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Banana Scrub Recipe

Updated on June 29, 2016
A bunch of homemade skin and hair treatments.
A bunch of homemade skin and hair treatments. | Source
Both the banana fruit and the banana peel are beneficial to the skin so don't throw away you banana skin!
Both the banana fruit and the banana peel are beneficial to the skin so don't throw away you banana skin! | Source

Scrub With Bananas

A banana scrub is easy to make at home and here I will be giving some great scrub recipes that will get your skin glowing from top to bottom!

Bananas may not be a fruit or ingredient you associate with facial scrubs or in fact skin care in general but it should not be underestimated as the skin loves it.

Banana is my personal favourite fruit and has been for as long as I can remember.

It was my trusty friend in my sports bag as an instant energy source, being used in many delicious food recipes or quite simply mashed up for grilled banana on toast with a sprinkling of brown sugar and sea salt.

A fruit I will always have in the kitchen, utilizing it in skin products is another great avenue that is easy and quick to make for all and a great way of using up any over ripened bananas.

With so many skin care product ingredients in our own kitchen cupboards, it makes sense on every level to start making cleansers, face masks, scrubs, moisturizers and indulgent spa treatments at home.

So hold off on making that banoffi pie, smoothie or bread and start feeding your skin instead with a banana scrub.

Scrub recipes include face, body and lip scrubs which we all need to do to maintain a healthy skin free of dead skin cells which if left will make the skin appear dull, dry, sluggish and uneven in texture.
Scrub recipes include face, body and lip scrubs which we all need to do to maintain a healthy skin free of dead skin cells which if left will make the skin appear dull, dry, sluggish and uneven in texture. | Source

Skin Benefits of Banana

Luscious and soothing on the skin the entire banana (peel included) has a valuable contribution to the maintenance of not just our internal system but for our skin and hair.

Banana consists of high levels of antioxidants which have a real impact on achieving healthy natural balance in the skin. It is excellent for treating bruises, allergies, wrinkles, dry skin and even acne. Banana peel is high in potassium which makes for a great treatment in itself for acne, wart, poison ivy and psoriasis. High in nutrients and vitamins, using a banana scrub will give you soft, supple moisturized healthy skin in no time by gently removing dead skin cells that we all accumulate.

Scrubs are designed to remove them gently but effectively and should leave the skin feeling wonderfully smooth and revitalized. Face scrubs, body scrubs and lip scrubs are all doable in your own home.

Banana used in scrub recipes acts in conjunction with other skin loving ingredients. As it is not a coarse texture it is a wonderful carrier or base which adds the moisturizing element.

Word of Caution

As with all ingredients, do not use these on the skin if you have an allergy or known allergy to the ingredients used. Always seek medical advice if unsure or have any existing medical condition

Chocolate Is Good For You and Your Skin!

Chocolate is rich in antioxidants and helps draw impurities from the skin when used in skin care.
Chocolate is rich in antioxidants and helps draw impurities from the skin when used in skin care. | Source

Strawberry Banana Sugar Scrub

Some of the benefits of yogurt are it fights acne, prevents premature ageing, treats wrinkles and relieves sunburn.
Some of the benefits of yogurt are it fights acne, prevents premature ageing, treats wrinkles and relieves sunburn. | Source

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Indulgent Banana Chocolate Facial Scrub

Avoiding the temptation to eat this is difficult I have to admit but just think of the wonderful benefits these ingredients will have on your skin and keep your mouth closed!Just 4 easily found kitchen ingredients that pack a punch together. Chocolate removes deep impurities in the skin while salt and yogurt work at removing dead skin cells and the banana restores lost moisture to the skin.

Ingredients:

½ -1 ripe banana (depending on size)

3 tbsp plain natural yogurt (Greek style yogurt may be used)

2-3 squares chocolate (dark is best)

1 tbsp salt (not too coarse)

You Will Need:

Microwavable bowl

Small bowl

Spoon/spatula

Fork

Method:

  • Melt the chocolate in the microwave safe bowl. It is only a few squares so melt gently in order not to burn it. Try 10-15 second intervals checking it. When fully melted remove from microwave.
  • Add the yogurt and mix well.
  • Mash the banana in the other bowl.
  • Don’t over mash or it will be too runny in consistency.
  • When bananas are ready, add the chocolate mix and stir to a smooth consistency.
  • Add the salt and gently mix it in.

To Use:

  • Make sure all your hair is pulled off the face or wear a headband or shower cap.
  • I suggest putting a small hand towel around tour shoulders and tucking into your collar.
  • Apply to a cleansed face and neck in small circular movements, avoiding the eye area. Leave on for 10 minutes and remove with warm water. Splash with cold water and pat the skin dry.
  • Apply your moisturizer or if stuck why not use a few drops of natures best, Olive Oil it is a fantastic skin moisturizer on its own.

Tips:

This recipe is not suitable for freezing or refrigerating and should be used as soon as possible.

If possible use organic products as they provide the highest level of nutrients to the skin.

Moisture-rich banana is a perfect ingredient to use in a body scrub or in a natural face scrub recipe.
Moisture-rich banana is a perfect ingredient to use in a body scrub or in a natural face scrub recipe. | Source

Banana Body Scrub Recipe

Whilst you could use the chocolate banana recipe all over, it may not be the most practical. This recipe uses just 3 ingredients and perfect to give your body a great scrub workout that will leave your skin soft, glowing and moisturized. It is aromatic and soothing with banana, sugar and vanilla.

Ingredients:

1-2 ripe bananas

3-4 tbsp granulated sugar

¼ tsp pure vanilla extract (you may use a different one if you prefer)

Bowl

Spoon/spatula

Fork

Method:

  • Mash the bananas well but do not over mash to a runny consistency.
  • Add the sugar and vanilla and mix in well.

