It always amazes me that the newest health and beauty remedies to emerge on the scene are often ancient techniques used by various cultures in the past – or even modern cultures that we’re simply not that familiar with. Sometimes the simple, natural route is the way to go, as opposed to expensive products and treatments. I like to think my beauty regimen is a little bit of both: Always open to new ideas from today’s society, but with the realization that you don’t always need to mess with a good thing! And, banana peels are definitely one of those things.
We’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:
Teeth Whitener – Cut off a piece of the peel and rub the inner part gently over your teeth for a few minutes, then rinse off. Repeat 1-2x daily for whiter looking teeth.
Skin Brightener – 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 – Rub the inner portion of the peel over your target areas. Leave on for 30 minutes before rinsing. Some say they also leave on over night and rinse it off in the morning, letting the banana work its magic while they sleep.
Acne Treatment – There’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 – Soften and hydrate dry skin with banana peels as you would to fight wrinkles and acne.
Combat Puffy Eyes – While cucumbers are the popular way to fight tired, puffy eyes, banana peels can do the trick as well – just use them the same way, over your eyes, to give you a bright, freshened look.
Have you ever tried these banana peel home remedies before?