Bananas have been one of my favourite fruits for years. They are all kinds of delicious and packed with nutrients like potassium and vitamins A, B, and C. A fibre-rich boost of energy, bananas benefit not only the body but also to your skin and hair. All you need are a few ripe bananas and you can make your own remedies for beautiful hair and skin.
Here are all the ways bananas help you and how you can incorporate them into your beauty routine!
- 1. Moisturises your skin
- 2. Conditions your hair
- 3. Facilitates hair growth
- 4. Gives your feet some TLC
- 5. Treats mosquito bites
- 6. Treats acne
- 7. Gives you pearly whites
- 8. Treats tired eyes
- FAQs about Banana Benefits:
1. Moisturises your skin
Need a quick hydration boost before stepping out for a big event? A banana face pack will do the trick! Mash a ripe banana in a bowl with a fork. Apply the paste to dry skin and avoid contact with your eye area. Leave it on for 20-25 minutes and wash off with lukewarm water. The vitamin A in bananas traps moisture and rejuvenates dry skin to give you instantly moisturised skin.
2. Conditions your hair
I learned about bananas for hair care at a very young age. One of my neighbours had fabulous, waist-length hair and when I asked her about it, she said the secret was a banana hair pack. The folic acid in this fruit adds shine to your strands, hydrates it from the roots and moisturises the ends. Mash a fully ripe banana and apply it to your hair, avoid using an unripe banana as this can prove difficult to mash and later, rinse out.
3. Facilitates hair growth
Antioxidants do good to your body and mind, and bananas are packed with them. Regular masking can give your scalp a robust defence system to fight free radical damage. It can fight oxidative damage that makes your hair look brittle and aged. Masking with ripe bananas, over time, leads to stronger hair follicles and longer lengths.
4. Gives your feet some TLC
Your feet are by far the most ignored body part when it comes to skincare. Just applying body lotion on your feet might not be enough. Our feet go through the most impact during the day, and so need extra TLC. This is where bananas can help. They can treat dry and cracked heels, and all you have to do is mash two ripe bananas and apply. Leave it on for 10 minutes, and rinse the feet with lukewarm water after, and you will say hello to soft feet on the other side of this nourishing banana pulp mask!
5. Treats mosquito bites
Bug bites can be nasty and resisting the urge to scratch that itch can be a real struggle. Get to a banana quickly to treat a mosquito bite, instead. The sugar content in banana peels help soothe itchy bites. You have to sanitise the affected area first. Then, take the inside of the peel and rub lightly on the sting.
6. Treats acne
Any kind of natural acne remedies I can find in my kitchen is good news! Packed with anti-inflammatory properties, bananas can help reduce the splotchy bumps of acne. You can treat surface blemishes by rubbing the inside of a banana peel on the affected area for a couple of minutes and rinsing with cold water afterwards. Repeat several times a day to increase the effectiveness of the practice!
7. Gives you pearly whites
You don't want people to know just how addicted you are to your coffee by the colour of your teeth, do you? Work your way to whiter, brighter teeth by rubbing them with ripe banana peels. Do it for a couple of minutes and wait for 10-15 minutes before you brush it off with toothpaste. Do it daily before brushing for best results. Their teeth whitening property comes from the high levels of potassium, magnesium and manganese in them.
8. Treats tired eyes
Tired and puffy eyes can be an instant downer when you are about to put on your makeup. Use banana peels to calm and soothe them. Place cut-up parts of the peel (with the insides directly on the skin) on your eyes while lying down. Relax for 15-20 minutes, remove them and wash off with cold water to instantly refresh your eyes and reduce the puffiness. This primes the under eye area, and makes makeup application smoother!
FAQs about Banana Benefits:
Q. Is it good to eat bananas every day?
A. Yes, it is safe to eat bananas every day. Packed with crucial ingredients, you can safely eat one banana a day for overall health. But do not overdo it. Bananas can make you gain weight if eaten a lot, and may cause fluctuations in your sugar levels!
Q. What does a banana do for your body?
A. Bananas have anti-inflammatory properties that reduce swelling, protect against developing Type 2 diabetes, aid in weight loss, strengthen the nervous system, and help with the production of white blood cells. All of this is possible because of the high level of vitamin B6 that makes up its structure.
Q. Do bananas have B12?
A. Bananas are rich in vitamin B6 and B12, magnesium and potassium. This makes them an excellent dietary addition for people looking to improve on their immunity and overall health.