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This was really refreshing! I made it using a combo of 1 tbsp. honey, 1 mashed banana(large sized), 4 1/2 tbsps. powdered oats and 1 tbsp. low-fat milk as a substitute for water. After mixing everything together, I refrigerated this for about an hour, or I guess a little over an hour and then applied it onto my damp face and neck. I think refrigerating this is a good idea as when you apply this cold, you really feel refreshed. If your tired like I was, you wake up and you feel re-charged! Applying this was a slightly messy job, but the pack smelt very nice, and once applied, it felt very refreshing. I kept it on for 20 minutes before rinsing it off with water. Once I rinsed it off, my skin not only felt smooth and soft, but also I felt refreshed and I felt I was looking fairer! LOL. The banana in this really really moisturises the skin beautifully. I think I should make this a regular:) This made 2 facial masks! I'll be using some for my mom tomorrow and gifting the rest to a friend! Thank You, Annelies. This was truly refreshing, much needed and really good!

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Charishma_Ramchandani January 15, 2003

This was a refreshing, if slightly messy, facial cream, with a wonderful aroma. :)Since we could use either oats or ground almonds, I chose to use the ground almonds, hoping they would help exfoliate while the banana did its job in moisturizing. I had to work with the consistency a bit to make it stick better to my face, and barely added any mineral water at all. I think next time I would start with half a banana (this time I used a whole small one) and the same amount of nuts, etc. Rather nice and this made plenty extra - DD gave herself a facial too. I didn't think my skin felt any more moist after using this treatment, but it definitely was exfoliated and felt cool and soothing while applied. The only thing I didn't like was that my cheeks were very red after rinsing and remained this way for about 20 minutes after I removed the cream and some of the honey seemed to linger on my skin. My cheeks also felt a tiny bit raw - I think perhaps it exfoliated a bit too well. Next time I will try the oats rather than the ground almonds.

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HeatherFeather January 12, 2003

Both reviewers are right in saying that this is a rather messy facial, never thought to mention that, because I use this lying back in the bath and when it dribbles of my face I just put more on. So for everybody who is looking for a stay on the face facial, this is not the one for you, the banana will be slippery, even when you make it thicker.

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Pets'R'us January 15, 2003

This is an awesome facial(: I squeezed a couple of orange slices into the mixture because vitamin C is so good for your skin!!

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melaniegrace2 February 01, 2012

This mask was just ok for me. After a few minutes the sensitive areas of my face -- eye area, nostril area, and open acne sores -- began burning, and I had to wash the mask off. I think it's the honey that bothers me. My skin does feel slightly soft and more moisturized than before, other than the burning areas, but I think I'll stick with avocado, olive/jojoba oil and Vitamin E masks instead. I kept licking my lips though, because this tasted great!

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SAHS October 19, 2010

I have an 8-month-old who loves bananas... so jarred baby food was all I had. It still worked wonderfully! Thanks for the recipe. ;)

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TrebleClef May 04, 2007

This contributed to a lovely bit of self-indulgence over the weekend. I guess I was just looking for an excuse to get 20 minutes to myself - I shooed everyone out of my room. Whipped up the mask, and lay back to enjoy. I did rub it into my skin a bit before rinsing off, as I felt the oats would be a good exfolliant.

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evelyn/athens October 16, 2006

I needed this after a long weekend with family here...this at home facial was a perfect de-stresser and refresher! I used the ground oats, a tiny bit of the mineral water and followed the recipe exactly. I took a nice long bath, and applied this and reapplied it as needed during the bath. It rinsed off easily and left my skin looking and feeling polished and radiant. I will use this again! Thanks so much :)

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Dine & Dish January 03, 2005
Moisturizing Banana Facial Mask