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8 Ways in Which Banana Benefits Your Skin

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The humble banana is one the world’s most produced, traded and consumed fruits, yet its multiple health benefits often go unnoticed. In this article, we explore eight ways in which bananas benefit your skin.

4 Ways in Which Eating Bananas Benefits Your Skin

The banana is the perfect snack: it's not only tasty and filling but also contains many important vitamins.
The banana is the perfect snack: it’s not only tasty and filling but also contains many important vitamins.
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The banana is a popular snack around the world and for good reason. It’s not just tasty but also offers a good supply of nutrients that have various health benefits. Here’s how eating bananas can benefit your skin:

  1. Bananas contain many important vitamins and minerals including vitamin C and manganese, which support the production of collagen in your skin. Collagen is a protein responsible for skin strength and elasticity that may reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
  2. The fruit is often touted as a good source of potassium, which is important for the proper functioning of all cells. As it regulates fluid balance in the body, it is vital for maintaining hydrated skin.
  3. Bananas are said to have antioxidant qualities that can prevent some of the damage caused by free radicals and environmental aggressors such as UV radiation.
  4. B-Vitamins benefit the skin in several ways, they can for instance help reduce inflammatory blemishes.

4 Ways to Apply Banana to Your Skin

Make sure you buy organic fair trade bananas. This is especially important when using bananas for skincare, as you don't want to expose your skin to pesticide residue.
Make sure you buy organic fair trade bananas. This is especially important when using bananas for skincare, as you don’t want to expose your skin to pesticide residue.
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You can also include bananas in your skincare routine to benefit your skin. Check out these ideas on how to apply bananas directly onto your skin:

  1. Have a look at our article featuring 7 natural oatmeal face masks for every skin type. The banana oat mask will make your skin feel smooth and moisturized. It works well for combination skin but also for more oily and sensitive skin types.
  2. Did you know you can also apply banana peel directly to your skin? It’s not just the fruit that contains vital nutrients, but the peel is full of minerals including zinc, magnesium and calcium. First, wash and dry your face. Then gently rub the inside of the peel against your skin. If you do it before going to bed you can let the minerals work over night before washing off any residue in the morning.
  3. Some people swear by using banana peel to alleviate dark circles under their eyes. One way to do this is to cut the peel into smaller pieces and placing them underneath your eyes. While not everyone sees their circles go lighter after applying banana peels, it won’t do any harm either. Give it a try and see if it works for you!
  4. Applying banana to your skin can help prevent it from aging prematurely. As noted above, different nutrients may soften wrinkles and it may also lighten age spots. Besides the peel, you can also mash the fruit to apply to your face. Add a touch of citrus and a tablespoon of honey for a soft finish and let it sit for 15 minutes. Rinse thoroughly.

Tip: When buying bananas, always make sure they’re fair trade to support fair compensation and working conditions in banana production. Also buy organic to avoid fruits that have been treated with chemical pesticides and that are harmful to our health and to the environment. 

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