A nutrient-rich banana makes a great healthy breakfast or a snack on the go. But did you know that it can deliver a number of benefits for your skin and hair? Bananas suit most skin types and can transform the appearance and texture of your complexion. They are packed full of potassium, iron, zinc, and manganese in addition to being high in vitamins A, B, and E.
The fruit is a rich source of phytochemicals and antioxidants, which have the ability to protect, nourish and revitalize skin. It can be used on its own by mashing it and applying the paste directly to your skin. You could also add powdered banana extract to your face masks for a boost of hydration. Let’s explore some of the benefits of banana in skincare.
1. Hydrates the Skin
Bananas are rich in moisture, potassium, and vitamin A, all of which work together to keep your skin moisturized. Applying banana pulp directly on the skin is a great way to hydrate it naturally. This will also replenish any lost moisture. Try The Body Shop’s Banana Body Yogurt to experience these benefits for yourself.
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You can make a simple hydrating pace pack by mashing up a ripe banana with a fork. Apply this paste on your skin, making sure to avoid the delicate areas around the mouth and eyes. Leave this on for about 10 minutes and rinse off with warm water.
2. Fades Dark Spots
Applying the peel of a banana regularly on your skin will help even out its tone by fading discolorations. The peel contains lutein and Vitamin E, which reduce free radical damage and get rid of any dark spots. It’s a great way to get rid of age spots or acne scars that leave your skin looking lifeless and dull. The Tonymoly Banana Sleeping Mask is a great product that will help fade those pesky spots with regular use.
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3. Controls Acne Breakouts
Bananas can be a godsend for anyone with acne-prone skin. They contain skin-loving nutrients that destroy bacteria and reduce inflammation. Applying the peel or pulp of a banana topically can help with oil control and reduce breakouts. A face mask made with the pulp of a banana and a pinch of turmeric is a great way to keep your skin clear and radiant.
4. Prevents Wrinkles and Fine Lines
There’s a good reason why bananas are referred to as nature’s Botox. They contain potent ingredients that prevent the formation of fine lines and wrinkles. They nourish mature skin and can help fade age spots over time. Mix one mashed banana with a teaspoon of orange juice and a tablespoon of oat flour for a powerful, nourishing face mask that will keep wrinkles at bay. Alternatively, the Farmhouse Fresh Mighty Tighty Turmeric & Banana face mask will give your skin an instant tightening effect.
Bananas are no longer just a great after-workout snack. Now they’re your next go-to skincare ingredient! Who knew, right?
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