Raw Food for Your Face

by Susan on March 4, 2011

 

I love winter, which is a good thing, living in Minnesota. I love the snow and the cold. When the temperature starts to drop, I am like a kid in a candy shop. It means sweaters, fires and snow! I find the winter light breath taking and the air invigorating. Because of that, I am always shocked each March when I hit the wall.

Two days ago I woke to below zero temps and a ton of snow forecasted. The thought, “enough already” briefly flitted through my brain. I spun around…was that my thought? The winter lover’s though? Sigh. Yes. What to do? Have a spa evening!

We talk so much about all of the chemicals and preservatives that we put in our bodies, and how we are working so hard to eliminate them to be healthy. But what about the chemicals we are putting on our skin, via lotions and cosmetics? Your skin is your bodies largest organ and needs to be treated with the same respect as your internal organs. And after a long, dry, cold winter, our outsides really deserve some pampering. Whip up a face mask, and a deep hair conditioner, fill your bath with a great bath soak and to finish off, slather your skin with a skin softening, moisturizing oil. Bon Appetit to your body!

The cacao avocado mask is amazing for your face. Cacao actually has tons of anti-oxidants in it and is toning. The honey is a natural moisturizer and the avocado is rich in minerals and vitamin A. Your skin will just love it.

Banana Olive Oil Hair Mask. Did you know that bananas are great for your hair? The potassium helps strengthen hair and undo damage from chemicals and heat treatment. For extra shiny, and deep conditioning, a little olive oil added in makes this a super conditioner that will leave your hair soft and shiny!

Cacao Avocado Face Mask

  • 1 avocado
  • 2 tablespoons cacao powder
  • 2 tablespoons raw honey

1. Blend all ingredients together.

2. Smooth on skin and leave for 1/2 hour. (this is great to have on your skin while you take your bath)

*This makes enough for 4 facials, or one facial and a great dessert. Seriously.

Banana Olive Oil Hair Mask

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

1. Mix all ingredients together in a food processor, or mash together with a fork to make a smooth paste.

2. Massage thoroughly into hair. Leave on for 1/2 hour or while you take your bath.

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Brooke March 4, 2011 at 5:55 pm

I absolutely love natural beauty tips like this. It amazes me that people would spend their hard-earned money on beauty products when they can be made at home for less money and without all the bad toxins. I am sooooo trying the hair mask!

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Jackie Briere March 4, 2011 at 8:12 pm

…except it sounds too good for just putting it on my face , especially the avocado face mask , yumm, I’d want to eat it instead ha!

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Erin March 4, 2011 at 9:31 pm

This is a wonderful post, I had actually done an avocado deep hair conditioning a while back, but I have not done the cacao mask, I will be sure to try it. Thanks Again!

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Amy Oscar March 4, 2011 at 9:38 pm

Love it. I often slather olive oil on my skin and, in summer, in my hair. But I love the idea of doing that cacao avocado mask. Yum.

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Nadia March 5, 2011 at 1:10 am

never put something on your skin you wouldn’t eat, how true… :)

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Katja March 5, 2011 at 2:14 am

Have to try both of these! I just found old coffee from my cupboard and thought that I could make a body scrub of that and honey :)

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Dianabol March 5, 2011 at 3:58 am

Minesota winters are the best, hope to get back next year. Thanks for the reminder.

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Ludia March 5, 2011 at 10:49 am

OMG, this is so awesome! One can do a double duty – eat some, take care of your face some. I love it!!! I am having a dinner party tonight and am making a raw chocolate mousse, now I can have a facial, with the bits left in the blender, before my guests arrive. What an incentive to be ready well ahead, so as to have time for a little spa treatment! I LOVE IT!!! Thank you, Susan, you are the best. Really! And truly!

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jackie March 5, 2011 at 11:28 am

I’ve seen a few recipes in the past for hair conditioning and facials, but for some reason just never did it. I think I will try yours though; the incentive of being able to eat while beautifying is just too good to ignore. I wonder…does it make a difference how ripe the bananas are? Is it better if they’re very ripe? (I don’t like very ripe ones, so this would be a perfect use for them rather than wasting them).

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Jane March 5, 2011 at 12:50 pm

I am having a girls weekend and this will be fantastic to do while we soak our feet, .. the ultimate in pampering. then we get to try it on the guys.

thanks.

