Weâ€™ve always heard the beauty benefits of bananas, but what about their peel? Actually, people in a lot of cultures around the world still eat the peel for its fiber, potassium, and other nutritional benefits. It seems a bit wasteful to simply discard so much of the fruit. But there are ways to reap the rewards without eating the peel, too. Here are some of the beauty benefits of the antioxidant, potassium-rich outer layers:
Here are some of the beauty benefits of the antioxidant, potassium-rich outer layers:
Teeth Whitener:Â Cut off a piece of the peel and rub the inner part gently over your teeth for a few minutes, then rinse off. Repeat 1-2 times daily for whiter looking teeth.
Skin Brightener:Â The same way they whiten teeth, peels can brighten skin. You gently rub the inner peel over your skin then rinse off afterward.
Wrinkle Reducer:Â Rub the inner portion of the peel over your target areas. Leave on for 30 minutes before rinsing. Some say they also leave on overnight and rinse it off in the morning, letting the banana work its magic while they sleep.
Acne Treatment:Â Thereâ€™s been some success for treating blemishes and acne by rubbing the affected area (gently is key!) for a few minutes then rinsing, repeating three times daily. The antioxidants and nutrients in the peels help pesky breakouts.
Moisturizer:Â Soften and hydrate dry skin with banana peels to fight wrinkles and acne.
Combat Puffy Eyes:Â While cucumbers are the popular way to fight tired, puffy eyes, banana peels can do the trick as well â€“ just use them the same way, over your eyes, to give you a bright, freshened look.
Remedy Dry Hair/Itchy Scalp:Â Similar to a banana facial mask, the oils and potassium found in the fruit can work wonders for the health of your scalp and strands. Break out your blender and toss in two overripe bananas, one avocado and yoghurt. Apply the creamy mixture to your scalp and wait at least 20 minutes before rinsing out with warm water.
Soften Cracked Heels: Apply the pulp of two to three bananas to the soles of your feet, and the gooey mixture will penetrate deep to stave off dryness. No more rips into your tights!