We’ve always been told about the health and beauty benefits of eating bananas which we are familiar with but what most are unfamiliar with is the health benefits of the peel.
Research has shown that people in different cultures around the world eat the peel for its fiber, potassium and other nutritional benefits or because it seems a bit wasteful to simply discard so much of the fruit. Research has also shown that there many are ways to reap other real rewards from banana peels without eating the peel.
Here are some of the beauty benefits of the antioxidant, potassium-rich outer layer.
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 1-2 times daily for whiter looking teeth.
Skin Brightener – The same way they whiten teeth, peels can brighten skin. Gently rub the inner peel over your skin , or make a face mask with it by blending the peel.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.
UV Protection-Banana peel helps in protecting the eyes from the harmful UV rays. Make sure you leave the peel under the sun before rubbing the banana peel on your eyes. It is also proven to reduce the risk of cataracts.
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