20 Fun Ways To Use A Banana As A Beauty Product

by Shirin Mehdi

Bananas are yellow, and yellow is fun. Besides, this sweet tropical fruit is almost everyone’s favorite. Especially if you are a health freak, your favorite snack ought to be a banana. Whether you whip it into an instant ice cream, fry it into chips or eat it raw, the options with this fruit are endless.

But have you ever considered that bananas could be your best beauty partners? As soon as a yellow banana turns black, we throw it into the bin, or once we are done gobbling the yummy fruit, without a thought, the peel is tossed into a bin. But wait! Look at these amazing ways you can use bananas in any form, and you will stock them at home, always. The fact is that bananas can enhance your beauty, and in 20 different ways. Take a look.

1. Face Mask

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Banana is rich in antioxidants, and it is also an excellent source of vitamin C. What this means is that it is qualified to be a part of your next DIY face pack. All you need is a ripe banana and some good quality honey. Mash them together, and there you have it – the best face pack ever! If you have acne, you can also add some lemon juice to the pack. This shall be your secret to beautiful, glowing skin.

2. Shampoo

Shocking, isn’t it? But it’s true! Mash some bananas and add coconut oil and honey. Apply the pack to your hair and leave it on for 15 minutes. It’s a great cleanser, and it will leave you with soft, shiny hair. You can use a bit of your normal shampoo to get the residue out once you rinse out the pack.

3. Lip Balm

Homemade lip balms are fun, natural, and super easy to make. And you’ll be glad to know that bananas make for a great lip balm ingredient. They are known to lock in moisture, which means they are the ultimate solution for chapped lips. You can add some coconut oil, beeswax, and honey to mashed bananas and make an amazing lip balm.

4. Body Wrap

You’ve never used a body wrap before, have you? You should know that it is extremely relaxing, and it can also help tone and polish your skin. Oh! I forgot to mention, it is a great way to get rid of cellulite too. Take a few ripe bananas, add some honey, and mash it all together. Apply it on your tummy. Then, wrap it with a cling film, and leave it on overnight. Tada! You are fresh out of the spa.

5. Hair Mask

Bananas are a powerhouse of important nutrients. They are rich in vitamins and minerals, like vitamin B6 and potassium, which make them an amazing ingredient for a hair mask. This mask can help you battle frizzy hair. The result? Full bodied, thick, and shiny tresses.

6. Body Scrub

Talk about mixing brown sugar and bananas, and it doesn’t get easier. Who thought making a body scrub was so simple? This scrub is a cheaper alternative to the plush oil-based scrubs, and it gives you the hydrated glow you wish for. Exfoliating Tip: Do it gently, in small circles, to induce blood circulation. This will also help you relax.

7. Off With Acne Scars

If you have had a bout of acne in your teens, you could be left with a whole lot of scars. They have probably been with you for years, reminding you of your horrible skin problems. But what if I said there was a solution, and a very easy one? Well, all you need to do is rub a banana peel on the scars. Do this regularly, and you will notice the difference.

8. Banana Compress

A banana compress will help heal burns and wounds. But, make sure not to use this compress on open wounds. It might be a good idea to speak to your doctor before you do this. You could use a banana peel to treat minor burns – its antioxidants will help reduce the discomfort. It also has this component called lutein that helps combat swelling and induces relaxation in the affected area.

9. An Eczema Soother

Suffering from eczema? Well, here come bananas to your rescue! They can heal your skin and reduce inflammation to a great extent. Use the pulp of this fruit as a mask, or rub the peels on the affected area. Just remember not to use milk or its products on your skin because they can trigger eczema.

10. Repair Cracked Heels

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Cracked heels are such a common problem these days. Mashed bananas are amazing emollients. They have rich moisturizing properties that can heal cracked heels. You can use just mashed bananas or mix them with other fruits. Apply the mixture on your heels, leave it on for about 20 minutes, and wash it off. You will see the difference in the very first application.

11. Anti-Dandruff

Did you know that you could use bananas to fight that annoying dandruff? Mashing a banana with your favorite oil, a squeeze of lemon, and a dollop of some good quality honey can make for a fantastic hair mask that will keep dandruff away.

12. A Teeth Whitener

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Well, if you think this sounds absurd, just hear me out. Bananas are rich in magnesium and potassium that will help you get rid of your teeth stains and give you that bright, wide smile. Just rub a banana peel on your pearlies. And wow! That’s your best smile ever.

13. Remove Splinters Painlessly

Splinters are painful, and the worst part is they are so hard to get out. But wait until you listen to this! You’ll wonder why you didn’t think of it earlier. Just place a banana peel on your splinter and go to sleep. It will help your body remove it overnight.

14. Get Rid Of Warts

Those of you who have warts know what a pain they can be. Here’s a remedy that will help you get rid of all your woes. All you need to do is rub a banana peel on your warts every night. You could also use medical tape to stick the peel to your wart and leave it on overnight.

15. Acne Removal

Banana peels are amazing. Don’t throw them away! They contain magnesium and zinc that help fight acne and improve skin health. They are also natural exfoliants that combat bacteria, leaving your skin soft and supple.

16. Heal Skin

Banana peels help to heal your skin. You can also get rid of bruises overnight by sticking some peel onto them.

17. A Perfect Remedy For Itchy Bug Bites

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Mosquito bite? Wait! Even worse, bee sting? Well, don’t you worry! Just rub a banana peel on that area, and it will decrease the irritation greatly.

18. Soothes Puffy Eyes

If you feel tired looking at your tired, puffy eyes, this remedy is going to change that. All you need to do is mash some banana and apply it under your eyes. Leave it on for 15 minutes, and you will notice the difference instantly. You can also rub the peel under your eyes for a less messy solution.

19. To Balance Out Dry Or Oily Skin

Bananas are amazing when it comes to restoring balance to your skin. Mix some banana and honey, and leave it on your skin for 15 minutes. It will help to dry out oily skin and moisturize dry skin.

20. Stops Hair Loss

It’s true. It is full of nutrients that will help to improve the quality of your hair, making it stronger. You can mash a banana and apply it as it is, or mix it with honey and oil to make a hair pack. Leave it on for about 20 minutes. Wash off!

‘Cmon! Wasn’t this convincing enough – 20 solid, tried and tested ways that bananas work for your beauty. It can’t get better than this. Banana is my favorite fruit already. Is it yours yet?

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Shirin Mehdi

A jack of many trades and a master of some, Shirin is a writer, a fashion designer, and a chef by her own acclaim. She loves food, and though she might want to call herself a great cook, she just falls short of seasoning. She also loves Yoga, and has extensive knowledge about the postures of the asanas. Always muddled up between traditions and modernism, she thinks she would have been a better fit in the vintage era. She loves life and believes in living it up to the fullest.