Elizabeth Yetter is a full-time writer and professional bread baker. She loves to come up with possible solutions for common skin problems.
Banana for Skin and Hair
Bananas are packed with nutrients that are great for your skin and hair. They can help get rid of dark spots and skin blemishes on your face and. They also moisturize, protect against free radicals, and so much more. This makes them a natural choice for home beauty care and recipes.
1. Banana Sugar Body Scrub
With the increasing use of plastic microbeads found in store-bought face and body scrubs, it only makes sense to make your own healthy, skin-nourishing body scrubs at home. Before taking a shower, gather a ripe banana, three tablespoons of either brown sugar or raw sugar, and a 1/4 tsp vanilla extract. Peel the banana and mash the fruit with a fork in a bowl. Add the sugar and vanilla and mix. Take the scrub into the shower with you and gently massage it onto your skin and face, avoiding your eyes and sensitive areas. Rinse off, pat your skin dry, and moisturize.
2. Banana Honey Oat Face Scrub and Mask
For a gentle face scrub and mask all-in-one, you will need two tablespoons of mashed banana, two tablespoons of ground oats, and one tablespoon of honey. Mix the ingredients in a small bowl. Rinse your face with warm water and gently massage the scrub onto your face, avoiding your eyes. Leave the scrub on your face for 10 minutes and then rinse off with warm water. Pat your skin dry. Moisturize your face as you normally do.
3. Face Mask for Dull Skin
Make your skin glow and even out blemishes with this great face mask. All you need is one small, ripe banana (one half of a large banana will also work), two teaspoons honey, and one teaspoon lemon juice. Mash the banana in a bowl with a fork. Add the honey and lemon and mix. To use, wash your face with warm water and mild soap. Pat dry and massage the banana mask onto your face and neck, avoiding your eyes. Leave the mask on for ten minutes and then rinse off with warm water. Pat your skin dry and moisturize.
4. Face Mask for Aging Skin
Are you ready to battle aging skin? This face mask is said to help prevent wrinkles and tighten your skin pores. All you need is one small, ripe banana or 1/2 of a large banana, one tablespoon plain yogurt, and one teaspoon lemon juice. Mash the banana with a fork in a small bowl. Add the yogurt and lemon juice and mix. Wash your face with warm water and mild soap. Pat your skin dry. Apply the mask to your face and neck, avoiding your eyes. Leave the mask on for 15 minutes. Rinse it off with warm water, pat your skin dry, and apply your favorite moisturizer.
5. Skin Peel for Psoriasis
A simple home remedy that is said to ease the pain of psoriasis rashes calls for banana skin peel. After you peel a banana, take the skin and rub the inside of the peel onto your psoriasis. It will help soothe your skin, and you'll make good use of the banana peel before you toss it into the compost.
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6. Banana Avocado Hair Mask
This easy-to-make hair mask is said to alleviate itchy scalp and moisturize dry hair. To make the mask, put one banana, one half of an avocado, and two tablespoons of plain yogurt in a blender and blend. Massage the mask into your scalp and apply to your hair. If there is any left, apply it to your face, too, avoiding your eyes. Leave the mask on for 20 minutes and then rinse it off with warm water. Dry and style your hair as usual.
7. Hair Mask for Dry Damaged Hair
If you are having problems with dry, flyaway hair, try this hair mask once or twice a week. Put one ripe banana and a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil into the blender and blend. Apply the hair mask to your hair from root to tip. Cover your hair with a shower cap or plastic wrap. Leave the hair mask on for a half-hour. Rinse the mask out with warm water. Shampoo and condition your hair. Dry and style as usual.
8. Wart Remedy
Do you have an annoying wart on your hand? I had one a few months ago, but I was able to get rid of it with apple cider vinegar. Too bad I didn’t know about the banana skin wart remedy. What you do is cut a piece of banana peel and place it, inside skin down, onto the wart. Tape it in place with duct tape. Replace the banana skin and duct tape once or twice a day until the wart comes off. This is said to kill off warts pretty quickly.
9. Pimple Remedy
The inside of the banana peel is said to reduce or eliminate pimples. To use, rub the inside of the banana peel onto your acne-prone areas before going to bed. In the morning, wash the peel off with warm water and mild soap. Moisturize your face as usual.
10. Banana Foot Mash
Bananas are so moisturizing that you can use them to treat dry, cracking feet, and have fun while you are at it. Peel two ripe bananas and place them in a basin or small tub large enough for both of your feet. Kick off your shoes and socks and begin mashing the bananas with your feet. If you want extra moisturizing power, drizzle some honey over the bananas and keep on mashing. Leave the mash on your feet for a good 20 minutes before washing your feet off with warm water. Moisturize and put on a pair of socks.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
© 2015 Elizabeth Yetter
Raye on August 05, 2018:
The most horrible mask ever. 10 rinses and still cant get it out. Hair feels worse tham ever and probably lost 1/2 of it just pulling the banana out. Not sure ill ever recover from the BIG MISTAKE.
Larry Rankin from Oklahoma on November 09, 2015:
A whole list of uses for bananas I wasn't aware of.