIY Banana Mask #2: Anti-Aging Avocado-Banana Face Mask for Dry/Mature/Dull Skin

Next, whip up this DIY mask to get skin smoother than your satin pillowcase—well, almost.

All you need is avocado, banana, honey, argan oil, hyaluronic acid serum, and rosehip oil.

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Spa mask by ProStock Studio from Getty Images via Canva
  • Hyaluronic acid: plumps skin and locks in moisture
  • Rosehip oil: hydrates, brightens, softens fine lines, and calms inflammation
  • Argan oil: softens, nourishes, and hydrates
  • Avocado: hydrates and softens skin
  • Honey: kills bacteria, protects, and hydrates skin

So, gather the items below to begin. Then, set a timer for 20 minutes after applying your banana mask.

DIY banana mask recipe #2: avocado and banana face mask to fight aging and brighten skin
DIY banana mask recipe #2: Banana avocado face mask (i.e., “The Bananacado”) for glowing skin

Another beauty tip? Pair this anti-aging banana mask with a DIY jojoba and camellia oil hair mask to boost shine. Or switch between this banana mask and a glow-boosting DIY tomato face mask.

DIY Banana Beauty Recipe #3: Coconut Sugar and Banana Lip Scrub

Another option? Whip up this DIY coconut sugar banana lip scrub for a fun way to rejuvenate your lips. The coconut sugar adds a fun twist to the usual DIY lip scrub—and it tastes delicious, too. Plus, you’ll love how silky your lips feel afterward.

All you need is coconut sugar, banana, and honey.

  • Coconut sugar: exfoliates
  • Honey: calms inflammation, softens skin, and locks in moisture
DIY banana beauty recipe #3: coconut sugar and banana lip scrub
DIY banana beauty recipe #3: coconut sugar banana lip scrub

Use this DIY lip scrub once or twice per week for best results. Another beauty tip? After rinsing, apply Weleda Skin Food Lip Butter, a must-have for parched lips.

And try this DIY cocoa sugar lip scrub for another delicious beauty treat.

But keep those ingredients out because it’s time to make your banana smoothie next.

Banana Smoothie

This refreshing banana smoothie makes a healthy treat that your skin will love. So, grab a banana, Greek yogurt, almond milk, and honey (optional), and get started.

See the recipe for details.

banana smoothie recipe to fight aging and brighten skin
Banana smoothie recipe to fight aging and get glowing skin

Feel free to adapt the ingredients to your liking. For instance, add flax for fiber, or drizzle on some honey if you like your banana smoothie sweet.

Although most smoothie recipes call for unsweetened almond milk, you can add vanilla almond milk if you’d like. It’s your smoothie, so have fun with it.

And don’t feel like you have to resist that honey (unless your doctor has told you otherwise).

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Banana smoothie by Nature Zen / Unsplash

Then, listen for that timer, and rinse your banana mask with warm water when it sounds. Next, pat your face dry, and apply a serum, moisturizer, and sunscreen.

One idea? Try a glow-boosting pineapple serum before moisturizing.

Another beauty tip: switch between this anti-aging banana mask and a DIY chocolate banana face mask to double the beauty benefits.

Final Thoughts

So treat yourself to a DIY banana mask and smoothie to fight aging and brighten your skin.

Make the banana smoothie as often as you’d like, but use the lip scrub and the DIY banana mask up to twice per week for best results. Then you’ll see smoother, brighter skin with regular use.

Now, enjoy your banana face mask and smoothie—and your new skin—and check back for more DIY beauty recipes and skincare tips.

Note: The ideas here do not replace your doctor’s advice. Always check with your doctor before trying new products or starting a new skincare routine. / This post first appeared on Beauty and Travel Reviews. Featured image credit: Yevgeniy Kanashkin from Freeman Studio

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