My mother practically forced me to eat bananas as a child, and I always wondered what the big deal was about bananas. I never bought into the banana craze, but my sister and mother ate more bananas than most people did. My entire family loves bananas, and I’m the only one who can’t stand them. My mother used to go on and on about how bananas have excellent nutrients and properties and how many doctors recommend including bananas in one’s diet for healthy living. But, because I can’t stand it, I’ve never looked into the health benefits of bananas until now.

As a skincare enthusiast, I’m constantly looking out for skincare tips, and as most people have noticed, all you have to do is think about something and you start to see recommendations for it online, particularly on social media. Hence, I’m constantly being bombarded with skincare-related content on Instagram, and recently, I came across a video of a woman rubbing her face and arms with a banana peel. The video’s caption read, “Anti-aging tips I learned from my Japanese mom.” Dr Mamina, a triple-boarded dermatologist, made the post. She explains the benefits of bananas for the skin in the video, not just the banana itself, but also the banana peels.

It surprised me to learn that banana peels are also beneficial to the skin. I did some additional research, and this is what I discovered. Bananas, also known as nature’s Botox, contain powerful wrinkle-fighting nutrients that aid in the fading of age spots and the prevention of fine lines and wrinkles. Bananas contain many powerful nutrients that are beneficial to the skin. Some of these are:

  • Potassium: Hydrates and moisturises dehydrated skin.
  • B-vitamins: Protects against free radicals that cause oxidative stress and premature ageing.
  • Vitamin A: Heals dry, withered skin. Fades, acne scars, and dark spots. It smooths out ageing skin. 
  • Zinc: Fights acne-causing germs.
  • Vitamin C: Necessary for the production of collagen. It fights off free radicals. For skin oil control.
  • Vitamin E: Protects the skin from UV damage, slows down ageing and fights free radical damage to skin cells.
  • Lectin: Destroys the bacteria that causes acne and pimples.
  • Amino Acid: Nourishes skin. Strengthens connective tissue and helps maintain skin elasticity and strength.

The nutrients in a banana peel include:

  • Vitamin B6
  • Vitamin B12
  • Magnesium
  • Potassium
  • Vitamin A
  • Amino acids (e.g. L-tryptophan)
  • Antioxidants

A banana face mask may benefit the skin because of its nutritional composition and silica content. One of the most notable ingredients in topical banana uses is silica, a silicone relative. Evidence suggests that the silica in bananas can aid in the production of collagen, a natural protein that keeps skin hydrated and smooth. It is natural for the skin to lose collagen as you age. Collagen loss can cause the skin to loosen and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles to worsen. A banana face mask is believed to help increase collagen through the use of silica, reducing wrinkle appearance.

DIY banana face masks are popular, and here’s how to make a powerful anti-ageing banana face mask: Mix one ripe mashed banana, 1 teaspoon of orange juice, and 1 teaspoon of thick yoghurt. You can add 1/2 a teaspoon of olive oil to serve as a moisturizer. The benefit of the yoghurt in the face masks is that it reduces the appearance of large pores, which makes skin look aged and tightens skin pores. Orange juice is rich in Vitamin C, which refreshes skin cells and softens harsh lines and wrinkles.

Directions for use:

  1. As always, start with a clean, dry face.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients listed above and use a fork to make a lump-free paste.
  3. Using clean fingers, apply the mask to your face and massage it systematically throughout your face for 60 seconds. Then reapply a thick coat of the mask to your face and lie down for 15 minutes. Breathe calmly and think positive thoughts while letting the mask work its magic!
  4. Wash your face with cold water to keep your pores tight.
  5. Moisturize your face.

Another option is to go in directly with a banana peel on your face, neck and arms like mama Michiko is seen doing in this video posted by her daughter Dr Mamina.

I will be sharing more skin benefits from bananas, so follow Tush magazine on social media @tushmagazinenig and subscribe to our newsletter.

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