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Pamela Rose March 5, 2011 at 3:09 pm

I agree with Jackie Briere! Sounds like a raw avocado cacao mousse that I make sometimes

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Elena Lipson March 5, 2011 at 10:07 pm

I love the simplicity of these recipes…and the yummy factor. I can see it already ;)

Thank you for your amazing tips and raw life inspiration, even in the thick of winter.

xo

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septi March 6, 2011 at 12:13 am

Love it. I hope I can practice it n it suitable for me. I hope I can get informaion from you if there are something I don’t understand in your article? Thx U Mrs. Susan

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Elizabeth March 6, 2011 at 11:10 am

I would eat these before they made it onto my face!!
Peace and Raw Health,
Elizabeth

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Amy March 6, 2011 at 6:43 pm

These are great! I recently was lucky enough to do the graphic design for an ebook (Naked Beauty, by Shakaya Leone) on this topic with tons of great recipes to eat and to wear. =) Seriously, one of the most gorgeous ebooks I’ve ever worked on content-wise. Did you create your recipes yourself, or are they inspired from another source? They sound good enough to eat! =D

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Susan March 6, 2011 at 6:51 pm

I create all my own recipes but of course I get inspiration from all kinds of sources. I eat an orange and think…what else would this taste good with. I open my fridge and think…what can I make with all the ingredients I have available. Often I am inspired by traditional SAD dishes that I want to make healthy. Sometimes, it’s just what’s in season. I have not seen the book but I will look it up.

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Jo March 7, 2011 at 4:55 am

you can substitute olive oil with coconut oil which has been used for hair in ayurvedic medicine for ages. also great for skin – mustard oil. indian women use it daily…well, at least they used to until chemicals took over the market!

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Blanka March 7, 2011 at 6:46 am

Oh, this sounds fabulous. I make my body care butters and oils, but this is even better! Thank you for being such an inspiration, Susan!

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JK March 7, 2011 at 7:39 am

Tried the banana/olive oil hair mask & it was a disaster: banana pieces stuck in my long hair & it took me an hour to get all the pieces out! Had to dry my hair & to brush out the remaining banana.

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Susan March 7, 2011 at 8:06 am

If the mask was blended properly, there shouldn’t have been banana pieces. It should be a smooth masque. Banana masques are very popular for hair repair. Did you wash your hair after? And also, you should be using ripe bananas.

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Anna March 7, 2011 at 8:09 am

Oh my gosh, I tried the banana/olive oil mask over the weekend. It was amazing! My hair was so soft and shiny and I had no trouble washing it out.

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Lana October 20, 2011 at 8:44 am

The hair mask sounds really good. My hair gets so dry and frizzy during fall and winter. This mask might help! Will try it tonight before taking a shower.

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Lana October 22, 2011 at 11:04 am

I tried the hair mask and my hair is amazingly soft now! It’s so beautiful and shiny!
@JK You have to make sure that the paste is very smooth and that there are no chunks left. I made this mistake too and will use a blender next time =P But my hair looks great now! Will try the face mask too =)

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Shani April 19, 2012 at 2:02 am

Hi I was going to make the face and hair mask as well as the body butter for my Mum for mothers day but it occurred to me these may not have much of a shelf life. Are you able to tell me approximately how long each one will stay good for? Thanks

:)

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Susan April 19, 2012 at 8:16 am

The body butter keeps for weeks but the masks need to be used right away. Cheers!

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Brenda D. August 6, 2012 at 12:16 am

The Banana Hair mask SOUNDS AMAZING AND EASY. I love the Idea of having a spa day and I love the idea of the hair mask because I have curly hair and honestly its hard work to get it to naturally shine so i will definitely be making time to make the banana mask for my hair.

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Melinda Woodhouse November 14, 2012 at 4:13 pm

This looked and tasted so good it never made on my skin, I’ve made this before as a desert and enjoyed it, next time I’ll make kit for my face when I’m not hungry. Thank you.

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Manda May 6, 2013 at 1:33 pm

I have acne prone skin; will the honey make me break out?

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Susan May 6, 2013 at 1:36 pm

According to my research, honey should be good for acne prone skin. You can google it if you are unsure.

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monica August 9, 2013 at 3:50 pm

not sure i can do this, i’m going to want to eat it yum!!

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Susan August 9, 2013 at 3:52 pm

Your hair will like it so much more!!

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candace | yogabycandace September 15, 2013 at 7:46 am

Love this! I am going to try out that face mask right now – thank you so much for sharing!! <3

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Rach September 23, 2013 at 6:01 pm

Should the hair mask be used before shampoo & conditioner? How long should it be left on the hair?

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Susan September 24, 2013 at 4:00 pm

It is best to shampoo it out. I leave it on for 15 to 30 minutes.

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Divine October 18, 2013 at 9:51 pm

Ohhh I can’t wait to try the mask! I have all of that in my kitchen!

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Marie August 20, 2014 at 10:46 pm

Some of these look great! Super simple and natural ingredients too. I can’t wait to try, thanks!

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