We knew bananas do wonders for our health, but did you know they make for a great beauty product too? This delicious fruit is packed with vitamins, minerals and fiber that not only nourish our bodies, these nutrients can also nurture our skin.
Bananas are rich in potassium. This essential mineral is very helpful in maintaining normal blood pressure and proper heart function. But potassium also keeps skin moisturized and hydrates us internally. So if you’ve got dry, dehydrated skin, eating potassium-rich foods like bananas can give you softer skin!
The high levels of vitamin B-6 in bananas reduce swelling, help in weight loss, strengthen the nervous system and protect against Type II diabetes. Bananas’ B-vitamins also protect against free radicals, fighting signs of premature aging.
Bananas are also rich in Vitamin C, essential for making muscles, tendons and ligaments stronger. Vitamin C also helps keep the immune system strong. Now Vitamin C aids in the production of collagen, fights free radicals and can fight skin oil control.
Bananas really are an excellent source of nutrition for the body, and for skin and hair! Rich in antioxidants, bananas can have a wonderful effect on the skin. Vitamin A helps fade dark spots and scars. The zinc and lectin in bananas are great in protecting germs that trigger acne formation.
Enjoying bananas’ beauty benefits
Because bananas work wonders on dry skin, you can use bananas as a skin moisturizer. Create a banana face mask at home. In a small bowl, mash a ripe banana. Apply to your face. Leave on for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse with cold water. Feel how soft and supple your skin is! That’s the potassium at work! As an added bonus, your skin isn’t only softer, you can look younger too because of bananas’ anti-aging effects.
Try this out on rough cracked elbows and heels too. If your elbows and heels look dark and feel rough, a luxurious banana skin scrub can help smoothen them. Soak your elbows and heels in warm water. Afterwards, massage two mashed bananas onto your arms and feet, focusing on your elbows and heels. Rinse off with warm water. Feel your cracked skin getting smoother!
Want to fight oily skin? Bananas can help control oil. Vitamins C, E and potassium help give clearer, more glowing skin. Bananas area also natural exfoliants, removing excess oil on the skin. In a small bowl, mash a ripe banana. Add one tablespoon of honey and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Mix and apply to your face. Leave on for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse off with cold water.
To exfoliate the skin, you can combine mashed banana with other skin-friendly ingredients such as yogurt, coconut oil or oatmeal. Oatmeal’s rough texture can help remove excess dead skin cells, while the coconut oil adds extra hydration to the skin.
Because bananas have bacteria-destroying properties and help reduce swelling, bananas are great for treating acne. Use the banana face mask recipe to treat acne. You can also add honey to further moisturize the skin. Wash off with cold water. Do this regularly to get clearer results.
Regular, consistent application of the banana face mask can also lighten dark spots and brighten skin.
It’s not only the banana’s creamy flesh that have beauty purposes – you can also use the banana peel! The inner part of the peel can reduce puffy eyes and remove dark circles under the eyes. Place the banana peel over your eyelids and leave on for 15 to 20 minutes. Afterwards, remove and wash your eyes with cold water. The potassium in bananas helps reduce the skin swelling. You can eat bananas or use them as an eye mask.
Load up on bananas in the kitchen! They not only nourish the body, they make for effective and natural beauty products too.