Taking care of our skin can be a fun ritual. I tried many products in the past until I felt the need and the wish to make my own. Just the idea of using something more simple and natural, like food, really captivates me. There was a time when I read a lot of homemade cosmetic recipes and each one seemed to have a specific purpose behind. Somehow I believed I had to have those specific ingredients to make it work. However, we are all different from each other and so we have to experience it in order to know if it’s for us.
Along the years, I got to know more and more what’s best for me and, of course, I am still in the process, because our bodies are in constant changing, regeneration, and adaptation. Now, I like to use what I have at home and I really enjoy coming up with something unpredictably simple and good. The best part is when I want to reproduce it and I forget how I did it in the first place. That really pushes me into a continuous recreation. Well, that’s what life is all about.
I use clay since my early twenties or even before. It’s mineralizing, it’s versatile, it lasts forever and it’s easy to apply. The common way of having its benefits is mixing it with water and applying on the skin. Although I always liked its cleaning effect, I noticed that my skin face didn’t handle it for more than one minute or less, as it dried very fast. If I insisted and let it stay longer, the result was a strong redness reaction. I had to keep adding water if I wanted to keep it longer. There are some clay masks already prepared that we can buy, but they have misteries ingredients in it, they are more expensive and they have the same frustrating effect on me.
I then looked for other nutritious ingredients that I could mix with pure clay, in order to make it moister, more functional and still natural. I found out several ones, like honey, oils, vegetables, and fruits, and I tried many of them. I then realized that my skin prefers the cold and fresh effects of fruits and vegetables.
So, here is my inspiration for today. This is one of the infinite mixtures that we can choose. I make this recipe when I have bananas at home, which is quite easy nowadays. Try it if you want, or get inspired to create your own. You can replace the banana by another moist component you like. If you use something that has higher or less water content, make sure you adjust the quantities.
- 3 tbsp of good quality dry clay (it must bring its mineral composition)
- 1/3 organic banana
Mix well the ingredients, while mashing the banana with your hands or with a wooden utensil.
Spread it on your face, being careful with the skin around your eyes, as it can be quite sensitive.
Leave it for about 5 minutes or put a thick layer and leave it longer. Having a dry sensation on your face is a sign that you should remove it, so it’s better if you to do it a bit earlier. Wash your skin with abundant water.
Now, use your regular hydration methods, such as a facial cream, or any other preparation or product you like.
Enjoy having a nutritious hydrated skin!