Do More With Your Banana Than Just Eat It! Here Are Three Banana Beauty Tips!

To the average person, a banana is simply a piece of fruit. It is something you can eat when you are hungry. But a banana can be used for so much more than just food. It has many uses. And many of these uses involve your appearance. Here are a few ways to put a banana to good use and improve your appearance in the process.

Moisturize Your Skin

Believe it or not, a banana can actually be used to moisturize your skin. If your face is feeling dry or flaky, a banana face mask can be used to decrease these symptoms and give you smooth, hydrated skin. Simply place a banana in a bowl and mash it with a fork. For best results, use a ripe banana, as it has more vitamins in it. Wash your face with your preferred facial cleanser. Then apply the smashed banana to your face and let it sit. While you may feel slimy or weird with a banana on your face, you will see instant results when you rinse it off with cool water after 10 to 15 minutes. If you have time, massage the skin after with ice cubes. This helps to close the pores and shrink them, which can leave you with younger looking skin. Repeat this process once a week for the best results.

Treat Acne

No one wants to be walking around with a large zit on their face. But who would have thought that all you need is a banana peel to fight acne? If you have one large pimple, or several smaller ones on your face, fight acne by using a banana peel. The vitamins found in the peel kill bacteria, which can help rid your face of acne. The abrasive texture of the peel also helps to remove dead skin cells, which can block pores and cause more acne. Follow these steps to fight acne using banana peels:

  1. Cut a banana peel into small squares.
  2. Wash your face with your preferred cleaner and pat it dry.
  3. Massage your face with the banana peel. The inside of the peel should be rubbing against your face, while the exterior, or yellow part, should be facing outward. Massage your face for about 10 minutes with the peel. Use a new peel when the one you are using turns brown or becomes mushy.
  4. Allow the residue to sit on your face for 20 minutes. During this time, your skin is absorbing the nutrients in the banana peel.
  5. Rinse your face with warm water and pat dry.
  6. Repeat this process two to three times a day for best results.

Whiten Your Teeth

Yellow teeth can be a turn off. However, teeth whitening treatments and pastes can be expensive. Fortunately, a banana peel is all you need to slowly and steadily remove a variety of yellow stains from your teeth and brighten them up. Brush your teeth with your preferred toothpaste. Or for faster whitening results, mix baking soda and water together to form a paste and brush your teeth with that mixture. Once your teeth are cleaned, rub the inside of a banana peel directly onto your teeth. Rub vigorously so that there is some grit from the peel left on your teeth. Then allow this residue to sit on your teeth for about 10 minutes. Brush your teeth with water to remove it. The roughness of the peel helps to break up stains, while the vitamins in the peel help to whiten teeth. Repeat this process daily to slowly remove stains and whiten your teeth. It is important to note that a banana can't remove all stains from your teeth. If you do not see a difference in the color of your teeth, consult with a dentist to learn about other whitening methods that may be more effective for you.

Bananas are more than just a snack you can reach for when your tummy is grumbling. They are also a tool that can be used to moisturize your skin, treat acne and whiten your teeth. Learning the unique ways you can use a banana may cause you to look differently at this piece of fruit.

For more information on how to treat your face or whiten your teeth, talk with professionals, such as beauticians or dentists, such as those at Suncoast Dental Center