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Treat your skin and hair with the goodness of a banana peel

Published on:10 March 2021, 10:20am IST
Don’t throw that banana peel; instead, use it to treat your skin and hair care woes.
Nikita Bhardwaj
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Banana peel is here to rescue your dull skin and tresses. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
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It’s not just about looking good, but also about feeling good. And guess what? You can only feel good about your skin and hair, when they are properly nourished. So, if you are one of those who depends single-handedly on home hacks and natural remedies, you’re in for a treat. This time, we have for you a simple hack that will help your skin and hair at the same time. This might sound weird to you ladies, but say hello to the goodness of a banana peel.

Shocked? We don’t blame you! But trust us, when you get to know about the brilliance of the banana peel, you will never throw it away.

But first, let’s start with how banana peels are great for your skin.

Banana peel is an excellent exfoliator, said dermatologist Dr Nivedita Dadu  

We always complain about how dead skin makes us look double our age, and how acne is making your case worse. But if you have bananas at home, you can enjoy noshing on it, and at the same time, you can use its peel to scrub that dead skin away. 

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Don’t drop that banana peel as it is loaded with beauty benefits. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Dr Nivedita Dadu, renowned dermatologist, and founder and chairman of Dadu Medical Centre shares how banana peels are too good to be true:

  • Bananas act as a great exfoliator that helps in sloughing off excess sebum on the skin’s surface. 
  • It is rich in potassium and moisture, which helps in hydrating dry skin and making it soft and supple. 
  • Bananas contain antioxidants and prevent the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Bananas are loaded with many nutrients such as itvamin A, zinc, and manganese, which are anti-inflammatory. Rubbing a banana peel on the face helps in treating acne.
  • Bananas are the secret to well-nourished skin. It hydrates and moisturizes dry skin, making it soft and supple. 
It’s hair care time, courtesy banana peel

Banana peels are not just good for your skin, they can also help you with your scalp and tresses.

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Banana peel is totally capable of giving you a healthy scalp and stronger tresses. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
How? Let’s figure out.
  • Bananas add moisture to the scalp, cutting down on dryness and also helping the scalp get rid of microscopic offenders that causes dandruff.
  • It helps smoothen frizzy hair, as it has high silica content. Silica is absorbed by the body to produce collagen, a protein that is a building block of bouncy and beautiful hair.
  • Banana is rich in antioxidants that can also infuse the scalp and hair with a stronger defense system. It also decreases the oxidative stress, a major cause of brittle and aged hair. 
  • Using bananas regularly can help with stronger hair follicles, which help with longer hair. Moreover, bananas provide nourishment to the hair and make them smooth and shiny.
Here’s how you need to use the banana peel for glowing skin and luscious hair  
  • For any kind of pimples and acne, massage banana peel on the face and body for five minutes every day.
  • To reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, add an egg yolk to a mashed banana peel. Apply this mixture on the face and leave it for five minutes. Wash it off right after.
  • For dark circles and baggy eyes, mix it with aloe vera gel and place for an hour or overnight under eyes. 
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Don’t stress about those dark circles instead try banana peel. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
  • To treat acne breakouts, mash a ripe banana peel and mix it with few drops of honey and lemon juice. Next, apply it on the affected areas and rinse after 15 minutes.
  • For dandruff-free hair, scoop the inner layer from the peel. Mix it along with two tablespoons of coconut milk, until a paste is formed. You can add one tablespoon of coconut oil and rose water to the paste. Stir the paste with one tablespoon of curd. Apply the paste thoroughly on the scalp and hair. Let the mask remain for about 15-20 minutes, before you rinse it out.

Who would have thought banana peels can help so much?

Nikita Bhardwaj Nikita Bhardwaj

Six-pack abs are all that Nikita needs, along with her daily dose of green tea. At Health Shots, she produces videos, podcasts, stories, and other kick-ass content.