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Strawberry Banana Smoothie - Fresh Facial Mask Recipe

Strawberries are in season and they're one of my favorites. They're really good for your skin too!

Strawberries leave your skin soft and smooth, and smell fabulous. They have high amounts of vitamin C, which is a fabulous antioxidant and complexion brightener. Also, the fruit acids in strawberries give your skin an exfoliating treat.

Of course, strawberries always pair well with bananas. Bananas are toning and moisturizing.

Blend them together with a few other special ingredients and you have a lovely strawberry banana smoothie--for your face! You probably have everything you need for this mask in your kitchen right now.

Strawberry Banana Smoothie Mask
This recipe makes a single use, fresh facial mask. It should be used immediately after mixing, and doesn't keep well. But that's OK, since it whips up in just a couple of minutes.

What you'll need:
1 medium-sized strawberry
1 tablespoon chopped banana
1 teaspoon yogurt
1/2 teaspoon honey
1-2 teaspoons finely ground oats

Step 1: Chop the strawberry and put it in a small bowl. Using a fork, mash until smooth. Really ripe strawberries, even ones that are a bit overripe, work best because you can really get them nice and smooth. It will make a difference in the feel of your mask.

Step 2: Add the banana to the bowl. The measurements aren't super important; just cut a small piece of banana approximately 1 tablespoon or so. (I'll eat the rest of this banana later.)

Step 3: Mash the banana with the strawberry. Again, try to get it as smooth as possible. You could use a tiny blender or food processor, like the "Mini Bullet" if you'd like. Average sized blenders are just too big for this tiny amount of fruit. It's easy enough to mash with a fork, though.
Step 4: Next, add a teaspoon of yogurt. The Greek-style yogurt is good because it's so thick, but you can use any type of yogurt you have at home. I'm using plain, but you can use any flavor too -- vanilla, strawberry, lemon. Use what you have on hand. I'll add the extra yogurt to my leftover banana for a nice snack.

Step 5: Drizzle in honey and 1 teaspoon finely ground oats (just put some uncooked oats in a blender). Mix it up good. If your mask seems a bit too runny still, add another teaspoon of ground oats. Looks pretty, right?

To use: Massage over clean skin and let set for about 10 minutes. You'll feel this one working -- it tingles. If your skin is sensitive, take it off after about 2-5 minutes. Remove with a warm cloth and rinse well. Your skin will feel super soft and smooth.

If you have any leftover, you can keep in in the fridge, but use it within 2 days.

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