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DIY Organic Beauty: Go Bananas for Beauty This Spring

by Karim Orange

Vegan recipe for banana beauty treatment
Bananas are a fun food. Most of us were introduced to bananas as a baby. This yummy potassium- and magnesium-rich food also contains 33 percent of your daily intake of vitamin C. It’s inexpensive and easy to pack in your purse or gym bag, and snack on when needed.
Bananas are also great for DIY organic beauty treatments this time of year as the seasons change. The main nutrient in bananas (potassium), hydrates cells and helps moisturize the hair and skin. Hopefully we have seen our last snow days for this year, so I encourage you to take a personal day off for beauty, and just go bananas.
Here are a fun simple DIY recipes that you can try for hair, face and body.

Moisturizing Banana Hair Mask

This hair mask is perfect for dry and/or curly hair.
½  banana
½ cup coconut milk
2 teaspoon of avocado
Place all ingredients in a blender until creamy. Rub into hair, and leave on for 15 to 30 minutes, even up to an hour. For a more intense moisturizing experience, place a shower cap over your hair.

Moisturizing and Exfoliating Banana Body Scrub

This banana exfoliator will slough off all of your dead winter skin.
2 brown bananas
1 cup brown sugar
olive oil (as needed)
Emerging will be soft, glowing skin that’s soft to the touch. Mash 2 brown bananas with 1 cup of brown sugar, add olive oil as need to help in blending. Use this body scrub in the shower. Need extra exfoliation? I suggest using dry-brushing beforehand.

Moisturizing Face Mask

I also like to sometimes use this as a foot mask.
½ banana
1 tablespoon of honey
1 tablespoon of coconut oil
Mash all ingredients and leave on skin for 5-15 min. Rub this on your feet and cover with plastic bags for 5 minutes, after your body scrub.
And here is a banana beauty cocktail that I created specifically for my Organic Spa Magazine banana beauty gals. I recently came across a wonderful Indian Cream Liqueur called Somrus (which means Nectar of The God’s). It’s an amazing blend of cardamom, rose, almonds, saffron and rum, and it tastes simply yummy! It’s also the first liqueur hailing from India. Here is a simple delicious cocktail using Somrus and bananas.
1 part coconut water
1 part Somrus
½ part pinapple juice
2 teaspoons cream of coconut
½ teaspoon lime juice
Blend on high and serve over ice. Enjoy!

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