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:
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.
The same way they whiten teeth, peels can brighten skin. You gently rub the inner peel over your skin then rinse off afterward.
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.
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.
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.