Who knew the humble banana offers so many beauty benefits for the skin! Rich in powerful anti-oxidants, phytochemicals, and moisture, the banana will nourish and revitalize dry skin as well as smoothen rough aging skin.
If you have acne-prone oily skin, you can use bananas topically for oil control and reduce further breakouts.
What makes banana so good for skin?
Banana is great, not just for skin but overall health as well. There are many powerful nutrients in banana that make it the perfect additional to your all natural face mask! Some of these include:
|Nutrient|| Benefits for Skin|
|Potassium||Hydrates and moisturizes dehydrated skin.|
|B-vitamins||Protect against free radicals that cause oxidative stress and prmature aging.|
|Vitamin A||Heals dry withered skin. Fades acne scars and dark spots. Smoothens out aging skin.|
|Zinc||Fights acne causing germs.|
|Vitamin C||Necessary for the production of collagen. Fights off free radicals. For skin oil control.|
|Vitamin E||Protects skin from UV damage. Slows down the process of aging. Fights free radical damage to skin cells.|
|Lectin||Destroy bacteria that cause acne and pimples.|
|Amino Acid||Nourishes skin. Strengthens connective tissue and helps maintain skin elasticity and strength.|
Top 5 benefits of banana for skin
1. Skin Moisturizer.
Rich in potassium and moisture, banana hydrates and moisturizes dry skin, making it soft and supple. If your skin is peeling and dry, simply apply a banana face mask on your face.
What To Do: Get a small bowl, mash up a ripe banana with the back of your fork and apply to your face, avoiding the area around your eye and mouth. Rinse with cold water after 10 to 15 minutes and enjoy the soft feel of your skin!
For oily skin combine 1 mashed banana with lemon juice and honey.
For dry skin, use 1 mashed banana with 1 tablespoon pureed avocado and olive oil.
2. Oil control
If you’ve got oily greasy skin, use a simple banana face mask with lemon juice and honey. Banana is a great exfoliator which helps slough off excess sebum on skin surface. It also contains and contains moisture, potassium and vitamins e and c which all promote clear glowing skin.
What To Do: Mash a ripe banana with the back of a fork and combine 1 tablespoon of raw honey and 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice to make an amazing face mask. Rinse off with a wet cloth or cold water.
3. Anti aging
Bananas, also known as Nature’s botox contain super wrinkle fighting nutrients that helps fade age spots and prevent fine lines and wrinkles from forming. Coupled with other wrinkle busting kitchen ingredients, you can gently nourish, exfoliate and protect mature skin.
What To Do: Slather on a thick coat of a powerful anti aging banana face mask containing one mashed banana, 1 teaspoon orange juice and 1 teaspoon thick yogurt.
4. Treat Acne
Banana and banana peels are excellent homemade remedies for treating acne and pimples. You can directly apply the inside of a banana peel onto your acne to reduce inflammation and destroy bacteria.
What To Do: Or you can use a face mask with mashed banana, honey and turmeric to brighten skin, reduce acne and moisturize your skin. Wash off with cold water and pat your face dry. Remember to be consistent to see results.
5. Lighten dark spots
Whether it’s acne scars, tiny moles, age spots or just dark spots which make your face dull, you can reduce them and even out general skin discolorations.
What To Do: Mash some banana and apply onto your face at least twice a week.