To Use:

Before stepping into the shower, apply the scrub all over the body in circular motions. Pay particular attention to excessively dry areas. Massage in for 3-5 minutes.

Wash off the scrub in the shower and feel your lovely fresh rejuvenated skin.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Could I just eat them and call it good? Hey, at least I'm here supporting you; that's has to be good for some brownie points, right?

      Have a Happy Holiday season, Irish!

      bill

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I had to laugh to myself when you warned us to just keep our mouths closed and not to eat these ingredients. Hmmmm...with the chocolate and bananas, I think that this would be particularly hard. Ha! These scrubs sound very interesting. Must give them a try sometime. Voted up, useful, interesting and will share.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      LOL you do bring such a smile to this Irishwoman's face!! Absolutely you can eat them . . . . . you get a special pass . . . or even better make a scrub and pamper your lovely Bev with it! Appreciate your loyalty, major brownie points is a given for you Bill!!! Have a happy time for the silly season, enjoy your holidays!!!!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Peggy,

      Glad you enjoyed the humour, it's so true though, bananas and chocolate are yum in my world so a very hard thing to prevent finding it's way into my mouth instead of on my face!!! Hope you enjoy trying these out, many thanks for the votes and shares my friend - have a wonderful Christmas and holiday season!

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      What a gorgeous hub: from the banana-yellow dividers to the unique recipes. I can't wait to try these, although I must admit it will be difficult to keep my lips closed. : ) You know how much I love chocolate! I also like the idea of mashed banana with brown sugar and sea salt on toast. You really need to publish a DYI beauty treatments book, Suzanne!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi vespa,

      LOL not sure about a book but . . .hey . . .who knows!!! May try my own website well it is an idea for now. I love bananas and as for chocolate . . . .don't even go there! Delighted you enjoyed this and yes I LOVE banana on toast that way!!!!!!! Thanks for all your lovely comments and support my friend! :-)

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      prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Very informative hub. I love banana. I'll show this hub to my sister and my mom as well. I think they'll love this information. Thanks for writing and share with us. Voted up!

      Prasetio

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      Manjari Soni 4 years ago from India

      I have to save this page. On my hard disk. Good and easy to use information

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi prasetio,

      Thanks so much for your lovely comments, I adore bananas too! Hopefully your sister and mom will enjoy trying a recipe out,appreciate your visit and votes always my friend!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Sonimanjari,

      Welcome and many thanks for choosing to leave me a comment! Lovely to know you found interesting and have saved it, many thanks for the thumbs up!!!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Great idea -- love bananas as a fruit, making the srub would be enjoyable as well. Have a Merry Christmas!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi teaches,

      glad you enjoyed this being a fellow banana fan!! Thanks so much for your comments and support here and throughout the past months. Wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas!!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      I am finding out all these new uses for fruits and flowers with these hubs! That banana sugar scrub sounds divine and the next time I have some ripe bananas that I am not going to eat I am trying this! Pinned & shared.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Glimmer Twin Fan,

      Glad you are enjoying these, its great finding so many lovely ways of using natural ingredients for the skin, hair and even air fresheners. I have your decorative candle hub linked in to my candle safety hub by the way, love it! Many thanks for your pin and share here, so appreciated!! Enjoy the rest of Christmas and all the very best for 2013!! :-)

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      vibesites 4 years ago from United States

      Bananas and chocolates are always compatible and my favorites! Hmmmmm I am hesitant to use chocolate and bananas as scrubs but I will try my best not to give in this kind of temptation when scrubbing! Good information about the antioxidant properties of both foods. I'll give it a try to see how it goes. Thanks for posting. Voted up and useful/interesting. :)

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      I can´t wait to try this banana scrub, but I have to close my mouth when using it as it might be consumed without applying it to my skin, lol. Banana with yogurt and chocolate makes me hungry now. Awesome hub! Voted up and thanks for sharing.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi vibesites,

      Delighted you found this interesting and will give it a go! I know the temptation . . . believe me as I love all the ingredients as foods and a confirmed chocoholic!! Thanks so much for the votes, much appreciated :-)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi thelma,

      Good to see you again, glad you enjoyed this recipe, even though the foods are yummy to eat! LOL

      Hope you get to try it out, I'm sure you will find it great. Many thanks for the votes and shares, much appreciated!! :-)

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      Jesmo 4 years ago

      I´ve been looking for ideas to use up all the bananas I have. Great idea, Thanks.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Jesmo,

      Appreciate you visiting and taking time to comment!! Enjoy this banana treat for the skin, Thanks again!

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      Jesmo 4 years ago

      I did it today...wonderful (despite the odd looks from the OH and children and the cats trying to lick my face). You don´t get that tight feeling after like you do from other face scrubs, just really soft skin. Always a bonus not using chemicals on your face.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Jesmo,

      How great you tried!! No doubt it did bring a few smiles from the kids and OH, even the cats seem to have approved!! Bananas i adore eating and knowing how good they are it is no wonder they are a terrific natural skin product. They do leave the skin feeling soft and delighted this is exactly how you found this one. Many thanks for feedback Jesmo, much appreciated! :-)

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      geeo 2 years ago

      Tried this and my boyfriend told me my face is glowing lately. I highly recommended it to my friends too. Thank you for this wonderful & informative page.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 2 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      So good to hear you had success with this recipe geeo!

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      Tayyaba 2 years ago

      nice job. i really like banana hmmmmmmm lov it thats nice

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      Tayyaba 2 years ago

      beautiful and informative add. love it thanks

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